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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.

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Scientology leader David Miscavige is evading service, says the Valeska Paris team

[Illustration by Observer]

Once again a lawsuit has been filed against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, and somehow Miscavige has managed to keep himself out of court by simply evading service of the case.

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PODCAST: Pete Griffiths, the SP who ran a Scientology mission

 
We’ve known Pete Griffiths for years and we’ve written numerous stories about him, but the piece he wrote for us recently really seemed to hit a chord with the Bunker community.

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The spy who never was? L. Ron Hubbard and ‘Maj. Ian Macbean of the British Secret Service’

The South China Morning Post has published a lengthy piece by Paul French on L. Ron Hubbard’s trips to Asia as a teenager in the late 1920s. While much about this time in Hubbard’s life is already known and recapitulated in the article, it does a good job of highlighting one of the more mysterious figures to cross Hubbard’s path – a character Hubbard describes in his writings as “Major Ian Macbean of the British Secret Service.”

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VIDEO: Katie Holmes in the front row at a 2007 Scientology event with Tom Cruise

 
A sharp new copy of a Scientology video from 2007 has been dropped on the Internet, and wow, is it making us feel nostalgic.

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Scientology trafficking case do-over: Both sides reload in light of ‘arbitration’ motions

[Valeska Paris and the Freewinds]

There’s been an interesting shuffling of troop positions in the battle going on in a Tampa courtroom over a labor trafficking lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology.

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Scientology tried to destroy her, but Paulette Cooper is living her best life

 
We love catching up with Paulette Cooper on her birthday, because she always has fabulous things to catch us up on.

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Jon Atack escaped Scientology, but then he got himself into much deeper trouble

 
Not long after we started this website in 2012, we reached out to a person we had long admired who had written one of the greatest books about the history of Scientology. Jon Atack was one of those authors who had not only escaped Scientology to then write about it, but he had done so when exposing Scientology was a much riskier proposition.

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Danny Masterson done with appeals before Oct 11 trial? Can Scientology allow it to happen?

[Danny Masterson and el jefe, David Miscavige]

We have some updates on some of the legal cases we’ve been watching, and thought we’d collect them in a single piece. First, we are kind of surprised to find that Danny Masterson is apparently not trying to appeal his most recent defeat in his criminal rape case.

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PODCAST: Sunny Pereira spills secrets of Scientology’s Hollywood Celebrity Centre

 
One of our favorite correspondents here at the Bunker has been Sunny Pereira, a former Sea Org member who served in the Hollywood Celebrity Centre. She’s written devastating pieces for us not only about what happens there, but also how her own family was ripped apart by Scientology’s toxic policies.

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