Tony Ortega is executive editor of TheLipTV and is 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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It’s a video extravaganza as three former members tell us about life inside Scientology

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It’s a video extravaganza today as we received new recordings from three of our regular contributors. What they have in common is that they’re interested in a young person’s journey in Scientology.

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Why Scientology can never submit its drug rehab quackery to scientific review

NarcononSaunaWe’ve been reporting in huge volumes about Scientology’s drug rehab system, Narconon, and the legal troubles it finds itself in for what is its essentially deceptive business model. Narconon promises individualized drug counseling by medical professionals in a safe, drug-free environment, and downplays its connections to the church. But none of that is true. Not only is Narconon a wing of the church under leader David Miscavige’s control, but instead of delivering drug counseling, it puts patients through the same exercises they’d get as beginning Scientologists. It also puts them through a risky and unscientific regimen of extended sauna use and outrageous amounts of niacin and other vitamins. But on what theory is that based? Our frequent contributor, Jeffrey Augustine, shows us that things are even worse than we imagined, as he looks into L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas behind his “detoxification” regimen.

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Louis Theroux film — ‘My Scientology Movie’ — to premiere October 14 at the London Film Festival

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The BFI London Film Festival announced today that among the films it has selected for its 59th year will be My Scientology Movie, the highly anticipated BBC-backed Louis Theroux feature that will premiere on October 14.

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Home, sweet ‘Freewinds’! We get a rare look inside a Scientology promotional seminar

SciFreewinds1For several years, we’ve posted fliers from Scientology’s many events that are put on by barnstorming “OT” ambassadors out to sell something to compliant church members. But it’s not very often that we get a report on what it’s like to attend such a gathering.

A couple of years ago, we were fortunate to hear from a tipster who attended a pretty wild meeting that featured Scientology’s Michael Chan talking about the mindblowing abilities that would come with OT 9 & 10 when they’re released — such as the power to clone yourself just with your mind power!

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‘Miss Lovely’ in London: Paulette Cooper writes another chapter in her amazing story

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On Saturday, Paulette Cooper met a man named Peter de Hoo for the first time. Her husband Paul captured the moment in this photograph. For those of you who have read our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, you may already know what a significant meeting this is.

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Louisiana congressman posts Narconon pic, then yanks it after we point out Scientology link

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Scientology and its front groups work very hard to ensnare unsuspecting local officials for photo opportunities. We see a lot of local law enforcement officers, city council members, and even some state representatives get corralled for Scientology PR. But it’s really something when Scientology manages to snag a state attorney general or a member of the US Congress for some gladhanding.

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WOW: California judge orders trial to determine if Scientology drugged incoming rehab patients

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On April 1, we told you about a class-action lawsuit that had been filed against several of Scientology’s drug rehab companies in California. A judge has now ruled against Scientology in the lawsuit’s preliminary matters and has called for a trial that should put explosive evidence in a courtroom — that Scientology’s Narconon centers get new patients high on whatever they’re addicted to before they can be admitted.

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¡Ay, caramba! Nancy Cartwright has a whale of a time in Mexico to raise money for Scientology

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Back on August 12, we shared with you a rather bizarre video of Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright telling Scientologists in Mexico City that she was coming to town to help with an Ideal Org fundraiser.

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So much for tabloid rumors: Tom Cruise visits Scientology’s ‘Ideal Org’ while he’s in Bogotá

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Tom Cruise has been in the South American country of Colombia shooting scenes for his next movie, Mena, and on Tuesday he went to the capital city of Bogotá and dropped in at the Scientology “Ideal Org” there, which had its grand opening just a few weeks ago.

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What lengths would a Scientology ‘registrar’ go to pry $3,000 out of a 13-year-old?

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Aaron Smith-Levin is back with another interesting video, this time featuring his own stories from growing up in Scientology.

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