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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If you thought Scientology’s ‘Axioms’ were dumb, the ‘Logics’ are even dumberer

 
Chris Shelton had fun with L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘Axioms’ on Friday. Now, he takes another one for the team and tries to deal with the illogic of Hubbard’s ‘Logics.’

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Tony Ortega: Musician, songwriter, and steel executive, 1938-2019

 
Yesterday morning, the Underground Bunker lost one of its most loyal and longtime readers. A resident of Redlands, California, he was fighting a recurrence of cancer after twice surviving the disease. His name was Tony Ortega. He was 80 years old. And he was my dad.

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Leah Remini accuses former Scientologists of sabotaging an episode of ‘Aftermath’

 
Leah Remini has accused two former members of the Church of Scientology of sabotaging an episode of her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, linking to their Twitter accounts, calling them “Scientology Operatives” and encouraging them to “get help.”

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Is Beck divorcing Scientology along with his wife? Here’s the evidence for and against.

[Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi]

In 2016, with the help of our source at the Celebrity Centre, we put together a list of the 20 most important Scientology celebrities, and gave the list a unique twist: We ordered it by the likelihood that celebs might ditch the church.

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Another Scientology monument to L. Ron Hubbard is going up in besieged Clearwater

 
Rod Keller has your first look inside the newest Scientology behemoth in Florida!

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In homophobic Scientology, you are required to write up your sins or else

 
Sunny Pereira was going through some old things recently when she came upon a bit of a goldmine — some handwritten letters she had been required to pen while she was being punished in Scientology’s ‘Sea Org.’ We asked her to explain the significance of one forced confessional letter which we found particularly striking.

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The Axioms of Dianetics: L. Ron Hubbard’s science-y foundation of Scientology ‘tech’


 

Former Scientology ‘Sea Org’ executive Chris Shelton has been diving into L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology” lately, making videos about basic Scientology ideas. In this piece for the Bunker, Chris helps us understand one of Scientology’s bedrock concepts — the “Axioms.”

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Scientology’s street theater in New York: A bid to head off a 4th ‘Aftermath’ season?

 
Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, concluded its third season on February 5. In past years, we’ve heard about her show being renewed about a month after a season finale, so we don’t expect word to arrive about a possible fourth season of the show for some time yet. But Scientology appears to be pulling out all the stops to persuade A&E not to give Leah another round.

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‘Aftermath’ subject Brandon Reisdorf arrested for entering San Diego Scientology church

[Brandon Reisdorf]

It pains us to report that Brandon Reisdorf, who we got to know from his appearance in the first season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has been arrested again, this time for attempting to enter Scientology’s church in San Diego.

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‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ shelved two episodes, delayed one in season three

[Leah Remini and Danny Masterson]

A few weeks ago, our inside sources at A&E had us believing that Leah Remini’s third season would play out this way: A final “regular” episode on February 5 (which did happen, featuring Jay Wexler and Yulanda Williams), then a “special” episode tonight (which is not happening), and then the long-delayed episode featuring actor Danny Masterson’s rape accusers on Monday, February 18.

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