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Confirmed: Scientology leader David Miscavige is coming to Los Angeles this month!

Two weeks ago, we told you that one of our sources had received an invitation to attend a taping of Scientology’s New Year’s event on December 16 at LA’s Shrine Auditorium, which suggested that church leader David Miscavige was following up his visit to England in November to revive the annual IAS gala there by doing the same in Los Angeles with the traditional end-of-year celebration.

Now, we have even stronger confirmation that this is the case, with a flyer announcing the New Year’s event, and featuring an image of Miscavige on stage.

During the pandemic and up to this summer, Miscavige had been holding smaller versions of these annual Scientology rites at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, and while evading process servers who would like to haul the pope of Scientology into numerous lawsuits in Florida and California.

So we figure he’s taking a bit of a risk to come to the Shrine with at least three active lawsuits going on in Los Angeles alone, and all three trying to serve him.

We’re going to assume that the LA crowd is going to hear many of the same things that the gathering in England heard, about Scientology destroying the psychiatric profession, saving disaster victims, and opening up new “Ideal” facilities around the globe. Hip, hip, hooray.


We can hardly wait to hear how it all goes.


Technology Cocktail

“Body Motion, sudden expulsions of breath, emphatic gestures, shouts and foot squirmings and anger can make the TA move down and can cause surges that can be mistaken for reads, even rocket reads. Not knowing this can falsify an assessment or leave the bank undischarged.” — 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 automobile manufacturer is going to be very surprised in a few years. His motors are going to start less and less and less, in spite of the fact that they get brighter and brassier and newer and more sure-fire. Because he’s running out of people who can start motors. Now, this sounds very, very esoteric and supernecromantic. But the living truth of the matter is, you must have some of the ability within yourself to know before the MEST universe will run for you. You’ve got to get the idea of things, you know? You look at something and here’s a strange piece of machinery. You’ve never seen it before, you haven’t any idea what it’s for and you look at it and you get an idea of what it’s for. And you look at it a little longer and you get an idea of how it runs. And why is this? What is a machine? This is a machine society. They turn men into machines, and machines into machines, and there are more and more machines and less and less men. Although the birth rate keeps increasing and the death rate keeps decreasing, that’s still true….You will see babies in a few years being born with slots in their heads so that you can drop a quarter in. And the government will collect the quarters. What are we doing? We’re going further and further and further from an idea, and more and more and more toward a fixed idea. An adding machine, in essence, is a fixed idea. An automobile is a fixed idea. It is an idea surrounded by and trapped in MEST. See that? A fixed idea. How are you going to fix an idea in the MEST? Well, that’s quite a trick and that’s why people can’t start cars. You have to sort of know it goes before it goes. That’s the truth of the matter.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 7, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“TECH BREAKTHROUGH: I have just made a fantastic tech breakthrough. For some days I have been spending hours each day on a Personality Change Research Project. I find it is not Personality but anti-social behavior that neither the person nor anyone else likes that is the change point. And I did it. I’ve got it. All cases benefit as it speeds exteriorization. It makes OT far more OT faster. Also it resolves the slow case gain case, the no case gain case, also the psychopathic personality and the criminal. The violent and depressed, the well and the sane are all covered now by one process series where the person will sit still. The Dianetic folder of a pc is used and what’s already in it is reworked…The substance of it is to attain at 10 the Really You, one’s Basic Personality and full OT Power. But as a single breakthrough it is very important as it opens the door not only to fast gains but also rids the universe of oppression. There was a common denominator to all cases good and bad. SO SAVE THOSE DIANETIC RECORDS AND WORKSHEETS. They are reused in this action and zoom!…You wanted to Clear the planet and end off SPs on the track. Well, boy, we’ve really got it! It’s been a valuable several days. Thank you for keeping things cool and going so I could work.” — The Commodore, December 7, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Ron rules. Academia (as an organization) sucks — today perhaps even more than then. Dianetics and Scientology is an engineering approach to the mind and humanities and they work better than what the establishment produces.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Karsten Lorenzen gave testimony in the Lisa McPherson civil case concerning another isolation watch. From the St. Petersburg Times: “A former Scientologist from Denmark said Friday that he helped force bread, fruit and liquids into the throat of an unconscious woman as part of an effort help her recover from a mental breakdown. Karsten Lorenzen’s detailed account at a news conference held by a group of Scientology critics resembles the experience of Lisa McPherson, as documented by state investigators and Clearwater police. Church officials said Friday they had not fully investigated the Denmark man’s story but called it another in a series of unsupported and fantastic allegations by critics who, they contend, have serious credibility problems. They said force-feeding is not a prescribed procedure in Scientology. Lorenzen, 23, also told his story this week in several hours of sworn depositions in the wrongful death lawsuit that McPherson’s family filed in Tampa against the church. Lorenzen said the woman was a Scientology staffer who became mentally unstable in May 1996 while training in Clearwater. He said she cut her wrists and was escorted back to Denmark by one of the same church staffers — Valerie Demange — who participated in McPherson’s care six months earlier. The woman was taken to a Scientologist’s apartment north of Copenhagen, Lorenzen said. One morning during the four-day episode, he said, the woman would not wake up. Demange called a supervisor, who advised them to feed the woman, he said. Lorenzen said he propped up the woman, sat behind her and reached forward to move her jaw in chewing motions while Demange placed food in the woman’s mouth.
He said he also massaged her throat to get her to swallow. He said the woman remained unconscious but was coughing and spitting. The meal consisted of two pieces of bread, a banana, orange juice and a glass of ‘Cal-Mag,’ a drink of calcium gluconate, magnesium carbonate, cider vinegar and water that Scientologists believe is healthful. Lorenzen said he has nightmares about the incident and thinks of it when he sees pictures of McPherson. Lorenzen appeared overcome at Friday’s news conference, sobbing on the shoulder of another Scientology critic, Jesse Prince. ‘I consider this guy another one of the stable who make outrageous allegations without any documentation to support it,’ said Mike Rinder, a top Scientology official. ‘I think these people literally sit around, drink and think up what the next outrageous thing is that they’re going to say to get them on the news.'”


Random Howdy

“Hubbard was navy-obsessed. You have to climb up to get to the ‘bridge’ on a ship.”



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] VIDEO: Watch this, and you will run to Scientology’s ‘spiritual mecca’
[TWO years ago] L. Ron Hubbard prepares his Scientology fans as he changes his ‘science’ into a ‘religion’
[THREE years ago] The 2020 Scientology holiday catalog is here! What are you getting for your favorite thetan?
[FOUR years ago] The rich donors keeping Scientology afloat at the end of 2019: Part 1, the lesser whales
[FIVE years ago] Scientology is quick to cry ‘bigotry,’ but these photos prove David Miscavige’s hypocrisy
[SIX years ago] KID CORPS: When Scientology’s Sea Org parents were told to stop wasting time on their kids
[SEVEN years ago] What to get the Scientologist who has everything: It’s the Scientology Xmas Catalog!
[EIGHT years ago] Jeffrey Augustine: Part two of his conversation with Jesse Prince
[NINE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Special Pearl Harbor Day edition!
[TEN years ago] Lori Hodgson and her son Jeremy: What you didn’t hear on Inside Edition
[ELEVEN years ago] Ken Dandar in Federal Court Today — And Loses Again


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 3,236 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,751 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,301 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,291 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,172 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,476 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,347 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,452 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,899 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,241 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,807 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,726 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,894 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,475 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,736 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,772 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,488 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,052 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,367 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,542 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,093 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,224 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,562 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,417 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,536 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,892 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,195 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,301 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,699 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,575 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,140 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,653 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,907 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,016 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 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

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