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Appeals court denies Jane Doe 1 petition, David Miscavige’s sneaky trick upheld

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: An appeals court has signed off on Scientology leader David Miscavige’s sandbagging which prevented an LA Superior Court from declaring Scientology ‘arbitration’ so unfair it was ‘unconscionable.’ If that sounds like we’re a little disgusted, well, you’re right about that. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“The degree of rightness you have present must exceed the wrongness you are going to pick up. It’s a proportional action. If you’ve got as much wrongness in a session as you’ve got rightness you’re not riding on any cushion. It makes a very difficult job of auditing. If you want to pick up this little wrongness, you have to have rightnesses present which are big enough to engulf it. That makes easy auditing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1964



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

“I found out that it makes it tremendously easier to run the bank and that on a very few PCs you will be unable to run the bank unless you get an early engramic incident out of the road. And I also found out that if you can run the overt engram that relates to these GPMs just as an engram, that a fantastic amount of charge will come off the implants themselves, naturally, and therefore they run like-very much like hot butter. I had a little bulletin for you. Found a datum here you might be interested in. That particular outfit was down toward the center of this particular galaxy and was founded at 52 trillion, 863 billion, 10 million, 654 thousand, 79 years (52,863,010,654,079), and I can’t give you a much closer than that, because when place get founded is, more or less becomes part of their lies. But it was founded at that time, and it was destroyed on the date 38 trillion, 932 billion, 690 million, 862 thousand, 933 years ago (38,932,690,862,933), by the 79th wing of the 43rd battle squadron of the galactic fleet. It was not the, part of the galaxy. It was a wildcat activity sitting there. They used to drag Magellanic Clouds out of the center hub of the galaxy, let them follow the lines of force and just let them come over a system. Then when they got around to it, they’d send planes in with speakers, and so forth, and give the place the business. But the place very often was totally caved in for thousands of years by these Magellanic radioactive clouds which would just engulf the particular system. You got the idea? I just give you that in brief, just as a matter of interest, because these dates we’re getting are accurate. I have now compared them up the track and squared them around. These are the dates.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 16, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Logic (The Data Series) is written up to Data – 4 now. Occurred to me what if CIA’s multi-billion facts in computers were properly analyzed, WOW, what a different answer they’d get! I realized that as it is ‘analyzed’ they can only decide to go to war with everybody! And do. I can see a conference now at ‘high level.’ ‘What’s the situation on Hamfatia?’ ‘Threatening.’ ‘What’s the situation on Sphagettiville?’ ‘Threatening.’ ‘What’s the situation on the world?’ ‘Threatening.’ ‘Then it’s all threatening?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Good hit the war button!’ They didn’t notice the ‘Threatening’ button had gotten leaned on by the cleaning lady’s mop the night before. And that’s the way the world went. Point is, if one can’t analyze data he winds up hating everybody — as it’s just one big generality. We’re into real 3rd dynamic tech!” — The Commodore, May 16, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Twelve hours processing for a PC cured him from a hardship known in the fucking western medicine by ‘borderline disorder personality,’ something that the old bridge would not achieve. The purpose of Scientology is to make the able more able, the new area of Scientology can make any unable able. Well done LRH, well done great master.”



Past is Prologue

1998: Grady Ward announced this week that he has settled all lawsuits with Scientology. “The terms were agreed upon in the court of District Judge Fogel and will be gone into in detail after they have been reduced to writing in the next 14 days as ordered by the Judge. Important concepts in the settlement included no erosion of the right of Grady Ward to ‘fair use’ material and other rights associated with the First Amendment and no admission of wrong-doing by either party. As part of the settlement, Ward will agree to dismiss his RICO counterclaim. Scientology will dismiss all three of their lawsuits against Ward in the suit alleging copyright infringement, their adversary action in Ward’s bankruptcy, and their third suit moving to withdraw the bankruptcy reference to district court. While Ward will pay Scientology money as part of the settlement, he fully agreed with the final settlement terms as composed in front of Judge Fogel and worked on by both parties and the Judge for several hours. ‘The plaintiff is supposed to give me a their final draft of the settlement offer and hopefully it will match my draft so that we will have a full meeting of minds. As usual, my first amendment rights are foremost in my mind; money is important, but somewhat less of a material issue to me than my rights to lawfully speak out and if necessary criticize a criminal cult.'”


Random Howdy

“I’m on drugs.”


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 31, 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.
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, on hold until appeal over new judge heard.
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] Closing arguments today at the Danny Masterson retrial: We’re ready for fireworks
[TWO years ago] A Scientology celebrity emailed us the other day. And it started an exchange.
[THREE years ago] Inside a PR mutiny: How Scientology’s war on Prozac backfired in spectacular fashion
[FOUR years ago] He was the drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band: Eddie Stratton’s Scientology story
[FIVE years ago] Beyond the quarantine: Signs that Scientology is getting involved in anti-vaxx panic
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s smear campaign against Mike Rinder takes a more disturbing turn than usual
[SEVEN years ago] As Leah Remini’s next season approaches, Scientology posts more videos saying she’s rude
[EIGHT years ago] Did L. Ron Hubbard believe his own rap? Here’s what he admitted about Scientology in 1952
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack: When the militant Scientologist falters, you find a cowering 12-year-old inside
[TEN years ago] Hiding L. Ron Hubbard’s control of Scientology in the 1980s
[ELEVEN years ago] Babylon Surmising: Dianetics Rights an Ancient Wrong


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 2,902 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,397 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,912 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,462 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,452 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,333 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,637 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,508 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,060 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,401 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,968 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,887 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,055 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,636 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,897 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,933 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,649 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,213 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,528 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,703 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,254 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,385 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,723 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,576 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,697 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,053 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,356 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,462 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,860 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,736 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,301 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,814 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,068 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,176 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 16, 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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