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 (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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Bogus court documents, compliant search engines, and Scientology-style rehabs

[Per Wickstrom, illo by Chad Essley]

Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter provided a curtain-raiser for season two of Leah Remini’s A&E series with a couple of interesting articles. Seth Abramovitch wrote a new profile of Leah, and Gary Baum posted a disturbing story about how information critical of Per Wickstrom’s Narconon-style rehabs in Michigan was the […]

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Richard Teague speaks out after his horrific ordeal at a Scientology rehab center

You may remember that we’ve written previously about the ordeal of Richard Teague, a man who in 2011 set himself on fire at a Scientology-affiliated drug rehab center in Michigan, resulting in a lawsuit that we’ve been keeping an eye on.

The last time we checked on the case, Teague’s attorneys had found some fascinating […]

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More Questions About Scientology-Style Drug Rehab And Insurance — This Time in Michigan

We’ve been watching things deteriorate for Scientology’s closed drug rehab center in the Atlanta area — Narconon Georgia — whose employees are now being investigated for potential criminal charges following a raid by law enforcement in April.

Our readers will likely remember that documents pried out of Narconon Georgia during a wrongful death lawsuit […]

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Scientology Drug Rehab: New Evidence in the Disturbing Case of Richard Teague

Drug rehab centers affiliated with the Church of Scientology have become the focus of multiple government investigations and civil lawsuits in the last two years, and one of the most disturbing cases involving those facilities is the one of Richard Teague in Michigan.

On January 15, 2011, while being held in the “withdrawal unit” of […]

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Scientology Legal Roundup: Per Wickstrom’s Fine Whine, And More!

As our readers can probably imagine, we’re pretty excited here in the Underground Bunker after getting yesterday’s news about Monique Rathbun’s hearing date for a temporary injunction on September 12. Scientology legal matters are definitely heating up, and so we thought it was time for a general roundup of the major cases being litigated around […]

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Per Wickstrom Denied Expansion of Drug Rehab, Sues Michigan Town

We told you recently about Per Wickstrom, who owns a number of drug rehab centers in Michigan. Per’s businesses have been associated with Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. But we’ve noticed that in recent years, he’s been getting away from the Narconon brand — and can you blame him? With Narconon mired in controversies and […]

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Amber Bullins

More than a year ago — on May 19, 2012 — a 22-year-old woman from North Carolina named Amber Bullins died at Tranquility Detox, a Scientology-based drug rehab facility in Battle Creek, Michigan associated with a man named Per Wickstrom.

Former employees of Wickstrom tell us that it’s only in the past few […]

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Narconon Tackles NFL Legend Jim Brown, Anne Archer Snags a Kennedy

The great Jim Brown, struggling to understand what he’s doing here.

On Sundays here at the Bunker, we like to bring you the latest Scientology mailers and fliers that our tipsters have forwarded to us. We call it Sunday Funnies, and we have another set of items that we think you’ll find interesting.

But […]

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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 […]

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Starting Today: Jefferson Hawkins Helps Us Get Our Scientology Ethics In!

Jefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous “volcano” TV ads in the 1980s. He’s told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he’s helping us understand […]

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