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PODCAST: Apostate Alex says things really got weird on Day 3 of the IAS protest

On Friday, we had a great time checking in with Alex Barnes-Ross after what turned out to be a very successful day protesting Scientology’s IAS gathering at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England.

But what really seemed to catch Scientologists by surprise is that Alex and some of the other protesters came back for more on both Saturday and Sunday, which they found was not the case in the past.

On Saturday, a smaller crowd of church members arrives dressed in black tie for the Patrons Ball, and on Sunday the locals are invited for a charity concert.

But things really got interesting this time, Alex told us, when they stumbled upon the Scientologists holding an Ideal Org-like grand opening for a new “Qual” building on Sunday.

We think you’ll enjoy hearing Alex explain the strange things that happened next!




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“Each Thetan had his own ‘Home Universe’ and these colliding or made to collide, probably are the physical universe. But of this origin and these intentions we are not at this time certain.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1963



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

The ship in question — the ship in question was a heavy cruiser and its four-stripe captain had first come ashore and had looked at me, you know, ‘What! You’re Senior Officer Present ashore?’ and had sniffed. And I was trying to get him orders and he was trying to get orders and everybody was trying to do something to get it out of here, because the Japanese might strike in the north at any time. He finally came in the office, you know, all four stripes and gold braid and so forth, and he said, ‘Mr. Hubbard,’ he said, ‘if you will sign — if you will sign sailing orders for me, I’ll sail.’ So I scribbled out: ‘You are hereby detached from this station and shall proceed upon your way as befits your duties and missions. Signed, L. Ron Hubbard.’” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 7, 1959


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SUCCESS: My sincere gratitude to L. Ron Hubbard, Commodore, for my recent auditing program. Thanks to Tommy Klingvall my auditor for helping me to see the TRUTH and as-is the lies and take responsibility for the overts on the old Time Track. This IS what Total FREEDOM is. Nothing there but me.” — Lt. N.F. Starkey, Clear OT, November 7, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“I had an excellent psychic tell me amazing stuff about me that was accurate and she mentioned how I was Nicolaus Copernicus, that rings true for me, it could very well be true, I today am thinking totally out of the square and trying to expose the truth similar to how Copernicus was all those years ago.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Golden Era Productions set off a bomb this week during the shooting of their new movie “Man the Unfathomable”. From the San Bernardino Sun:
“The Church of Scientology blew up a replica of a downtown Los Angeles building early Tuesday at the former Norton Air Force Base, shaking people awake as far away as Redlands and Highland. The movie is about misunderstandings between people that ultimately turn violent, said Hilary Dezotell, a Golden Era spokeswoman. The scene with the explosion is about an agent who infiltrates a group and winds up blowing up a building. The explosion occurred just after 1 A.M. Tuesday, several hours after it was scheduled, said city fire Inspector Laurie Sawhill, who was overseeing the explosion for the Fire Department.”


Random Howdy

“I’m still nursing injuries from slam dancing.”


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] Death of a ‘whale’: Scientology loses a major donor and Mark Bunker critic
[TWO years ago] Spanish news website calls out Scientology volcano vultures at La Palma
[THREE years ago] Medal by medal, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘stolen valor’ is laid bare
[FOUR years ago] Scientology proudly now displaying miserable secret deal it offered Clearwater leaders
[FIVE years ago] Here’s an example of how Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ is designed to eat away at you
[SIX years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: ‘I just walked away from Scientology after seeing Leah’s show’
[SEVEN years ago] On the ballot tomorrow: The former lawman who let Scientology’s drug horror clinic off the hook
[EIGHT years ago] Desperate to hurt Going Clear‘s Oscar chances, Scientology goes down a dangerous path
[NINE years ago] Scientologist (and Tea Partier) Brent Jones is elected to Nevada’s legislature
[TEN years ago] Statistically Speaking: Jefferson Hawkins Takes Us Into Scientology’s Numbers Fixation
[ELEVEN years ago] FOUR MORE YEARS!…Of Inaction On 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 3,206 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,721 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,271 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,261 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,142 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,446 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,317 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,422 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,869 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,211 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,777 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,696 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,863 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,445 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,706 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,742 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,458 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,022 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,337 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,512 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,063 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,194 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,532 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,387 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,506 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,862 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,165 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,271 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,669 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,545 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,110 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,623 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,877 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,986 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 7, 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…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


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