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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Scientology watchers, one mile high: HowdyCon 2017’s big night is here

[Pete Griffiths helps Cathy Schenkelberg market her one-woman play, Squeeze My Cans]

We’re exhausted after another full day here at HowdyCon 2017. So we’re going to post some of the photos taken by Observer and Eivol Ekdal and try to recuperate for the big show tonight.

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We have your Scientology ‘Maiden Voyage’ robo-call invitation, Los Angeles!

[Partying on L. Ron Hubbard Way]

Starting tomorrow, L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles will be transformed into the Caribbean Sea as the always naval-minded Church of Scientology celebrates one of holy dates on its space-age calendar.

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HOWDYCON 2017 IS HERE — DENVER IS CLEAR!

 
Our thanks once again to Observer, who has worked tirelessly to help us get the word out about our second annual gathering, HowdyCon 2017. We’ve really enjoyed her 70s-themed images of some of the illustrious folks who will be joining us in our little meetup.

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Source: Scientology ship avoiding Dutch waters after evading surprise government search

 
One of the reasons that L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, invaded the town of Clearwater, Florida in 1975 to make it Scientology’s “spiritual” headquarters, was that he was running out of ports where he was welcome. Hubbard had set sail in 1967 with a ragtag group of young followers who traveled with him on three ships, eventually renamed the Apollo, the Athena, and the Diana. For the next eight years, Hubbard ran the worldwide organization from the Apollo, his flagship, except for several months he spent hiding out in a couple of apartments in Queens, New York in 1972-1973.

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John Brousseau: Marty Rathbun is putting words in my mouth about the FBI’s Scientology probe

[John Brousseau]

We tried to stay away from Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s sad videos, we really did. We got two whole days away from commenting on his bizarre turnaround, which has him trying to rewrite the historical record in order to smear people he once said glowing things about. But once again, he’s really stepped over a line and we felt compelled to say something.

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Clearwater bar owner under surveillance has a surprise for Scientology: He’s expanding

[Clay Irwin and friend]

We have some follow-up information for you in the case of Clay Irwin and the camera he found facing his house in Clearwater, Florida.

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Scientology caught red-handed breaking government restrictions — and without penalty

 
Rod Keller continues to watch a strange situation with Scientology in Mexico City for us.

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Paul Haggis: Marty Rathbun is using private info I gave him against Lawrence Wright

 
In the latest video that Mark “Marty” Rathbun posted to his website as part of his general attack on Lawrence Wright and his 2013 book Going Clear, Rathbun calls Wright’s book a “phony narrative,” and accuses Wright of deceiving readers about the way that director Paul Haggis came to investigate and leave the Church of Scientology. Rathbun claims that he deserves credit for putting Haggis on that path, which is left out of the book.

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Marty Rathbun’s project becomes clear: Someone’s worried about Scientology & the IRS

 
Well, the project is becoming clear. Someone is apparently worried about losing his precious tax exemption.

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Marty Rathbun, Victoria Britton has a question for you about Scientology and judges

 
We’re traveling again today and we don’t have time for a long story. And we also know that you’re probably sick of reading about Marty Rathbun. But we wanted to give Victoria Britton recognition for raising one of the best questions we’ve seen about Rathbun’s new tune.

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