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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15 of the strangest things Scientology’s two supreme leaders ever uttered

 
Contributor Jeffrey Augustine has put a stirring collection together for us today. Just for fun, here are fifteen of the strangest things ever said by Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor, current leader David Miscavige.

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The most Scientology-involved movie ever made? Here comes Nancy’s baby!

 
Our source in Scientology’s Hollywood Celebrity Centre, who has been so helpful to us in the past, alerted us to something special coming that he thought we’d want to pay attention to.

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Keep your Oscars, we won a Scientology ‘bigot’ award!

[Illustration by Jeffrey Augustine!]

That was some Oscars last night, eh? By now you must have seen about a thousand different jokes about poor Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong Best Picture winner, and we laughed at just about every one of them.

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Florida attempts sensible change to mental health law — so Scientology goes on attack

[CCHR Florida President Diane Stein]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology various front groups for us, and once again he’s got the drop on CCHR…

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More federal charges for Scientology family that sold rhino horn products

[Jake Chait; Photo by WSJ.com]

Last July, we told you about the odd way Scientology had become an issue in a criminal case involving the illegal trafficking of art made of rhino horn, ivory, and coral.

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Whale watching, 2017 edition: Who’s keeping Scientology from sinking?

 
It’s that time of year again! The new Impact magazine is out and it gives us a chance to see which of Scientology’s most wealthy donors — we call them whales — were celebrated at the annual IAS gala last October.

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Scientology’s Celebrity Whisperer: An inside account of life in the fame-obsessed church

[Quailynn McDaniel and Jenna Elfman]

Quailynn McDaniel was exactly what Scientology was looking for. The yoga instructor was fit and pretty, and her husband worked for a major software firm.

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First look inside Tom Cruise’s Clearwater double penthouse — and Scientology is not happy!

[Clay Irwin checks out the view from the Cruise penthouse]

Yesterday, we got our first look inside Tom Cruise’s still-under-construction double penthouse atop a building in downtown Clearwater, Florida thanks to a local business owner who took an impromptu tour of the construction site and recorded it for the rest of the world to see.

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As Scientology shrinks, its leader dreams up new ways to convince followers otherwise

 
Almost a year ago, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted an explanation of what it meant when Scientology talked about one of its churches going “Saint Hill Size.”

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Louis Farrakhan: Nation of Islam will stand by Scientology as Leah Remini ‘goes in hard’

 
Thanks to tipster “Communicator I/C” for alerting us last night that Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan not only brought up Scientology during his annual “Saviours’ Day” keynote address yesterday afternoon, but he mentioned Leah Remini by name (well, almost), and seemed to question her motives for criticizing her former church.

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