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Scientology predictably tells judge she’s powerless in today’s Val Haney hearing

[Valerie Haney and Scientology attorney William Forman]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After Val Haney’s attorney complained that #Scientology’s ‘arbitration’ is a joke and is subjecting Valerie to even more abuse, the church responded with a filing that says the real scandal is that Val’s attorney said anything at all about it. Wow. Today’s hearing should be lit. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“Sooner or later a pc will go Exterior. The Interiorization Rundown must be ordered as the next action or you will have a pc with a high TA. 2-way comm Ext-Int must be given in a following session (not the same one) so the full cognitions will occur. After this the pc is less subject to the body and his ability to confront force will improve. Do not be too worried or surprised if after this the pc has some minor accident with the body. Exterior he forgets its frailty. However, such things are minor. He is ‘learning how to walk’ a new way and will run into chairs! He gets this figured out after a while.” — 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

“One time a few years ago in a war that everybody fortunately has forgotten, a submarine appeared on my port bow. We’d been hanging over it for some time and it ran up its periscope. They used to throw up a patch of oil and then run the periscope up through the oil so as not to leave any salt scum or anything like that on their periscope lens, you know. So a blob of oil appeared and the fellow who was running the engine room telegraphs on the bridge was the only fellow looking in that direction. And he saw this blob of oil appear and he thought that was strange and interesting. We were going very slowly, we were almost dead in the water, and then right up through this big blob of brown oil on a blue sea comes a periscope — swswswswhhh — and looks around in every direction but at our ship! If it had turned another ninety degrees it would have read the biggest doggone 422 that you’d ever seen, fully magnified for the skipper. But anyway, the man on the engine room telegraphs is the only person who observed this incident in its various steps. The bridge was absolutely crammed with men because we were at general quarters. But nobody was looking right down there; they were looking out there, you know. And the fellow on the engine room telegraphs would say, ‘Thh.’ I finally noticed this strange performance and I was all set at this moment, you see, the second I saw this — flank speed and drop a depth charge right. Even if it blew our own stern off, that was fine, you see. And I said, ‘Khh!’ That was the awfulest mess of noncommunication! It finally came off all right. We dropped a depth charge and so on, but we were laughing about this for days. Nobody could talk!” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 5, 1955


Avast, Ye Mateys

“MAYFAIR: Mayfair magazine UK published an article by me as a ‘World Exclusive.’ It may effectively handle a lot of things. It ended off the William Burroughs thing. It said why we’re attacked and attacks hard. It appeared on the stands just before Parliament adjourned. Captain AOUK said it acted like an S&D on the crew there. INJURIES: Those recently injured were not PTS. Survey showed they were exterior and feeling powerful and didn’t watch where they were sending the body.” — The Commodore, June 5, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I’ve recently been cogniting on how life is a game. One cog I had was that in confronting and handling certain barriers I was thinking of applying solutions that would have sufficed a couple of hundred years ago, but had no place in today’s society. So on that 3rd dynamic problem I always became stumped. I was playing, or attempting to play, the game out of PT. When I realised what I was doing, a solution presented itself. It was a hell of a win for me on the 3rd dynamic! I got that from studying an ACC. LRH was a friggin genius, and I would thoroughly recommend that people coming out of the church continue up the Bridge because as you say, it’s the only way to learn what life is about and thereby get above it, and play a game that you really want to play, whatever that may be.”



Past is Prologue

1997: The Tampa Tribune this week published an article on the worldwide attention being given to the Lisa McPherson investigation. Lisa died in the care of Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. “Since December, people around the world have been intrigued by reports of the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson. In Australia, Canada and England, critics of the Church of Scientology have invoked McPherson’s name during protests. Arizona critic Jeff Jacobsen designed a Web site devoted to McPherson that has been duplicated to 18 different sites around the world. He and others protested against Scientology in downtown Clearwater in March. Some in the group carried signs with McPherson’s photo or her name. Ken Dandar, the Tampa attorney for McPherson’s family, said he is ‘constantly getting e-mail’ from people around the world interested in the lawsuit. Clearwater police Detective Sgt. Wayne Andrews, who is investigating the death, has received Internet mail from Germany, Greece, England, Australia, Mexico and Switzerland from people asking about the investigation or wanting to relate tales about Scientology. Interest is particularly high in Germany, where the government has concluded Scientology is not a church but a dangerous business. ‘After having conducted thorough studies on the Scientology organization, the [German] government has come to the conclusion that the organization’s pseudo-scientific courses can seriously jeopardize individuals’ mental and physical health and that it exploits its members,’ the German government said in a statement through its embassy in Washington, D.C. In the United States, McPherson’s death has attracted the attention of the Tampa Bay media, as well as The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and ‘Inside Edition’ and ‘Hard Copy’ television shows. In Clearwater, investigators say their efforts to gather information in the case have been slowed because all of the church-affiliated people they’ve sought to interview have attorneys. That includes McPherson’s former co-workers at AMC Publishing, which is owned by Scientologists. All in all, some 50 to 60 people who have been interviewed have been represented by up to 21 attorneys, police say. Subpoenas have been issued for 30 to 40 of those people. The clients have not disclosed who is paying for the attorneys. In response to a subpoena, the church has provided some records relating to McPherson. ‘I consider them significant,’ Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe said. Investigators will not discuss the documents. McPherson’s family members are suing the church, claiming its members are responsible for her death. Dandar, their attorney, says he also has the subpoenaed documents, which he describes as an incomplete set of church ‘medical records’ that ‘support all of our allegations.'”


Random Howdy

“I almost got castrated by an emu when I was a teenager.”


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] Mike Rinder: A class act we’re proud to call a friend
[TWO years ago] The Scientology celebrity exodus from LA to Clearwater continues
[THREE years ago] Was David Miscavige behind Tom Mesereau’s biggest blunder at Danny Masterson’s prelim?
[FOUR years ago] Year after taping ‘Scientology & the Aftermath,’ Victoria Locke is still waiting for justice
[FIVE years ago] Scientology survey for its members: Why aren’t you giving us more money?
[SIX years ago] First person: Four Scientologists have been shot, and you’re being sent to audit the pain away
[SEVEN years ago] Donna Fiore says Scientology is hounding her for dirt on stepdaughter Leah Remini
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s next big opening — its totally unneeded ‘Advanced Org’ in Australia
[NINE years ago] If the Sea Org doesn’t legally exist, how does it run Scientology?
[TEN years ago] 60 years ago and today: Scientology in its heyday, and now not so much
[ELEVEN years ago] Just What Oklahoma Tornado Victims Need: Scientology to the Rescue!


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 2,922 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,417 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,932 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,482 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,472 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,353 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,657 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,528 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,080 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,421 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,988 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,907 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,075 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,656 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,917 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,953 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,669 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,233 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,548 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,723 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,274 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,405 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,743 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,596 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,717 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,073 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,376 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,482 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,880 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,756 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,321 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,834 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,088 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,196 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 5, 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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