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This guy was so upset after Scientology, he spilled the OT 3 secrets in a 1974 classified ad!

One of the most important concepts in Scientology is that it harbors fantastic secrets about the nature of the universe, but you aren’t allowed to learn them until you’ve spent several years and lots of money to prove your dedication to the cause.

Thanks to the Internet, and South Park, and reporters at the Los Angeles Times, some of those secrets have been out for years and years, making it tougher for Scientology to convince newbies that the huge sums are worth it.

In particular, the McGuffin that Scientology has tried in vain to keep under wraps is the notorious story L. Ron Hubbard dreamed up about a galactic overlord named Xenu, who was responsible for an interstellar genocide 75 million years ago that left behind a lot of angry and confused disembodied souls that today cling to all of us by the hundreds or thousands. These unseen entities are referred to as “body thetans,” and upper level Scientologists pay hundreds of dollars an hour convincing themselves that they can locate them and drive them away. It’s batty.

And of course, how many people would join Scientology in the first place if they realized that eventually you’ll be paying thousands and thousands of dollars to drive away invisible intergalactic massacre victims from your person?


So for that reason, you can see why Scientology tries to keep the Xenu story under wraps, and why it’s interesting to note how, over time, it was leaked repeatedly before South Park in 2005 made it the subject of an episode and really turned it into a cultural touchstone.

Well, we believe that the first time anyone ever mentioned the name “Xenu” in print and revealed the practice of auditing body thetans as the ultimate aim of Scientology was in the 1972 book Inside Scientology by Robert Kaufman, a disappointed former Scientologist (and good friend of journalist Paulette Cooper, whose own book The Scandal of Scientology had come out the year before).

Richard Leiby, the Washington Post reporter, told us at one time that he believed he was the first reporter to mention Xenu in a newspaper story, in the Clearwater Sun in 1981, well before the Los Angeles Times or the St. Petersburg Times.

And now, our researcher friend has come through again with a fun find.

It’s another early revealing of the Xenu story that happened in 1974, and in, of all places, a classified ad.

Brendon Moore was a 28 year old Calgary electrician who was unhappy with how much money he’d been taken for in Scientology, and he showed up in a Calgary Herald story that May…

Mr. Moore told the Herald he left Calgary in January of 1974 for Los Angeles. He paid $1,140 to get “the level of power.”

Scientology claims that after this process people gain “the ability to handle power.”

“In Los Angeles, I was told I needed many hours of processing to get me ready for this level — somewhere between 50 and 125 hours at $50 per hour.” This could have cost Mr. Moore as much as $6,250.

“I didn’t need this processing. I was ready for power, but it was refused me on the grounds that I needed the extra processing,” he said.

“So I didn’t get the level of power and came back to Calgary. I went to Los Angeles to get the power again in March with the same result.”

Mr. Moore said that as a result of continual requests for the processing he had paid for the Los Angeles organization issued an order declaring him to be insane.

But even after that dig at Scientology in the article, Moore was apparently not done trying to get back at Scientology for what he felt was a rip-off.

In July, and then in December, classified ads appeared in Calgary newspapers spelling out the OT 3 story as a warning for people not to take Scientology seriously.


Can you imagine?

Here, take a look at the December 7 ad, which had Moore’s name on it.

He appears to spell Xenu’s name as “Xenn,” but still, you would think the church would have been very unhappy to see these secrets splashed in a newspaper in Canada, right?


Scientology Rip-Off

The following is OT III data. OT III stands for Operating Thetan Section III. This is one of the levels one reaches after expensive preparation in Scientology.

To a Scientologist, it is common knowledge that to discover OT III data before being prepared for it will kill a person. The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard says on a tape that the data on OT III is so vicious that it is designed to kill anyone who accidentally comes across it.

I was a Scientologist for seven years and I was taken in by the idea that the data on this level would harm me unless I had completed all the preparation steps. So I took preparation to the tune of about $5,000 in Calgary. I then went to Los Angeles, California to take more advanced levels. I was prepared to spend an extra $4,000 on these. To my surprise I was ordered to take more preparation which could have run to an additional $7,500. I refused and left Scientology shortly after.

I really felt like a fool when I learned what OT III was, after leaving Scientology. When you consider that L. Ron Hubbard was a science-fiction writer, the following should not surprise you.

75,000,000 years ago, a wicked character named Xenn, who was a leading figure in this Confederation of planets, decided to control over-population by means of fusing beings together under duress so they thought they were one. This was done by dropping hydrogen bombs on volcanoes which had beings dumped on them. After the explosion, the beings were further confused by showing them religious pictures of devils, angels, etc. Hubbard tells those Scientologists who have first paid for it that everyone’s body is made up of these befuddled beings and that only this OT III material is exclusive to Scientology. When you do this level, you get rid of these beings and are free from being overwhelmed by them.

Isn’t that a good story? It’s a really expensive one!

Brendon Moore

According to our math, Brendon Moore would be about 77 if he’s still around. We’d love to hear from him about putting this ad in the paper and whatever he might have heard back on it.


Drop us a line, Mr. Moore!


Technology Cocktail

“Do not shove things at a pc or throw things to a pc. Don’t gesture toward a pc. It drives in anchor points and makes the pc reject the auditor.” — 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

“Everybody is a southpaw earlier on the track, and they’ve shifted over in desperation to the right hand. Well, this southpaw in space opera came about — para-Scientology — came about where the individual carried his gun on the left-hand side of the body and drew it and used it with the left hand (the blaster and so forth). And you’ll find that people are very, very unwilling to use their left hands. They just don’t want to — don’t want to use that left hand and — because it kills people. Just as simple as that. And when people get killed their emotional kickback and so forth, is telegraphed through on the back blast and it makes one feel bad and one goes on down Tone Scale on a — on the overt act-motivator mechanism.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 17, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The barometer in this area is known to go from very low to very high within 5 days. Hurricanes seldom come here and usually reach only 60 to 85 mph winds. We are in a “moving depression” that isn’t moving. The ship is quite safe where she is. Only ‘Moderate to fresh winds gusting strong’ and ‘Rain’ is forecast for where we are. Golly that glass got low!” — The Commodore, October 17, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone


“The Time psy-ops are numerous and depend for their full force on implants which are intended more than anything else to disrupt a beings sense of Time. They are how a being’s reality is destabilized so that further implanting can even take hold at all. The dark occultists (the whole track implanters) have always known this and they have always used this. They are definitely using it now, and this century’s movies and books are far more geared to disrupt your innate sense of Time itself, than you may realize.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Scientology purchased an ad in the New York Times, comparing the current situation in Germany with Nazi Germany and the holocaust. German and U.S. officials and Jewish leaders all condemned the ad. From Reuters: “The advertisement, headlined ‘Practicing Religious Intolerance’ and ‘Germany Then and Now’ above the eagle and swastika insignia of Hitler’s Third Reich, described Germany as the only country in the world that systematically discriminates against Scientologists. In recent months, German officials have said Scientology should be banned or at least placed under covert surveillance. Scientology is not considered a religion in Germany and the government says it exploits the gullible for profit. “‘You may wonder why German officials discriminate against Scientologists,’ the advertisement said. ‘There is no legitimate reason but then there was none that justified the persecution of the Jewish people either.'” From the Associated Press: “Germany’s top Jewish leader said he was insulted Thursday by a Church of Scientology ad in The New York Times that compared Germany’s treatment of Scientologists today to Nazi persecution of the Jews. Ignatz Bubis, chairman of the nation’s Central Council of Jews and a prominent member of the centrist Free Democratic Party, said he denounced the comparison ‘because it is false.’ The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the church, defended the ad, which he said would run in other newspapers in coming weeks. Referring to the treatment of Scientology members in Germany, Jentzsch said: ‘We’re not saying it’s a Holocaust. But the elements are there.'”


Random Howdy

“I’m still amazed considering the subject of this forum when I read folks wondering about the efficacy of homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine etc. People, assume everything’s a scam or magical thinking and work it back from there.”


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 goes Xtreme! With the pandemic lifted, time to go straight up and vertical!
[TWO years ago] New allegation: Woman says she was raped by Danny Masterson at ‘Dracula 2000’ cast party
[THREE years ago] SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tommy Davis threatens to sue Aussie network over axed series
[FOUR years ago] He freed key documents from Scientology’s rehabs, and now he can talk about it
[FIVE years ago] Scientology tried to ruin her. Now, Sylvia DeWall has a message for her former friends and family.
[SIX years ago] On tonight’s ‘Leah Remini,’ reality star Mimi Faust takes on Scientology’s harm to family
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology finally uses trillions of years of wisdom for something useful: The perfect burger
[EIGHT years ago] When Scientology makes you a villain, you understand that it rules its members by fear
[NINE years ago] Scientology leader David Miscavige gets in just under the wire in NAFC lawsuit
[TEN years ago] Starting Today: Jefferson Hawkins Helps Us Get Our Scientology Ethics In!
[ELEVEN years ago] Texas Blues: David Miscavige Forsakes The Largest State in the Lower 48


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 3,185 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,700 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,250 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,240 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,121 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,425 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,296 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,401 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,848 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,190 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,756 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,675 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,842 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,424 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,685 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,721 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,437 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,001 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,316 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,491 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,042 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,173 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,511 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,366 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,485 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,841 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,144 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,250 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,648 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,524 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,089 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,602 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,856 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,965 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 17, 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…

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