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‘Dropping the body’ in Scientology: An example of that instruction from the Sea Org

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about the Whitney Mills lawsuit and what Scientology teaches about ‘dropping the body,’ as a thetan moves between lifetimes. We thought you’d want to see this eye-opening example from one of our favorite contributors, Sunny Pereira. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]



Technology Cocktail

“The only technique available at this writing which will benefit the insane is contained in all the overt-motivator sequences and Grade II technology. At Flag at this writing new improvement on this exists but it is so powerful that slight errors in use can cause a psychotic break in the insane. It therefore will only be exported for use by specially trained persons and this programming will require quite 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

“There is a pool of thought, and all of a sudden one day a black spot appears in the middle of it, and the fellow can’t move. That incident you will find on most time tracks. Here was the pool of illusion, and if you ever want to see grief pour off a case, it is the individual’s loss of his home universe. They will tell you in various ways. You can take the most hard bitten preclear and run him back to a point of the track where all of a sudden the stars are falling down in his universe. He will cry and cry. He had a universe, he was probably one of several who invented this universe, and it was a perfectly good universe, and one day all of the stars fell down. Why? Somebody else got a universe invented, and it sort of overlapped and ate it all up. And that is what our MEST universe is doing, evidently. It is an expanding universe, and it just keeps on eating into everybody’s time and space.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 23, 1952


Avast, Ye Mateys

“LA CONGRESS: That sure should be quite a Convention in LA. Looks like we made it on Flag. They had no program, two halls with two ‘Congress’ programs, different, going on in each. Tony is there by now getting it grooved in. They did great selling tickets and publicity. Originally they wanted me to do a colour film for them. You ever stand under enough light to shoot colour? It’s about 150 degree F fry. All joking aside, it’s impossible.” — The Commodore, June 23, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Many of you have lost perspective of what is Scientology’s role on this planet and its relation to the current state of affairs. Scientology is a ROUTE OUT. It is not just something to make you more able, more happy, more causative. It’s a ROUTE OUT. A route that if followed all the way to its end will bring about FREEDOM AND SALVATION. Something no one on this planet has right now no matter if OT VIII or not, Class XII or not, and something no one have had for eons.”



Past is Prologue

2001: LA Weekly published an article on Keith Henson, a refugee in Canada after being convicted in California of interfering with the Scientology religion. “Henson, a Palo Alto computer consultant, was in custody at the ‘super-maximum-security’ Metro West Detention Centre on a Canadian immigration warrant. The warrant was based on Henson’s April 26 criminal conviction in Hemet, California. Henson was found guilty of a single misdemeanor count of interfering with a religion. To those familiar with a ferocious five-year war between the church and its Internet critics, it comes as no surprise that the religion was Scientology. Earlier this month, Henson was freed, pending a hearing on his application for political asylum in Canada. Henson, who says he did no more than post nasty Usenet messages and picket Scientology locations, claims the church set him up. The case is likely to raise questions of how far a religion can go to protect itself from dissidents, and of free speech on the Net. Skeptics have long congregated on alt.religion.scientology (ARS), a lively but not exactly headline-grabbing Usenet group. In 1995, Scientology tried to shut the site down. The retrospectively ill-advised attempt was followed by denial-of-service and ‘sporging’ (forgery and spoofing) attacks, which raised the hackles of the hardcore Net community. A new generation of anti-Scientology activists was born. Alt.religion.scientology now is one of the most popular Usenet groups. ‘Scientology’s action had the psychological effect you would have seen of a gang of thugs riding into a Midwestern town and burning down the newspapers,’ Henson said. Henson began picketing Scientology facilities nationwide, including the church’s film-production compound outside Hemet. The razor-wire-enclosed spread, called Golden Era Productions, occupies 500 acres along Gilman Hot Springs Road. Critics claim the compound also houses the church’s highly secretive security apparatus. Many of the 700 Scientologists who work at Golden Era are bused in from apartment complexes in Hemet, dressed in blue seafaring uniforms. One of his postings was a suggestion to land a ‘Cruise missile’ on Gold Base; another said of Scientology, ‘destroy it utterly.’ Henson says the messages were inside jokes: ‘Cruise’ referred to actor Tom Cruise, a longtime Scientologist, and the ‘destruction’ quote was a takeoff on one of L. Ron’s own incendiary statements. Golden Era general manager Ken Hoden says Henson’s bomb postings were taken seriously. ‘Based on evidence we were able to collect off the Internet, his intention was to destroy [the production facility] utterly, to leave not one stone unturned,’ Hoden said. After a disastrous non-defense defense – Henson and supporters say Riverside County Superior Court Judge Robert Wallerstein gutted their case – the jury hung on two counts, but convicted Henson of the interfering charge, which is classified as a hate crime. Facing a recommended 200 days in Riverside County Jail, which Henson feared had been infiltrated by the Scientologists’ Criminon rehab program, the defendant fled before his sentencing date to Toronto, where he and Hagglund, a Canadian Scientology foe, picketed a downtown Scientology office. The church complained, bringing out the SWAT team. Henson blames his prosecution on a Scientology doctrine called ‘fair game.’ In 1967, Hubbard announced that any suppressive person (Scientology jargon for ‘enemy’) ‘may be deprived of property or injured by any means, by any Scientologist. He may be tricked, sued or lied to, or destroyed.’ Frank Oliver of Florida, flew in to testify on Henson’s behalf, but the judge refused to let him take the stand. Oliver told New Times Los Angeles his Scientology duties: ‘Spy on people. Gather intelligence. Write reports.’ Henson’s asylum application could take nine months to two years to resolve. In the meantime, he plans to be back on the picket line soon, despite a Canadian order to keep away from the church.”


Random Howdy

“I have never advocated for violence or vandalism against the cult for the obvious reason it would turn them into martyrs.”


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 and Christie Collbran have some good news for us all
[TWO years ago] Transcript: When Valerie Haney completed her escape from Scientology by vowing not to sue
[THREE years ago] The celebrity Scientologists going out on a bit of a media blitz right now
[FOUR years ago] The key thing about Danny Masterson’s ‘DJ Donkey Punch’ nick is why he stopped using it
[FIVE years ago] Scientology is hiring for a drug rehab whose location is a secret
[SIX years ago] Scientology and celebs: ‘Miscavige had several of us catering to Tom Cruise behind the scenes’
[SEVEN years ago] We have your Scientology ‘Maiden Voyage’ robo-call invitation, Los Angeles!
[EIGHT years ago] Sailing with L. Ron Hubbard: A Scientology saga of Sea Org dedication
[NINE years ago] Reed Slatkin dies of heart attack — Scientologist served time as major Ponzi schemer
[TEN years ago] Marc Headley continues his Scientology tour, and Steve Hall describes his defection
[ELEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology Gets Colorful!


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 2,940 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,435 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,950 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,500 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,490 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,371 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,675 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,546 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,098 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,439 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,006 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,925 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,093 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,674 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,935 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,971 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,687 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,251 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,566 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,741 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,292 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,423 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,761 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,614 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,735 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,091 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,394 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,500 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,898 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,774 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,339 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,852 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,106 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,214 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 23, 2024 at 07:00

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