Tony Ortega is executive editor of The Raw Story and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and has a forthcoming book about the subject. 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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Leah Remini helps us celebrate our book in Los Angeles with a gang of Scientology ‘SPs’

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We’re continuing our book tour in California, but here’s an event that we didn’t publicly advertise — a gathering at the home of Spanky Taylor with many of the folks we’ve written about over the years, as well as some people we’ve only heard about and hope become our sources for new investigations.

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Just two blocks from Scientology’s LA headquarters, Paulette Cooper shone

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Sunday was a blur. We want to thank the many people who came out to our two appearances with Paulette Cooper in support of our book ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ at CFI-West’s Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in the morning and at CFI Orange County’s venue in Costa Mesa in the afternoon.

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‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ goes on the road — and so does Paulette Cooper!

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We drove all over the world Saturday and back, and only have energy to post some cool pictures for y’all today. Like this great one of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ in front of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters, variously known as PAC Base, “Big Blue,” and “we want Berendo Street back.”

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Jon Atack: When the militant Scientologist falters, you find a cowering 12-year-old inside

Jon_AtackJon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.

Jon, we want to thank for another lengthy and thoughtful piece which once again gets at the most fundamental effects of Scientology on its members. This one really blew us away, and considering the things you’ve already written for us, that’s saying a lot, we think. Lay it on us.

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Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton makes it 29 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab

Rod_CarewLas Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is back filing lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. We’ve watched as he’s filed cases in California, Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, and now another case in Colorado.

Hamilton had taken a pause for a while as he attempted to consolidate his cases in a single Nevada federal court. But after that attempt failed, he appears to be ramping up his filings again.

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Guest post: Five extreme examples of hypocrisy in Scientology’s ‘Freedom’ magazine

FreedomCoverApr2015Last week went so well, we have another list put together by Underground Bunker contributor Jeffrey Augustine. This time, he takes a look at Scientology’s propaganda magazine, Freedom, which has gone under a transformation lately.

For several years, Freedom only came out every year or so, whenever Scientology leader David Miscavige had another target that needed tarring, whether it was the St. Petersburg Times, Anderson Cooper, or the New Yorker.

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Hand out L. Ron Hubbard literature and score a date with a Scientology sweetheart!

CupidOne of our tipsters forwarded to us a great discovery for the lovelorn, and we wanted to share it with you.

Are you lonely? Still looking for that special someone? Despite the fact that you’re a quadrillion-year-old immortal being who has engaged in every kind of polyamorous arrangement known in the galaxy over your countless lifetimes of adventure, you may find yourself unable, in PT (present time), to find that perfect thetan to shack up with.

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AUDIO LEAK: Scientology leader David Miscavige ‘makes L. Ron Hubbard out to be an imbecile’

Andres_RodriguezWe have another segment for you from a secretly-recorded audiotape which captures a briefing inside a Scientology church.

This is our fourth portion of the recent briefing given by Andres Rodriguez, a senior executive in the organization. Besides becoming known for being captured on tape, Rodriguez is also notable because he was married at one time to Jessica Feshbach, who became notorious as the pushy “handler” of actress Katie Holmes during her first years married to Tom Cruise. Jessica is now married to former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and they are no longer in Scientology’s elite Sea Org.

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As seen in the Daily Beast: ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ is on sale and ready to startle you

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ML Nestel at the Daily Beast takes a long look at our book ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ this morning, revealing some of the startling facts that we managed to dig up while working with Paulette Cooper to describe her long ordeal as Scientology’s most famous target for retaliation.

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Ryan Hamilton files his 28th fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network

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Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is at it again, filing his 28th federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

Once again, he’s filed a lawsuit against Narconon’s facility in Nevada, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Caliente, and this time the plaintiff encountered problems with the rehab center just this year, in January.

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