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Is this Scientology’s greatest fundraising flier ever? It’s ‘Mission Earth’ stupendous!

You know them, Scientology’s stupendously long fundraising fliers that they put out after a big money-grubbing event. In this case, it was an event to raise cash for the long-forlorn project in Toronto.

As these things go, this is one of the best of these fliers that we’ve ever seen. We adore the “Mission Earth” theme. Not enough of what Scientology does harkens back to that horrendous ten-part disastrous sex-romp-in-space that L. Ron Hubbard put out (with help) during his final years in seclusion.

But listen, this mother of all fliers is really, really long and probably won’t fit in the email we send you when this story goes live. However, we know that you love these things as much as we do, so we’re just going to put the whole darn thing in here, and you may have to go to the Substack site directly to see it all. Here we go!





Technology Cocktail

“If you want to know about radiation, why, go and look for some radiation in the atmosphere and if you cannot find more than the usual background count then you must assume that there isn’t any extra radiation in the atmosphere. I am not saying that the scientists who have been beating the drum on the dangers of radiation are Communist-inspired. I am not saying that these men are Communists. I am merely saying that they are aiding and assisting a Communist campaign.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1957



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?

[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

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane


Source Code

“Christ bore the burdens of all man and the world, didn’t he? So, if a person keeps on offending, offending, offending against the seventh dynamic, he will eventually offend so wrongly and so widely and broadly that his only solution to it is to wind up as Christ. This isn’t saying that’s the route that Christ went although some of the lost books of the Bible tell you how he spent his early youth using his powers to destroy those around him. You may not be aware of these early accounts. There’s one story, in these lost books of the Bible, about his blinding a playmate merely by telling him to go blind.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 8, 1952


Avast, Ye Mateys

“THE RUMOURS: The landing ships out in the harbour ‘briefed’ their men on how this ship was out of bounds as ‘full of draft dodgers, marijuana smokers, free love, hypnotism,’ said to have been briefed by their ‘upper echelon.’ We are sending Ensign Dunleavy and a boat out (the sea sled) to call on their senior captain to get it handled. Their men are upsetting the Greeks also. We’ll take care of it. Captains in the US Navy who ‘can’t handle their men’ (the one thing Admirals in the US go bonkers about) are seldom promoted any more. We hold all the aces. We’ll handle it on the lower echelon level and run it back to some psychiatrist they’ve got aboard, I’m sure. Poor old SMERSH.” — The Commodore, March 8, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“KSW is hard core. It keeps people from squirreling the tech. It is under attack right now and if I follow logic it tells me that the folks attacking it want to squirrel. That’s OK, but go somewhere else and do it. If someone wants to be free with the tech — go ahead, but if you kill someone or maim someone with Black Dianetics or Black Scientology, you are no different than DM. How a piece of paper can ‘stop thought’ is beyond my comprehension. That is such nonsense it makes my head hurt. And about people being victims of Scientology: No one can be a victim of Scientology. LRH said in the tape ‘LRH Talks to Ethics Officers WW’ that if a pc gets sick after an auditing session he is PTS to the auditor and/or the C/S who apparently suppressed him with out-tech. Does that mean the auditor and/or the C/S are suppressive? No. They just committed out tech on the pc and he got sick. So if someone had ill-effects from the ‘Sea Org’ or the ‘Church’ or ‘Scientology’ it was not because of the subject of the ‘Sea Org’ or the ‘Church’ or ‘Scientology,’ it is because of people. A group can be suppressive, like the IRS or the NSA, but when you peel it back it is one person who dictates what to do. Same with the Church, if you take out DM and his connections (SPs) you will have a calmed down scene that would be easy to reform. It is just insanity to say that KSW #1 cuts across thought. LRH busted his ass to get us good workable tech and all he is saying is ‘do it the right way or get the hell out of here.’ That’s all. And people call it ‘thought control.’ My head actually hurts from this stupidity.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Boulder Weekly published an article about Stephen Keller, a father who was forced to turn over his daughter to the Scientology mission by police. “Cuffed and sitting in the front seat of a police car, but not under arrest, Keller explained to the cops his fears about the Church of Scientology and his belief that he would never see his daughter again. Amanda is the 15-year-old pawn in a brewing custody battle between Keller and his ex-wife Suzanne, a high-ranking Scientologist. Keller says he has already lost his son Ben to the church. And he says the thought of losing his only daughter is too much to bear. Currently Suzanne Keller, who lives in a Scientology compound in Clearwater, Fla., has custody. A court hearing in Boulder County District Court in early April will determine sole custody. Officers contend that Keller violated a custody order by keeping his daughter in Colorado two days later than the court order mandated, and that they were only doing their job. And, they say, Suzanne Keller gave her permission to the sheriff’s department to turn her daughter over to Boulder Dianetics Foundation executive secretary Susan Anderson – the same woman Keller had run off his property earlier that day. Before being turned over to Anderson, Amanda and Steve Keller had spent three weeks together trying to dance around a Church of Scientology plan to marry Amanda off to a 23-year-old Chilean man to thwart her father’s bid for custody. It was not, Keller says, a merry Christmas. Boulder attorney Michael Morphew, who is representing Keller in the custody action, says he has seen the effects of Scientology on teenagers. ‘The types of developmental issues (teens) face and how they learn to go about becoming an adult. And the challenges and the things you need to be faced with as a teenager isn’t going to happen in a Scientology commune.'”


Random Howdy

“I’d bet the farm that this isn’t the end of the battle for the mind of poor Suri. This was only round one. Things will get ugly, real ugly, further down the road.”


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. Next pretrial hearing: Feb 16.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing Feb 13.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next status conference Feb 13.

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: March 15, 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.
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] Danny Masterson joins Scientology asking CA supremes to review ‘arbitration’ defeat
[TWO years ago] SHELLY MISCAVIGE ON VIDEO: Never-before-seen footage from before her disappearance
[THREE years ago] Forcing Scientology ‘arbitration’ on rape victims would be US courts imposing religion
[FOUR years ago] Can Scientology be tripped up by consumer protection? You must hear this pitch.
[FIVE years ago] While in hiding, Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard sent advice to newly elected Ronald Reagan
[SIX years ago] Danny Masterson: Victim C gets support from a veteran actress, but will LAPD answer the call?
[SEVEN years ago] BACK ON: Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard OK’d by competitor after Outfront Media bails
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology really, really, really doesn’t want you to see this movie
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack: Why it takes so long to recover from Scientology
[TEN years ago] Scientology Targets Aussie Kindergartners, Swedish Grade Schoolers
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology + Nation of Islam Charter School to be Exorcised from the Earth Forever and Ever


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 2,962 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,467 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,017 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,007 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,898 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,202 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,073 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,178 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,655 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,967 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,533 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,452 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,620 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,201 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,462 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,499 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,214 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,778 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,093 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,268 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,819 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,950 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,288 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,143 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,262 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,618 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,921 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,027 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,425 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,301 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,884 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,379 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,633 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,742 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 8, 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…

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Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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