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Scientology to Valeska Paris: That Supreme Court ruling isn’t what you say it is

[Valeska Paris and David Miscavige, dueling over the Supreme Court]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology’s attorneys have responded to Valeska Paris’s request that a Tampa judge reconsider his ruling forcing her lawsuit into ‘arbitration’ because of a new opinion from the Supreme Court. They argue that Valeska is misrepresenting what that opinion actually says. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“The reason a person who Rock Slams on Scientology or auditors or the like can’t audit well is that they are wary of a pc and feel they must repeat after the pc, correct the pc or gesture toward the pc. But Rock Slammer or not, any new auditor may fall into these bad habits and they should be broken fast.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1971



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

“Very few engrams start out with words, usually they start out with something like ‘splat’ or ‘clink’ or ‘tinkle’ or ‘thump.’ There’s something ahead of what you are running. People who have non-sonic don’t pick up this material too well, but it will still come through.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 11, 1950


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Our Richard Gorman has done the most effectively gruesome anti-psychiatry poster I’ve ever seen. I photographed it in colour and it’s off to the pubs for colour photolitho and the world. US news has barely mentioned Rockefellers many later visits! Only European carried it hard. Couldn’t be US Press is censored? Or maybe owned? We were told to sail by pilot due to storm. We’ll be going when it abates. We’re all cleared out of port. Hence no liberty possible, sorry.” — The Commodore, July 11, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Back in the mid seventies I lived in an old Scientologist-owned rooming house on Hoover Street in Los Angeles. It was chock full of disembodied thetans from top to bottom. There were some really scary beings running around that place — and some not so scary. Two not-so-scary thetans inhabited the upper corner of my room just above my door. I perceived them to be two old ladies who were perpetually terrified and clinging to each other. I was young, and just let them be for many months. One day after having gone exterior with full perception, I decided that it was high time the old ladies moved on and got back into the game. I guess I just wanted them to have a chance to get some of what I’d recently experienced in Scientology. Anyway, I fixed my attention on them and told them it was time to go. What was really interesting is that they balked about being told to leave, and actually got angry. What ensued was something of a tussle between thetans as they pushed all sorts of ridges and blackness at me. I suppose you could say that we got into a heated argument, but in the end they did finally take off. That wasn’t the first or last time I had to do that with a ‘ghost’, and I do hope they wound up in a better place.”



Past is Prologue

1998: Martin Ottmann posted birthday game statistics for March 1998 for Flag and the Freewinds. “INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY: 1. Steve Besio, WUS 2. Michael Phillips, CW 3. Barry Klein, WUS 4. Debbie Hulthen, CW 5. Ronit Soracco, WUS 6. Wayne Fuller, CW 7. Mitch Talevi, WUS 8. Pat Parodi, WUS 9. Ray Barton, CW 10. Ty Dillard, WUS. WESTERN UNITED STATES CATEGORY: 1. Divona Levis 2. Mike Smith 3. Dennis Feeney 4. Alicia Kartuzinski 5. Tom Soracco. EASTERN UNITED STATES CATEGORY: 1. Gary Epstein 2. Susan Rowe 3. Choi Hoi Chan 4. Rita Zarahn 5. Andy Jajuga. CANADA CATEGORY: 1. Frank Aggio 2. Dave Erison 3. Mick McCoy 4. Robert Aumais 5. Diane Shuck. CLEARWATER CATEGORY: 1. Chiara Staples 2. Jennifer Sgroi 3. Doug Sadwick 4. Marcos Dana 5. Phylis Franklin. UNITED KINGDOM CATEGORY: 1. Sheila Bulger 2. Malcom Croft 3. Pavane Fraser 4. Lorraine Bulger 5. Hanne Barram. ITALY CATEGORY: 1. Paolo Tucci 2. Marco Puggelli 3. Aldo Stanzani 4. Rodolfo Cortinovis 5. Emiliano Lossani. EUROPE CATEGORY: 1. Milko Thies 2. Monika Wieneke 3. Richard Lore 4. Yossi Charney 5. Rosie Freihoff. TOP SHIP FSM MICHAEL PHILLIPS! 2. Pat Parodi 3. Steve Besio 4. Howard Glazer 5. Ronit Soracco 6. Penny Jones 7. Yossi Charny 8. Amsterdam Org 9. Monika Wieneke 10. Field Associates”


Random Howdy

“In Hubbard’s own words the Church of Scientology is an anti-democratic organization whose stated goal is world domination. The German government has deemed Scientology a totalitarian orientated group and has decided that Scientologists are ineligible to hold certain government jobs. I believe this is a very wise decision on their part.”


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] Former top Scientology executive who vanished in 2004 subject of new international search
[TWO years ago] How it went down: Transcript of Judge Olmedo denying Danny Masterson’s motion to dismiss
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s full report on its ‘All-Ideal USA’ blowout! It’s a fundraising juggernaut!
[FOUR years ago] ‘Scientology’s Hogwarts’ and other schools got PPP loans
[FIVE years ago] Scientology and the FDA: The conspiracy that never was
[SIX years ago] Scientology hip-hop continues to amaze us, and we hope it transports you as well
[SEVEN years ago] How Humira, the world’s best selling drug, is helping to finance Scientology into the future
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s caretaker and friend, Steve ‘Sarge’ Pfauth, 1945-2016
[NINE years ago] The story of Brian Sheen and his ‘disconnected’ Scientology daughter you haven’t heard
[TEN years ago] Ken Dandar could use a cool million in his fight against Scientology
[ELEVEN years ago] Mike Rinder: Is the Leah Remini Anonymous Smear Website Coming Soon?


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 2,958 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,453 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,968 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,518 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,508 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,389 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,693 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,564 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,116 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,457 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,024 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,943 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,111 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,692 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,953 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,989 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,705 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,269 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,584 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,759 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,310 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,441 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,779 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,632 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,753 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,109 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,412 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,518 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,916 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,792 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,357 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,870 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,124 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,232 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 11, 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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