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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Flirt with Scientology, and its dogged letter writers will hound you forever

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We don’t know if this is a record, but it sure impresses the heck out of us.

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Beware, protesters: Scientology has been training attack dogs at a Clearwater warehouse

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We have a really strange story for you today. We have no idea what Scientology is thinking on this one, but its employees have been spotted training guard dogs to attack at one of its Florida properties.

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‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ goes on sale as an audiobook on September 29

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Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids. As your cult leader we demand total obedience, and that means you will be shelling out the big bucks one week from today for the audiobook edition of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper.

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DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret ranch where L. Ron Hubbard departed this Earth

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Two weeks ago, an anonymous drone pilot gave us a view of Scientology’s secretive international management base (“Int Base”) that we’d never seen before. Then, last week, he flew us over the even more secret “CST” headquarters compound in the mountains above Los Angeles, where we believe Scientology leader David Miscavige stashed away his wife Shelly eleven years ago.

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Marty Singer: Cat White asked Jim Carrey to marry her and he turned her down

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We spoke to actor Jim Carrey’s attorney Marty Singer today, who told us he was very interested in our morning story about Mark Burton, the man who is suing his client over Cathriona White’s 2015 suicide.

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EXCLUSIVE: Cat White’s marriage to man suing Jim Carrey was a sham to beat immigration, and was not her first fake wedding, say friends

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[Burton, White, and Carrey]

A man named Mark Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday in Los Angeles against comedian Jim Carrey, claiming that the actor should be held liable in last year’s apparent suicide of a 30-year-old woman from Ireland named Cathriona White.

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Talking highlights of ‘Fair Game’ with its author, Aussie journalist Steve Cannane

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Steve Cannane’s book Fair Game was released today around the world by HarperCollins (in Australia) and Silvertail Books (UK, US, Canada). Steve gave us an advance look at the book, and so we sent him some questions about some of the things we found really remarkable in it.

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In the wake of raids, Scientology’s sneaky consulting front shrinks markedly in Russia

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Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and on Sundays he dives into the latest happenings with the organization’s many front groups. This time, he’s taking us to Russia, where things have taken a turn for the worse. Take it away, Rod…

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With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?

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Well, we told you this was probably the case. Jason Lee confirmed yesterday to a Denton, Texas blog that he and his wife “don’t practice Scientology” and aren’t interested in opening any Scientology centers in their new adopted hometown.

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VIDEO: City council candidate exposed as Scientology spy in live public hearing

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Two weeks ago, we reported that a Scientologist named Clay Bock was running for a city council seat in Garden Grove, California. We pointed out that there’s nothing keeping a Scientologist from running for office, but we figured voters might want to know that Bock had a long history helping out Scientology’s most unhinged front group, which agitates against psychiatry.

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