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]
FOLLOW ME ON
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR
E-MAIL LIST
To join our e-mail list & get daily updates on new stories, e-mail us at newstory@tonyortega.org.
RSS Feed
Click here to add The Underground Bunker to your RSS Reader

Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Marc & Claire Headley on forced abortions and Sea Org escapes

marc_claire_headley_ae

 
Watching tonight’s fifth episode of A&E network’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we kept thinking about how it’s really about time we re-read Marc Headley’s great 2009 escape narrative, Blown for Good.

Continue reading Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Marc & Claire Headley on forced abortions and Sea Org escapes

Scientology loses its best fundraiser at perhaps the worst possible time

david_lurie_charmaine_rogers

[Davie Lurie and his sister Charmaine Roger]

Word has gradually made its way out of Scientology’s Florida headquarters — the Flag Land Base, in Clearwater — that a key figure there has died. One of the things “Flag” is known for is that it brings in more money than all the rest of Scientology’s worldwide facilities combined. Flag is where wealthy Scientologists from around the planet come to spend huge amounts on high-level courses they can only get in Clearwater. And it’s a special kind of Scientology Sea Org officer — the “registrars,” called “regges” for short — who bring in that money by the millions, week after week.

Continue reading Scientology loses its best fundraiser at perhaps the worst possible time

Why would an academic speak up for Scientology? Dr. Stephen Kent has an answer.

keller42p1

 
Rod Keller continues to dig deep into Scientology’s online and social media offerings, and this week, he takes another look at the organization’s newest website…

Continue reading Why would an academic speak up for Scientology? Dr. Stephen Kent has an answer.

From those who left, a special Christmas message for Scientology’s remaining members

haggisxmas

 
We asked some former members of the Church of Scientology if they had a message for the people still in the organization on this Christmas Day…

Continue reading From those who left, a special Christmas message for Scientology’s remaining members

A Christmas Eve treat: Our man Down Under on Scientology’s antipodean troubles in 2016

BryanSeymourChatswood

 
How’s this for a Christmas Eve miracle? We asked Bryan Seymour to give us a look back at 2016 for Scientology in Australia, and he was good enough to send us this dispatch.

Continue reading A Christmas Eve treat: Our man Down Under on Scientology’s antipodean troubles in 2016

LAPD needs two more weeks to respond to Leah Remini about missing wife of Scientology leader

charlie_beck_leah_remini

[LAPD Chief Charlie Beck notified Leah Remini that he needs more time]

The Los Angeles Police Department has notified Leah Remini’s attorney, Douglas Mirell, that it needs an additional two weeks to fulfill Remini’s December 12 records request regarding the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige.

Continue reading LAPD needs two more weeks to respond to Leah Remini about missing wife of Scientology leader

February made us shiver, but it was another Astounding month here in the Bunker

astounding

 
We’re continuing to count down the months in our 2016 year-in-review, and today we’re looking back at the stories covered here at the Underground Bunker during February. (But we’re still continuing to cover breaking news, never fear.)

Continue reading February made us shiver, but it was another Astounding month here in the Bunker

The Underground Bunker’s 2016 Scientology year-in-review starts today!

2016dumpster

[Illustration by Bruno Moraes]

Oh, this awful year. From the deaths of David Bowie and Prince, to the senseless violence of the Orlando shooting and the horrific Bastille Day in Nice, to a grinding presidential election that put everyone at each other’s throats, this has been a year to forget and one we’re happy to turn our backs on.

Continue reading The Underground Bunker’s 2016 Scientology year-in-review starts today!

The fight over the secrets on a Scientology spy’s seized laptop that no one is talking about

powells1a

[Someone is trying very hard to get the secrets of Scientology spies Daniel (left) and Dwayne Powell]

The Underground Bunker has obtained court documents which describe a stunning attempt by a Milwaukee attorney to secure secret government-held documents that are potentially crippling to the Church of Scientology.

Continue reading The fight over the secrets on a Scientology spy’s seized laptop that no one is talking about

Live-blogging Leah Remini’s special episode tonight: Get a load of these miscreants!

paulettechriskarenjeff3

 
Three years ago, we pulled the mask off of OTVIIIisGrrr8!, the greatest of the Scientology satirizers. It turned out that “we in RTC” was actually Jeffrey Augustine, a longtime Scientology critic who has also operated under the nom de guerre of “J.Swift.”

Continue reading Live-blogging Leah Remini’s special episode tonight: Get a load of these miscreants!