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What Alex Barnes-Ross told East Grinstead councillors about Scientology abuses

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Yesterday, former London staffer Alex Barnes-Ross had the opportunity to speak about Scientology’s abuses with two councillors in East Grinstead, the English town where Scientology has its UK headquarters. And he explains how their reaction was better than he expected. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail

“If a student hasn’t a clue about what he is doing then a thousand goofy outnesses will keep cropping up, each one requiring (a Supervisor thinks) a special instruction.

After a while you get a course text weighing one ton, and all because the student didn’t grab the basic definitions in the first place.” — 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

“We are processing as close to definitions as possible. This has always been true in the Advanced Course — in these Clinical Courses. We process as close to definitions as possible. And when we’re right on the button with definitions, we see that space is a viewpoint of dimension, we of course have the basic of any universe. Of any actually created universe, the basic is that there must be somebody there to be the central viewpoint of it. Well, whose postulates would hold in that universe? Of course, the person whose viewpoint it was. That person’s viewpoint would hold. Therefore, we have the god concept. Now, the other things that are manifest here that aren’t mentioned on this data sheet — down here we see the Know to Sex Scale is something that you could use for diagnosis and hasn’t been gone into here very thoroughly. Now, here we have know, look, emote, effort, think, symbols, eating and sex.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 13, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“GOOD NEWS: Indications are that we will have won the war with Smersh in a year or two. They have lost further ‘prominent leaders.’ We have directly traced and documented their origin to East Germany and have found the crimes they sought to hide. Lesser lights in their ranks are turning to us for guidance. Their network is collapsing under the various stresses to which they have been subjected. They may fight more skirmishes through men they control in govts but it is obvious we will win the war.” — The Commodore, April 13, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Scientology is booby-trapped to the point where Scientologists are sometimes unable to confront and handle reverse Scientology in PT. False bridges are confronted and resolved as an integral component of life on earth and the dynamics beyond the 8th. That includes the 2 primary BTs plus the primary and secondary assumption of beingness for the current eternity. The person is neither and BTs are a lower level harmonic of relative states of beingness, encountered within this universe as BTs which reduce to functions of awareness.”



Past is Prologue

2001: Helsingborgs Dagblad reported that a member of the Swedish parliament will not appeal her sentence for copyright violation. “The Social Democrat member of parliament Carina Hagg, who was convicted in the district court of Jonkoping for having handed in a copy of the so-called Scientology Bible to the town library, will not appeal the sentence. Carina Hagg, who is a member of parliament from Varnamo, was sentenced to a fine of fifty units. She is also to pay damages to the Church of Scientology, and their legal costs. Carina Hagg has, after discussion with her family, decided not to appeal the verdict. ‘I am disappointed about not having been acquitted by the court, but that disappointment has to be weighed against the pressures that an appeal of the verdict would involve’, she writes. ‘I handed the ‘bible’ over to the library because I wanted to create a debate about cults. I will certainly continue the scrutiny of cults such as Scientology’.”


Random Howdy

“Have you ever destroyed a planet with a jim-dandy whizzer?”


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] Pre-trial Scientology special: The new episode of Up the Bridge, for everyone!
[TWO years ago] The origin of Scientology’s notorious prison program: Hana Whitfield’s eyewitness account
[THREE years ago] Scientology chiro Jay Spina sentenced to 9 years for case that made judge’s ‘blood boil’
[FOUR years ago] Scientology really reaching in latest attempt to keep Philly lawyers out of Masterson lawsuit
[FIVE years ago] Scientology and evolution: The otherwordly experience of reading ‘A History of Man’
[SIX years ago] Returning to Clearwater with a Miscavige cutout and memories of the Lisa McPherson Trust
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s celebrities to the rescue! John Travolta shills while Jenna Elfman melts down
[EIGHT years ago] Class action lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehabs refiled with new plaintiffs
[NINE years ago] If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status, it’s time to get real
[TEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: The Writers of the Future and more success stories!
[ELEVEN years ago] The Saga of David Mayo: Scientology’s Banished Tech Wizard


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 2,869 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,364 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,879 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,429 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,419 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,300 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,604 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,475 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,027 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,368 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,935 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,854 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,022 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,603 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,864 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,900 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,616 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,180 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,495 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,670 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,221 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,352 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,690 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,543 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,664 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,020 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,323 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,429 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,827 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,703 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,268 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,781 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,035 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,144 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 13, 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…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

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