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Special series starting today: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[Phil Jones]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’re starting a new limited podcast series about a subject we’ve been curious about for years — the emotional, action-packed TV series about Scientology that never got to air. ALSO: We have an update on the labor trafficking case in Tampa. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

 
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Technology Cocktail

“When one is working on pcs to heal, not to clear, and when the sole object of auditing is healing, then one does not move over into clearing during a given series of sessions but only uses Clay Table Healing. Example: Mrs. G comes to be audited to heal her bad arm. On her, only Clay Table Healing is used. Mrs. Y comes to improve her ability. On her, Clay Table Clearing is used and as sessions progress, some sessions of Clay Table Healing also become necessary in the general course of auditing. Mrs. G would have to alter her reasons for being processed on her own say-so before one would move her into Clearing. This point is made to clarify for auditors the fact that when people want to be healed, they are given healing and one doesn’t force them into living better lives also. This takes care of case levels.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1964.

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Now available: Bonus for our supporters

Episode 7 of the Underground Bunker podcast has been sent out to paid subscribers, and it’s a conversation with Geoff Levin about Scientology’s celebrities and which ones are most likely to defect. Meanwhile, we’ve made episodes 1 through 6 available to everyone, with Pete Griffiths on running a mission, Sunny Pereira dishing secrets of Scientology’s Hollywood Celebrity Centre, Bruce Hines on the crazy life in the Sea Org, Jeffrey Augustine on recent Scientology court cases, Claire Headley exposing Tom Cruise, and Marc Headley on what it must be like for David Miscavige living in Clearwater, Florida. Go here to get the episodes!

 
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Source Code

“The results with psychotics at the present time are pretty fair. Of course, psychotics are definitely in the hands of psychiatry — they are actually wards of the state — and we are trying very hard to keep those psychotics in the hands of psychiatry where they belong. After all, psychiatry is organized to handle that problem. Psychiatrists have been open-minded about Dianetics for quite a while, but recently I was over at the state institution in St. Louis and the chief of the institution was running a young lady. I pitched in and gave him a hand. She had been schizophrenic for a number of years and she lay down on the couch insane; we worked on her for about two hours, hit the key engram in the case and she got off the couch sane. So the psychiatrists are no longer open-minded at Missouri State.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 10, 1950

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“I don’t think anyone believed the FAO had delivered that many training and processing hours in the last few months. Over 147,600 hours of training and over 12,000 hours of Class X auditing! On FEBCs alone. 91 fired to the US. 31 to other areas. This pgm is only a few months old. Astonishing stats! We work.” — The Commodore, August 10, 1971

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Personally I always thought that Mary Sue should have thrown the three stooges Jane, Mo, and Mike under the bus and denied any knowledge of their actions. This would have saved us from the CMOI Junta that followed, but as anyone there knows there was so much confusion being generated at that time aside from Smersh and rogue Government Agencies including the ‘White Elephant’ no one on the Hill talked about until the Church Committee was an effort to go after Ron’s estate launched by Flynn and Assoc. with St. Gerry of Armstrong (another mole who told the LAPD’s CID ‘all ya gotta do is allege’) leading the charge being assisted by Ron’s estranged son who was a poster child for MK-Ultra Mind Control. As far as I’m concerned one of the key reasons Miscavige is where he is (aside from him being supported by rogue factions of ‘our’ Government and Smersh) is that he has become a fixed aberrated stable datum. In other words a walking, talking Ser Fac who has become a stable datum to anyone who can’t confront the prior confusion. That is my opinion and is the reason why I never bought into the ‘lone Miscavige theory’.”

 
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Past is Prologue

1996: Martin Hunt this week posted the story of his leaving Scientology, and the reaction of his former friends. “[S]ome three weeks after I blew I went back to Vancouver to pick up my stuff. The Scientologist I was sharing an apartment with wouldn’t let me in, as she thought I had flipped and was now a dangerous suppressive person (phobia indoctrination). I knocked on the door, but she wouldn’t answer. I called out her name, told her I knew she was home, that I just wanted to pick up my stuff, and that I wasn’t a threat of any kind to her. She still wouldn’t let me in, or even acknowledge that I was at the door, but literally hid in fear from me and pretended to not be there, even though I knew she was. I walked out to the corner and phoned her. I then said that I wouldn’t call the cops if she let me have my stuff back, and to this she told me to go to the org downtown and get an OK first and go through ethics as my only terminal, so I went back to the org I hadn’t been to or communicated in any way with for about three weeks. When I showed up at reception, the receptionist immediately called in a higher-up to deal with me, and I was frostily told to go straight to the ED, where I was given a form in triplicate to route-out properly. The ED told me not to talk to anyone, and was very cold to me despite a long acquaintance that went beyond the org; I had been to her house, met her family, seen her down in the State where she was on course while I was (she was doing the FEBC). I went through the form, and had to deal with several people on it, my superior, my division executive, the ethics officer, etc. Everyone talked to me as if I was an evil piece of shit, if they talked to me at all. It was a shocking experience to say hi to someone I thought I knew very well and considered a friend only to have them literally turn their back or walk away or just sneer at me; it was more shocking to see this repeated over and over with everyone I talked to, as if they had all been given instructions on what to do and how to shun me in the best possible manner to cause the most pain.”

 
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Random Howdy

“People spend years, decades, stuck on OT 7. It drives them insane, like George Baillie or poor Biggi Reichert.”

 
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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:

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Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial scheduled for October 11, pretrial conference August 17.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Readiness hearing scheduled for August 22 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filing amended complaint on August 2.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25. Scientology petitioning US Supreme Court over appellate ruling.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.

 
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THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON

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, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Judge in Danny Masterson case quashes ‘fishing expedition’ done for Scientology’s benefit
[TWO years ago] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 24: Rebecca Dobkin and other low-level PI grunts
[THREE years ago] Scientology in a nutshell: The lights are on, but nobody’s home
[FOUR years ago] Colombian senator asks defense minister to investigate Scientology over medal scandal
[FIVE years ago] Bogus court documents, compliant search engines, and Scientology-style rehabs
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s richest couple buys ‘Holy City,’ a California ghost town and former cult site
[SEVEN years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise Scientology video shows the actor praising the church — in Spanish!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Sea Org full regalia edition!
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack and a Special Guest Wrestle with Gerry Armstrong’s Legal Scientology Nightmare
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s Idea of a Rollicking Sermon: Watch This Gem From 1984
[ELEVEN years ago] Londoners See a Disaster, But Scientology Sees an Opportunity!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,752 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,257 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,807 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,797 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,688 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,993 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,863 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,637 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,968 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,441 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,757 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,323 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,242 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,410 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,990 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,252 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,288 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,003 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,528 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 883 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,058 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,609 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,758 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,078 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,933 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,052 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,408 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,711 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,817 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,215 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,091 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,674 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,169 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,423 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,532 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 10, 2022 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, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele

 

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Rizza Islam’s sisters plead no contest, leaving him last facing trial in Medi-Cal fraud case

[Rizza got a boost from ABC last year]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After seven years, notorious anti-vaxxer and Scientology/Nation of Islam figure Rizza Islam is last man standing in his fraud case. Also, news about serving David Miscavige, and more in our legal roundup. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

Continue reading Rizza Islam’s sisters plead no contest, leaving him last facing trial in Medi-Cal fraud case

Hey, Dublin: Want to see some Scientology child abuse?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We have a couple of videos for you today that we think should generate a lot of discussion, particularly from our ex-Scientologist readers. Please check them out and give us your thoughts! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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Former Scientology flak Tommy Davis potential witness in foreign-agent trial of Trump pal

[Tom Barrack arrives at court with Tommy Davis in tow (far left), July 26, 2021. Photo by Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Interest in former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis never wanes. So we knew we’d better jump on it when we saw him referenced online yesterday about a looming trial! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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PODCAST: Checking on our predictions about Scientology celebs with expert Geoff Levin

[Geoff has the Celebrity Centre dope]

We know that many people are drawn to Scientology watching because of its celebrities, and we also have a certain fascination with them. And certainly, there’s a lot of press about them. Seems like just about every week you’ll see a breathless piece somewhere counting down Scientology’s celebrities, or listing the big names who have left.

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Jane Doe 1 makes rare statement: Don’t delay Danny Masterson trial for baseball conflict

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After we published court documents showing how Danny Masterson is trying to delay trial, one of his accusers put out a rare statement. We have the full document put out by her attorneys. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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Danny Masterson delay attempt: Shawn Holley busy with Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer case

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Danny Masterson has a new strategy to push back his trial, and it’s a real curve ball. Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

Continue reading Danny Masterson delay attempt: Shawn Holley busy with Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer case

Amended complaint: Even more horror in labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology

[Scientology’s floating cathedral, the Freewinds]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: As promised, the plaintiffs in the new labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology filed an amended complaint yesterday. We have the document, and we’ve done the work to show you what is new! Go here to sign up for our daily Substack email.

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The Scientologists doing battle with the SEC over a $1 billion pile of cash

[Scientologists Matt Judkin and David Gentile]

In February 2021, we told you that Scientologist David Gentile was charged by the New York Attorney General’s office for operating what it called a $1.8 billion Ponzi scheme, paying older investors with money from newer investors of a company called GPB Capital Holdings.

Continue reading The Scientologists doing battle with the SEC over a $1 billion pile of cash

He inscribed the night sky like no one else — and now he gets his due at Lowell Observatory

[Bob in his Prescott home lab]

Today we have a rare non-Scientology piece here at the Underground Bunker. But with August 13 rapidly approaching, we wanted to get the word out about an event taking place in Arizona that we think is very important. And your proprietor will be there in attendance.

Continue reading He inscribed the night sky like no one else — and now he gets his due at Lowell Observatory