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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A new chapter for one of the best Scientology books of all time? Yes, and we have it!

[Sea Org toughs at the infamous 1982 Mission Holders Conference]

Jon Atack just let us know that he’s putting out a fourth edition of his excellent book of Scientology history, Let’s sell these people a piece of blue sky. And he’s taking the opportunity to restore a missing chapter that was left out previously for legal reasons. He tells us that Kindle owners who had purchased the book should be able to update to the new edition for free, but he asked us to post the new chapter here at the Bunker for readers who own print copies of his book. We were happy to oblige. So here is the new chapter, “The Religious Technology Center and the International Finance Police.”

 
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The new Freedom magazine is here, and Scientology has never looked better!

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder cite Scientology interrogations as they support Paul Haggis

 
Yesterday, Mike Rinder and Leah Remini made a strong statement of support for director Paul Haggis at Rinder’s website. They explained how Scientologists are mined for intimate details about their lives, which they suspect may have led to recent accusations made against Haggis by four women, two of whom allege that they were raped, in 1996 and 2013.

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Joy Villa’s former manager: ‘Scientology destroyed everything’

[Joy Villa and Robbie Olson]

We spoke this weekend to Robbie Olson, 62, a Tucson-based GOP conservative who spent part of last year shepherding political upstart Joy Villa, 31, as she was rapidly ascending the highest levels of the “Make America Great Again” movement and was even endorsed by Donald Trump himself.

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Scientology plans Narconon drug rehab for Ireland, but the locals are not having it

 
Rod Keller checks in with a look at how David Miscavige’s plan for new Narconons around the world is increasingly running into obstacles.

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Ten years ago, all hell broke loose for Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology

 
Ten years ago tomorrow, a nine-minute video of Tom Cruise was leaked to the Internet, and the Church of Scientology would never be the same.

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When Scientology tried to convince the FBI that a college prof ran a cabal of critics

[Dave Touretzky, right, at HowdyCon 2016, with Bunker denizen $cientologyMonkeyNut$]

Over the last several months, we’ve been posting numerous FBI documents about Scientology that have been pried loose by journalist Emma Best as part of a lawsuit. She’s been kind enough to give us a crack at many of the items as they’ve come available, and that’s led to some really fun disclosures like a 1985 letter from Nibs that we got to see for the first time recently.

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Scientology’s ‘scripture’ includes a thoroughly debunked mammoth-meat hoax

 
David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are doing their ecclesiastical best to play up the “religion” thing as much as possible these days. As their organization shrinks and comes under heavy fire from the media, they hold up their holy double-cross and proclaim that they are the victims of religious persecution.

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Xenu or Xemu? Here’s our take on one of Scientology’s galactic-wide mysteries

 
We get asked a certain question on occasion, and since we get tired of answering it each time, we thought we’d put together this post so we can direct people here in the future.

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‘It was my job to get Mike Rinder’s trash’ — A former Scientology spy begins to spill her guts

[Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran]

Yesterday, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a chilling account by his wife Christie Collbran about a Scientology spy who worked to become a part of their lives.

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