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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While the planet melts: What Scientology predicted about climate change

 The dog days are really on us now. Some serious heat enveloped New York yesterday, and we know that some of our readers are in places that are going through unprecedented heat waves. Scotland, for example, had its hottest day in recorded history on []


We have your invitation to Scientology’s holiest celebration of the year!

 Bunker readers! If you were never a member of Scientology but always wondered what it was like to get tracked down and sent invites to the next big church event, we have you []

L. Ron Hubbard’s daughter — the one he wanted to disappear — surfaces online

[L. Ron Hubbard and the daughter he turned his back on, Alexis]

What a surprise we got late last night when longtime friend to the Bunker Laurie “Chocolate Velvet” Harness posted some fascinating photos she had tracked down. []

The odd and slightly troubling thing Elon Musk and L. Ron Hubbard have in common

 We don’t keep a very watchful eye on Elon Musk and what he’s up to, so forgive us that we missed an interesting little news item about him last year which, once we were made aware of it, sort of knocked us for a []

For 30 grand or so, Scientology will let you into its shrine to L. Ron Hubbard. Here’s a peek.

 Thanks again to reader Rasha, we have a first look at another entertaining Scientology publication today, in this case Source magazine, the publication of the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. []

What Scientology can tell us about a 20th of January like no other

 L. Ron Hubbard warned us that he was a garden-variety crackpot right from the start. Go ahead, take a look at the very first words in Hubbard’s 1950 manifesto, Dianetics. Here’s what it []

Behold, it’s Scientology Jesus as you’ve never seen him before!

[Recognize your lord and savior?]

It’s one of the questions we’ve been getting the most in recent weeks as A&E’s hit series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has brought around a lot of curious new folks here and at Twitter. Is it true, they ask us, what Scientologists say — that you can join the []

The most incredible lie Scientology attorney Monique Yingling told ABC ’20/20′

 Jeffrey Augustine is back with another investigation of Scientology’s essential []

The Scientology-Nation of Islam Alliance: Sideshow or Armageddon?

Still one of our favorite photos: Louis Farrakhan at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood for a gala several years ago, with Scientology’s Alfreddie Johnson and former X-Factor contestant Stacy Francis

For several years now some of us in the press have been bringing up the strange relationship that has grown up between Scientology []

L. Ron Hubbard Explains Your Life “Before Earth”

We have a treat for you today from a new copy of Advance! magazine. Yes, the same magazine whose issues from the 1970s we’ve been mining for their excellent “OT Phenomena” testimonials. We’re happy to say that Advance! is still ticking along in 2012, and virtually in the exact format as it was 30 to []