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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Paul Haggis: Marty Rathbun is using private info I gave him against Lawrence Wright

 
In the latest video that Mark “Marty” Rathbun posted to his website as part of his general attack on Lawrence Wright and his 2013 book Going Clear, Rathbun calls Wright’s book a “phony narrative,” and accuses Wright of deceiving readers about the way that director Paul Haggis came to investigate and leave the Church of Scientology. Rathbun claims that he deserves credit for putting Haggis on that path, which is left out of the book.

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Marty Rathbun’s project becomes clear: Someone’s worried about Scientology & the IRS

 
Well, the project is becoming clear. Someone is apparently worried about losing his precious tax exemption.

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Marty Rathbun, Victoria Britton has a question for you about Scientology and judges

 
We’re traveling again today and we don’t have time for a long story. And we also know that you’re probably sick of reading about Marty Rathbun. But we wanted to give Victoria Britton recognition for raising one of the best questions we’ve seen about Rathbun’s new tune.

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Marty Rathbun tries to rewrite the record on Scientology spying. But we have the dox.

[Gary Morehead’s Bearcat 3000. In the biz, this is known as “dox.”]

We truly did not want to pay any more attention to Marty Rathbun’s lame swipes at Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear, but in his latest video (“Going Clear, Part 9”) he is making some claims that are staggeringly dishonest. We felt we had to respond.

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Photos shot by L. Ron Hubbard in 1975 capture how the founder wanted Scientology marketed

[When is the best time to spring ‘Dianetics’ during your date at Pizza Hut?]

Over at Facebook in a private group, former Scientologist Neil Sarfati posted some very fun images from a flyer dated 1975 which feature him in a number of images. What we especially like about them is that they were photos shot by L. Ron Hubbard himself, and give us a good idea of how Hubbard wanted to market Scientology.

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Scientology and kids: L. Ron Hubbard talks about small children as ancient beings

 
On occasion here at the Underground Bunker we’ve brought you examples of L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures. We think it’s important to hear the source material for this thing called Scientology and not to rely only on published accounts or interviews about it.

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Neil Gaiman’s sis begs her fellow Scientologists to donate to an already funded building

 
Rod Keller keeps an eagle eye on Scientology’s building projects. He’s got a great “Ideal Org” update for us today.

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Who’s the most powerful elected Scientologist in the land? We have a candidate.

 
We beg your patience today as we take you on a bit of a meander to the point we want to make in today’s post. Eventually, here’s where we intend to arrive: Recently, and without any fanfare, a baton was passed, and we believe there’s been a change regarding the highest ranking elected official in this country who happens to be a member of the Church of Scientology.

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Thanks for the slick videos, Marty Rathbun. Here’s a not very slick one for you.

 
As we write this, Marty Rathbun has put out three segments of a video that he shot recently with professional help. He says in these videos that he is going to expose the “anti-Scientology cult” that uses Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief as its “bible.”

It’s truly fascinating, we’re sure. But as Rathbun emerges after months of silence, he’s avoiding a particularly important question that we’d like to see him answer.

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Federal judge urged to ignore Scientology whining and get on with arbitration disaster

[Luis and Rocio Garcia, and Judge Whittemore]

Luis and Rocio Garcia are more aware than anyone that when Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore begins calling Scientologists to ask for their participation in an arbitration, all hell is likely to break loose.

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