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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Coming to grips with Scientology’s most vile secret, which was hiding in plain sight

 
About two years ago, a reader first made us aware of a shocking passage in L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics that somehow seems to have been overlooked by generations of commenters on that important volume, the very basis for what became the Church of Scientology.

Continue reading Coming to grips with Scientology’s most vile secret, which was hiding in plain sight

After pausing to reflect, Marie Bilheimer takes on Scientology’s attack of her ‘Leah Remini’ spot

 
Every week when there’s a new episode of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we look to see how the Church of Scientology is going to react on its website dedicated to attacking Leah and the people who show up as her guests.

Continue reading After pausing to reflect, Marie Bilheimer takes on Scientology’s attack of her ‘Leah Remini’ spot

‘Miss Lovely’ as you’ve never seen her — new photos of Paulette Cooper, war survivor

[Previously the earliest known photo of Paulette Cooper and her older sister Suzy Bucholc]

One of the most rewarding experiences we ever had as a Scientology watcher started out in a Manhattan eatery and a simple question.

Continue reading ‘Miss Lovely’ as you’ve never seen her — new photos of Paulette Cooper, war survivor

Tara and Nathan — subjects of last night’s ‘Leah Remini’ — respond to Scientology’s smears

[Scientology apparently thinks this photo makes Nathan Rich look bad]

Right on schedule, the Church of Scientology posted a new page attacking Leah Remini’s guests just before her newest episode of Scientology and the Aftermath aired last night on the A&E network.

Continue reading Tara and Nathan — subjects of last night’s ‘Leah Remini’ — respond to Scientology’s smears

Here’s how Scientology tried to keep you from seeing tonight’s episode of ‘Leah Remini’

[Tara Reile]

“My uncle told me that if I were to allow the episode to air, I would personally be responsible for millions of deaths. He said the people who watch it will walk right into the hands of the psychs,” Tara Reile told us yesterday.

Continue reading Here’s how Scientology tried to keep you from seeing tonight’s episode of ‘Leah Remini’

BLOCKBUSTER EXCLUSIVE: It turns out the National Enquirer is blowing smoke again

 
Scientology Watchers were naturally curious to see the National Enquirer go all-in this week with one of its screaming covers about the church and its celebrities, which naturally kicked up a lot of talk at the usual online gathering places. What did the newspaper mean by files being seized by the feds? And why hadn’t we seen that news anywhere else?

Continue reading BLOCKBUSTER EXCLUSIVE: It turns out the National Enquirer is blowing smoke again

Guelph quest: Scientology sets up temporary shop in Canadian town and faces stiff opposition

[Scientology’s new home for its CLO in Guelph]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology’s real estate moves around the world. And he’s got an update for us on what’s happening Canada…

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Scientology is hacked off that Luis Garcia and attorney will appear on ‘Leah Remini’

[The Garcias and their attorney, Ted Babbitt]

As we get closer to October 23, when Luis and Rocio Garcia are slated to start their experience as guinea pigs for Scientology’s never-before-attempted “internal arbitration” over their fraud claims, the Church of Scientology has responded to the Garcias’ latest motion for relief.

Continue reading Scientology is hacked off that Luis Garcia and attorney will appear on ‘Leah Remini’

This new image of David Miscavige makes years of Scientology Watching all worth it

 
We want to thank a reader for sending us the latest Freewinds magazine, which contained the absolute gem you see here.

Continue reading This new image of David Miscavige makes years of Scientology Watching all worth it

Never before seen: Video of a woman moments after achieving superhuman Scientology powers

 
Today’s story, Bunker readers, is going to test you. On Saturday, we debuted some fascinating and rare footage from home video of a Scientology event — the 1989 L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Celebration aboard Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds.

Continue reading Never before seen: Video of a woman moments after achieving superhuman Scientology powers