Tony Ortega is executive editor of The Raw Story and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and has a forthcoming book about the subject. 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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NARCONON DENIED: Damaging Oklahoma report on Scientology rehab facility will be turned over

Jim_BlandToday, Pittsburg County District Judge Jim D. Bland (pictured, right) agreed that the families suing Scientology’s flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, should be given copies of a controversial state report that recommended the rehab center be shut down.

The report came to light when, last month, two lawsuits were filed by a former Oklahoma state inspector general, Kim Poff, and one of her former investigators, Michael DeLong. In the lawsuits, they claimed that they had investigated Narconon Arrowhead in the wake of three recent patient deaths, found evidence of wrongdoing, and recommended in a report that the place be closed. They allege that their superiors buried the report because they were too afraid to take on Scientology, and then fired Poff and DeLong when they complained. Their report was forwarded to Oklahoma’s attorney general.

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David Miscavige, you’ve been served: Leader of Scientology will need to respond to NAFC suit

DavidMiscavige2What’s it like to try and serve Scientology leader David Miscavige with a lawsuit? We now have a pretty good idea.

Back in May, the National Association of Forensic Counselors filed a lawsuit against 82 defendants, including Miscavige, as well as various entities and people associated with Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

The lawsuit accuses Scientology of conspiring to misuse the NAFC’s logo and trademarks in order to make Narconon appear more legitimate than it is, and ultimately to draw more people into Scientology itself.

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In court today: Battle over government report on wrongdoing at Scientology rehab facility

Gary_RichardsonWe’re looking forward to getting reports on how a hearing goes today in McAlester, Oklahoma. Attorney Gary Richardson (right) is trying to convince the state to turn over a report which could be devastating to Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. The hearing starts at 2:30 pm Eastern time, and we’re hoping to get a report from the scene as soon as the hearing finishes.

What’s at stake? Last month, we told you about two stunning lawsuits filed by a former state inspector general named Kimberly Poff and one of her former investigators, Michael DeLong. Working for the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Poff and DeLong say they had uncovered wrongdoing in the wake of several deaths at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, and had recommended that it be shut down.

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New videos leaked from Scientology, including a sobering call for help from Nashville

Karen_MorrisWe love our tipsters, especially the ones who take great risk and smuggle out to us videos that are only meant for internal consumption in the Church of Scientology.

Most of the time, these videos are goofy, and we have a good time poking some fun at them. These are, after all, L. Ron Hubbard’s promised ‘homo novi’ — ‘improved’ human super beings who are going to take over the planet and save us from the Marcabian invading forces that rule Mars and Venus.

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Scientology Sunday Funnies: Turning begging for cash into an art form

Mike_SpurgeonWelcome to another of installment of Sunday Funnies, when we reveal some of the Scientology fundraising fliers that have been forwarded to us by our great tipsters.

As usual, the church is doing all it can to get its dwindling membership to come down for weekly and monthly fleecings, trying to attract them with themed parties made up to look like pep rallies where some big secret information is going to be revealed. In fact, the big secret is that you’re required to write an even bigger check than the last time!

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Sneaky Scientology finds another way to get access to high school students

Dorsey High School

Dorsey High School

We’ve said it before: Scientology never gives up. With its public image at an all-time low, the sneaky organization continues to infiltrate where it can with the use of its front groups and stealthy operatives.

One of our vigilant tipsters noticed that Scientologists have wormed their way into an anti-gang conference happening next week at a Los Angeles high school.

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Scientology’s tent party in England: The 9-minute trailer!

IASTent5Let’s give Scientology its due: It can put out a slick, high-quality video on occasion, and we have one for you today.

It’s a lengthy trailer for next month’s IAS gala in England which will celebrate 30 years since the legal slush fund was started at a time Scientology was being swamped by lawsuits.

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RATHBUN SUIT: Scientology’s last swipe in its anti-SLAPP appeal before hearing next week

Thomas Leatherbury

Thomas Leatherbury

Next Wednesday, Monique Rathbun and the Church of Scientology will tangle in another hearing before the Texas Third Court of Appeals.

The last time the court heard arguments in this lawsuit, it then reversed a trial court ruling that held Monique could depose Scientology leader David Miscavige in a question of jurisdiction. This time, the entire lawsuit is on the line.

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New leaked videos from the super beings at Scientology!

LIPlanningSometimes it’s important to remember that Scientologists believe that not only had L. Ron Hubbard discovered, for the first time, the actual nature of the human mind — a breakthrough on par with the discovery of fire — but that he had found a way to improve human beings and make them ‘homo novi,’ an entirely new race.

Scientologists take pity on us mere wogs, who are stuck on this prison planet, blinded by our reactive minds. If only we could be like the superhumans who are using Ron’s technology to take over the galaxy.

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Scientology says it’s received $5.7 million from Google in advertising grants

Brandy_HarrisonAt a $100 per person event held in the San Fernando Valley on September 6, about 500 Scientologists were told, among other things, that Google has approved advertising grants totaling $5.7 million for Scientology churches around the country.

Also, that the Chinese government has approved Scientology’s website, scientology.org, as one of only a few religious websites Chinese citizens can access without restrictions.

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