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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Jada Pinkett Smith reconciles with Leah Remini and puts herself in Scientology’s crosshairs

 
A highly-anticipated summit between Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith took place on Jada’s Facebook series, “Red Table Talk,” which was released this afternoon. The 20-minute episode was billed in pre-show publicity as a way for the two women to reconcile after a public spat between them over Scientology.

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Who Scientology’s ‘Int Base’ is rooting for in tomorrow’s local election

[Catherine Fraser, arguing that it’s not a public road]

Like the rest of the country, voters in Riverside County, California will be going to the polls tomorrow for a highly anticipated midterm election. But besides governors and members of Congress on the ballot, there will be local elections going on. And in Riverside County, that includes a contest for sheriff.

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Scientology is pulling out all the stops for its next gleaming Clearwater landmark

[The future L. Ron Hubbard Hall]

Rod Keller has a great report for us today on David Miscavige’s next precious object, the planned performance hall in Clearwater right next to the Super Power building…

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Never public: L. Ron Hubbard Jr.’s devastating 1972 takedown of his father and Scientology

[Nibs and his Dad]

We were inspired last week when author Alec Nevala-Lee chose the date of his book release to make public for the first time a really amazing document from Scientology’s early history. And since we had a book of our own come out this week, we thought we’d do the same.

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Freewinds, part 3: How the cruise ship fits Scientology’s methods of obfuscation and lies

 
Jeffrey Augustine concludes his series on the history of Scientology’s private barge, the Freewinds. See his earlier parts one and part two.

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Scientology’s new survey is a hoot — we’re itching for your answers!

 
On Monday, we told you that we’d gotten our mitts on a new Sea Org application that Scientology is asking marks to fill out before they sign billion-year contracts and start working around the clock.

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On sale today: Battlefield Scientology — the best of the Bunker, with Paulette Cooper!

 
Some time ago, Paulette Cooper came to us with an idea for a book. Not everyone keeps up with the Underground Bunker on a daily basis, she pointed out, and others are arriving here for the first time every day. Wouldn’t it be useful if some of the best stories from our years of Scientology coverage were gathered in one volume?

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Scientology hails study vindicating its rehab program — so we take a closer look

[Sauna success? Professor Dave Touretzky takes a look at the fine print]

Recently, one of our correspondents forwarded us a press release put out by Scientology’s drug rehab outfit, Narconon, which was boasting about a new study finally providing some scientific evidence to back up L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas about treating drug abuse.

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Ahoy, matey: We have Scientology’s new Sea Org application!

 
We want to thank the tipster who sent us a very interesting new document. We’re not at liberty yet to tell you just how our correspondent got their hands on this particular item — but that may change in the near future.

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Scientology so desperate for Narconon patients, new offer drops all pretense of separation

[Narconon quackery: It’s continental!]

Rod Keller finds that Scientology’s Narconon scam can get, yes, even sketchier…

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