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VIDEO: Scientology’s IAS tent is up, and the London staff is so stoked!

[Sandrine loves the big tent!]

Much thanks to Alexander “Apostate Alex” Barnes-Ross who tipped us that the London Org kids are at it again.

Not too long ago, Alex was a staffer there himself and knows all of these folks. And so he could tell us that not only has Sandrine Mootoo put out a fun new video whipping up the fervor about the coming IAS gala, but the woman also featured in the spot is Kate Wakley, who is married to the familiar figure of Charlie Wakely.

Time was just a few years ago that Charlie and Sandrine were being promoted by the org as a sort of dynamic duo, and the faces of the org. Sandrine is making a bit of a comeback with these new videos, but where’s Charlie?

Alex told us he found out that Charlie is deputy ED of Day, so he’s still in favor, but for some reason he’s keeping out of the limelight these days.

Anyway, Kate and Sandrine are doing their best to get folks pumped up about coming to East Grinstead for the IAS Gala weekend on November 3 to 5.


And Alex, as we told you earlier, has a major demonstration planned, and we hope to hear some new developments on that soon. In the meantime, he caught Scientology violating some local regulations with their big party, and he tells us he’s going to have a new update on that as well. So keep an eye on his website for the latest.

Ah, the whales of autumn are returning to East Grinstead for their trophies, and Captain Dave will be flying over to give a rousing stemwinder to the faithful under the giant tent.

No wonder Sandrine and Kate are nearly bursting!

See the video here.


Technology Cocktail

“It is no real sin to do a lousy job of auditing. It is a terrible crime to do a bad job of training and dissemination because then there’s nothing left to pick the cases up in this life or the next. Every bad auditor we turn out costs us a hundred preclears. Every good one puts us closer to our objectives.” — 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

“At any given time on the track an individual is a member of two or three groups at the same time. Member of the family, he’s a member of the society, he’s a member of the business he’s connected with. I mean anything like that, you know? Even if he’s a bum, he’s a member of a group called bums. He’s at least two or three groups, you see? All right. Now, how long has he been on the track? About two hundred trillion. And I’d say that it was about three groups every twenty-five years would be the most conservative underestimate of the situation. So that is something on the order of twelve groups a century times two hundred trillion less one hundred, you see? Less two cycles. So, it’s two trillion times twelve, or twenty-four trillion, and you would have to do this twenty-four trillion times. Now, how long are you going to live? Could you afford the number of E-Meters that you were going to wear out during this period?” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 24, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Most healing is in a primitive state. We are actually far more precise and organized in Dianetic and Scientology auditing than in any of the so-called healing arts. Almost all of our troubles come from being flanked on all sides with incompetent ‘sciences.’ These include medicine, psychiatry, chemistry — you name it. The world’s ‘sciences’ are so imbalanced they are delivering an overt product — a decaying Earth. The animal kingdom is almost gone. The rivers and seas support less and less life. If ‘science’ was so good, there would be steady improvement in the planet itself. And there isn’t. This goes directly back to Man’s failure to solve the riddle of himself. This failure then opened the door to domination by destructive personalities. If we ourselves get rid of the idea we are just drifting along with the tide and begin to demand and deliver high level performance on every post, we can get there while there’s still a planet left. We must raise our sights as to what we expect from ourselves and each other. Only then can we arrest and then reverse the decline. For this reason I am following a policy of demanding high competence on post and a total intolerance of slackness. We must be and can be a very sharp smart organization. I am doing all I can to make it so. Help me out.” — The Commodore, October 24, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“What kinds of ‘dark’ things did Ron do in his past? I don’t really want to know. I’m a lot more interested in all the stuff Ron wrote about and spoke of which has to do with Scientology. And for which I’m endlessly grateful.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Scientology this week purchased the assets of the Cult Awareness Network at an auction in federal court. The mailing lists and other sensitive files were apparently not sold. “On October 23, 1996 the Cult Awareness Network, Inc.’s service mark and trademark rights, including rights to the use of the CAN stylized logo, were sold as part of a $20,000.00 purchase of CAN assets in the federal bankruptcy court. Steven Hayes, of the law firm of Bowles & Hayes, bought the assets. The purchase becomes final in seven days. Mr. Hayes will control the service mark and trademark rights at that time. It not clear yet whether Mr. Hayes, or others associated with him, could take action against organizations using the words ‘Cult Awareness Network’ in their name without his permission, or merely for the stylized CAN/Cult Awareness Network logo that appeared in the past on CAN’s literature.”


Random Howdy

“The statistical fact that the vast majority of people who tried Scientology walked away from it almost immediately belies this idea that it’s a world class predatory system. A five percent success rate at hooking sucker fish is not impressive.”



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. Sentenced to 30 years to life 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. Next pretrial hearing October 30.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, Scientology submitting anti-SLAPP response Oct 26.
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: Discovery phase.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration.
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] PODCAST: Marc Headley on the Scientology spy at the Danny Masterson trial
[TWO years ago] Scientology wanted to make him their next superstar: The strange death of Kuba Ka
[THREE years ago] An early revolt against Scientology leader David Miscavige found in 1983 document
[FOUR years ago] Court docs say Danny Masterson was served in lawsuit filed by rape victims — but was he?
[FIVE years ago] Phil Jones: How Scientology sucked me in — even as National Lampoon warned me
[SIX years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: The business of Scientology, and the pitfalls of suing it
[SEVEN years ago] Kathy Slevin, sister who attacked Paul Haggis on behalf of Scientology, dies at 60
[EIGHT years ago] From our man in Europe: Details on the Dutch denial of tax exemption to Scientology
[NINE years ago] Ryan Hamilton hit with setback as Narconon motion to dismiss prevails on some issues
[TEN years ago] Jefferson Hawkins on Scientology Ethics: Let’s Get Utilitarian!
[ELEVEN years ago] It’s Official: Tommy Davis No Longer a Scientology Spokesman
[TWELVE years ago] Scientology’s South Park Investigation: Orders to Send in a Young Mole


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 3,192 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,707 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,257 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,247 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,128 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,432 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,303 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,408 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,855 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,197 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,763 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,682 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,849 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,431 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,692 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,728 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,444 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,008 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,323 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,498 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,049 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,180 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,518 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,373 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,492 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,848 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,151 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,257 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,655 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,531 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,096 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,609 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,863 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,972 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 24, 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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