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[Tom Cummins in Stuttgart with an admirer]

Rod Keller told us about some shenanigans aimed at his old website. We asked him to write it up, because we think you’re going to want to hear about the attack he fended off so skillfully…

In October 2014 I started a WordPress blog called SecCheck. I posted [...]

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[Scientology celeb Kerri Kasem is on the scene]

Jeffrey Augustine reminds us what the Scientology Volunteer Ministers are really all about now that they have more publicity opportunities in California…

With the incredibly destructive, lethal, and unprecedented wildfires in California, Scientology’s ambulance chasing Volunteer Ministers have been out in front of the cameras getting their [...]

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[L to R: Shannon, Nicole, and Vicki]

Although A&E announced that its series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath begins its third season on November 27, it actually begins tonight at 8 pm Eastern with a “special episode” the network apparently doesn’t count as the series itself.

Yes, once again A&E’s confusing way of counting [...]

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[Cyril Vosper]

This week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series we’re looking back at a real classic and one of the most fun reads in the genre, 1971’s The Mind Benders by Cyril Vosper (1934-2004). It was the first book by a former Scientologist to expose the organization, beating Robert Kaufman’s Inside Scientology, which came out [...]

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[Kathy and Matt Feshbach]

Last year, we told you that Scientology’s first “Super Power” recipient found out that his super powers didn’t extend to the legal arena, where he got his head handed to him by a bankruptcy judge.

Well, now we can tell you that it’s happened again.

Matt Feshbach and his wife Kathy [...]

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  We have just learned that a little more than a year ago, a man named Eric Saldarriaga died after battling esophageal cancer. He died the day before his 44th birthday, leaving behind a wife and two young sons.

For some of you, that name may ring a bell. In 2015, Saldarriaga was [...]

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  Hey, let’s see what we can find in the electronic archives of Pinellas County, Florida — which includes the city of Clearwater, the seaside town bum-rushed by the sneaky Church of Scientology in 1975 and which is today its “spiritual mecca” where rich Scientologists come to be fleeced for “Super Power.”

Looking through [...]

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  Tonight, Leah Remini and her co-star Mike Rinder tack into uncharted territory. Before the third season of their Emmy-winning A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath begins in two weeks, they are airing tonight at 6 pm a two-hour special on another subject entirely.

“The reason why Mike and I did this was [...]

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[Dr. Ben and his glamorous daughter, Meghan]

New York City school infiltrator, NYPD gladhander, Queens dentist, and Scientology Freedom Medal winner Dr. Bernard Fialkoff just never rests.

We’ve been following his antics for more than five years now, and we have to give him credit for the energy he pours into spreading L. Ron [...]

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  Rod Keller digs in to a small mystery happening in Michigan…

In early October this sign appeared on a property in Birch Run, Michigan. Residents noticed; some began to Google “Narconon” and found it to be associated with Scientology. Township officials became concerned. They had received an application for an alcohol and drug [...]

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[Homer Schomer, Mike Rinder, and Bent Corydon at a recent get-together in Los Angeles]

We have another classic for you this week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series — a chapter from Bent Corydon’s landmark 1987 book, L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? Bent was a mission holder in Riverside, California who lost his mission but [...]

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[Lawrence Wright (Credit: Jana Birchum)]

More than five years after the publication of his epic history of Scientology, Going Clear, and three years since the hugely successful HBO documentary of the same name, Lawrence Wright is still the target of stupid dirty tricks and harassment.

Yesterday, he posted on Twitter and Facebook the news that [...]

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[Hubbard in the room that is now lovingly recreated at Flag]

Our thanks again to Rasha, who rushed to us the newest Source magazine out of Scientology’s spiritual mecca, the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. Most of it is the usual drivel, encouraging members to drop large sums on a visit so they can [...]

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[Tom Cruise and the Skyview in downtown Clearwater]

Clay Irwin signed a deal today to sell his downtown Clearwater bar, the Lucky Anchor, after a little less than two years operating a watering hole in the shadow of Scientology’s spiritual mecca.

Clay is a familiar figure here at the Bunker. He opened up the Lucky [...]

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[Carol Nyburg, with the son, Jeff, who didn’t turn his back on her]

We’ve written several times about Carol Nyburg. Many ex-Scientologists remember her as the friendly accommodations registrar at the Flag Land Base — it was Carol’s job to get you placed in the right rooms when you came for an extended stay at [...]

254

[Jada Pinkett Smith and Juliette Lewis]

By now you’ve no doubt seen various recaps of yesterday’s “Red Table Talk” episode featuring Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith, including our own. As we said yesterday, Leah made the most of her appearance, and a huge new audience was exposed to Scientology’s controversies.

But for us, one [...]

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  A highly-anticipated summit between Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith took place on Jada’s Facebook series, “Red Table Talk,” which was released this afternoon. The 20-minute episode was billed in pre-show publicity as a way for the two women to reconcile after a public spat between them over Scientology.

Well, come on, it [...]

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[Catherine Fraser, arguing that it’s not a public road]

Like the rest of the country, voters in Riverside County, California will be going to the polls tomorrow for a highly anticipated midterm election. But besides governors and members of Congress on the ballot, there will be local elections going on. And in Riverside County, that [...]

254

[The future L. Ron Hubbard Hall]

Rod Keller has a great report for us today on David Miscavige’s next precious object, the planned performance hall in Clearwater right next to the Super Power building…

L. Ron Hubbard Hall is coming to downtown Clearwater, faster than most observers thought possible, but slower than Scientology has been [...]

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[Nibs and his Dad]

We were inspired last week when author Alec Nevala-Lee chose the date of his book release to make public for the first time a really amazing document from Scientology’s early history. And since we had a book of our own come out this week, we thought we’d do the same.

In [...]

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  Jeffrey Augustine concludes his series on the history of Scientology’s private barge, the Freewinds. See his earlier parts one and part two.

In 1984 David Miscavige and L. Ron Hubbard were under intense scrutiny by the US government. Miscavige referred to this period in a speech to Scientologists at an IAS event on [...]

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  On Monday, we told you that we’d gotten our mitts on a new Sea Org application that Scientology is asking marks to fill out before they sign billion-year contracts and start working around the clock.

After seeing us post that, another of our tipsters sent in something else really fun. Our correspondent tells [...]

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  Some time ago, Paulette Cooper came to us with an idea for a book. Not everyone keeps up with the Underground Bunker on a daily basis, she pointed out, and others are arriving here for the first time every day. Wouldn’t it be useful if some of the best stories from our years [...]

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[Sauna success? Professor Dave Touretzky takes a look at the fine print]

Recently, one of our correspondents forwarded us a press release put out by Scientology’s drug rehab outfit, Narconon, which was boasting about a new study finally providing some scientific evidence to back up L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas about treating drug abuse.

Our correspondent [...]

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  We want to thank the tipster who sent us a very interesting new document. We’re not at liberty yet to tell you just how our correspondent got their hands on this particular item — but that may change in the near future.

Anyway, what we’re talking about is a most fascinating item, a [...]

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[Narconon quackery: It’s continental!]

Rod Keller finds that Scientology’s Narconon scam can get, yes, even sketchier…

Scientology opened Narconon Europe in 2015 in Helsinge, Denmark on the banks of Lake Arresø to serve as a “continental” Narconon that would deliver the drug rehab program but also to train Narconon staff members in Europe. It’s hard [...]

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  Our Saturday ‘Scientology Lit’ series has been coming to this — still the best biography of Scientology’s founder and perhaps the best book about Scientology of them all, Russell Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. Difficult to find in this country for a long time, the book is back [...]

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[Before the fall: Mariah Carey and James Packer]

You may have been seeing stories out of Australia about actor Tom Cruise and an Australian billionaire named James Packer. These stories caught us by surprise for two reasons.

1: Most of what’s in them was already covered by Steve Cannane in his excellent 2016 book Fair [...]

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[PAC Base, Los Angeles. Ana, you there?]

Jeffrey Augustine reveals some of Scientology’s dirty work, and we’ll caution you to be prepared for some off-color language ahead.

Scientology appears to be sending out sexually explicit harassing e-mails from someone claiming to be named “Ana Kasparin” and from the account ana209@mail.com.

One e-mail was sent [...]

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  When I first got into Scientology I was still in high school. I was going to go to film school with my best friend at the time. He did end up going to university and studying film. This was in Toronto, after which he ended up moving to the states and eventually going [...]

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[Author Alec Nevala-Lee and L. Ron Hubbard]

What an amazing treat we have for you today. To celebrate the publication of his book Astounding, author Alec Nevala-Lee is helping us bring to you a stunning document made public for the first time. We’ll let him describe it, and then we have it in its entirety [...]

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[When Scientologists get riled up]

We want to thank the tipster who forwarded a rather interesting email. Our tipster was included on a long list of recipients that had been cc:ed by the person who sent the message.

We’re going to cut that emailer a break and not name her. We will say she’s a [...]

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