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VIDEO: Scientology begs for staff in Chicago as it prepares to go ‘ideal’ — as soon as Saturday?

This weekend, Mike Rinder suggested at his blog that recent chatter coming out of Chicago may indicate that Scientology’s “Ideal Org” there may be having its grand opening as soon as this Saturday.

This is a pretty big deal, because David Miscavige’s program for opening new Scientology cathedrals has been on hold since its last grand opening in Ventura, California in February 2020.

The pandemic shut down public gatherings for more than a year, of course, but that hasn’t explained why Miscavige hasn’t resumed the events more recently. And especially with new facilities in Chicago and Austin sitting ready to go.

Miscavige started his grand project of replacing existing “orgs” in major cities with grander “Ideal Orgs” in 2003 in places like Buffalo and Tampa. He now has more than 60 gleaming (and empty) palaces in locations from Phoenix to Tokyo. And we’ve shown you church fliers indicating that he wants many more buildings across the country, in places like Hawaii, Long Island, Battle Creek, and New Haven.


Each of them can cost tens of millions of dollars, which is put on local Scientologists to raise. But with membership dwindling, we’re seeing more and more evidence that Miscavige is using grants from the IAS (Scientology’s membership organization) to fund the projects.

Since the pandemic began to recede, a couple of other factors may have been delaying the program. First, Miscavige himself, who likes to attend the grand openings, has been dodging process servers for a few different lawsuits, and he may be wary about showing up in such public places.

But also, we suspect that what’s been an issue with the new cathedrals is finding the people to staff them. When Ideal Orgs first open, they are under pressure to show a lot of initial success before, inevitably, they settle back into quietude. And as part of that initial push, they are supposed to be fully staffed. But who wants to join org staff these days?

One of our researchers noticed that the effort to draw Scientologists to Chicago to work for pennies at its new Ideal Org has been pretty involved. There’s a website, and several videos, and we wanted to show you that today.

We want to get your thoughts on the video, above, that features Jessica talking about her decision, as a second-generation Scientologist, to join Chicago staff.

And we wanted to show you just a few pages from the website that was put in place about three months ago. You tell us, would this get you to move to the Windy City to work for Dave?


Please note that the photos here show these Chicago staffers at the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida, where they are getting special training before the Ideal Org opens.

You too could get Flag certified to bring home the bacon! What are you waiting for!

Chicago peeps: Please keep an eye on the building at 650 S Clark St and let us know if you see preparations being made for a grand opening this weekend. Is there a big ribbon on the building? A space for an audience being roped off out in front?


Please let us know.


Technology Cocktail

“The rehabilitation of the ability of the preclear to not-know is also rehabilitation of the preclear in the time stream, since the process of time consists of knowing the moment and not-knowing the past and not-knowing the future simultaneously. This process, like all other Scientology processes, is repetitive.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1956



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

— The Underground Bunker Podcast


[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— SPECIAL: Your Proprietor’s updates on the Danny Masterson trial

[1] Sep 21 [2] Sep 28 [3] Oct 4 [4] Oct 10 [5] Oct 11: Day One [6] Oct 12: Day Two [7] Oct 13: Day Three [8] Oct 17: Day Four [9] Oct 18: Day Five [10] Oct 19: Day Six [11] Special interview with Chris Shelton, Oct 19 [12] Oct 20: Day Seven [13] Oct 21: Day Eight [14] First week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [15] Oct 24: Day Nine [16] Oct 25: Day Ten [17] Oct 27: Day Eleven [18] Oct 28: Day Twelve [19] Second week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [20] Halloween special [21] Nov 2: Day Thirteen [22] Nov 3: Day Fourteen [23] Nov 4: Day Fifteen [24] Third week in review [25] Nov 5, Saturday special [26] Nov 6, Sunday special [27] Nov 7, Day Sixteen [28] Lisa Marie Presley breaking news [29] Nov 8, Day Seventeen [30] Nov 9, Day Eighteen [31] Nov 10, Day Nineteen


Source Code

“Evidently, it’s practically an affront not to be able to find out about something. Any time you want to go around wearing a bath towel with a Woolworth diamond on it and be a swami reading people’s minds, also take out a large insurance policy and get your burial arrangements straight. It’s probably why they hung Christ, if they did. That’s right. That’s right. If he was the Son of God, he should have been able to find out about all the orthodox malpractices. And he didn’t. And they hung him. They didn’t hung him. They crucified him. Common practice of the day. If he existed. It isn’t true that he led a good life, so they crucified him. You see, that wouldn’t be the right story. He should have found out about ’em and he didn’t, so you see they had to crucify him and that’s just about the way it would be. Now, if you go around telling everybody you can read their minds — I know this might get you lots of PCs for a little while — be sure at the same time that you go down to the Bide-a-Wee Cemetery and get yourself a nice quiet lot because probably you won’t have time a little while later. It’s very hard to buy a lot when you haven’t got a body to pull money out of the pockets of. But that’s about how it is, you see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 7, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The rule that blown SO members may not work in orgs is now being fully enforced. This affects Durban and Asho. CS-1 should advise these and other orgs. Franchises employing them are instantly indebted $5000 to the SO for VIIIs and other sums for other training. One special permission exists for Chris Stevens on petition to work in Tech only in JBG org. SO members who do not return from leave are classified as blown. It is interesting that freeloader org and SO billings are paid when billed. It gives an avenue of conscience money. It is actually very cruel not to provide an avenue for redress of wrongs. But freeloader billings have to be billed regularly.” — The Commodore, February 7, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Very seldom have I seen a couple ‘significance’ their way back to a sane 2D once it has broken down. No matter how many Dr. Phil shows are watched, Cosmopolitan magazines are pored over, or deep, endless analysis sessions of how nuts the other is with friends and family, it takes Scientology marriage counseling to as-is the mental masses and the crazy think embedded in them. Suddenly the ‘loved one’ that was being described in Satanical terms is now an angel who can do no wrong after the auditing.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Tilman Hausherr posted portions of the court opinion in Larry Wollersheim’s latest victory in the Court of Appeals, an anti-SLAPP suit. The court found the delay tactics of Scientology “oppressive.” “[A]n examination of the history of the underlying litigation reveals that the instant action is consistent with a pattern of conduct by the Church to employ every means, regardless of merit, to frustrate or undermine Wollersheim’s petition activity. When a party to a lawsuit engages in a course of oppressive litigation conduct designed to discourage the opponents’ right to utilize the courts to seek legal redress, the trial court may properly apply section 425.16. We hold that in making that determination, the trial court may properly consider the litigation history between the parties. The legislative rationale in enacting the statute is consistent with such an analysis because acts which are designed to discourage the bringing of a lawsuit are no more oppressive than acts which seek to prolong the litigation to a point where it is economically impracticable to maintain and pursue it to a final conclusion. When one party to a lawsuit continuously and unsuccessfully uses the litigation process to bludgeon the opponent into submission, those actions must be closely scrutinized for constitutional implications.”


Random Howdy

“The 49ers sucked so bad I was forced to turn to punk rock and hard drugs for entertainment. It’s all John Brodie and Scientology’s fault.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker


Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Retrial scheduled, jury selection begins March 29.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Plea deadline scheduled for December 16.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff scheduled to time served with three years supervised release, restitution of $9.7 million.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial hearing December 9.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2. Hearing November 17 to argue the arbitration motions, awaiting ruling.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place at least through February 7.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Case settled ahead of scheduled Dec 6 trial.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?


[ONE year ago] Scientology will be central in tomorrow’s Danny Masterson rape case hearing
[TWO years ago] Here’s Scientology’s 2021 Super Bowl ad: A pandemic-flavored ‘mystery sandwich’
[THREE years ago] Scientology will try to force Jane Doe in Miami child abuse case into ‘religious arbitration’
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s social media effort tries so hard to distract you from what’s really going on
[FIVE years ago] Scientology officials from around the globe called to Florida for news of ‘Scientology TV’
[SIX years ago] Great moments in Scientology journalism: When Alex Mitchell blew the lid off ‘Babalon Working’
[SEVEN years ago] Yes, that was a Scientology ad you saw during the Super Bowl. Here’s what’s in it.
[EIGHT years ago] An L. Ron Hubbard island fantasy: The Scientology daydream you haven’t heard
[NINE years ago] REPORT: Man was hired to keep Shelly Miscavige from escaping Scientology base near L.A.
[TEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill Continues Her Media Blitz; More Scientology News in Thursday Roundup
[ELEVEN years ago] 5 Biggest Lies in Scientology’s 2-Minute TV Ad


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,933 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,438 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,988 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,978 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,869 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,173 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,044 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,149 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,622 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,938 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,504 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,423 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,591 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,172 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,433 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,470 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,185 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,749 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,064 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,239 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,790 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,921 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,259 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,114 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,233 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,589 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,892 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,998 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,396 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,272 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,855 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,350 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,604 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,713 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 7, 2023 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, 15 years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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