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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[Hanan and Rizza Islam in court]

So, there’s some good news and some bad news for Hanan Islam, the Scientologist who is accused of running a sophisticated $3.8 million fraud scheme out of a Scientology Narconon clinic in Compton and is facing trial next []


A Scientology front group that duped celebrities for Narconon: It’s baaaack!

[‘Family Ties’ stars Justine Bateman, Michael J. Fox, and Tina Yothers, 1985]

A once-dormant Scientology front group is making a resurgence. This month Friends of Narconon launched a new Twitter account, and they’re making the remarkable claim that their educational program is endorsed by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency is []

ABC7 in Los Angeles covers the Scientology Narconon fraud hearing — with sketches!

[Judge Michael Pastor, Hanan Islam and her son Rizza Islam in court yesterday]

Thanks to producer Lisa Bartley, ABC 7 in Los Angeles has always showed more interest in local Scientology stories, and they were the only channel to cover yesterday’s decision by Judge Michael Pastor to bound over for trial the defendants in a Scientology []

SCIENTOLOGIST ARRESTED IN L.A. COURT: Narconon fraud defendants in wild scene

[Hanan Islam and her son Rizza]

Hanan Islam, a Scientologist who is accused of using a Scientology Narconon drug rehab and unwitting high school students to defraud millions from the state Medi-Cal program, was arrested today in the courtroom of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who also issued an arrest warrant for one of []

Scientology is making plans for a Narconon drug rehab in the land of the rising sun

 Scientology is planning expansion of the Narconon program to Japan. Carlo Balasini (left, above) and Giovanni Citterio (right) held briefings at the Tokyo Ideal Org this week to recruit staff and to generate excitement for the new facility. Balasini is the Executive Director of the Narconon Europe facility in Helsinge, Denmark, while Citterio is the []

Scientology is staffing its Narconon in Ireland like it’s already won court approval

 Scientology isn’t waiting for official approval before recruiting staff for the planned Narconon Ireland facility in Ballivor, County Meath. We last reported on the planned Narconon Ireland in 2018 as neighbors were organizing to oppose the facility. Scientology has a permit for converting the old primary school to a nursing home and hoped to open []

Scientology’s Narconon drug rehab expansion plans DENIED in Maryland and Michigan

 Frederick County, Maryland officials tell the Underground Bunker that a court settlement has ended the efforts by a Scientology subsidiary to get a zoning change so that it could build a 16-bed Narconon drug rehab center at the Trout Run land parcel, a contentious battle that has been going on for four years. Researcher Mary []

Lucas Catton: ‘Narconon and the Church of Scientology are committing fraud daily’

[Lucas Catton]

In 2013, Lucas Catton self-published ‘Have You Told All,’ a remarkable book about his experience as the president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead. He also appeared in an episode of the former investigative news program Rock Center, and he showed up here at the Bunker in several stories. Since then, he []

Scientology front: Narconon

 7065 Hollywood Blvd Suite 100Los Angeles, CA 90028(323) 962-2404

Founded: 1966Advertisement (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Scientology PR: “Narconon was founded in 1966 based on the discoveries and writings of author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Today, Narconon constitutes a worldwide network that daily helps people recover from the devastation of drug addiction. Narconon []

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 []