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Scientology’s deposed queen: What it was like to ‘audit’ Mary Sue Hubbard in exile


 I arrived at a building in Hollywood where Author Services, Inc., was located. Generally, in the Scientology world it was referred to as “ASI.” For some reason, in the sprawling, convoluted Scientology organizational structure, ASI is under the Church of Spiritual Technology, rather than the Church of Scientology International. Or maybe ASI is []


EXCLUSIVE: An eyewitness account of the place where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige

[A drone’s-eye view of the Twin Peaks compound, first published here in 2017]

Bruce Hines has another terrific narrative for us, this time about his trip to a place very few people in Scientology ever got to visit. It’s a small compound in the San Bernardino Mountains where, years after Bruce’s visit, Shelly Miscavige was sent []

PODCAST: Bruce Hines on Scientology Sea Org insanity, and a Shelly story we hadn’t heard

[Bruce Hines]

We have been so fortunate that Bruce Hines continues to mine his experience as one of Scientology’s top auditors in a series of pieces that he’s written for the Underground Bunker. His tales from the Sea Org not only capture the paramilitary group’s insanity, but Bruce is better than most at describing what he []

Singing for David Miscavige: What it was like in Scientology’s indentured servitude

[Bruce Hines and the ‘Cine Castle’ at Scientology’s Gold Base]

In Scientology, “Gold” refers to Golden Era Productions. It is one of the units, considered to be its own separate organization, located at the Int Base, or the international headquarters of Scientology. Back when I was briefly part of it, Gold made movies, produced CDs and []

How Scientology turns you into an unthinking soldier, defending the indefensible

[After Snow White, Clearwater rose up, temporarily, against Scientology. Photo: St. Petersburg Times]

Today we have another dynamite piece from Bruce Hines, who has been giving us new looks at some of Scientology’s most important mind-bending practices. — ed.

 After a red-eye flight from LAX to Tampa airport, I was getting off the plane, walking through the []

How Scientology kills without pulling a trigger: The story of a sister who was loved

[Bruce and his sister Lindy]

Lately I have written about some things that I experienced while in Scientology. As a result, I have been thinking more about my sister. Her name was Lindy. I still miss []

A day in the life of a pilgrim at Scientology’s spiritual mecca in Florida!

 We want to thank reader Richard for sending in some really fun material from Scientology in one of its most recent publications. It’s the kind of happy propaganda that we can never get enough []

Scientology on the Autobahn: Selling blue sky to the Germans and Swiss back in the day

[Bruce Hines]

Bruce Hines has another piece for us today from his time in Scientology. Make sure you see his earlier pieces for us here, and []

How Scientology broke my spirit with its insidious methods of thought reform

 Last month, Bruce Hines shared with us his gripping story of escaping from Scientology with a risky flight from New York. Today he takes us back a few years, to his lowest point in the Sea Org, Scientology’s dedicated corps that requires its members to sign billion-year contracts, and its notorious prison program, the RPF. []

After Scientology’s 9-11 fakery, a Sea Org slave makes his dicey run for freedom

[Bruce Hines at the time he was in the Sea Org, with his sister Lindy]

Over at the Daily Beast today we have a story looking back at Scientology’s reaction to the 9-11 attacks in New York for the 20th anniversary of that infamous day. In the story, we featured Bruce Hines, who was actually on []