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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The way to break free from Scientology’s mind trap: Admit to yourself that you’re gullible

jon_atack4Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

It took me a while to decompress from Scientology. After all, in nine years, I had never doubted. I wasn’t too scared to look under the cover of a hostile book: I read The Mind Benders and Cults of Unreason, heck, I even skimmed Roy Wallis’s sociological examination of the subject – The Road to Total Freedom – but I was not impressed.

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Disconnection, neglect, and suicide: Scientology, it’s even worse than you think

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[Marie Bilheimer]

We first heard from Marie Bilheimer more than a year ago. Like so many other former members of the Church of Scientology, she wanted to communicate with us even though she wasn’t ready to go public with her story.

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Leah Remini told you about Scientology’s ‘Fair Game’ — and here’s the worst example of it

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[Leah Remini, Paulette Cooper, and Paul Noble]

In this week’s episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we learned about former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder and the “Fair Game” he’s experienced since leaving the church in 2007.

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What to get the Scientologist who has everything: It’s the Scientology Xmas Catalog!

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We interrupt Leah Remini’s dismantling of the Church of Scientology to remind you that you have only 18 days left to finish your Christmas shopping. And as ever, you’ll need some extra help when it comes to that perennial conundrum facing us all — what to get the Scientologist on your list.

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Tonight on Leah Remini’s series, two more families get ripped apart and ‘fair gamed’

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[Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran]

Watching the second episode of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we were suddenly struck by the advantage of this show having the luxury to explain Scientology concepts over eight episodes.

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EXCLUSIVE: Scientology tried to derail Remini series by calling 14-year-old ‘aggressor’ in rape

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[Amy Scobee]

The Underground Bunker has obtained a document which shows that just days before A&E premiered its new series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, a Church of Scientology attorney tried to derail the program by claiming that the subject of the first episode, Amy Scobee, was lying about being raped at 14 years old.

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A new technology shows promise for treating depression, so Scientology wants to kill it

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Rod Keller keeps his eye on Scientology’s front groups, and he’s back this week with CCHR’s latest freakout…

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In Scientology, dancing in a conga line might end up costing you thousands

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[Kiwis dancing in a conga line in order to pledge money on a whiteboard]

After the week we’ve had — with the heart-wrenching scenes with Bonny Elliott and Amy Scobee in Leah Remini’s A&E series, for example — we thought it would be good to start things off today with a little levity.

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You saw Bonny Elliott talk about her battle with Scientology; Now hear it from her husband

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If you saw the premiere episode of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, you know that the emotional center of the show is the awful choice the Church of Scientology forced on Bonny Elliott.

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Leah Remini: Scientology’s new attack has a Katie Holmes angle they aren’t talking about

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[A dapper David Miscavige finally takes a swing at Leah Remini]

 
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered Tuesday night to the highest ratings for an A&E series debut in two years. The audience of 2.1 million viewers even outpaced the 1.65 million who tuned in last year for the debut of HBO’s 2015 Scientology documentary Going Clear.

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