Scientology celeb Joy Villa takes down her ‘testing the waters’ for Congress web pages

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[Milo Yiannopoulos and Joy Villa, in happier days]

Thanks again to one of our alert tipsters, it was brought to our attention that Joy Villa’s “testing the waters” web pages for a Congressional run have come down.

Both “bringjoytocongress.com” and “joyvilla.com/testingthewaters/” now redirect us to Joy’s general website.

On February 9, the Internet Archive [...]


The Axioms of Dianetics: L. Ron Hubbard’s science-y foundation of Scientology ‘tech’

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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 [...]


Why Colombia’s military was fertile territory for Scientology — and one general’s stunning role

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[General (retired) Carlos Ramiro Mena, the man of the moment]

While things have been exploding over Scientology in Colombia, our man in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Augustine, has been looking into the relationship between David Miscavige’s organization and that South American country, looking for clues to how things got to their present mess. We think he’s [...]


Lloyd Evans: The biggest Jehovah’s Witnesses stories of 2019

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 What a treat: Ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans brings us this great rundown on the biggest Jehovah’s Witnesses stories of 2019. Make sure you subscribe to Lloyd’s amazing YouTube channel for the latest breaking JW news.

 2019 has certainly been an eventful year for those of us keeping a close eye on goings-on with Jehovah’s Witnesses and [...]


When your ex is into Scientology, a custody battle can get cosmically worse

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[Michael Creger with Mike Rinder in Clearwater]

Chris Shelton interviewed San Diego resident Michael Creger for a new video this week. Shelton and your proprietor have been communicating with Creger for a couple of years, and you may have run across him in one of the Facebook groups dedicated to Scientology watching.

If you have, you might [...]


In the US and Australia, new Ideal Orgs are increasingly isolated and uninviting. What gives?

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  By the time this story posts on Saturday morning here in the US, it will already be Saturday evening in Perth, Australia, and Scientology’s newest “Ideal Org” would have had its grand opening, complete with a visit from church leader David Miscavige.

But in the days leading up to this event, we were [...]


When Scientology’s toxic policy of disconnection is forever: Saying goodbye to Angela Paris

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[Valeska and Angela Paris]

Valeska Paris recently posted a crushing note on Facebook about her stepmother, Angela. We asked her if she wanted to write a more lengthy piece for the Bunker, and we’re very glad that we did.

You know that wrenching feeling in your guts that doesn’t seem to go away, the grief [...]


Is Beck divorcing Scientology along with his wife? Here’s the evidence for and against.

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[Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi]

In 2016, with the help of our source at the Celebrity Centre, we put together a list of the 20 most important Scientology celebrities, and gave the list a unique twist: We ordered it by the likelihood that celebs might ditch the church.

Among those we predicted had at least some small [...]


A Witness responds to Lloyd Evans about JW and global climate change

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[The Warwick headquarters and its green buildings]

On Tuesday, we asked ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans about the Jehovah’s Witness view on climate change, since it’s an organization so centered around the idea of global catastrophe. Lloyd explained that because the planet was in Jehovah’s hands, Witnesses tended not to be concerned about environmental issues. We then [...]


Trump whines about being left out of inquiry, but then turns down chance to participate

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[Trump and Nadler]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

So Trump has declined Jerry Nadler’s invitation to participate in the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, scheduled to commence this week, which isn’t all that surprising since actually participating would undermine their argument that the inquiry was a sham [...]


Why is the YMCA helping spread Scientology to kids?

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[The Speer Academy]

On Sunday, Mike Rinder posed a great question about the ongoing relationship between Scientology (which pretends it’s a force for human rights) and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist movement whose leader, Louis Farrakhan, isn’t shy about demonizing whites and Jewish people.

Mike was specifically pointing to the work of Nation of [...]


Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology’s toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it

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  Nathan Rich has led one fucked-up life. There’s no escaping that conclusion after you read his unique autobiography that comes out on Tuesday, with the unusual title of Scythe Tleppo.

To say that Nathan’s book is merely raw is to do it a disservice. Reading this book is going to leave you [...]


Eric Saldarriaga, private eye who took the fall for Scientology, 1973-2017

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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 [...]


How businesses that run on Scientology principles find Scientologist employees

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Rod Keller takes us into the razzy world of Scientology classifieds. Sharpen up your resume!

Scientologists who are business owners are expected to manage them according to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard which are known as “Admin Tech.” The policies were written for managing a Scientology org or mission, but through the World Institute of [...]


Scientology banned his book and trashed him as an apostate. Here’s his full-throated reply!

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 Last Saturday, we had fun posting a 1995 Scientology bulletin that banned Scientologists from reading the 1989 ancient aliens book The Gods of Eden and warned against interacting with its author, former church member William Bramley. In our comments section, Bramley reached out to us and said he was interested in answering Scientology’s criticisms of [...]


Elected officials self-quarantine after treating the coronavirus as a hoax

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[A stunt that didn’t age well.]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

A week ago the ultra-conservative CPAC conference took place, the day after Trump called the novel coronavirus a “hoax.” One of the CPAC attendees evidently had the virus and came into contact with a number of elected [...]


Filmmaker breaks down describing Nxivm’s duplicitous ideas and evil intent

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[Mark Vicente]

VillageDianne is out from the courthouse overflow room again with another report from the Nxivm trial. Today, the prosecution is getting testimony from filmmaker Mark Vicente.

But first, we have Dianne’s impressions of yesterday’s cross-examination of the prosecutions first witness, a former DOS ‘slave’ named Sylvie…

 During the cross-examination it was hard to hear Keith [...]


Chinese government puts ‘citizen journalist’ in suspicious quarantine over virus reporting

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 It is difficult to obtain reliable biographic info on Chen Qiushi. From the videos he posts he looks even younger than his 34 years. He has a law degree, if we can go by a troll who posted multiple times on his videos (denounced as a government hack in replies), saying that Chen is only [...]


Leah Remini’s ‘Aftermath’ nominated for another Emmy: Tell her your favorite scenes

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[More honors for our dynamic duo]

The only problem with another Emmy nomination being announced yesterday for Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is that the news comes several months after the end of third season, which seems like a long time ago.

So, to help Aftermath fans celebrate the show’s third nomination, we thought we’d remind [...]


Former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder testifies in his molestation trial, gets 80 years in prison

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[Roderick Watkins]

At his Facebook page, ex-JW activist John Redwood reported from the scene at an Arkansas criminal trial, relating the dramatic events of what happened Thursday.

Redwood was there to see former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder Roderick Watkins tried for numerous allegations of child sexual abuse that took place over several years (and Watkins is also a [...]


If you thought Scientology’s ‘Axioms’ were dumb, the ‘Logics’ are even dumberer

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 Chris Shelton had fun with L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘Axioms’ on Friday. Now, he takes another one for the team and tries to deal with the illogic of Hubbard’s ‘Logics.’

It’s a funny thing that lately it’s been more and more difficult for me to make sense of L. Ron Hubbard’s gibberish. This is inconvenient since I [...]


Scientology will try to force Danny Masterson accusers into its internal ‘arbitration’

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[Plaintiffs: Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Chrissie Carnell Bixler]

The Church of Scientology has notified three women, each of them former Scientologists who say they were raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson and have sued the actor and the church, that it plans to derail their lawsuit and force them into Scientology’s brand of internal arbitration, citing contracts [...]


A Scientologist is brutally murdered in Peoria, but you didn’t hear it from Scientology

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[Jose Ramirez and his parents, Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron]

It was a gruesome crime that shocked a university community. On the night of October 25, two employees of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, were in bed in their home when they were awakened to be pepper-sprayed, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death.

Susan Brill [...]


Scientology ripped apart his family, but this former member explains why he doesn’t fight it

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[Dave Stokes and his family, before disconnection]

On January 4, Skip Young wrote for us an account of his attempt to reconnect with the grown daughters who have disconnected from him after he left Scientology. Last week we published one response we received after Skip’s piece, and that was Phil Jones writing about his own attempts [...]


Valerie Haney drops ‘Jane Doe’ label in brutal amended complaint against Scientology

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[Valerie Haney on Aftermath]

[NOTE: Don’t miss last night’s bonus coverage of Leah Remini and Mike Rinder UNLOADING on Scientology over its Fair Game tactics.]

When the Brian Kent-Marci Hamilton legal team filed the first of its lawsuits against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige on June 18, we said that although the plaintiff [...]


Who was Joe Zaccardi, and why did he kill his family?

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[Joe and Deirdre Zaccardi]

When the horrible news began to come out of Abington, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston, that a family of five had been found shot to death in their condo, we began watching this story, wanting some answers about how it could happen.

Yesterday, the sheriff confirmed what most had suspected, that Joe [...]


Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ poster boy gets dunked on by yet another irked judge

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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 [...]


Clearwater police chief: Scientology is complying with orders during the pandemic

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[Bunker, with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, in a previous exchange with Clearwater police]

We followed up with Mark Bunker today, and he had news for us about Scientology continuing to operate its “Flag Land Base” in Clearwater, Florida, where Bunker was sworn in this week as a new city councilmember.

Bunker told us that on Monday [...]


Is there something screwy about Scientology buffoon Grant Cardone?

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 Scientology’s wealthy ham hock Grant Cardone continues to intrigue us with his antics. Have you seen the latest?

It’s a short video shot by his wife Elena Cardone which is being shared on Twitter, with her narrating while she walks through what appears to be a sumptuous beach house.

After briefly showing Grant filming himself on [...]


Driving people away (and begging them back) was built into Scientology from the start

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 As the Church of Scientology continues to hemorrhage membership, its losses in income and labor are increasingly hard to replace with new members. As the Bunker has been documenting, the church is spending a lot of its resources not so much on bringing in new people but instead desperately trying to convince former members to [...]


Scientology so desperate for Narconon patients, new offer drops all pretense of separation

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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 [...]


Leah Remini starts third season with bombshell Scientology escape story

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[Valerie Haney]

After two “special” episodes — one about Jehovah’s Witnesses and one about the emotional pain of leaving Scientology — A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath officially kicks off its third season tonight with an absolute blockbuster of an episode.

Valerie Haney’s story is one that we’ve been waiting to hear for a [...]

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