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Scientology’s 2019: Another year is in the books at the Underground Bunker!

Here we are just a few hours away from a new decade, and this Scientology thing is still messing up lives and running rings around courts and law enforcement.

What. The. []

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BEST OF THE DECADE: Scientology watching’s biggest 2010s hits at the Underground Bunker

[Leah Remini and Laura D]

Tomorrow we’re going to finish up our look back at the wild year that was 2019, but it’s not every day that you’re staring down the barrel of a new decade, and so we thought we ought to say something about the 2010s and what these years have meant for Scientology []

Scientology’s sneaky front groups and building projects under the microscope in 2019

[Swedish meatballs.]

Like last year, on this final Sunday in 2019 we asked Rod Keller to give us his own year in review. We’re so fortunate that Rod gives us a report every week while he keeps such a close eye on Scientology’s “expansion” projects and front-group operations around the globe. Here’s his report on another []

Danny Masterson asks for more time to answer lawsuit — while he’s skiing in Park City

 We told you earlier that Scientologist actor Danny Masterson was served notice of a lawsuit when it was handed to his wife, actress Bijou Phillips, at their Santa Ynez, California home on November []

This year’s best Scientology shoops by readers of the Underground Bunker

 Like last year, we asked Observer for some of her favorite illustrations that readers of the Bunker posted over the last year. Observer is a shoop specialist herself and provides us with our annual poster and marketing for HowdyCon. []

Scientology has its dukes up for Boxing Day, but we’re still thinking of warmer days

 We know that Boxing Day, celebrated in numerous countries where we have readers and correspondents, has nothing to do with the sport of boxing, but here in the U.S. December 26 has no other significance than the day we pay for all of the overeating, imbibing, and general madness of []

Does Shelly Miscavige know it’s Christmas 2019?

 One year ago we decided that on Christmas Day it would be a good time to review what we knew about the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige, wife to Scientology’s leader David Miscavige, who vanished from Scientology’s Gold Base in summer 2005. We wondered if Shelly, kept hidden in a remote mountain compound, even knew it []

Scientology is denied an emergency hearing, but here is its ‘arbitration’ motion

[David Miscavige is trying to force Valerie Haney into ‘religious arbitration’]

Yesterday morning, our man Jeffrey Augustine was on the scene as Scientology was denied its request for an emergency (“ex parte”) hearing at Los Angeles Superior []

Even after ‘arbitration’ victory, Scientology still snowing the court in Garcia appeal

[Luis Garcia and his attorney Ted Babbitt on the Aftermath]

Scientology’s final word in the complex appeal and cross-appeal of the Luis and Rocio Garcia fraud lawsuit was filed this week, and now the matter is in the hands of the U.S. Eleventh []

Scientology Santa: The church built on Jesus as a hoax once again co-opts Christmas

[R6 Santa at the Hollywood Winter Wonderland]

Christmas time is here and as usual Scientology celebrates the holiday in somewhat creepy ways. The public events are examples of “safepointing” to create allies that can be called upon when the church is attacked. But Scientology celebrates Christmas in private as well, with decorations, parties and gifts. []