Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Our photographer goes back for more Scientology ‘body routing’ on the streets of LA

 
The anonymous photographer who captured images of Scientology body routers for us recently was shocked by the story we wrote Tuesday. We discovered that one of the people in his photos was Irving Sorrentini, the 68-year-old father who “disconnected” from his daughter Jamie Sorrentini Lugli in 2010.

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Believe it or not, a second season of Reza Aslan’s ‘Believer’ is coming

[Reza Aslan and Rick Ross]

We’ve told you about cult expert Rick Ross many times in the past. We first wrote about Rick more than 20 years ago when we were living in Phoenix, and he still shows up here at the Bunker from time to time.

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When a Scientology ‘body-router’ turns out to be the father you haven’t seen in 7 years

 
Well, we didn’t see this coming. On Sunday we published a set of professional-looking photos that were offered to us by one of our readers, who wished to remain anonymous. He had taken the photos outside of a metro station in Los Angeles, where a number of Scientology staff members were handing out literature.

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Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories — maybe you can help us figure out why

Dennis and Simone, with their awesome trophy

Well, here we go again. You’ve heard from us in the past that since the Church of Scientology announced that it was such chummy partners with Google, we’ve had numerous stories here at the Underground Bunker de-indexed by the search engine giant.

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Scientology may be crumbling, but around the world it’s still plotting a planetary takeover

 
Rod Keller is staying on top of new developments with Scientology missions and orgs around the world. Here’s this week’s roundup…

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Scientology forks over phone numbers to federal judge, who puts his foot down again

 
On May 1, Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore gave the Church of Scientology just ten days to turn over the phone numbers and occupations of 500 Los Angeles-area Scientologists whose names the church had previously turned in to the court under seal. It’s been more than a week since that deadline passed, and now we have evidence that the church did comply.

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Elisabeth Moss in this week’s ‘Handmaid’ sure sounded like FBI testimony about Scientology

 
Numerous outlets have raised questions about actress Elisabeth Moss, a born-in Scientologist, playing the character Offred in the Hulu television series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which portrays an oppressive near-future dystopia.

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To whet your appetite for season 2, A&E airing 2-hour ‘Leah Remini’ special on Memorial Day

 
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder are hard at work preparing season 2 of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. But in the meantime, A&E wanted to tide you over, and so the team has put together a 2-hour special that will look back at where Scientology has been and how it’s been exposed in the past.

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San Diego on Saturday: Psych-busting and Scientology hip hop!

 
Hey, San Diego, the Scientologists are coming back!

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As Leah Remini’s next season approaches, Scientology posts more videos saying she’s rude

[Scientology’s next set of meat shields]

 
Four years ago, Jenna Miscavige Hill published Beyond Belief, her book about growing up in the Church of Scientology and then leaving it, and what it was like to be the niece of Scientology’s dictatorial ruler, David Miscavige.

Continue reading As Leah Remini’s next season approaches, Scientology posts more videos saying she’s rude