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The time Scientology healing was used on a broken bone at Tom Cruise’s house

The year was 1993 or 1994. It was a brief segment of my 24-year career in Scientology’s “Sea Organization.” The location of my post then was on the “Int Base” (the international headquarters of the entire Scientology network) near Hemet, California. The location of this 500-acre property was top secret in that strange world, known to only a small percentage of Scientologists everywhere.

However, at that time I was spending most of my time in Los Angeles, which was about 90 miles away. Usually I was in LA Monday through Friday, then drove back up to the Int Base Friday night, and back to LA again in the wee hours between Sunday and Monday. Because of my close proximity to Scientology-related things in LA, I sometimes was tasked with matters that had gotten the attention of some people in top management.

So, one day I was instructed to go see a lady named Jenny. She was a very pleasant person, tall and slender and blond and attractive. She was an Int Base staff member who was on a special “project” in LA. It is the nature of this project that makes this little tale interesting. Some may remember that Tony has written things about work being done by Sea Org members to benefit Tom Cruise personally. One such story was about John Brousseau customizing an airplane hangar and other things. In a similar vein, Jenny was the person in charge (the Project I/C) of work to do renovations and decorating in a house in the LA area belonging to Cruise.

A project in the Sea Organization is a very formal thing. “Project Orders” get drawn up and reviewed and corrected and tweaked and finally approved by some high-up person. Since this project had to do with Cruise, the approving person would have been a senior member of the Religious Technology Center. I was not privy to those details, but I’d be willing to bet that David Miscavige and his wife, Shelly, were involved. The orders list out detailed tasks and other “targets” that are aimed at accomplishing the purpose of the project.


Qualified people then get selected to go on the project. They must be “not in ethics trouble,” have abilities and/or training related to the actions to be performed on the project, and have a record of having been productive in similar situations. They would have to receive and pass a “Security Check” (a kind of interrogation conducted while the person is connected to an electronic device) related to the project. They would have to carefully study the Project Orders and then pass an oral examination. They would have to build “Clay Demonstrations,” using playdough, showing the key tasks to be accomplished. They would then receive a special briefing and get “fired” (sent out) to begin the project.

I don’t know how many people were on this particular project in LA. But one could assume that it was at least three and probably more. While on a project, which might be expected to take weeks or months to complete, the person in charge would have to send “Daily Reports” (DRs) at the end of each night to a person at the Int Base responsible for “running” the project (the “Project Ops”).

These reports would go via an internal email system. A reply from the Project Ops would have to be received by the Project I/C before commencing the next day’s work. These replies gave instructions intended to keep the project members on task and making progress in the expected time frame.

The members of the project, including Jenny, all had posts on the Int Base. But while working on the project they were forbidden from doing anything related to their post. They could only work on the project. Some poor souls who worked in the areas of the project members’ actual posts were expected to pick up the slack, in addition to doing their own posts. The project members had to write up “hat turnovers” that laid out the things they were leaving behind that had to be taken care of by someone else.

Jenny’s actual post was in the “Commodore’s Messenger Organization for Golden Era Productions” (CMO Gold, which was separate from CMO Int). Jenny’s last name had been Gaynor prior to getting married. I don’t know if she is still in the Sea Org. In any event, it was unusual that I was ordered to get involved in some project. It wasn’t that I did any of the work that the project was doing. It was needed that I do some auditing on Jenny. She had broken her wrist from a minor accident working on Tom Cruise’s house. She had a cast on her arm when I arrived to see her. That state of affairs would not be a big deal in most normal organizations. She could still type the DRs, supervise the work being done, relay orders, and do other project work while her arm healed, right? That break would heal in a matter of weeks, after all.

However, in the Scientology world as laid out by L. Ron Hubbard, this was a serious situation. You see, it meant that Jenny was a “Potential Trouble Source.” She was “PTS.” That meant, in the “technology” of Scientology, that she was liable to make mistakes, foul things up, have accidents and injuries, get sick, and even take on characteristics of a “Suppressive Person.” And she was in charge of an activity that was making changes to Tom Cruise’s private property — as ordered by David Miscavige in order to impress him or woo him or something. Heaven forbid that anything got damaged.

Mr. Hubbard wrote a lot of things about the subject of “PTSness.” He wrote more on that topic than he did on almost anything. A person can be “Type I PTS,” “Type II PTS,” “Type III PTS,” “Type A PTS,” “Pretended PTS,” or “False PTS.” There are detailed descriptions of all of these categories, each with their own handlings, which can be relatively simple or quite complex.

The problem was that these supposed cures for PTSness did not work. That’s why, in my opinion, over many years Hubbard had to keep coming up with new explanations for PTS phenomena and what to do about them. Any person alive can occasionally make mistakes or have a minor accident or get ill. This includes all Scientologists, regardless of whatever “handlings” for PTSness they had undergone previously. It follows then that people who have been in Scientology for quite a while have experienced numerous attempts to deal with their “PTSness.” It can get quite messy. I remember withholding that I had caught a cold so that I wouldn’t have to go through being dealt with as a PTS.

Anyway, this was Jenny’s plight. I went to Cruise’s house where she and the other project members had been working. I don’t remember where that house was nor much else about it. I went in the evening when it was dark. I audited her in a small room near the front entrance and didn’t see the rest of the house. I gave her some “assists” (various auditing processes that were supposed to help her wrist heal faster). I gave her a “PTS interview,” which had the purpose of finding out details of her PTS situation. I believe I went there twice. I made written records that went into her auditing folder and then to some “Case Supervisor” who was located “uplines” (at the Int Base). The Case Supervisor would then have to decide what to do about this PTS situation.

My involvement ended there. I don’t know what happened to Jenny. She may have been “recalled” and replaced with another Project I/C. I also don’t know what work was being done at that house. I recall some mention of difficulties with large furniture getting moved and arranged. But the project would not have just been dealing with furniture. It is possible that it included managing outside contractors, though that is just a guess on my part. But one thing is for sure. There were an awful lot of Sea Org man-hours expended in a grand effort to win over Tom Cruise. There were many such efforts over many years. Anyone familiar with the goings-on at the Int Base would know that only David Miscavige could be behind those activities. It seems to have paid off.

— Bruce Hines


Technology Cocktail


“What exactly does the E-Meter read? It reads the degree of mental mass surrounding the thetan in a body. A thetan accumulates mental mass, pictures, ridges, circuits, etc, to the degree that he misassigns responsibility. If he does something and then says that it was done by something or someone else then he has failed to assign cause rightly and, doing so, he is of course left with an apparently uncaused mental mass.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1960



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

“You’ve heard time and again how dangerous it is. You mustn’t fool around with the mind! Perfectly all right to take a meat ax to the brain, but you mustn’t fool around with the mind! I got my belly so full in 1950 of psychoanalysts telling me how dangerous it was to fool around with the mind. But I finally more or less rejected it with laughter, because I looked at who was talking. And when he said fool around, man, he meant fool around, because I found out he could not study Dianetics; he could not do it. And do you know our main departure from training psychoanalysts and psychiatrists and medical doctors is not really based on the fact we are antipathetic toward them at all. It’s the fact that they can’t seem to duplicate study materials. And it’s just so hard, it’s so tough.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 18, 1966


Avast, Ye Mateys

“CONDITION: Bill Blundell, on Dep LRH Comm data of 3 days absence from Qual as an auditor, and from Dir Rev on insolence and refusal to audit is assigned DOUBT. If Bill persists with his SO record of invisibility, the condition will be lowered. There comes a time when all men have to stand up and be seen and do their jobs in life. That time has arrived for Bill Blundell.” — The Commodore, August 18, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“We as Scientologists don’t need to fumble around figuring out what kind of future we want. We already have clear plans to implement in the fourth dynamic and for its future. One is LRH’s International City, the creation of a One World Capital in Northern Africa. Another is LRH’s Organization Board. And the other is Captain Bill Robertson’s New Civilization Game. The agenda to implement a One World Government for Earth and the incorporation of Earth to the Galactic community.”


Past is Prologue


1999: Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon is suing the state of Maryland for a task force to investigate cults on college campuses. From the Associated Press: “The suit, filed Monday, alleges that the state General Assembly has ‘determined that it is both unnecessary and harmful for students to think for themselves.’ The plaintiffs, which include the International Coalition for Religious Freedom, funded primarily by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, claim the Task Force to Study the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions is violating the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment. ‘The government cannot, absolutely cannot, get involved in adjudicating what’s a right religion and what’s a wrong religion,’ said Kendrick Moxon, a Los Angeles civil rights attorney representing the plaintiffs. The suit seeks an injunction against the task force, as well as a declaration that the inquiry is unconstitutional.”


Random Howdy

“Not only are there numerous loopholes allowing dangerous cults to operate freely, there are numerous loopholes allowing idiots to buy wild, endangered animals. A portion of these animals end up at canned hunting operations in Dumbfuckistan where they are gunned down by Dick Cheney and evil fucks of that ilk. It’s gotta stop.”


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] EXCLUSIVE: An eyewitness account of the place where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige
[TWO years ago] Laura Prepon claims she’s out: ‘For Scientology this is catastrophic’ says Mike Rinder
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini’s podcast: Paulette Cooper, Scientology’s ‘OG of Fair Game victims’
[FOUR years ago] Scientology is staffing its Narconon in Ireland like it’s already won court approval
[FIVE years ago] From Jon Atack’s ‘Blue Sky’: Reorganizing Scientology as L. Ron Hubbard’s life waned
[SIX years ago] As he predicted, Pastor Willy Rice gets the Scientology ‘Fair Game’ treatment
[SEVEN years ago] New Scientology financial disclosures reflect the dire state of its chief drug rehab
[EIGHT years ago] Google helps Scientology huckster Per Wickstrom bury a rehab patient death
[NINE years ago] Scientology graduation videos from Copenhagen? Yes, please!
[TEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: A Scientology Advertising Bonanza!
[ELEVEN years ago] Former President of Narconon Oklahoma Now Calls It ‘Watered-Down Version of Introductory Scientology’
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology Watching Hits the Beach!


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 3,125 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,640 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,190 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,180 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,061 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,365 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,236 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,341 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,788 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,130 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,696 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,615 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,782 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,364 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,625 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,661 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,377 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,941 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,256 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,431 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,982 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,113 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,451 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,306 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,425 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,781 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,084 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,190 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,588 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,464 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,029 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,542 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,796 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,905 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 18, 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

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