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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As Scientology declines, its members are even giving up on their spooky super powers

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We want to thank Artoo45 for alerting us to the latest Advance! magazine, which has always been one of our favorite Scientology publications. It’s in Advance! that the “OT Phenomena” column runs. Jefferson Hawkins, who once edited Advance!, tells us that column was one of the most popular things the publications division put out. And we can see why.

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Florida AG Pam Bondi hosting human rights event at human rights abuser Scientology’s HQ

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UPDATE: Photos from today’s Advanced Org opening in Australia posted below.

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and this week he spotted a doozy. Take it away, Rod…

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Bryan Seymour reporting live from Scientology’s ‘Advanced Org’ opening in Sydney

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Australian television journalist Bryan Seymour is sending us messages from the scene of Scientology’s grand opening for its new “Advanced Org” in Chatswood, a suburb of Sydney.

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Dan Koon, co-writer of Scientology tell-all ‘Ruthless,’ on his days with L. Ron Hubbard

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[Dan Koon and his wife Mariette Lindstein]

Here in the US, we’ve started our long weekend celebrating Labor Day and unofficially ending the summer. And we’re getting the weekend going thanks to our longtime contributor Jeffrey Augustine, who is back with another podcast.

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‘Finally, I am myself’: Scientologists talk about Scientology in a video not made for the public

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In July, we showed you some wacky screenshots from Scientology’s newest “testimonials” video, which gets shipped out each year with a new issue of International Scientology News. Well, now we have the video itself, and we think you’re going to love this new entry in this wonderful genre of Scientology filmmaking.

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Marty Rathbun defends Scientology leader David Miscavige as he trashes tell-all memoir ‘Ruthless’

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Late last night, Marty Rathbun posted at his blog a lengthy broadside criticizing Ron Miscavige’s memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

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Vance Woodward’s appeal fails as Scientology has the L.A. attorney on the hook for $90,000

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Vance Woodward is one of our favorites here at the Underground Bunker. We greatly enjoyed the book he wrote about his time in Scientology (now no longer for sale), and he helped us write one of our favorite series, as we blogged L. Ron Hubbard’s 1950 classic Dianetics from cover to cover.

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Scientology petitions California Supreme Court over disqualified judge in forced-abortion case

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When we came out of the courtroom in Los Angeles in April, we talked to Laura DeCrescenzo’s attorney, John Blumberg, about the motion for summary judgment that the Church of Scientology had filed in Laura’s forced-abortion lawsuit that has been dragging on for seven years now.

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A Scientologist on the ballot: OC candidate keeping mum about his anti-psych work

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The city of Garden Grove, which is in Orange County, California and is home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country, is changing the way it elects its city council this year. It’s moving from an at-large system — which has each city councilmember elected by everyone in the city — to a district system, which will elect six councilmembers from six separate districts.

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How Scientology’s anti-psychiatry front turns a real controversy into fake outrage

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[The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and this week he spotted something he decided to dive into in more depth. Take it away, Rod…

 
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