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Coming Sunday: Valerie Haney talks to Aussie 60 Minutes in first TV sitdown since ‘Aftermath’

In 2019, we had a happy accident: We just happened to be in Los Angeles visiting family when Tara Brown and a 60 Minutes Australia crew were in the area, and asked if we could go with them up to the Twin Peaks compound in the San Bernardino mountains where Scientology has stashed Shelly Miscavige since 2005.

The result was an episode that was one of the program’s biggest on YouTube for international viewers, and a segment that was more substantive than anything a major US network has done about Shelly’s disappearance.

Well, the 60 Minutes Australia folks rang us up again, telling us that they were interviewing Valerie Haney in her first TV sitdown since her 2019 Scientology and the Aftermath episode.

They were interested in the things Valerie has been telling us here at the Bunker and at Rolling Stone, and would we want to take part? We were happy to.

Yesterday, we were sent a sneak peek of this Sunday’s episode, and we’re pretty excited to see what Tara has put together.


She’s talking to some familiar faces, including Marc and Claire Headley, who are always great about the conditions at Int Base, where Valerie escaped from in 2016.

And it looks like your proprietor also made the final cut.

We’re told that after the episode airs in Australia, a version of it will be uploaded to YouTube for the rest of us to see. We can’t wait to see Valerie on camera again.



Technology Cocktail

“Auditing body parts, however, has its lighter moments. At the last congress I gave, the body part given by the pc as a part of the body with which he had had trouble, when run, didn’t do a thing for the pc. Surprised auditors and instructors were not long in finding out why—the pc’s body part had been run and flattened years ago by older processes and didn’t have a twitch left in it. This stuff’s been working for a long time you know.” — 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 [49] Mark Ebner


Source Code

“If you ever want to see tiredness overwhelm the PC, run him into the area of the whole track called Arslycus. And there thetans were actively producing matter, you see. And they were hanging off walls, making walls and making tilework and mocking everything up and smoothing it out and you couldn’t get away….How about the fellow who ran Arslycus? How about the overt, man? Look at that level of overt. Thetans by the ton, all around, working like mad to build walls and build this and build that and finally, through some mysterious circumstance that nobody has ever been able to trace, Arslycus fell apart and everybody fell and fell and fell. It, by the way, wasn’t on a planet. It was, of course, just a construction out in space as itself. Nobody had invented planets yet and planets undoubtedly were invented to cure things happening that happened at Arslycus because they had walls and roads and courts and houses and towering buildings and everything. And of course they just ran without foundation, Uninfluenced with gravity or anything else. And one fine day it all fell apart.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 3, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Suzette Hubbard, Ann Tidman and Terri Gillham are confined to the ship for a week for staying on liberty till after midnight without my permission, and for leaving the ship again after midnight, without my permission. QMs, please note.” — LRH Pers Comm, August 3, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The motherland of my body is Canopus sector 9, which is located at a distance of 300 light years from the Earth. This is a green agrarian planet (the name sounds like Lania), where my ancestors spent more than 100,000 lives. These are ordinary thin people who love nature and work on agriculture. In total, there are more than 28 planets in the system. Approximately 3 million years ago, the thetan who ruled the body of my ancestor (genetic line) was adopted in the detachment of volunteers to restore the Earth after nuclear destruction 75 million years ago. He left the planet and was making preparations on a huge spacecraft for the mission, then my ancestor with a group of volunteers came to the planet. The first few lives of the genetic line in the form of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were extremely effective, highly organized and had many abilities, but gradually the struggle of creatures for the body won up. Instead of one thetan, thousands and millions appeared in the body. Intellect began to fall as the control of the body was now exerted by a huge number of contradictory, tortured and implanted beings. Save your race, nothing will be forgotten and nothing will be in vain for the present and coming generations. It is necessary to concentrate and flourish in life so that the light of truth wins over the darkness of earthly ignorance. May the sun never set on Scientology.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Celebrity Center, International held its 29th anniversary celebration this week. “At a Hollywood gala celebration television and film stars Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, Catherine Bell, Anne Archer, Isaac Hayes, Leah Remini, Jennifer Aspen and Danny Masterson, along with community leaders and thousands more, joined together at the 29th Anniversary of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre to celebrate and acknowledge the hundreds of thousands who have been helped through the civic accomplishments this past year, and the continued growth, of the Scientology religion internationally. Elfman, who is about to start filming her second season of ‘Dharma and Greg,’ expressed how happy she was to hear about all the positive results being achieved by her Church in the community.”


Random Howdy

“Hubbard went after anyone like a honey badger who tried to make one thin dime off of his con. If he remotely suspected you had plagiarized his plagiarizing he would declare you and sic the GO/OSA on your ass. He did this to the crazy couple who started the the Process Church and he also notoriously went after Werner Erhard, the conman who created EST. Erhard claimed that LRH had put out a contract on him.”



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] Amended complaint: Even more horror in labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology
[TWO years ago] Scientology wants your money coming & going: Two new hype videos to loosen up your wallet!
[THREE years ago] Karen Bass says she attended Scientology event because it was in her district. But it wasn’t.
[FOUR years ago] Out of sight, out of MIND: How Scientology tried & failed to destroy psychiatry in the UK
[FIVE years ago] The two-wheeled spy who loves Blighty: An action report
[SIX years ago] ‘Going Clear’ author Lawrence Wright celebrates a milestone with a different kind of keyboard
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology appeals $1 million loss to Florida supreme court, and Ken Dandar gets canny
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Freedom magazine congratulates itself for going ‘Ideal’
[NINE years ago] Sunday Funnies: More Scientology fliers than you can shake a stick at
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s Crumbling: Can Gerry Armstrong Begin to Think of Crossing the Border?
[ELEVEN years ago] Mimi Faust’s Mother, Olaiya Odufunke: Her Life in Scientology’s Secret Service
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Uses Its Movie Stars to Woo Politicians, Says Former Top Exec (OR: Tom Cruise Loves Coconut Cake!)


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 3,110 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,625 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,175 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,165 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,046 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,350 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,221 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,326 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,773 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,115 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,681 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,600 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,767 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,349 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,610 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,646 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,362 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,926 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,241 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,416 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,967 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,098 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,436 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,291 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,410 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,766 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,069 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,175 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,573 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,449 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,014 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,527 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,781 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,890 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 3, 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…

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