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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When L. Ron Hubbard briefly let down his guard and admitted Scientology was all a con

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We’re very happy to see that Steve Cannane’s book, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia has been getting a lot of press since it was released on September 19. Naturally, media reports have tended to focus on celebrity hijinks in the book, as well as recent stories of abuse in Scientology that Steve uncovered.

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‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ audiobook on sale, and we’re doing a Reddit AMA at noon

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[The lovely Paulette Cooper joins us at Reddit today to answer your questions]

One of the reasons this website exists is to support our project, started four years ago, to learn everything we could about the incredible adventures of Paulette Cooper, one of the first journalists who exposed the abuses of the Church of Scientology and who nearly paid for it with her life. For decades, Scientology’s shadowy spy corps, which referred to Paulette by the code name “Miss Lovely,” tried to destroy her career, her family, and her sanity with multiple elaborate operations, and by making her the target of 19 separate lawsuits. She survived it all.

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DRONE FLYOVER: First images of Scientology’s Gold Rush mine in California

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Another Wednesday brings us more unique footage from an anonymous drone pilot who has flown over some of Scientology’s most secretive sites.

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‘Horrifying’ autism ‘cure’ exposed by BBC turns out to be Scientology: Now, the inventor speaks

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Yesterday, we heard from a number of people who were alarmed by a disturbing report that aired on the BBC about autistic people in England being subjected to a frightening “treatment” of intimidation and bullying.

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SCIENTOLOGY’S TOP 20 CELEBRITIES — in order of those most likely to defect

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Now that Jason Lee has confirmed what we’ve suspected for a long time — that he’s out of Scientology — we’re naturally getting questions from readers wondering who among the church’s glittering celebrities will be next to jump ship.

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Scientology in Ireland is nearly dead: Here’s how Tom Cruise & the gang plan to bring it back

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[Tom Cruise with Irish opera singer Amanda Neri]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and on Sundays he dives into the latest happenings with the organization’s many front groups. This time, he’s taking us to Ireland, where a new strategy is unfolding. Take it away, Rod…

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Flirt with Scientology, and its dogged letter writers will hound you forever

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We don’t know if this is a record, but it sure impresses the heck out of us.

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Beware, protesters: Scientology has been training attack dogs at a Clearwater warehouse

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We have a really strange story for you today. We have no idea what Scientology is thinking on this one, but its employees have been spotted training guard dogs to attack at one of its Florida properties.

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‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ goes on sale as an audiobook on September 29

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Sell the house. Sell the car. Sell the kids. As your cult leader we demand total obedience, and that means you will be shelling out the big bucks one week from today for the audiobook edition of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper.

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DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret ranch where L. Ron Hubbard departed this Earth

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Two weeks ago, an anonymous drone pilot gave us a view of Scientology’s secretive international management base (“Int Base”) that we’d never seen before. Then, last week, he flew us over the even more secret “CST” headquarters compound in the mountains above Los Angeles, where we believe Scientology leader David Miscavige stashed away his wife Shelly eleven years ago.

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