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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Can a celebrity Scientologist like John Travolta really commit murder under the rules?

[Preparing to murder another role]

Leah Remini continues to tear it up doing press after the stunning success of her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, with media paying close attention to what she says. Nearly every time she makes an appearance, whether it’s on Conan O’Brien’s late-night show, or on Joe Rogan’s podcast, news organizations find something to jump on and call “shocking” or a “bombshell.”

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We have your invitation to Scientology’s holiest celebration of the year!

 
Bunker readers! If you were never a member of Scientology but always wondered what it was like to get tracked down and sent invites to the next big church event, we have you covered!

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Ron Miscavige on life at Scientology’s secretive Gold Base (and getting thrown in its lake)

 
Last time we talked with Ron Miscavige, he had some pretty incredible news for us about a laptop computer that may contain some of the most explosive evidence about the Church of Scientology in decades.

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Great moments in Scientology journalism: When Alex Mitchell blew the lid off ‘Babalon Working’

[Occultist Aleister Crowley and his American pupil]

Our helper who tracks down old newspaper clippings about Scientology sent us a real classic this week, something we haven’t seen in a while. It’s one of the most epic journalistic exposes in Scientology’s history, and one that every serious Scientology watcher should have a copy of — Alex Mitchell’s 1969 Sunday Times of London piece that revealed L. Ron Hubbard’s involvement with rocket scientist Jack Parsons and their 1946 sex magick rituals which Parsons referred to as “The Babalon Working” experiments.

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L. Ron Hubbard’s daughter — the one he wanted to disappear — surfaces online

[L. Ron Hubbard and the daughter he turned his back on, Alexis]

What a surprise we got late last night when longtime friend to the Bunker Laurie “Chocolate Velvet” Harness posted some fascinating photos she had tracked down.

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Scientology’s 2017 Super Bowl ad, ‘Your Full Potential,’ is another mystery sandwich

 
For the fifth year in a row, Scientology is airing a slick new ad during the Super Bowl. As in past years, the ad airs during local time slots and only in certain cities. While the national ads aired during the game are costing about $5 million for a thirty-second spot, Scientology’s strategy ends up costing about $1 million, experts have told us.

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Hey, Scientology, this guy doesn’t want to shill for you — what gives?

 
Rod Keller is back with another look at the way Scientology tries to get community leaders to front for it.

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Scientology’s Super Bowl ad: Here’s your sneak peek at what it’s going to be like

 
In past years, by now Scientology had already played its big Super Bowl ad a few times during playoff games, and posted it to one of its YouTube channels. But for whatever reason they’ve kept this year’s ad under wraps, playing it only once that we know of — during their New Year’s event in Los Angeles (which was actually held December 17).

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Leah Remini books the Bill Maher show, gets swung at by Giovanni Ribisi

 
We know that many of you have been anticipating this but no, Leah Remini will not appear on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

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Fed up with Scientology disconnection? Be there to dedicate the new ‘Call Me’ billboard Feb. 18

 
It’s one of the things we’ve heard from people who watched Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath — what can I do about the abuses that Leah exposed on her show?

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