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Scientology propaganda is the best thing ever, and we are here for it

We’ve had a big week of hard-hitting stories here at the Underground Bunker. But we’re always happy to pause for a cool, refreshing taste of Scientology propaganda!

And even if the organization has struggled coming out of the pandemic, the fundraising and marketing must go on!

We have a few different treats for you, starting with another long fundraising flier, but also some come-ons from Delphian and ABLE. Let’s start with an org we haven’t heard from in quite a long time, the folks in Montreal!




Technology Cocktail

“If you are talking to somebody who is very upset on the subject of past lives, you should realize that he was probably just executed up at Sing Sing in 1932 or 1933, and he just can’t stand the idea. It is only people who are borderline insanity cases who got up and screamed about past lives. This I have kept a very careful tally on.” — 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 [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter


Source Code

“We pick up somebody. Let’s say he’s a Marine captain or something, and we’re auditing him. He’s been a Marine years ago. Obviously, this person is no mystic. This person is no spiritualist. He knows nothing about these things. Let’s audit him, and get through, and so forth. And we audit him for about five hours, and he’s making very slow progress. And he’s liable to ask you at the end of the five hours if you really think his guardian angel approves of the techniques you’re using. Don’t be too alarmed if you hear such a reaction, because there’s practically 100 percent of the populace, one time or another, have been mixed up with spirits, spiritualism, mysticism or any one of the allied lines by which man has sought truth and has gotten booby-trapped. This Marine, you find out, served a long hitch in Santo Domingo. And all the time he was in Santo Domingo he was talked to continually by a mamaloi. Otherwise, this boy’s been sane ever since. He receives all of his directions from a witch doctor, or a witch. Yeah, he’s been ordering troops around on the advice of a witch doctor for years. This is not uncommon. Because a thing is not spoken about is no reason it doesn’t exist or isn’t known. And that’s a good rule for you to go on.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 31, 1954



Avast, Ye Mateys

“My thanks to S. Moreau, R. Savage, Gerry Armstrong, and H. Harrison for helping on a voluntary basis cleaning up Fwd Tween Decks and Storage and mest moving in Hold 1 last night. L.H. 2 has been cleaned and restowed. Anyone littering or enmesting the area of any hold space will be dealt with severely by Ethics. These spaces (as well as all ship spaces) must be kept neat, clean and secure.” — Capt W.B. Robertson D/Captain FSO, March 31, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“You kind of just put body thetans in their place. See, they come at you full of light, sometimes as powerful beings. THAT LIGHT IS YOURS! Tell them, and take it back. And it kind of spins around and they blow as entities. Anyway, they do blow, it will vary from case to case. I never have any difficulty with them. Maybe a bit of SRT in the past somewhere can kick it all sideways? I don’t know, I just keep my eyes on the horizon. It’s true there are lots of very interesting areas to get sidetracked into. But this is the way to failure in solo auditing. Keep on the path and audit it off, don’t go into something because it seems exciting. That can hurt you and get you pretty mixed up. I keep in mind all I want is charge off. Between sessions that helped me stay focused. It doesn’t mean I don’t write my own side notes, cognitions, and odd phenomena experienced on the way. But I never let it pull me off just getting charge off. You can look at the whole thing afterwards, as there are many, many cogs to be had. But getting charge off gives them.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Peter Reichelt reported that he has obtained a restraining order against Thomas Kruchem. “Round 1 in this case goes to Peter Reichelt, who, as is known, made the film about Scientology ‘Missing in Happy Valley’. Peter Reichelt expressed an opinion about Thomas Kruchem, author of the book ‘Public Enemy Scientology’, that Thomas Kruchem had attempted to prevent the film ‘Missing in Happy Valley’ from being broadcast by SWR. Thomas Kruchem disputed this assertion made by Peter Reichelt, and in return, raised considerable doubt about Peter Reichelt, both verbally and in writing.”


Random Howdy


“Hubbard thought ‘1984’ was a How-To manual.”


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] Hanan Islam, 62: Faced felony counts for insurance scam run out of Scientology clinic
[TWO years ago] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 4: The LAPD
[THREE years ago] Mark Bunker, now as city councilman, confronts issues with Scientology on day one
[FOUR years ago] Scientology is putting Ideal Orgs in every country where it operates — except one
[FIVE years ago] A Scientologist is running for lieutenant governor in Nevada — and it’s who you probably suspect
[SIX years ago] Jonny Jacobsen: The tweets about Scientology that got a comedian in hot water
[SEVEN years ago] Reason Rally 2016 in Washington DC: The Underground Bunker wants to see you there!
[EIGHT years ago] Can you help French prosecutors find these witnesses to the death of a Scientologist?
[NINE years ago] Paris elects its first female mayor — and you have to see her record on Scientology!
[TEN years ago] Easter Sunday Funnies — Also: Our SMERSH Madness Championship!


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 2,985 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,490 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,040 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,030 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,921 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,225 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,096 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,201 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,678 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,990 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,556 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,475 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,643 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,224 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,485 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,521 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,237 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,801 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,116 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,291 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,842 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,973 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,311 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,166 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,285 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,641 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,944 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,050 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,448 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,324 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,907 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,402 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,656 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,765 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 31, 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, 1995-2022 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2022), 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


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