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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When two political longshots spar over Joy Villa and Scientology, everyone wins

[Edwin Duterte]

Rod Keller has a fun look for us inside the madcap attempt to unseat longtime Democratic incumbent Maxine Waters in Los Angeles.

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Scientology actress Jenna Elfman fully stoked by church’s new expansion push!

 
We’re still getting some interesting bits and pieces out of Scientology’s recent New Year’s event and the claims made by church leader David Miscavige. During the event filmed on December 16 in Los Angeles but shown in the rest of Scientology’s facilities on December 31 Miscavige made the announcement that Mexico had recognized Scientology as a religion.

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Court magician? Scientology attorney can now affect matter with thought, levitate, read minds

 
Your proprietor is under the weather, but before the cats quarantine us in the Bunker’s airlock, we wanted to make a brief note about a remarkable photograph that was sent to us by one of our great tipsters.

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Even in 2018, Scientology is still selling L. Ron Hubbard like he had the universe figured out

 
It’s true that church leader David Miscavige has made a lot of changes to Scientology over the 30-plus years that he’s been in charge. But some things never change. We were struck by that thought when one of our helpers sent over the latest copy of Source magazine, which is intended to get Scientologists excited about spending a boatload of money to come to Clearwater, Florida for expensive courses there.

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Conan O’Brien to Danny Masterson in ’04, after rape claim was settled: ‘I’ve heard about you’

 
Oh my, what a gem one of our tipsters dug up for us today. It’s video from a December 2004 appearance by Danny Masterson, who was then playing “Hyde” on That ’70s Show, on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show, and they got into some randy talk.

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It’s Scientology TV ad season as the Super Bowl approaches — here’s what to expect

[Get ready for young people having epiphanies on your TV]

It’s always fun, this time of year, to see the reactions when people unfamiliar with the idea of David Miscavige’s PR aspirations suddenly realize they’ve seen a Scientology ad on their television, and they take to Twitter to have the mother of all freakouts.

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Scientology’s original case of ‘disconnection’ — L. Ron Hubbard and his doting mom and dad

 
We’re so glad to kick off 2018 with a new piece from historian Chris Owen. We think you’re really going to enjoy his look at L. Ron Hubbard’s family dynamics.

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Scientology watchers, start making your plans for HowdyCon 2018 in the Windy City!

It’s awfully cold here in New York for the new year, but we want you to start thinking about the summer solstice and consider joining us for our annual meet-up!

In 2016, we held our first “HowdyCon” meeting, and this June we’ll be going for convention number three in one of our favorite cities on the planet — Chicago!

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Scientology’s 2017: Another year is in the books at the Underground Bunker!

 
Just a few hours remain in this wild year of 2017, and we have a lot to get through today before we welcome in 2018 tonight with the help of Observer and our HowdyCon poster for 2018.

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While Scientology struggled, David Miscavige upped his game in 2017

 
We’re continuing to look back at 2017’s most significant stories here at the Underground Bunker and today it’s a flashback to October in our annual Scientology year-in-review.

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