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Former Scientology ‘Sea Org’ executive Chris Shelton has been diving into L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology” lately, making videos about basic Scientology ideas. In this piece for the Bunker, Chris helps us understand one of Scientology’s bedrock concepts — the “Axioms.”

Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health took the United States by storm when it was [...]

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 Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, concluded its third season on February 5. In past years, we’ve heard about her show being renewed about a month after a season finale, so we don’t expect word to arrive about a possible fourth season of the show for some time yet. But Scientology appears to [...]

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[Brandon Reisdorf]

It pains us to report that Brandon Reisdorf, who we got to know from his appearance in the first season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has been arrested again, this time for attempting to enter Scientology’s church in San Diego.

According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Brandon was arrested on Saturday evening, [...]

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[Leah Remini and Danny Masterson]

A few weeks ago, our inside sources at A&E had us believing that Leah Remini’s third season would play out this way: A final “regular” episode on February 5 (which did happen, featuring Jay Wexler and Yulanda Williams), then a “special” episode tonight (which is not happening), and then the long-delayed [...]

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Historian Chris Owen is back with a very timely piece for us after Leah Remini once again provided so much material for debate…

One of the most common comments heard after every episode of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath is, “Why doesn’t the government do something about it?” This isn’t a complaint that is limited [...]

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 Rod Keller helps us keep an eye on Scientology’s ‘expansion’ plans…

It was a year ago that we reported that members of Scientology were doing minor work on the Duckworth Essence Distillery building in Manchester. It’s the site of the UK’s next “Ideal Org,” and has been sitting empty since it was purchased in 2006. The [...]

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 Former Scientology executive Jefferson Hawkins penned one of the best first-person accounts of the Scientology experience in his book ‘Counterfeit Dreams.’ But we don’t want people to forget that he also provided a major service by writing a book aimed directly at other Scientologists who might have doubts about the organization. Today, we have an [...]

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[Scientology leader David Miscavige has some explaining to do to Rev. Dr. Chip Murray]

We’ve told you that Scientology’s “grass roots” effort it calls the “STAND League” is a fake. But even we were stunned when we learned that Scientology’s astroturf attack on Leah Remini’s A&E series has allegedly engaged in an outright fraud that has [...]

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 Scientology is pumping out more propaganda than ever, not only with its DirecTV channel, but also with a steady stream of social media that must be costing the church a fortune to operate.

The church may still rely on Sea Org slaves to write letters by the hundreds, but you can be sure it’s contracting out [...]

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With Leah Remini’s third season of “regular” Scientology and the Aftermath episodes coming to an end last night (we think there’s still more in the way of “special” episodes to come), we thought it was time to pay some attention to that other great television experiment going on.

We’re talking, of course, of Scientology TV.

Now, we [...]

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 Our friend Clay Irwin is on the spot and alerted us to the joyous news that today is move-in day for Scientology icon Tom Cruise!

We broke the news a couple of years ago that Tom, after selling off most of his other properties around the world, was paying for a double-penthouse to be built [...]

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[Jay Wexler]

Throughout Leah Remini’s third season, she’s worked hard to bring every show back to the concept that the Church of Scientology is abusing people, especially its own members, because it has the protection of the federal government.

As a tax-exempt religious organization, granted by the IRS in 1993, Scientology not only avoids paying certain [...]

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[Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter]

On Saturday, Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter posted a video responding to the criticism his department has received in the wake of two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath.

In the video, Chief Slaughter said he didn’t appreciate his officers being criticized, and that his department is [...]

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 We’re going to guess that the Clearwater Police Department was inundated with angry calls and messages from the public after the last two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. How else to explain the extraordinary step that Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter took yesterday, posting a video to the department’s Facebook [...]

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 Here it is, tonight’s Super Bowl ad from the Church of Scientology, “Curiosity,” which will be airing in certain local markets around the country tonight.

This year’s ad reverts to form after last year’s ad, “Curious?”, was something of a departure.

This year’s spot is the usual slick mix of images and narration having nothing to [...]

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[Tulsi Gabbard, Chris Butler, and Anthony Glassman. Not pictured: Your proprietor]

We had a fun surprise last night when we realized that Hawaiian media has been buzzing about a story that had a slight connection to, well, us.

You might have heard that among the hordes of people who have announced their bids or are thinking about [...]

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 NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk handed Scientology its most visible public boost in a long time yesterday by appearing on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” to plug the Church of Scientology’s front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl game.

For seven years, Scientology has [...]

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[Ed Parkin in 2016]

Chuck Beatty remembers Ed Parkin as his fellow inmate, his bunkmate, and his jailer.

From 1996 to 2003, Chuck spent seven years in the Sea Org’s prison detail, the Rehabilitation Project Force. The RPF was originally dreamed up by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s while he was running Scientology from the yacht [...]

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[Bob Minton and Stacy Brooks]

Tuesday night’s Scientology and the Aftermath episode was another stunner, and contained surprises even for some of us jaded, longtime Scientology Watchers.

Sure, many of us knew a lot about the terrible Lisa McPherson story, and that her 1995 death spawned a reaction in the form of years of protests in [...]

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[Lucas Catton]

In 2013, Lucas Catton self-published ‘Have You Told All,’ a remarkable book about his experience as the president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead. He also appeared in an episode of the former investigative news program Rock Center, and he showed up here at the Bunker in several stories. Since then, he [...]

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 Monday night, a group calling itself the “Los Angeles Faith Coalition” sent out notices that it was going to have an “emergency press conference” and protest to be held outside of Disney’s studios in Burbank on Tuesday afternoon.

According to its notice, the Coalition was going to hold a demonstration to convince Disney that its subsidiary [...]

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 Rod Keller brings us more nuttiness from Scientology’s rank and file…

Last week we reported on a new Scientology front group that is offering military veterans, as an alternative to mental health care, Scientology’s unscientific “Purification Rundown,” a regimen of sauna use and extreme vitamin intake.

Two new claims for the effectiveness of the Purif other than [...]

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 More than two years ago the Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation into the allegations of three former Scientologists and a fourth woman who say that they were violently raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson between 2001 and 2004. Since April 2017, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has been preparing a case and [...]

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[Anton gets Super Power]

Thanks to Rasha, we have the latest copy of Source magazine, which the Church of Scientology puts out to advertise the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida to its members. In general, this issue is a lot of rah-rah repetition of the stuff you’ve heard a million times before. But one article [...]

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 It’s a major date on the Scientology calendar today, even if the church itself doesn’t actually celebrate it. And you know, they really should. It was 33 years ago today that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard voluntarily left his hale and fit 74-year-old body in order to continue his upper-level OT researches without the burden [...]

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[An update to one of our saddest stories ever.]

We know that if you read this website and watch Leah Remini’s A&E series, sooner or later the advertising algorithms are going to track you down and swamp you with a lot of Scientology propaganda on your social media feeds or in the form of web ads. [...]

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[Tonight, ‘Aftermath’ gives Gabe his due.]

Scientology’s very sketchy history in the Florida city of Clearwater gets a nice going over in tonight’s episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

As Mike Rinder points out early in the episode, some of us may take for granted Scientology’s incredible history in the Gulf Coast town, but [...]

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Patrick Wallis, 24, was snared by online paedophile hunters just days after being spared prison for his behaviour
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#dropboxlinks has gone viral after hundreds of users posted memes about the tag’s concerning material.
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[Mr. Ed’s knockin’]

 As much as Scientology wants the public to think of it as a totally not weird self-help group that offers things like improved communication and business acumen, the reality is much stranger and, frankly, a lot more interesting.

What Scientology really offers is a yearslong pursuit of esoteric practices that lead to superhuman powers, [...]

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[Founding members Geraldine Malloy, Thomas Malloy, Joey Gatton, Ryan Reese and Amber Reese]

Rod Keller discovers that Scientology is launching yet another front group, and this one is really infuriating…

Scientology is launching a new front group to join their fight against the treatment of mental health issues — Heroes for Human Rights. The call has gone [...]

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[Bree Mood]

Chris Shelton has a remarkable story about an escape from the Sea Org for us today, and disturbing new evidence that Scientology has not given up its policy of forcing women to have abortions, even nearly a decade after that policy was exposed by the Tampa Bay Times…

There I was, minding my own business [...]

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