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Mark Bunker

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    September 9, 2012

    Voice Readers Raise Thousands For Couple That Refused to Spy for Scientology

    We've always been suckers for the final scene of It's a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times we see it, we tear up at the sight of George Bailey's friends coming to his aid in his time of need, proving to him that he really is the richest man in town. Over the last couple of days, we watched so ... More >>

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    August 26, 2012

    (2012's) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 14-16

    Last summer, we put together a little list that took on a life of its own. We counted down the 25 people and groups who had been doing the most to get word out to the wider world about the Church of Scientology's many alleged abuses, and who have contributed to its steep recent decline. A year la ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Marty Rathbun: Scientology's Attorney "Supervised" Destruction of Records in Lisa McPherson Death

    For the last year or more, Mark Bunker has been releasing short excerpts from his upcoming Scientology documentary Knowledge Report, and yesterday, he released a doozy. Bunker had told me that he'd interviewed former church executive Marty Rathbun, and in this excerpt, we see Rathbun addressing the ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Scientology's Future History! A Vision from 1969, and our Stats Roundup

    On Thursdays, Scientologists race to turn in their weekly stats, and we like to do the same, looking at how the church has fared around the world. This week, before we get to a couple of press items, we're going to start with something special. One of our tipsters sent us something that we always ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Scientology on the High Seas: L. Ron Hubbard Frets Over His Sexy Crew

    In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we'r ... More >>

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    January 7, 2012

    Scientology, Cooked: Commenters of the Week!

    "This Debbie Cook show is just too much!"​If the rest of 2012 is going to be like this first week, the hooch reserves in the underground bunker are going to need some bolstering. Things started off one second after midnight as 2012 began, when our pre-loaded first story of the year, "What is ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Scientology on the High Seas: Ringing in 20 A.D. with the Commodore!

    On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time ... More >>

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    January 2, 2012

    Scientology in 2012: Mark Bunker and Mike Rinder Give Us a Preview of Enturbulation To Come

    The new year has already started with a bombshell, but we wanted to get a longer view of how 2012 might turn out for Scientology watching. So we asked a couple of far-seeing church observers to give us their thoughts. We have some fascinating prognostication from Mark Bunker, whose film Knowledge R ... More >>

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    January 1, 2012

    Our Scientology Puzzle Solved!

    In yesterday's story celebrating our commenting community at the end of the year, I mentioned that back in the summer, I had planted a puzzle in our very successful series, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology. Despite the large readership of that series, no one managed to spot the little visua ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Scientology on the High Seas: Yuletide Cheer, Including Dickens Adapted with Evil Psychs

    ​On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from 1968 to 1971, and this time we' ... More >>

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    December 17, 2011

    Scientology Infusion: Commenters of the Week!

    "This Will guy is so cool! I can't wait to tell Dave."​We're still taking your votes for Scientology Story of the Year, and in general, things here in the underground bunker are frenetic as we prepare for year-end festivities. We also managed to keep the beat going this week with some interest ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    L. Ron Hubbard Schools Richard Nixon: Sailing on the Apollo Nov 27 - Dec 3

    On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from 1968 to 1971, and this time we're look ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Scientology vs. Pollution, a Lisbon Cocktail Party, and More: Sailing on the Apollo Nov. 20-26

    Last week, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from 1968 to 1971. In this installment, we're lo ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Paulette Cooper, Scientology's Original and Worst Nightmare: A Thanksgiving Tribute by the Village Voice

    [UPDATE: Think Scientology spying and harassment is a thing of the past? Check out our new story about how the church even spies on its most prominent member, Tom Cruise.] I couldn't think of a better way to give thanks this year than to pay homage to the woman who was there first, paid the highest ... More >>

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    November 19, 2011

    Scientology Chillaxin': Commenters of the Week!

    This disturbing image blatantly ripped off from WhyWeProtest.net​Was this a week for Scientology watchers, or what? Things started off just after midnight on Sunday morning as we scrambled to alert our readers that what we've been waiting for had finally arrived: the launch of the new investi ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    L. Ron Hubbard Christens the Apollo 43 Years Ago Today: For The First Time, His "Orders of the Day"

    ​ For you Scientology watchers and Scientology history buffs, we think we have something very special for you today. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard sailed around the Mediterranean in a small armada of vessels, going from port to port. Each day, he issued ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Scientology Storms Out of Court in France, Getting Hammered in Florida: It's Time for Thursday Stats!

    Mark Bunker sent over to us another tease from his upcoming Scientology documentary, Knowledge Report, and this one is a real treat. We've written here several times that few former Scientologists ever endured as much legal persecution and really unbelievable levels of harassment as Gerry Armstro ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Scientology Dyspepsia: Commenters of the Week!

    Cheezburger.com​We're feeling a bit woozy after this week of Scientology watching here in the underground bunker. Not sure if it was something we ate, or just the thought of Tom Cruise hurling at Gold Base that has us a bit dizzy. Anyway, Mr. Cruise was very much on our minds this week, as h ... More >>

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    October 29, 2011

    Scientology Dumpster-Dive: Commenters of the Week!

    Clearing the planet, one dumpster at a time​For our longtime, loyal readers and commenters (of all persuasions), I just want to say how much I appreciate your continued interest in things we're doing here at the underground bunker. This week, we got a huge influx of new folks as our stories we ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Scientology and the Emerald Isle, Baghdad-by-the-Bay, and More in Our Thursday Stats Roundup

    Mike Rinder, the former Church of Scientology spokesman, appeared on Irish national television last night as he prepares to take part in a debate about Scientology today. We'll look at Rinder's Dublin TV performance and more as we round up this week's high and low marks for the church. Every Thu ... More >>

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    October 22, 2011

    Scientology Transfusion: Commenters of the Week!

    Eternal soul? Works all night? Exteriorizes? Hmmm.​It was a frantic week here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology-related. While we gathered material for some big stories, we managed to post several quick observations, some of which featured a medical the ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Scientology and Forced Abortions: Testimony of an Enforcer

    Filmmaker Mark Bunker has released another preview from his upcoming documentary, Knowledge Report. In this segment, Gary Morehead talks about his role as a security officer at Scientology's secretive California desert headquarters, Int Base, where he oversaw the operation that persuaded pregnant ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Scientology Mocked at the South Pole: Now That's Cold

    ​ We continue to work very hard on some upcoming stories; in the meantime, we have this interesting image from the bottom of the world. I found it here. I have no information on it -- it might be months or years old, for all I know. I only know this: I want to hear from this person, so that ... More >>

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    October 15, 2011

    Scientology Effervescence: Commenters of the Week!

    ​Here in the underground bunker, this was something of a strange week. While enduring a middling but annoying cold, we tried to get back in the swing of things after a week out of town. And while things started a bit slow, by Friday this had turned into one slammin' sevenday. Things kicked of ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Scientology "Ideal Orgs" Laid Bare In Our Thursday Stats Roundup!

    It's that time of the week again -- at 2 pm on Thursdays, Scientology orgs turn in their stats for the week, and so we like to do our own accounting of how things went for the church with our weekly roundup. After the jump, an eye-opening look inside an "Ideal org" by our sister paper in Phoenix. ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Scientology Officially Probing the Village Voice!

    ​We've just received confirmation that ace reporter Jim Lynch has been handed a new assignment, and that assignment is us! Today, he called a PR firm in San Francisco that we used to work with, asking about "the finances of the Village Voice." The finances of the Voice? Hey, Jim, when you fi ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Scientology and Disconnection: "No One's Going to Take My Eternity Away"

    Lori Hodgson keeps telling me she's going to give me the entire story of her time in Scientology. Well, I'm still waiting. In the meantime, she talked to Mark Bunker for his upcoming movie Knowledge Report, and this morning he released a segment of that interview. For those of you still confused ... More >>

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    October 8, 2011

    Scientology Symposium: Commenters of the Week!

    It was an unusual week here for us at our Scientology watching operation. We left the underground bunker for a trip to Southern California, but still managed to put together a few stories while on the road. And our commenters did not let us down, with some of them carrying over debates they were hav ... More >>

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    October 1, 2011

    Scientology Apotheosis: Commenters of the Week!

    Well, this was a week we've been looking forward to for some time here in the underground bunker. And now that we've finally finished our big countdown, there's a slight feeling of letdown here at Scientology-watching central. Even the cats are listless. But let's look back at a week that was. We s ... More >>

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    October 1, 2011

    Scientology Internal E-Mails: Even More Depressing Than You Might Assume

    For a few weeks now, we've been watching with some incredulity the material coming out of a particular Scientology "org," which is located in Birmingham, England. A Scientology-watcher who calls himself "CarltonBANKS" has been posting pretty amazing material from the Birmingham org's net servers wh ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: Readers Poll Results!

    LRH came out on top of our countdown, but did he top out our readers poll? Take a look inside!​Actually, make that the top fifty people crippling the Church of Scientology -- we received more than 3,000 individual choices by 141 voters, with more than 300 different people receiving votes. Our ... More >>

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    September 24, 2011

    Scientology Dropkick: Commenters of the Week!

    DM's minions keep dropping the ball!​Before we look back at the week that was, we wanted to remind you of our upcoming schedule. Monday morning at 9 am we'll reveal #3 in our big countdown, and then at noon we'll close voting on our readers poll. So if you haven't yet put in your own ballot, ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 4: Tom Cruise

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 6: Anonymous

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: The Readers Poll!

    ​You've watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- now it's your turn to vote for your own list! Here's the link you've been waiting for -- now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Sc ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    Scientology Oz-fest: Commenters of the Week!

    This kangaroo is volunteering its time and no contract is implied​Every Saturday, we say "what a week." But this time -- What a week! Right? With Scientology news breaking Down Under, and the countdown getting to single digits, and wacky stuff leaking in the UK -- the underground bunker was ri ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 7: Mark Bunker

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 9: Jason Beghe

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    July 31, 2011

    Scientology Spinout: Commenters of the Week!

    Elvis wasn't seduced by Scientology's siren song​After some time away, we came back with a slew of stories this week, and naturally, our readers were ready to pounce on them. On Tuesday, we took another look at intriguing young DC-area Scientologist Tad Reeves. We're still hoping to talk to t ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Scientology Apocalypse! Mark Bunker and Marty Rathbun Reveal Their Ties

    Wise Beard Man makes a wild move​For Scientology watchers, a stunning development tonight that, not so long ago, we can hardly imagine happening. Mark Bunker, dean of the old time Scientology critics, has written a guest post on Marty Rathbun's blog this evening -- well, I would be hardly mor ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Scientology Documentary: A Video Clip from the Upcoming "Knowledge Report"

    Knowledge Report: RPF and Other Abuses from Mark Bunker on Vimeo. One of the people who made the Scientology's Enemies List, which we wrote about yesterday, is Mark Bunker, dubbed "Wise Beard Man" by the Anonymous movement. I sent him an e-mail to make sure he saw it. Today, I received this reply f ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Scientology Raided in Italy, Stash of Personal Records on 'Enemies' Found

    Scientology leader David Miscavige: He's watching you!​Mark Bunker (Wise Beard Man) has been tipping us to several embarrassing developments for Scientology overseas lately. The newest was yesterday's raid of a Scientology center in Turin, Italy, where investigators uncovered a basement stash ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Scientology Bigwigs Get the Classic Scientology F-U

    Jen earlier pointed to the many signs that we're in the End Times: earthquakes, fireballs, the Tea Party. What's it all leading to? Well, maybe to this kind of tectonic shift: Mark Bunker (aka Wise Beard Man), sent over a link to a video of Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder being stopped from enteri ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Google and Twitter Slow To Take Down Slanderous Impersonation of a Scientology Critic

    ​Last week, Mark Bunker reminded us that over the summer, some scumbag had hijacked his identity and in his name was spewing anti-Islamic hate over a Twitter account and a Blogger website. We were shocked to hear that the identity theft was still going on. Back when he'd first told us about i ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Scientologists Arrest Protesters, Push Through Ban on Pickets at Cal. Base

    The Scientology protesters Mark Bunker, also known as "Wise Beard," and Mark Lowell were arrested yesterday for picketing outside the cult's lavish Gold Base complex in Hemet, California. The arrests are described as "citizen's arrests" instigated by Scientology management, though the two men were t ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Wise Beard Man to Anonymous: Don't be a Dope

    Yesterday, after putting up our first response to the idiotic Anonymous prankster who was arrested after slathering himself with vaseline and pubic hair clippings and rubbing himself on items at the Scientology building on W. 46th Street, we received this response from our old friend Mark Bunker, al ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008
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    April 21, 2008
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    March 4, 2008

    What to Get L. Ron Hubbard for his Birthday

    How “Anonymous” has changed the game of exposing Ron’s ruthless global scam

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