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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20 questions about Scientology — with answers that get to the center of a dying movement

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Contributor Jeffrey Augustine has put together another list for us, and this one gets to the heart of the matter — what, legally, is the Church of Scientology, and how is it still a thing?

We think you’ll enjoy this exegesis as Jeff takes us step by step through this examination of how the church exists, on paper at least, as it goes through one of its most difficult periods.

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Former Scientologist found guilty of defrauding other exes — ALSO: 1998 film re-release

Frank_PateOn Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Frank Pate, 47, of two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud after a five-day trial in Sherman, Texas. He is in custody and will be sentenced at a future date.

Previously, we told you about Pate, a former Scientologist who, according to some of his former clients, used their connections as former church members to convince them to invest with him.

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John Coale, Greta Van Susteren, and the miracle of Scientology drug technology: A meditation

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We’ve posted here a remarkable photograph of a man named John Coale, who was one of the few human beings in the stands at a notorious baseball game held recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Scientology denied: Karen de la Carriere stops a takedown attempt on videos at her channel

Karen_de_la_CarriereKaren de la Carriere has been keeping us updated on a situation she’s been facing with the Church of Scientology, and now that she’s resolved it, she’s ready to go public.

Some time ago, she received notices from Scientology attorney Gary Soter that she was in some kind of violation of some sort because of videos she had posted at her YouTube. She says that she receives threat letters from Soter about once a year, and so she passed it on to her attorney without even reading it this time.

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On Memorial Day, some new revelations from L. Ron Hubbard’s military record

HubbardNavyRecently, we heard from Chris Owen, the preeminent historian of L. Ron Hubbard’s war record. We had contacted Chris after a news story appeared that had a hard time making heads or tails of Hubbard’s convoluted war record, and ended up making some conclusions that were a bit off.

Chris helped us set the record straight on that, and we’re grateful to him for it. He acknowledged that Hubbard’s war record is complex, but it really isn’t “mysterious,” as the press account had it, and it is possible to draw some solid conclusions about Hubbard’s war service based on a 1979 review that was compiled.

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Paulette Cooper has a surprise for Scientology and the residents of a certain Florida town

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Your proprietor spent Saturday recovering from the twisted Friday night put on by L. Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson, Jamie DeWolf, which included a three-hour circus at Chez Poulet in San Francisco.

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Jon Atack: Stop making excuses for L. Ron Hubbard and the Snow White Program!

Jon_AtackJon 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 a year on Saturdays he helped 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. He was kind enough to send us a new post.

Jon sent us a response he’s written to one of the main concepts in Merrell Vannier’s new book. We’ll let him explain.

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DOX: How Scientology ensnares the unsuspecting in a series of binding contracts

TrapWe’re getting ready for tonight’s big extravaganza in San Francisco. In the meantime, Jeffrey Augustine sent us another great piece that he cooked up from the work he’s doing over at his own site, the ScientologyMoneyProject. Take it away, Jeff…

 
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Leah Remini and Paulette Cooper? Scientology can start worrying now

Leah_Remini_Paulette_CooperWe have some more scenes for you from our book tour in California. Previously, we posted a photograph of your proprietor with the lovely Leah Remini. The King of Queens actress had come by a party hosted by Spanky Taylor in order to pick up a copy of our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

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Scientology’s wealthy donors play royalty in Italy while Paulette Cooper takes San Diego

Grant_Cardone_DavidBunkerites, your proprietor on Tuesday had another full day in California on the book tour, and we took care of some private meetings. Tonight, we’ll be in San Diego and hoping for a fun event.

In the meantime, one of our great tipsters put together some images from an International Association of Scientologists special meeting in Florence, Italy that involved some of Scientology’s biggest “whales.” These are the wealthy folks who are keeping Scientology alive with their donations, and you can see that they have some great perspective on what their money gets them. Yes, that’s Grant Cardone above, hanging out with Michelangelo’s David at a special dinner.

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