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FIELD TRIP: Hey, is that a Scientology ‘Advanced Org,’ and where is everyone?

We were out running an errand just north of Toronto and thought we’d swing by the property Scientology bought for their proposed Advance Org (for upper-level auditing of OTs, ie. ridding yourself of Body Thetans), which was formerly the Hockley Highland Estates.

Scientology did a slick promotional video over 10 years ago about this 190 acre estate and its array of buildings. So far there hasn’t been any evidence of renovations or occupancy at all since then, in spite of the years of fundraising on the promise of an Advanced Org for Canada.

In the early days after the property was purchased, my nephew, who is in the Sea Org, was posted there along with a few others. I think they were just cleaning things up a bit and mainly acting as custodians. He is now posted at the Sea Org building in Guelph, Ontario. It might be there is a property custodian there but it’s pretty remote and would be a pretty lonely job. We didn’t see anyone.

From the front drive you can’t see much. We also drove around the area and you really can’t see anything from the road, or access the property from anywhere else that’s evident.


There is a well-known hiking trail called the Bruce Trail which runs on the east side of the property and apparently runs through a portion of Scientology’s land. I’m sure Scientology isn’t happy about that. I wasn’t about to chance walking onto the property that way.

If it ever does open and you’re there doing OT levels it might be difficult to “blow” if you decided to leave without permission. I think there’s very little likelihood of it opening any time soon.

— Phil Jones



Technology Cocktail

“When cases crack well on Selected Persons Overts Withhold, run Problems of Comparable Magnitude crudely on same terminals. Then go off into ARC Break Straightwire. This is a very hot route for staff processing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1959



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 [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson


Source Code

“I got in a silly cycle. I don’t know, a trillion, trillennia, trillennia, trillennia ago. And every time they had a war, why, I went out. I would either be a pilot in, or commander of, or somebody connected with an interceptor squadron on the outside of the capital. Societies used to last longer than they do now. And it wasn’t anything for a society to go a billion years without much change. But, every time the society would get into trouble, usually with the same adversaries, why, that was the drop of the hat. That was the signal. The whistle had gone and you would go down and snappily report to the Seventeenth Interceptor Squadron, which had in charge of it the protection of the capital, don’t you see? And the enemy would come over and you would take off in an interceptor and you would go up to the center of the airport and you would either shoot down the attacking plane or be shot down and always at the center of the same airport — for a billion years. ” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 20, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“The ‘alarming increasing debt’ stat of the US is a negative stat. Actually it parallels almost exactly the decrease of the value of the dollar AND SO HASN’T RISEN IN 53 YEARS! Yet the ‘financial wizards’ in the world bank use it to reduce credit in the US which will bring on a depression which lets them grab the securities and properties cheaply. The eggheads in charge continually indulge in false stats or think negative stats are useful. And ignore the psychiatric negative stat of increasing insanity and crime which parallels cash received by governments and psychiatrists. But you can only prove how bad something is by negative stats. You can’t really determine production. Imagine having how many Ethics orders put on one as his stat! Negative ideal scene — One who flunks is penalized without regard to value or production. US Citizens have that stat! And any other country!” — The Commodore, July 20, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Spiritual cleansing of Mexican pyramids is one OT Project that Captain Bill Robertson would certainly approve. In the cleansing of pyramids in Mexico, the practice of human sacrifice appears as a key event. But this practice of extracting the heart and drinking the blood is actually a ritual of a group known as the ‘Brotherhood of the Snake.’ The investigation of abductee Truman L. Cash has discovered that this practice was carried out in the pyramid of Giza, in Egypt. Those who performed it were human-looking ETs whom he calls the Serpent Staff Pleiadians. This ritual performed at Giza is connected with the secret rituals of Freemasonry and human sacrifice in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.”


Past is Prologue

1998: The Wall Street Journal carried an editorial this week criticizing Judge Ronald Whyte for his conduct in the Internet cases of Grady Ward, Keith Henson and Dennis Erlich. “The Scientologists are merely doing their thing, but both cyberlitigants and First Amendment vigilantes ought to take a close look at Judge Whyte’s reasoning. Mr. Henson is not trying to steal the profits from Scientology scriptures; his motive is to criticize what he believes is a corrupt and dangerous organization that practices coercive mind control and engages in medical quackery, in the process bilking vulnerable individuals for thousands of dollars and endangering their health. While admitting that the documents were copyrighted, he felt his postings would be covered under as ‘fair comment and criticism,’ a long-standing provision of copyright law. This, Judge Whyte held, didn’t even require a jury to deliberate on Mr. Henson’s motives. For one thing, his postings didn’t include enough explicit criticism of the material, since he felt it was preposterous on its face. More basically, the judge found, the ‘fair use’ doctrine in its application is much stronger for already published material, and of course the posted scriptures had not been published by the owners of the copyright. You can criticize the texts of a public religion, that is, but a secret religion is immune. Judge Whyte, in short, has turned copyright law on its head. The purpose of the law is to encourage free speech, giving authors and artists comfort in knowing that others cannot misappropriate their works for their own profit. The essence of the matter before him, as anyone not blinded by a Pecksniffian literalness can see, is that the plaintiffs are using the law to muzzle their critics. In addition, the judge is in the process of morphing an already dubious tort case into a criminal matter through the contempt power — a threat to freedom of speech well recognized in the First Amendment community. Now, we have a certain sympathy for Judge Whyte, rooted in the feeling that the internet copyright issue is too important to be fought out over secret scriptures and pro se defendants. Maybe Judge Whyte could figure out how to send all such cases across the country to Judge Sporkin. All the same, the third would-be Czar is off on no better foot than the first two — a bad omen for Sun v. Microsoft, for internet law and for free speech.”


Random Howdy

“Seeing as how Louanne and vaLLarrr are dead in the head, that makes you the last Internet canary clam in the coal mine, Marco. How’s the 2-pack-a-day anti-cancer therapy working out?”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentencing on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Trial scheduled for August 15.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
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 sentencing of Masterson on Sep 7.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing August 1.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



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 begs radical US Supreme Court to intervene and protect its ‘religious freedom’
[TWO years ago] BRIAN STATLER WAS UNARMED: Police say he grabbed their gun in Scientology org shooting
[THREE years ago] Why Scientology can worry if John Travolta and Lisa Marie Presley seek solace in each other
[FOUR years ago] Scientology failed to destroy Sylvia DeWall, but its latest letter to her is simply bizarre
[SIX years ago] Tommy Davis’s Hollywood experiment is apparently over as he moves to Splitsville
[SEVEN years ago] BILLBOARD UP IN FLORIDA: Scientology ‘disconnection’ on view near Clearwater ‘mecca’
[EIGHT years ago] Stacy Murphy is still dead, but Oklahoma gives the Scientology rehab that killed her new life
[NINE years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology has only its ‘humanitarians’ to help it refurbish eyesores
[TEN years ago] Leah Remini’s Friend, TV’s Michelle Visage, Says Scientologists Are “Scattering Like Roaches”
[ELEVEN years ago] Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20: Another Death at Scientology’s Flagship Narconon Drug Treatment Center in Oklahoma
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Loves Making Fun of Itself, Apparently


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 3,096 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,611 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,161 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,151 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,032 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,336 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,207 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,312 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,759 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,101 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,667 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,586 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,753 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,335 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,596 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,632 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,348 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,912 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,227 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,402 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,953 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,084 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,422 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,277 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,396 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,752 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,055 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,161 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,559 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,435 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,018 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,513 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,767 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,876 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 20, 2023 at 07:00

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