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Report: Scientology Sea Org women forced to get IUD inserted before they can marry

Karen de la Carriere let us know she’s done a video interview with Rachael Hastings, the former Scientology camerawoman who made such an interesting emergence recently talking to Leah Remini and Mike Rinder.

Rachael spent more than 15 years in Scientology’s Sea Org and worked directly with church leader David Miscavige. But she explains that she was not confined to the Golden Era video production unit at Int Base. Instead, she traveled widely and got the opportunity not only to see many things other base personnel don’t, but she also had Internet access.

Karen tells us she did a lengthy video with Rachael, but she wanted to share with us a short portion because she says it contains a bombshell: She asked Rachael about Scientology’s practice of forcing Sea Org women into abortions, and Rachael said it’s still going on, but, “The language has changed to make it legally safer.”

In other words, in order to keep Sea Org workers from having children (and therefore making it more difficult to work them more than 110 hours a week, 365 days a year), they are persuaded to have abortions rather than being strong-armed, as in the past.


But she also revealed something startling. Rachael said that today, if Sea Org women want to get married, in order to assure that they do not get pregnant and face the prospect of being coerced into abortions, they are required to get IUDs inserted to prevent pregnancy.

Karen thought we’d like to hear about that, and we thank her for sharing this portion of the interview with us.

Also, she had a short anecdote about Rachael she thought we’d find interesting…

When Rachael and I connected recently she wanted me to know she had watched my videos on my Surviving Scientology Channel for years while she travelled the world doing videos for Gold Base.

Furthermore, she said that she had called me to ask if I could help her escape !

I recall talking to a female who was asking for escape help and I checked with a couple of people who warned me that it was likely an OSA ambush.

Who would have thought that someone could call from Gold base while still in?

Rachael reminded me that I told her my lawyers advised against it.

Boy, did I call that wrong.

I could have helped Rachel escape some 6 or so years ago !

Lessons learned.




Technology Cocktail

“We are on solid ground with technology and procedure. Let’s keep it that way. The goal has been sought on Earth for 2,500 years. We have achieved 8 first goal clears on the Saint Hill course in the last two months. People, with reason, trust a clear. We have attained the state of clear in Man. We must not upset that Trust.” — 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

I was asked to study the physical universe. I was being asked to study nuclear physics, atomic, and molecular phenomena, all sorts of odds and ends and incomprehensibles, and they had not basically resolved the most fundamental things they had to resolve, which are: space, energy and time — what are these things? They’re psychological phenomena. That’s all they are. And the whole science of physics, then, is entirely dependent upon the mind. You want to know why, then, did a nuclear physicist ever go into the field of the mind? Why did we ever get Dianetics and Scientology? Why did I become interested in it? Well, I became definitely interested in it because the smallest unit of energy I could find must be a mental unit of energy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 13, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“I have an annual stat of major programs (C/S Course, Target Packs, Data Series, Personnel Series, Expanded Lower Grades to name some of those of 1970). This stat is shooting into affluence this year since 1967. Having gotten Power redone into ‘New Power’ as a Tech Advance and developed tested (by Flag Qual) and issued OT VII I am now working out OT VIII and have made several breakthroughs on it in the last 10 days. If comparable work on Flag Income and production and Flag Org on GDSes and Bureaux on operation will now follow in we can book this rather quickly. Orgs are teams and all of Scientology is a team. It takes team work and back up to make things go right and stay right.” — The Commodore, October 13, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I’ll say this: any time you think you’ve got a better idea than the Old Man, think again.”



Past is Prologue

1999: An affidavit filed in the Lisa McPherson civil case was posted to a.r.s this week. The declaration by Robert Vaughn Young supports Jesse Prince’s declaration that high level Scientology officials would have been informed about Lisa’s treatment, which led to her death in 1995. Some excerpts: “At issue in this case is the command structure of Scientology and the issue of who might have known what or issued orders regarding the incarceration of Lisa McPherson. The organization is seeking to keep the controversy isolated to the Clearwater organizations, but this is not how Scientology has ever operated. The current corporate structure of the Scientology organization was created (starting in 1981) to prevent the intrusion of the courts and the authorities, by throwing up what appeared to be distinct corporations. This structure came about after the FBI raid of Scientology in 1977, which produced considerable evidence that the organization had been burglarizing federal (and other) offices as well as conducting other illegal activities. For these activities Mary Sue Hubbard, the wife of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and ten of her executive staff were jailed. Hubbard, himself, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator. With the raid, Hubbard went hiding to avoid being served. Meanwhile, despite the screams and protestations about ‘religious persecution’ that the GO was issuing, Mary Sue Hubbard and the 10 named aides signed a ‘Stipulation of Evidence’ and accepted the charges and went to jail. A ‘corporate sortout’ project had already been underway to restructure the organization to allow Hubbard to return and take command and to give him new protection. This was augmented by a ‘Special Project’ headed by David Miscavige that went to Los Angeles in 1981 to take command. Amongst their tasks, was the secret creation of several corporations, including Author Services, Inc. (ASI) and Religious Technology Center (RTC). It was decided to beef up the Religious Technology Center (RTC) to take some of the functions from ASI, thus reducing the threats. Until then, RTC had been junior to ASI only because the most senior organization was where Miscavige was working. Miscavige began to spend more time at RTC, which was taking on the function of running Dept. 20, which was renamed as the ‘Office of Special Affairs.'”


Random Howdy

“I’m not here to change anybody’s mind. I’m a soldier.”


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] Confirmed: Lisa Marie Presley, Marty Singer on witness list in Danny Masterson trial
[TWO years ago] 13,046 DAYS: David Miscavige goes ahead of L. Ron Hubbard as leader of Scientology
[THREE years ago] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 12: The city of Clearwater, Florida
[FOUR years ago] Just what Panama City needed, a new Scientology ‘Ideal Mission’!
[FIVE years ago] A queer story about Scientology, gender, and L. Ron Hubbard’s sweet pile of Swiss cash
[SIX years ago] After pausing to reflect, Marie Bilheimer takes on Scientology’s attack of her ‘Leah Remini’ spot
[SEVEN years ago] Attempted murder, a fancy lawyer, and the long path to healing: A Scientology life, exposed
[EIGHT years ago] Back in London for the next Scientology summit, featuring Russell Miller!
[NINE years ago] Kelly Preston finally blows away the last of her Scientology space cooties!
[TEN years ago] Sunday Special: Remembering Some People Who Mattered
[ELEVEN years ago] L. Ron Hubbard Whines (Again) About His Scientology Workload


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 3,181 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,696 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,246 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,236 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,117 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,421 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,292 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,397 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,844 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,186 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,752 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,671 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,838 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,420 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,681 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,717 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,433 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,997 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,312 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,487 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,038 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,169 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,507 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,362 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,481 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,837 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,140 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,246 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,644 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,520 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,085 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,598 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,852 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,961 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 13, 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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