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Biggest protest since Anonymous era planned for Scientology leader’s return to England

[The IAS tent begins to take shape at Saint Hill]

In May, former London Scientology staffer Alexander “Apostate Alex” Barnes-Ross introduced himself to the Underground Bunker community.

Since then, he’s been keeping a close eye on Scientology’s moves in Great Britain, and we told you that recently he confirmed that the annual IAS gala would be returning to England for the first time since 2019, and with it Scientology’s reclusive leader, David Miscavige. The event is scheduled for the weekend of November 3 to 5, and will take place in a large tent on the grounds of Saint Hill Manor, Scientology’s UK headquarters in East Grinstead.

Now, Alex wanted us to know some of the plans he has for a protest to greet Miscavige which should, he says, be the biggest demonstration against Scientology since the days of Anonymous more than a decade ago.

“This will be the first anti-Scientology protest held in the UK for 5 years and based on the registrations received so far, it looks like it will be the largest since Anonymous took to the streets 15 years ago,” he says.

And his motivation?


“When I was a teenager, I was locked in a room at their London Org at 146 Queen Victoria Street and told I couldn’t leave until I’d written down everything unethical I’d ever done – when all I was asking for was help. After leaving, I have heard countless stories of similar things happening to Scientologists around the world – people being harassed, forced to have abortions, held against their will and, for example, thrown in the lake during winter at Saint Hill as punishment. I have had enough, and I want people to realize what really happens inside Scientology.”

And he says the response from others who feel similarly has been remarkable. He has so many sign-ups, he tells us, he has not only already obtained police clearance for a static demonstration, he’s also seeking approval from the East Grinstead council for a march, which would require road closures. (If you’re interested in attending, Alex asks that you visit the protest’s website.)

Also, he got his hands on a list of the artists who will perform on Sunday at the event, the usual charity concert. Headlining will be the usual Scientology mainstays, swing band the Jive Aces. But we were also happy to see that included on the bill is none other than our old friend Chill EB!

Wow, that brings back some memories.


Technology Cocktail

“There are ‘auditors’ who look to the pc for all their directions on how to handle their cases. As aberration is composited of unknowns this results in the pc’s case never being touched. If the pc only is saying what to do, then only the known areas of the pc’s case will get audited.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1962



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

“Have you ever run a sperm sequence? It doesn’t have any energy in it either but it has all the energy there is in it. Have you ever seen anybody lying on the couch in the sperm sequence, and seen his feet start to swing sideways in an impossible motion? He says, ‘What am I doing?’ The energy which is generating that was of the magnitude necessary to wiggle the tail of something which is only visible in a microscope. And yet this fellow is wiggling his whole body on this tiny, tiny amount of energy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 10, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys


“The Sea Org proper was begun with Flag Order No. 1, 12 August 1967. On about that date the ‘Avon River’ was launched in Las Palmas. FO 639 gives 9 Oct 67 as the ‘proper’ beginning as it then had a function. But 12 Aug would be its real birthday.” — The Commodore, October 10, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I am immediately demanding a Committee of Evidence. Ron 2.0 is threatening to declare me suppressive and cancel all of my certs and refuses to let me use his materials in the future.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Hud Nordin reported a second appearance of the Scientology Chicken on the Conan O’Brien show. “The famous Scientology Chicken, Johnson, made his second appearance on NBC’s Conan O’Brien show, on Tuesday October 8 (broadcast early morning, October 9). The plot was about the same, the animated chicken is invited out to entertain the kids and fails to do anything but harp on L Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and scientology. This time, when pressed, Johnson’s aborted attempt at a story was about a boy named Tom, and a girl named Nicole, and a pie made out of… scientology berries!”


Random Howdy

“I lived through 70’s Punk, early 80’s hardcore, late 80’s alternative, and whatever passed for a scene in the first half of the 90’s, and most of my friends from those time periods are dead. But at least they had some really good times before their number came up. I don’t think Scientologists can say the same.”



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] The case against Danny Masterson: Details from the prosecution brief on the eve of trial
[TWO years ago] Tom Cruise, looking puffy again between movie shoots, gets booed at SF game
[THREE years ago] Read the prosecution’s smackdown of Danny Masterson’s attempt to get out of rape charges
[FOUR years ago] Nancy Cartwright tops $17 million as Scientology celebrates its whales
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s cruise ship the Freewinds: Why OT 8 needed to be delivered off-shore
[SIX years ago] Here’s how Scientology tried to keep you from seeing tonight’s episode of ‘Leah Remini’
[SEVEN years ago] One of Scientology’s new Narconons got inspected — and turned up one surprising result
[EIGHT years ago] Another minor omen of the coming Scientology apocalypse appears in Florida
[NINE years ago] Vance Woodward’s lawsuit dismissed as judge grants Scientology’s anti-SLAPP motion
[TEN years ago] OOPS: Government Shutdown Stalls EEOC Lawsuit Against Miami Scientology Chiropractor
[ELEVEN years ago] Why Tom Cruise Can’t Quit Scientology


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 3,178 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,693 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,243 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,233 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,114 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,418 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,289 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,394 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,841 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,183 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,749 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,668 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,835 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,417 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,678 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,714 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,430 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,994 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,309 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,484 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,035 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,166 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,504 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,359 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,478 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,834 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,137 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,243 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,641 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,517 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,082 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,595 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,849 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,958 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 10, 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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