Thetans roasting on an open fire: It's Christmas in the Bunker, and we're full of cheer - 2017-12-25
One of the things we're always grateful for here in the Underground Bunker as we look over our past stories is how often we got help from fellow journalists. Many reporters make the Bunker a regular stop, and we're so fortunate that they care enough about this community to want to lend us support. This year in particular we're grateful to Emma Best, Bryan Seymour, Steve Cannane, and in particular Melissa Cronin. In May, she got access to something a lot of us have wanted to see for several years — actual evidence that the FBI did investigate the Church of Scientology for trafficking in 2009-2010. Melissa pried loose the FBI's file on that investigation, and decided to share it with us, so we could bring our readers detail from it — such as the FBI's interview with Nazanin Boniadi about how she had been recruited by the church to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend. (Later in the year we made the entire file public as well.) Thank you, Melissa, for thinking of the Bunker. And to any other journalists coming by, please hit us up anytime — we're always happy to answer questions or give suggestions on getting sources for your stories.
On May 5, we presented an actual text conversation that showed how a woman managed to get herself off of Scientology's legendarily sticky mailing list, primarily by being very aggressive. It proved to be a very popular piece with readers.