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Scientology’s obsession with secrecy is in its DNA, and it results in absurdities

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Bruce Hines has another great narrative for us, with an extreme example of how Scientology’s obsession with secrecy resulted in inane (and very expensive) projects. ALSO: New judge sets a hearing in Leah Remini’s lawsuit [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail

“Whereas the pc may only have been in Scientology 3 days, before Scientology there were other types of “sessions” such as psychoanalysis. And before that, in Rome and Greece, dream therapy in which one was “visited by a God”. And before that—well, the chain can have a very far back basic. One does not of course suggest ever what the earlier incident may be. There is no telling what the pc may confuse with a session.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969




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 [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones



Source Code

“Suzette Hubbard is assigned to the post of Quartermasters Mate Div IV Ship and her pay resumed when she takes post. She did this post well but was both overloaded by added duties and given no assistance on major work actions. She has in the past done several posts well but overload and overwhelm has driven her off them. She is to learn coastal and celestial navigation in part time study so as to be able to train personnel in them. There are too few reliable navigators aboard.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 11, 1970


Avast, Ye Mateys

“WELCOME ABOARD: Three new arrivals, Evelyn Webster-Parsons who is our WW Representative, Paul Preston who is Deputy Ops for US Area, and Janice Tidman, returning to the ship, are welcomed aboard. …MORALE: I am getting a steady flow of reports of increased morale. I think we can have a happy ship.” — The Commodore, April 11, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Revealing overts in advance is done to protect against the withhold/missed withhold kickback mechanism plus the double whammy basic/basic-basic is standard practice. In Reverse Scientology the 5 illogics are referred to as the 5 Magics which as we know when misapplied with destructive intent are the anatomy of insanity. The entire set of phenomena and reverse Scientology audits out as an implant GPM case mechanism, including the double whammy which concerning the actual virus and the 5G immune sytem suppressor is something to be cognizant of.”


Past is Prologue


1999: Cinescape reports that casting has begun on the upcoming movie Battlefield Earth, based on a book by L. Ron Hubbard. “Reports that Saving Private Ryan standout Barry Pepper has signed on to John Travolta’s upcoming sci-fi epic Battlefield Earth are premature. The Insider followed up on the buzz only to hear from Pepper’s management that the actor has simply read for the part — he’s not signed. Whether he will end up starring in the movie’s the lead role of Jonnie Goodboy Tyler remains still up in the air.”


Random Howdy

“Ingo Swann was a Scientologist at one time and also a superstar of the make-believe magical circus. He was confirmed as being a ‘genuine psychic’ by Professors Dumb & Dumber (Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff), the same suckers who were conned by Uri Geller.”


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 May 17, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
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: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, hearing on April 16.
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] L. Ron Hubbard 2.0 starting new Scientology offshoot and says he’s getting out of jail soon
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s saddest celebrity, Eddie Deezen, arrested again
[THREE years ago] Scientology social media: Never a better time for learning to shatter suppression!
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s desperate response to pandemic is to let us see just how creepy it really is
[FIVE years ago] Pageant official: Miss New Yorks are clueless about Scientology and we’re OK with that
[SIX years ago] A new academic book takes apart Scientology and pop culture, and the apologists hate it
[SEVEN years ago] Federal judge to Scientology: I’m taking over the arbitration, and it’s jail if you interfere
[EIGHT years ago] Spying, intimidation, and ruin: Two lives caught up in Scientology’s notorious ‘Fair Game’
[NINE years ago] Garcias ask for reconsideration on judge’s error: ‘We never agreed that Scientology is a religion’
[TEN years ago] VERDICT: Scientology’s Quebec rehab facility violated human rights of David Love and 2 others
[ELEVEN years ago] Dianetics: Your Life Was Ruined Before Birth by Your Parents and Their Dumb Culture


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 2,867 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,362 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,877 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,427 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,417 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,298 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,602 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,473 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,025 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,366 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,933 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,852 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,020 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,601 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,862 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,898 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,614 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,178 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,493 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,668 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,219 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,350 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,688 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,541 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,662 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,018 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,321 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,427 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,825 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,701 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,266 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,779 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,033 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,142 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 11, 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)

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