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Scientology’s plan to take over Battle Creek, Michigan is going according to plan!

David Miscavige is actually doing gangbusters business and especially in Battle Creek, Michigan, which should be a Scientology oblast any day now.

For proof, we have another one of those exceedingly long fliers that Scientology sends out to celebrate a night of fundraising, in this case one that raised money for an “Ideal Org” in Battle Creek.

We’re sure this will convince you that Dave has this organization on fire. (We did, however, hide a photo of a child that was used as fundraising bait in the circular.)

Watch out, Michigan, it’s not only Detroit that Scientology is moving in on!




Technology Cocktail

“The only evil thing we are doing is to be good, if that makes sense to you. For by being good, things done to us out of carelessness or viciousness are all out of proportion to the evil done to others. This often applies to people who are not Scientologists. Just this year I had an electrician who robbed HCO of money with false bills and bad workmanship. One day he woke up to the fact that the Organization he was robbing was helping people everywhere far beyond his ability to ever help anyone. Within a few weeks he contracted TB and is now dying in a London hospital.” — 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

“The primary difference between Scientology and psychiatry is that psychiatry is authoritarian and tells the person what’s wrong with him, often introducing a new lie. Scientology finds out what’s wrong with the person from the person. And then knows more about it than the person, but listens anyway. Listening is the badge of superior knowledge. He who has superior knowledge is privileged to listen. It’s only he who has no superior knowledge that talks all the time — Confucius. Now you got these maxims, and pearls of wisdom? In actual fact, with that data you could go straight out and evolve all of Scientology, just like that. It’s remarkable, isn’t it? But, you mustn’t in actual fact discount — just because it’s discounted to the PC — you mustn’t discount the backbone and body of knowledge of Scientology. Soon as you tell somebody that he’s lived for the last thirty trillion years — of course, thirty trillion years is a drop in the bucket — soon as you tell somebody he’s lived the last thirty trillion years, and so on, he’s liable to be hit with a feeling of unreality.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 14, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“There is some evidence that the ‘World Bank’ is using nationalism to seize the assets of the world. The cycle is evidently promoted riots, a currency scare, a huge saving loan from the WB or its branches and then that country gradually nationalizing private assets to meet interest and payments. It’s quite the drill. Their support of psychiatry gives their activities a flavour of attempted world dominion by mental-political-financial control. Easy seizure of anyone and his disablement or death would take care of all objectors, national dependency takes care of political control and puts a control on all assets of the world. Sounds crazy and of course it is. But this is Smersh at work. The only real danger is that the World Bank considers itself also senior to God.” — The Commodore, August 14, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The doppelgänger just looked like LRH. He was not the source of ‘new Tech.’ David Mayo (RTC-cofounder and self declared Snr C/S Int) and his team did that. The whole takeover was done by a team. Not by single persons: not by Miscavige, not by Mayo, not the doppelgänger, not by the butler. A big team and the history makers created the narrative we have to believe.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Jeff Jacobsen reported on the status of the Snow White criminals in Scientology. Contrary to claims that they have all left the church: “Then how come Duke Snider is listed in Source issue 91 as completing the Flag Executive Briefing Course? Why is Henning Heldt listed in Source issue 60 as completing level B of the St. Hill Briefing Course and in Source issue 67 as completing New OTV?”



Random Howdy

“I believe that Miscavige is as much into it for the sadism as he is for the money. He’s a little man who hates the world and wants revenge on those who snickered behind his back and called him ‘asthmatic dwarf.’ He’ll stick around as long as he has a few punching bags left.”


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:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, hearing on proof of service on Oct 3.
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 Nov 6.
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 scores major success with powerful new publicity effort
[TWO years ago] Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 10: Drying out from space coke
[THREE years ago] Faces of the Sea Org: Rare look at Scientology workers indentured for a billion years
[FIVE years ago] Whale watching: Your 2018 mid-year guide to who’s keeping Scientology alive
[SIX years ago] Fair Play: Before Leah Remini takes another whack, here’s a word from Scientology itself
[SEVEN years ago] Got a Purple Heart? Scientology wants to exploit you
[EIGHT years ago] Florida rejects complaint over Scientology ‘disconnection,’ but Brian Sheen unbowed
[NINE years ago] Kate Bornstein kicks cancer’s ass
[TEN years ago] Episcopal Church Objects to Being Included in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Scientology
[ELEVEN years ago] Narconon Not Scientology? Then Why Is Its Leader in the Church’s Concentration Camp?


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 3,121 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,636 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,186 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,176 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,057 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,361 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,232 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,337 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,784 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,126 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,692 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,611 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,778 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,360 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,621 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,657 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,373 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,937 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,252 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,427 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,978 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,109 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,447 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,302 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,421 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,777 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,080 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,186 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,584 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,460 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,025 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,538 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,792 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,901 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 14, 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.

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