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VIDEO: Apostate Alex’s MP calls for government investigation of Scientology!

Alexander Barnes-Ross continues to produce results, and this time he has a remarkable update: His meddling with Scientology’s affairs has resulted in an MP calling for an investigation of the Church in Britain.

We’re in California and yesterday we took a cycling excursion to visit a favorite aunt, but we managed to do a Zoom call with Alex on our phone.

Alex tells us that he had written to his Member of Parliament, a woman named Diane Abbot, and she stunned him with the letter she sent.

“I have written to HMRC, who brought the case against the Church of Scientology for ruling that their ‘chapel’ was a place of worship, urging them to look again at options to appeal this decision and also to more broadly investigate the church’s finances for fraudulent activity. I will share with you any response I receive.”

Wow. That seems pretty significant.


Please watch the video and let us know your reaction.

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Technology Cocktail

“A real Roller Coaster of processing results is never because of restimulation caused by training, it is always the sole result of association with a Suppressive Person.” — 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

“The technology we have, without any thought at all we can make the sane saner and the insane sane, and the breakthrough which exists here technically is so strong that it actually cuts though the normal protective mechanisms of the mind, wham, wham. And that the use of this material by any but a well organized, well disciplined group would be very fatal, quite lethal. And therefore we’re in the peculiar position now of not being able to export all the technology we have, because the areas into which we would export it, and the orgs into which we export it are insufficiently organized to be able to handle and control it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 18, 1971


Avast, Ye Mateys

“‘CHILDREN’: By FO No. 301 a Condition of non-existence is assigned to any member of the ships company that obstructs a child from doing his or her work, deprives the child of his possessions or his job. This applies to all cadets and Middies as well.” — The Commodore, January 18, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH said that the release of OT9 and above required a large group of people through OT8 and many orgs the size of old Saint Hill. If OT9 were first dynamic levels then such would not be necessary. The Church of Scientology and the Sea Org are not real groups as they operate on inverted third dynamics to the detriment of the individual first dynamics. True groups involve the interactions of individuals who are surviving on the first and second dynamic. The authoritarian hierarchical structure of Scientology organizations makes that impossible. We have a long way to go.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Bob Minton announced that Factnet had discovered a Scientology operative working under-cover. “They had unfettered access to information about me and my whereabouts, Stacy’s inner circle of friends, FACTNet records, Dan Leipold’s office, Graham Berry’s office and other juicy bits of info. Not only that, this plant had worked for the Cult Awareness Network for years and was an intimate friend of Cynthia Kisser, Craig Branch and a number of others active in the counter-cult movement. Her name is Laura Terepin. We hired some PI’s with impeccable credentials to check up on a few points about Laura. Laura lied about living alone in Madison WI. She never mentioned that one of her 3 house mates was a co$ chicago staff member. Laura cell phones were billed to a Hollywood, CA private investigator who seemingly had at least 13 other phones billed to him that were linked to co$ operatives. Laura’s boyfriend works for the same PI who handled the phones. And the clincher is that daily calls to OSA in LA showed up on Laura’s phone records.”


Random Howdy

“I’ve already exteriorized three times today…without coffee!”


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] ‘WHOA’: Scientology selling ‘Total Immortality’ in slick new video!
[TWO years ago] Leah Remini interviews one of the original online troublemakers: Andreas Heldal-Lund
[THREE years ago] Scientology nostalgia: Never-before-seen photos from a 2001 celebrity wankfest
[FOUR years ago] Narconon whistleblower Lucas Catton puts out a new memoir about his Scientology nightmare
[FIVE years ago] Filmmakers tell us why they decided to help Scientology with its new TV network
[SIX years ago] A new chapter for one of the best Scientology books of all time? Yes, and we have it!
[SEVEN years ago] Leah Remini has changed Scientology forever — which episode was your favorite?
[EIGHT years ago] Stalked in New Orleans cemetery: Scientology’s secretive defectors getting more open
[NINE years ago] VIDEO LEAK: See former Scientology official Marty Rathbun interrogated under oath
[TEN years ago] Jon Atack on Scientology’s fundamental feature: the thousand-yard stare
[ELEVEN years ago] Blogging Dianetics, Part 3: The Meaning of Life!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,783 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,278 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,793 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,343 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,333 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,214 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,518 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,389 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,941 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,283 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,849 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,768 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,936 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,517 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,778 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,814 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,530 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,094 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,409 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,584 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,135 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,266 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,604 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,459 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,578 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,934 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,237 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,343 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,741 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,617 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,182 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,695 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,949 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,058 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 18, 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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