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PODCAST: Fresh off protest success, getting into a Scientology org to judge its futility

Alex Barnes-Ross, the former London Scientology staffer who goes by ‘Apostate Alex,’ just can’t stop getting into trouble.

After the triumph of last week’s protest he planned at Scientology’s IAS gala in East Grinstead, he and Jeff from Canada, a/k/a YouTuber ‘PTS for Life,’ who had come over for the demonstration, made a side trip up north.

They decided to swing by the Scientology org in Sunderland, and wow, did they get a surprise. The two of them tell us all about it in today’s podcast.




Technology Cocktail/

“Charge that is restimulated but not released causes the case to “charge up”, in that charge already on the Time Track is triggered but is not yet viewed by the pc. The whole cycle of restimulated charge that is then blown gives us the action of auditing. When prior charge is restimulated but not located so that it can be blown, we get “ARC Breaks”.” — 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

“Actually, you can exteriorize a dog. You can process them. It’s very peculiar, but you can. They exteriorize as a mass. Did you ever run a preclear who exteriorized with a theta body? Hm? Well, you will someday. You will say, ‘Be three feet back of your head,’ and the fellow is there in a black shape with claws, or something of the sort. And then you have to exteriorize him from that black shape. Well, you’re already into the field of demonology when you say ‘Be three feet back of your head’ and you’ve got something which is a black energy mass which the individual conceives himself to be. You can’t see him. He’s invisible to you with your naked eye. But he’s not invisible to you with your theta vision. You can be 18 feet back of your head, leaning up against the molding strip, something like that; you say to this fellow, ‘Be three feet back of your head,’ and you’re looking at a demon….I’ve exteriorized a dog, much to his surprise. And pushed him back in again. Something on the basis of reaching in, grabbing hold of him as a theta body, pulling him out, and pushing him back in again. I’ve also exteriorized a coyote the same way. Coyote body lay there deader than a mackerel, while this process was going on. He’d been in full flight, and I reached from three feet back of his head and pulled him out of his body. All right. This may sound like a fairy tale to somebody who’s nailed down very solidly in Dianetics and is practicing man for the betterment of man. In Scientology we’re not very much interested in the betterment or the worsenment, and that is something which people have not yet completely isolated or noticed, and I haven’t mentioned very much in the field of Scientology. Get the idea? Scientology is an understanding of. That’s not necessarily a betterment of. You follow me?” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 11, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Nov 11 was Armistice Day, the end of World War I. Whistles blew and mobs screamed with joy because ‘the world had been safe for Democracy.’ Then Smersh really moved in, babied Bolshevik Socialist Russia, later spawned National Socialist (Nazi) Hitler. And a hundred million war dead later, the world is only safe for Smersh. Ah well, enough to make anyone cynical! But in all this time only ourselves has been burying Smersh top cats one by one. So there’s no need to be cynical. Get industrious. We’re winning whatever else is happening!” — The Commodore, November 11, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

Once the implant stations, matrix, AI interface, etc are cleared the next gradient of confront is the actual people who orchestrate it and our own participation by choice and decision and at knowing and willing cause-effect. Or in this scenario effect-cause at the bottom of the tone scale in total failure & the unknowable and a state of confusion, trying to figure figure it all out, with zero responsibility & accountability. The lowest and 1st echelon of beings to confront beyond and outside the theta/mest construct are the highly trained, Telepathic OT Programmers.”



Past is Prologue

2000: The New York Post reported on that Battlefield Earth, written by L. Ron Hubbard, may be turned into an animated series. “L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘Battlefield Earth’ sci-fi novel, already a movie starring John Travolta, will be turned into a syndicated animated series produced by Japan-based Pine Com International. Pine Com has inked a deal with Author Services, Inc. to produce 20 one-hour animated segments budgeted at $4 million and based on ‘Battlefield Earth,’ which has sold over 6 million copies since 1982. The deal was brokered by Javier Ruiz, Senior VP of Author Services. Ruiz says the deal also includes rights to interactive computer games and a comic book series based on ‘Battlefield Earth,’ which was named ‘Science Fiction Book of the Century’ by the American Book Readers Association. Pine Com plans to begin syndicating the episodes in spring 2002.”


Random Howdy

“Sunny is definitely Bunker Hall of Fame material after this. As long as she doesn’t get caught doing ‘roids or shooting an associate down the road from her house, she’s a first ballot shoo-in.”


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: Looking back at the fourth week of testimony in the Danny Masterson trial
[TWO years ago] Is Danny Masterson adding an OJ Dream Team lawyer to his defense? Also: trial set for Aug 29
[THREE years ago] Scientology still driving away talented people and ripping apart their families
[FOUR years ago] Scientology snags an elected official (and JAG!) for its Central Ohio ‘Ideal Org’ ceremony
[FIVE years ago] Michigan Catholic couple appears to open a Scientology drug rehab without a permit
[SIX years ago] ‘Scientology is dying’: John Brousseau on the decline of Int Base and fate of Shelly Miscavige
[SEVEN years ago] Leonard Cohen: This awful year strikes again with the loss of a transcendent genius
[EIGHT years ago] Under oath, Narconon official lets slip that drug rehab organized just like Scientology
[NINE years ago] Kim Poff fired by Oklahoma agency after stories (including ours) described Scientology dispute
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Tom Cruise’s Son Connor Fights the North Koreans!


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 3,210 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,725 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,275 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,265 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,146 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,450 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,321 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,426 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,873 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,215 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,781 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,700 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,867 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,449 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,710 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,746 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,462 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,026 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,341 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,516 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,067 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,198 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,536 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,391 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,510 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,866 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,169 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,275 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,673 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,549 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,114 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,627 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,881 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,990 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 11, 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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