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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Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Scientology’s front groups, including Narconon, get a special look

[Quailynn McDaniel]

Hey, it’s Sunday, not Tuesday. Why is there a new episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath running tonight at 8 pm, and why is it running several days after the series finale?

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‘Scientology is dying’: John Brousseau on the decline of Int Base and fate of Shelly Miscavige

 
On Wednesday, Erin Hodges Plumb wrote up her visit to the San Jacinto City Council, which briefly considered the notion of closing Gilman Springs Road before approving a motion never to bring the subject up again.

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If Trump is serious, he has a clear path to go at Scientology — through his Treasury Secretary

[Trump, Miscavige, Mnuchin]

Does Donald Trump really want to end Scientology’s tax exempt status? That’s the provocative notion that Yashar Ali floated Thursday at the Huffington Post, but Yashar included a lot of caveats about whether there was any truth to the idea, or whether a president even has the influence to make such a decision.

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French-kissing Wilt Chamberlain: Adventures of a teenager in the skeezy world of Scientology

[The Big Dipper, and Rebecca McKee at 16]

 
Last year, we told you a unique love story, about a 16-year-old girl, Rebecca McKee, who had to give up her boyfriend, Tom McCaffrey, because of her family’s involvement in the Church of Scientology. Some 43 years later, Rebecca and Tom finally got a chance to meet again. By then, Rebecca was no longer in Scientology, and their meeting led to the two of them getting married.

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Scientology plan to shut road through its secretive ‘Int Base’ in California foiled again

 
Once again, the enterprising Erin Hodges Plumb of Hemet, California, was on the scene for a Scientology Watching adventure, and we have her report.

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Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: ‘I just walked away from Scientology after seeing Leah’s show’

[Ramina Nunnelee]

Leah Remini’s A&E series ends its “regular” second season of episodes tonight with a dramatic and deeply satisfying segment as Chantal Dodson’s mother, Ramina Nunnelee, reveals that she has walked away from Scientology as a result of Leah’s show.

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Tracking Scientology’s claims about membership — a new digital project with Jonny Jacobsen

 
While we were researching material for our book on Paulette Cooper a few years ago, we happened upon a 1969 New York Times article that quoted James Meisler, the PR man and “minister” for the New York org in those days. In 1972 Meisler become a key player in the plot to frame Paulette for a crime she didn’t commit, which had her facing 15 years in prison.

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Shakeup at Narconon Arrowhead: Former worker dishes fresh intel on Scientology’s rehab flagship

 
Rod Keller has a dynamite new report on big changes that have been happening at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, where three deaths happened in a nine-month period about five years ago.

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Read the police report for the 17-year-old injured at Scientology’s ‘Flag’ building

[The atrium on the ground floor of the Flag Building — with the cafeteria one floor below.]

On October 19, Tracey McManus at the Tampa Bay Times revealed that a somewhat strange thing had happened at Scientology’s vaunted “Flag Building” — more colloquially known as the “Super Power Building,” which opened in 2013 after some two decades of fundraising and construction.

Continue reading Read the police report for the 17-year-old injured at Scientology’s ‘Flag’ building

EXCLUSIVE: DA’s office asked Leah Remini not to air episode about Danny Masterson

[Leah Remini comforts a Danny Masterson accuser in the ‘Aftermath’ opening sequence]

The Underground Bunker has learned that A&E’s Emmy-winning series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, filmed an episode featuring interviews with women who allege they were raped by Scientologist and That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, but the episode hasn’t been scheduled.

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