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VIDEO: Claire Headley on Scientology’s insane employment contracts

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Last week’s story about a leaked new version of the #Scientology staff contract got a big reaction. We heard from a lot of readers, and Claire Headley invited us on her podcast. And she had a surprise as well: A similar contract she signed at only 16 years old in 1991. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“A thetan can postulate or say or reason anything. Thus there is an infinity of significances. A thetan is natively capable of logical thought. This becomes muddied by outpoints held in by mental forces such as pictures of heavy experiences. As the masses and forces accumulated and copied from living build up, the logic potential becomes reduced and illogical results occur.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1970



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 call to your attention something that every motorist has noted and no motorist had quite understood: that when he failed to drive his car it went to pieces. Have you ever noticed that? You park it in the garage the battery goes down, the tires go flat. Maybe it was up on blocks, maybe the battery was taken over to the service station and put on continuous charge and all of this was done. That’s some small prevention of the situation. But then three months later you put the battery back in, you take it down off the blocks and oil smoke goes out the rear end, won’t steer. That’s an oddity. The only reason it stayed there at all is because Earth is going around and it was being changed in space, at least to some degree. If it were not being changed in space at all, it would not be there; it would cease to persist. Now this is a great oddity. I don’t call upon your superstition in this regard, I merely call upon you to observe in its crude form something else.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 4, 1955


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Did you see in the news where Nelson (Smersh) Rockefeller was asked NOT to visit Venezuela? One smart country. Nelson’s National Health Foundation money finances Smersh. He also runs Stockades in NY where youth who MIGHT become delinquent are sent. (They really are called stockades). His oil companies also exploit Venezuela and drain off her natural resources. He’s touring Latin America with 26 top advisors (psychiatrists) at Nixon’s request to ‘find out what they want”. He stopped a whole 8 hours in one country. He has now found they don’t want Rockefeller. We have a personal note to one Central American Country’s No. 2 man. The area is too hot politically just now. We avoid such areas as political heat brings in the KGB of Russia, CIA of US and the British Intelligence and they file false reports with each other. Makes anyone in the area subject to hammering.” — The Commodore, June 4, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Andy never got a standard ethics handling on his wog ethics cycle (defacing Eurydice Dixon’s memorial) and faking a change of sex. After Andy said he was a student at the AO-GP, he began to promote the use of drugs to ‘go up the bridge’ (increase awareness). The AO-GP never handled Andy’s out-ethics case, with the consequence that he is now in jail, not as an expelled member of the Freezone but as a student at the AO-GP. Andy Nolch and the Advanced Organization of the Great Plains should be applied standard ethics to handle this Public Relations flap.”



Past is Prologue

1996: Grady Ward’s off site backup discs have been taken for examination. He is accused of posting trade secret documents as Scamizdat. “[O]n Monday, June 3, 1996, the local clerk and part-time US Magistrate Larry Nord of Eureka, CA accompanied Grady Ward into the Bank of America vault in Arcata, CA and took possession of 9 128 Mb Magneto-Optical Disks containing more than 750 HD diskettes-worth of zipped data. Grady says, ‘Want to know what they’ll find? Nada. But I betcha it will take a lot of expensive special master hours to come to that conclusion. I hope they have fun looking.'”


Random Howdy

“They do what’s called in Scientology ‘off-loading’ which is when some elderly staff member can no longer perform on the most basic level they throw their meager belongings into a garbage bag and drive them what they consider to be a safe distance from the org and they stop and open the door and tell them to get out. And I’m not joking.”


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] French minister details escaping Scientology as a child in social media spot
[TWO years ago] The Insider speaks: Scientology’s recent crises, now in a podcast with Chris Shelton
[THREE years ago] Scientology veterans fend off attack in vicious new Clone Wars offensive
[FOUR years ago] Which of the Masterson brothers profited from their Scientology stepdad’s Ponzi scheme?
[FIVE years ago] Why is the YMCA helping spread Scientology to kids?
[SIX years ago] Why don’t Scientologists go to authorities about the abuses they have seen or experienced?
[SEVEN years ago] Around the globe, Scientology relies on guys like this to promote L. Ron Hubbard to your kids
[EIGHT years ago] That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s plan to take over the planet: All Ideal Orgs ‘Saint Hill size’ by 2016!
[TEN years ago] OY VEY: Scientology invokes Jewish Law to answer lawsuit by attorney Vance Woodward
[ELEVEN years ago] Claire Headley Helps Us Get Back in the Good Graces of Scientology


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 2,921 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,416 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,931 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,481 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,471 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,352 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,656 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,527 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,079 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,420 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,987 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,906 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,074 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,655 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,916 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,952 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,668 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,232 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,547 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,722 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,273 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,404 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,742 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,595 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,716 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,072 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,375 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,481 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,879 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,755 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,320 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,833 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,087 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,195 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 4, 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, 1995-2023 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2023), 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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