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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Hey, Netflix, why does Scientology actor Danny Masterson still have a job?

[Danny Masterson, right, and Ashton Kutcher, in The Ranch.]

Netflix was very quick to take action when allegations of sexual impropriety about one of its stars, Kevin Spacey, surfaced this weekend.

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The first Scientologist with ‘Super Power’ gets super spanked by bankruptcy judge

[Kathy and Matt Feshbach]

Forbes has a wonderful article about a bankruptcy ruling involving a wealthy pair of jackasses who got their heads handed to them recently by a fed-up judge.

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Tonight on ‘Aftermath’: How Leah Remini’s friends in Scientology put her to the test

[Sherry Ollins]

If you remember Leah Remini’s reality show It’s All Relative, you may remember one of the rare moments when she brought up the subject of Scientology. In one episode, she brought on three of her friends who were also former Scientologists, and we interviewed one of them, Chantal Dodson.

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Garry Scarff, 1956-2017: A complex figure and dogged researcher

 
Thanks to Jeffrey Augustine, we received confirmation Monday night that Garry Scarff died on April 12 at the age of 60, apparently without notice in the Scientology critic community.

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We got catfished! Tom Cruise’s ‘friend’ rooked us with a lot of lies

 
Well, we should have known it was too good to be true. On October 19, we reported that Maryann Carter, a woman in Kentucky, had posted to a Facebook group that Tom Cruise, through a family member, had requested that photos of Suri Cruise no longer appear on the group. “She is no longer part of his life,” Carter said.

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Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a cop in Los Angeles: What’s the real truth?

 
We’re glad to have back Chris Owen, author of the important work Ron, The “War Hero.” Few people are as dedicated to nailing down details of L. Ron Hubbard’s history as Chris. And he has another fine addition to his work for us today.

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In Canada, Scientology does not get the welcome it might have been expecting

Rod Keller gets us into the protest held in the Canadian city of Guelph yesterday as the locals let Scientology know that its “CLO” is not welcome there.

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Ray Emmons, 1942-2017: Clearwater’s cop who sniffed out Scientology’s secrets

[Ray Emmons, left, with Robert Peterson at Flag Down in 2014]

Yesterday, Ray Emmons died of a heart attack. He was 75. We’re remembering him here at the Underground Bunker with the help of Robert Peterson, 68, who got to know Ray when Bob was working for the Lisa McPherson Trust in 2000.

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KID CORPS: Scientology wanted to turn children into little machines of Sea Org efficiency

 
Like anything else in Scientology, how children are treated is governed by a huge number of policies and reports, and in this series we’re looking documents that show how children were treated under the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard. We’re fortunate that one man has done so much to collect huge numbers of such documents — Mark “Warrior” Plummer, who left Scientology in 1983, and is pretty legendary for the collection of church materials he’s amassed. Also helping us is Sunny Pereira, who for several weeks has been working with Mark to pull out key documents for us to discuss.

 
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Mirriam Francis: Picturing Scientology parents who abandon their children to abuse

 
Leah Remini’s second season of Scientology and the Aftermath started off with a hammer blow to the church — a devastating episode about child molestation in Scientology that was condoned and covered up.

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