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Ooh la la! Scientology is bursting about its soon-to-open Paris cathouse

Last month we brought you the news from Scientology’s Impact magazine that reported on the whales and their new trophies — the big donors who were feted on November 4 at that IAS Patrons Ball in all of their black-tie glory.

But the magazine also reported on some of the other things that happened at the IAS gathering, including church leader David Miscavige’s reveal that the new Paris “Ideal Org” is about to open any day now.

The magazine is really bursting about this thing, and we thought you’d want to see just how much they’re gushing about it. Here is what the magazine has to say about it…



Reflecting the cultural importance of this megacity, an eye-catching building within sight of thousands of commuters will advance true freedom for all of France. Here’s a look at the latest IAS-sponsored Ideal Org

City of light. City of love. City of the Louvre. For lovers of art, food and fashion, there is no place like Paris, the cultural capital of the world. And here’s another reason to say Vive Paris! It is now the location of the new Ideal Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Greater Paris.

It’s been a long-held goal, and with IAS sponsorship, this strategically located, architecturally striking 93,326-square-foot building is about to open its doors and welcome all Parisians in Ideal fashion. And when it does, it will join a pantheon of IAS-sponsored Ideal Orgs in cities of international importance.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Scientology first planted roots in Paris in 1959, when Europe’s first Church of Scientology was founded here. While the Church has had to battle resistance of epic proportions throughout the decades, this new building is a glorious sign that the Church has emerged triumphant.

180,000 vehicles a day travel on the Autoroute du Nord, France’s busiest highway, which passes by the Paris Ideal Org.

Situated just north of Paris in Saint-Denis, home to the historic Basilique Cathédrale, our six-story building — clad in reflective glass — is two blocks from the Stade de France. With a capacity of over 80,000, it’s the nation’s largest stadium. Built to host the 1998 World Cup (that would be soccer to Americans, football to the rest of the world), it’s the site of concerts for headliners such as Beyonce, U2 and Justin Timberlake. When Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Games, the Stade de France will be a prominent venue for many Olympic events, including the Closing Ceremony. So our eye-catching building will catch the attention of sports viewers from around the world.

Just a 20-minute drive to the Arc de Triomphe, it’s located on the Autoroute du Nord (A1), the nation’s busiest motorway, which runs from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport and to the city of Lille. The org is just a five-minute walk from a major train station, making it easily accessible.

Let the Spiritual Revolution Begin

While the mirrored exterior of the Ideal Org reflects its surroundings, the interior spaces reflect the ideal standards of Scientology. Visitors enter into a grand atrium that rises like a giant sequoia, the design inspiration for the interior of this building. Metal rings, representing the growth circles of the tree, are laid into the terrazzo floor. A white winding staircase with a sequoia-leaf-patterned guardrail seemingly soars to the sky, illuminated in part by massive skylights. The organic elements of the sequoia are integrated into a modern European aesthetic that is minimal and luxurious.

Formerly the French headquarters for a multinational electronics corporation, this example of architectural excellence will once again be a center of technology, but instead of marketing electronic devices, thanks to the support of our IAS members, it will be the nation’s center for spiritual technology and the attainment of total freedom.


Did you happen to catch that reference to the fact that France has investigated, prosecuted, and in general disrespected Scientology for decades? Miscavige couldn’t help making an allusion to it. And we can’t help wondering what the French press is going to make of this new monument to Miscavige’s ego when it opens this month, and so close to where the Olympics will be going on this summer.

Mon dieu.



Technology Cocktail

“We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology. This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1965



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

“As I used to be president of the American Fiction Guild author’s league up in New York, when I was a kid — that’s right, I was a kid — it was very funny to me, I used to laugh myself silly, all of the confession stories written in America are written by unmarried ladies who have reached 40 or 50. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being an unmarried lady reaching 40 or 50. This is perfectly fine. But how come all these confession stories? Yeah, that’s interesting. Because it was out of the current lifetime’s field of experience. I realize now they were writing about past lives, that they were picking it up Whole Track and just putting it in modern dress. But they didn’t know what they were writing about, basically, in this lifetime.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 2, 1960


Avast, Ye Mateys

“This very nice tribute and list was sent me by Lt. Cmdr. Joan Robertson:
Dear Sir, Like you, I am burying the old year not praising it. YET — Thank you for the wild and wonderful year we have just finished
for restoring all Tech
for restoring Power


for OT VII
for the Sanity Tech Breakthrough
for Ext Intensive
for the C/S Series
for the EP’s
for revitalizing training
for all the other Brilliant Tech Breakthroughs.
And thank you for the Tech of Admin —
for restoring all Policy
for the Bureaux
for the FEBC, HC, OEC —
Supervisor Courses
for Exec Dirs
the Org Boards


for the Aides Conferences
the personal Conferences
the Data Series
the Personnel Series
the Org Series
the PR Series
this Brilliant Management system
the Org and Product Officer System.
Your help on ship lines and to me as an Aide, an officer, a Con, and as a Being.
And for your trust in me in letting me help.
I pledge again my love, loyalty, devotion and work.
A very Happy New Year — Sir!” — The Commodore, January 2, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“The evil intention of Pelosi and her Democrat followers is there to be as-is and vanished by the Indie OTs and scientologists/ex-scientologists.”


Past is Prologue

1997: A letter from Downbeat Magazine was posted this week, from Jim Beebe, a reader familiar with Scientology. “Chick Corea should be publicly caned for his shameful hustling of the Scientologist cult (‘On The Beat’ Oct. ’96). For years, every interview with Corea was a plug for Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. Many of Corea’s recordings had tributes to Hubbard and an address to write for more information. I, and who knows how many other musicians and fans took the bait. Thanks, Chick, for those wasted, brainwashed years and all of the money blown on quack courses and counseling. For some of us, too many years have gone by–but the public should be informed that those of us who have been lured into this destructive cult by Corea, can sue him and this cult and win legal redress.”


Random Howdy

“Alex Jones and L. Ron both became millionaires by selling people crazy. The $64,000 question is whether it was (A) a cynical scam (B) they’re both insane (C) all of the above.”


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 January 29, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, motion to strike/anti-SLAPP motions by Scientology to be heard January 9, 2024.
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] A video that answers, what’s it like in Scientology with business so down these days?
[TWO years ago] TODAY: Scientology wants you to make a resolution to fork over every penny in 2022
[THREE years ago] Worst part in the Scientology ‘arbitration’ ruling? Danny Masterson can participate.
[FOUR years ago] Graham Berry shares a Scientology secret with us that might explain everything
[FIVE years ago] Scientology smears ‘Aftermath’ guest with info from his supposedly confidential files
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s original case of ‘disconnection’ — L. Ron Hubbard and his doting mom and dad
[SEVEN years ago] David Miscavige has plenty of new Scientology buildings set to open in 2017
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s 2016: CNN plans to give L. Ron Hubbard his best press in decades
[NINE years ago] LEAKED RENDERINGS: What Scientology’s (post-KCET) new media center will look like
[TEN years ago] THE TOMMY DAVIS DEPOSITION: Scientology asks judge to reconsider forcing Miscavige deposition
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Giving this “Internet” Thing a Whirl


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 3,262 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,777 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,327 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,317 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,198 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,502 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,373 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,925 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,267 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,833 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,752 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,920 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,501 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,762 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,798 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,514 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,078 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,393 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,568 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,119 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,250 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,588 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,443 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,562 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,918 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,221 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,327 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,725 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,601 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,166 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,679 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,933 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,042 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 2, 2024 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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