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More former Church of Scientology members describe life after Miscavige

[Ready to say goodbye?]

We had a strong response to a recent posting that featured former Scientologists talking about what they would have missed out on if they hadn’t left the church. Scientologists are indoctrinated to believe the outside world is mysterious and dangerous, making it difficult to break away. []

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Trouble in the Scientology FreeZone! Even ‘Indies’ are suing each other

[An AOGP image representing Scientology’s Bridge to Total Freedom]

Since we started it more than a year ago, our “Overheard in the FreeZone” feature has become one of the most popular daily sources of commentary here at the Underground []

How Scientology can prove us wrong about L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘sheep-dipped’ valor

 What set off our longtime reader PickAnotherID about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s military record (see part 1 and part 2) was not only the obviously faked document and medals that the church fed New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright for his 2011 magazine story “The []

Medal by medal, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘stolen valor’ is laid bare

 On Wednesday, longtime reader PickAnotherID began taking apart L. Ron Hubbard’s military service decorations like no one ever []

L. Ron Hubbard’s stolen valor: A new breakdown of his bogus medals by a military veteran

 Longtime Bunker reader PickAnotherID revealed to us recently that he’s actually a 20-year military veteran with an expertise in military records and decorations. He told us that he’s been frustrated at L. Ron Hubbard’s “stolen valor” that was promoted by the Church of Scientology, and he says that some of the critics of Hubbard’s military []

Truths about Nxivm leader Keith Raniere that his loyalists still refuse to face

[Keith Raniere, genius]

Dianne Lipson covered the Nxivm federal trial for us last year with detailed reports from the courtroom. In part, we wanted to watch the Nxivm prosecution closely to give us a sense for what it was like in case Scientology ever, someday, gets a close look by the government. And now that Keith []

Sea Org stealth candidate Brittany Ruiz: This is Scientology, so of course it gets even worse

[Brittany Ruiz, her husband Javier, and Laura DeCrescenzo]

On September 26 we told you how intrigued we were by the idea that a former Sea Org official, Brittany Ruiz, was running for city council in McMinnville, []

STUNNING LEAK: Scientology’s entire asset portfolio the year it got IRS church status

[David Miscavige in 1993, and the War Is Over announcement that October]

It’s one of those jaw-dropping moments in a jaw-dropping film.

In Alex Gibney’s 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Marty Rathbun, Scientology’s former top enforcer, explains the stark situation facing the organization and its ultimate leader, David Miscavige, at []

Leah Remini podcast: Attorney Ray Jeffrey on Marty Rathbun’s betrayal

 Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have one of our favorite people on their podcast this week, Texas attorney Ray Jeffrey, who has made plenty of Scientology lawyers break out in a cold []

Scientology is a special hell for the ‘staff’ who work at your local ‘org’

 A couple of different things prompted me to come forward about my experience as an ex-Scientology Class V Org staff member. I will summarize as best I []