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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Why does Scientology have no sense of humor? Because seriousness is a sacrament

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We’re in transit again, and so we’re grateful that frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine came through with another fun look at Scientology’s underlying policies. This one really needs no more explanation than that…

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A billboard sprouts in Florida, and other Scientology chaos in our social media review

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[Phil and Willie Jones yesterday at the dedication of their new Florida billboard with Nora Crest, Valeska Paris, Derek Bloch, and Brian Sheen. Photo by Chukicita.]

It’s time again for Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review. He’s made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the ‘net. He’s a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…

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Bomb diggety! It’s more Scientologists high on L. Ron Hubbard and the everloving ‘tech’

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One of our tipsters came through for us today with some hilarious screenshots from the latest testimonials video that was sent out to Scientology members. In the past, we’ve had the video itself, and we hope eventually to get this one. But for now, we’re just really happy to get these glimpses of Scientologists high on L. Ron Hubbard. What a gas.

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Was it something we said? Scientology wants Cindy Plahuta’s letter in fraud lawsuit struck

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[Cindy Plahuta’s letter didn’t sit well with Scientology attorney Wally Pope]

On Wednesday, we revealed that Tampa federal Judge James D. Whittemore had put two letters into the court file of the federal fraud lawsuit filed by California residents Luis and Rocio Garcia against the Church of Scientology.

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Scientology goes shopping for a new top cop in L.A., and a new video from Chris Shelton!

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[Rapper The Game (a/k/a Jayceon Terrell Taylor) and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck]

We’re on the road today, and so we’re thankful that frequent contributors Jeffrey Augustine and Chris Shelton have pitched in with a couple of interesting items. First, Jeffrey had some thoughts about this past weekend’s noted gang summit in south Los Angeles, and what it means for Scientology…

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BILLBOARD UP IN FLORIDA: Scientology ‘disconnection’ on view near Clearwater ‘mecca’

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We just got word from Phil and Willie Jones. Their second “Call Me” billboard just went up in Largo, Florida, bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy just a few miles from where the church has its international spiritual “mecca” in the town of Clearwater.

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The judge, his letters, and more proof that Scientology is snowing a federal court

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[Judge James D. Whittemore]

 
A couple of new documents showed up recently in the court file of Luis and Rocio Garcia’s federal fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, and we thought you might want to hear about them.

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‘Call Me’ says their billboard — and their daughter in Scientology did just that

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[Phil Jones and his daughter Emily]

 
Phil and Willie Jones, the Las Vegas couple who got a lot of press for raising the money to put up a billboard in Los Angeles bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy, have arrived in Florida this week for the unveiling of a new billboard in the town of Clearwater, Scientology’s spiritual headquarters.

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Joey Chait’s sentencing memo: Abused in Scientology’s Sea Org and in fear of wealthy dad

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Earlier this month, Joey Chait, 38, was sentenced by a New York federal court to a year in prison for conspiring to smuggle art objects made of rhino horn, ivory, and coral. Joey was in the employ of his father Isadore Chait, whose eponymous I.M. Chait Gallery in Beverly Hills is one of the best known auction houses for Asian art in the world. Izzy Chait, for his part, is also well known to Scientology watchers, who remember his bizarre 2011 appearance along with the “Squirrel Busters” at Los Angeles International Airport in an attempt to unnerve former Scientology official Marty Rathbun.

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VIDEO: A look inside Scientology’s program to rally Russian members after police raids

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On Sundays, Rod Keller stops by to bring us a collection of things Scientologists have shared during the week on social media. After avoiding the Internet for many years, Scientologists now share things freely online. And this week, Rod found something really special.

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