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How Gwyneth Paltrow is helping out Scientology this 9-11

Since Scientology’s TV channel (we hesitate to call it a “network”) first debuted in 2018, we’ve mostly kept away from it because it’s 24 hours of propaganda and nearly unwatchable.

About the only break viewers get is a weekly “Documentary Showcase” when Scientology brings in films by outsiders who are so desperate for their documentaries to be shown somewhere, anywhere, that they not only allow Scientology to air them, but also the filmmakers often sit down for interviews themselves.

We’ve talked to a couple of them, in particular J.R. Biersmith, who made a great film about Somali football players, and defended his decision to allow Scientology to feature it as programming on its new channel.

Since then we’ve highlighted a number of other filmmakers who decided to help out David Miscavige and his TV project with their films, but we admit that in the last year or so we had not been paying attention: It was obvious that there was an unending supply of filmmakers desperate enough for exposure on Scientology’s notoriously bad station.


Then, we got a press release forwarded to us from Scientology, boasting about the documentary it will be featuring today on the 22nd anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Scientology Network’s Documentary Showcase, the weekly series providing a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents the broadcast debut of Man In Red Bandana on September 11, 2023.

Written and directed by Matthew J. Weiss and narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow, Man In Red Bandana documents the selfless courage and inspiring legacy of Welles Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader who worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Described by those he saved as a kind of guardian angel, Welles guided injured, disoriented and panic-stricken victims to safety via an escape route he had located. But instead of taking the opportunity to save himself, he climbed back up the stairway to rescue still more.

Now, this sounds like a fine film, and in fact it’s been out since 2017 and you can see it on YouTube right now. But Scientology wants to make a big deal about it, and so it is announcing this as the movie’s “World Broadcast Premiere.”

The release mentions that Weiss had done an interview for the Scientology Network, and that the Documentary Showcase is an integral part of promoting Scientology:

Fundamental to Scientology is a humanitarian mission that extends to some 200 nations with programs for human rights, human decency, literacy, morality, drug prevention and disaster relief. For this reason, the Scientology Network provides a platform for Independent filmmakers who embrace a vision of building a better world. Documentary Showcase debuts films weekly from award-winning Independent filmmakers whose goal is to improve society by raising awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues.

Look, we understand that filmmakers are desperate to get their work seen, and that appearing on Scientology Network will also get you an interview shot by a professional SMP crew.

But there’s little doubt that Scientology is happy to use the name of Gwyneth Paltrow to promote its unwatchable slate of shows. Did Gwyneth even have any say in whether her narration is used to promote David Miscavige’s expensive plot to overthrow the airwaves?

On this big day, the Shakespeare In Love actress will be helping draw in unsuspecting viewers who won’t be told they’re being sucked into a Scientology promotion.


Technology Cocktail

“Don’t skip the ‘Joburgs’ because they make pcs squirm. This is how you find and get the withholds off. The case won’t move if you don’t. And give many Joburgs, one after every long Pre-Hav run, one or two levels, for the case responsibility comes up and as it comes up new overts are realized and they’ve got to come off.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1961




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 [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman



Source Code

“Several things need clarifying. And one is the length of the time track. And a lot of you have had considerable protest on the subject of the length of the time track. Because trillions of trillions of trillions of trillions of trillions of years, you know, T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T, you know and, ‘Oh, my God, ho, ho, ho! Oh, ho, ho dear! Getting so long. Da, dsa, dya, dya, dya, oh! Uh!’ You hear that around every once in a while. You probably felt like that yourself, you know. Well, I just have good news for you in that particular department. What I would choose to call ‘modern times’ extends from trillions – thirteen till now. That’s modern times. The stuff that’s more likely to influence the preclear in present time. Well, this is very germane.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 11, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Russian Cholera spread has altered our sailing schedule. The Eastern Med is crawling with Cholera bugs with red hammers and sickles stamped on them and certified to be lethal by the World Health Organization who needs a PR push to grab a quick buck from governments. It really isn’t dangerous but we’ll stay away from such areas. All ships except the Russian vessels carrying the disease are subject to Quarantine. Coming from a cholera port could get us one month quarantine which would mean no Couriers. So we just don’t risk being in a port that can be declared a cholera port or is one. Simple.” — The Commodore, September 11, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“My feeling regarding LRH at the moment is that he experienced far more difficulties with implementing Scientology here than he anticipated and is taking his time to destimulate before jumping into the morass again. I suspect that Justin Craig was a BT from LRH who wasn’t fully handled.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Larry Wollersheim reported more dirty tricks by Scientology this week. “Lawrence Wollersheim has just learned that the security of his Rocky Mountain Internet email account has been breached by parties unknown. “Within hours of the seizure of his computer by US Marshals and the Church of Scientology on August 22nd, an unknown party broke into two email accounts — and — changed the passwords, read, and then deleted the email.” The cos also has been pressuring the judge to force Larry to disclose his PGP passphrase, which would let them read more sensitive documents from his hard disk. “Tonight’s local news included an interesting blurb about this case. The judge refused to order Wollersheim to disclose his passphrase, since the encrypted material comprised names of Co$ critics who could then be targeted by the Church.” And a disturbing portion from a report by the Denver TV station KUSA. “Outside the courthouse, Scientology Director Kurt Weyland held up a pair of handcuffs which he said symbolized what the church intended to do to Wollersheim. “Like I told you this morning, I brought these handcuffs here to show what it is that we are driving for, which is to bring this man to uhhh, bruhh, to justice.’ Another issue has arisen. Some of the computer files the Scientologists seized from Wollersheim’s home are encrypted. Scientology has asked Judge Kane to hold Wollersheim in contempt. Wollersheim says the encrypted files are lists of people he says are victims of Scientology and he says he’ll go to jail before turning over his passwords, which unlock his secret files.”



Random Howdy

“You would think a Scientology connection would be enough to kill any political campaign if it was really played up in the media.”


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, first hearing set for Dec 4.
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. Next hearing set for Sept 26.
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 delivers superpowers, and here are the miracles to prove it!
[TWO years ago] On 9/11, Scientology leader’s ‘wake-up call’ was supposed to expand the church
[THREE years ago] SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Episode 3 leaks online, with bizarre kidnap attempt in broad daylight
[FOUR years ago] After 3 years of Hurricane Leah: ‘Scientology today is light years ahead of what it was’
[FIVE years ago] A visit from a private investigator has us wondering if Scientology is behind it
[SIX years ago] HURRICANE LEAH: ‘The defenses are crumbling. Scientology in Los Angeles is dying.’
[SEVEN years ago] How Scientology repackages itself and takes in the New York Police Department and NY schools
[EIGHT years ago] US Army catches Scientology ‘detox’ study rigging results, government document shows
[NINE years ago] DOX: Scientology drug rehab center found deficient after a 2010 California death
[TEN years ago] Scientology Slackers: How to Audit Away Your Passive-Aggressive, Dominating Deviancy!
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology President’s Son Died of Prescribed Methadone While Sick With Pneumonia


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 3,149 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,664 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,214 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,204 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,085 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,389 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,260 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,365 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,812 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,154 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,720 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,639 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,806 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,388 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,649 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,685 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,401 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,965 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,280 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,455 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,006 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,137 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,475 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,330 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,449 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,805 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,108 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,214 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,612 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,488 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,053 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,566 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,820 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,929 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 11, 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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