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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CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SCIENTOLOGY DRUG REHABS IN CALIFORNIA

narconon-redwood-cliffsCatapulting from the success of Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton, who spent the past year filing 27 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network Narconon, three attorneys who have watched Hamilton closely have filed a new class-action lawsuit against two Narconon corporations in California with two initial plaintiffs.

Indiana attorney David Miller, California attorney Michael Ram, and Seattle attorney Beth Terrell filed their suit in federal court in Northern California, and have asked for both national and regional classes to be certified as their clients sue for breach of contract, negligent representation, false advertising, and unfair competition.

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Can you help French prosecutors find these witnesses to the death of a Scientologist?

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Our man in Paris, journalist Jonny Jacobsen, has a fascinating piece for us today. We’ll let him explain…

A judge investigating the 2006 suicide of a Scientologist in France may finally close the case because police have not been able to track down key witnesses. Officers have been looking into the death of 47-year-old Gloria Lopez (pictured), who in December 2006 stepped in front of a speeding train at Colombes station just outside Paris.

But they have been unable to find three Scientologists the judge considers key to the affair, all of whom had dealings with Lopez in the months leading up to her death. Scientology executives in France have insisted they have no idea where they are.

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AUDIO LEAK: Hear a Scientologist being declared suppressive and facing the loss of her family

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Yesterday, Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear introduced millions of Americans to Scientology’s concepts about declaring people “suppressive” and ordering them to “disconnect” from each other, resulting in families being ripped apart.

Today, we have one of the most dramatic examples of it ever caught on tape. The Underground Bunker has obtained a stunning audio recording which captures the moment when a woman is told she is being declared a “suppressive person” or “SP” by a Scientology ethics officer, and she realizes that it may tear apart her family.

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LIVE-BLOG: Watch Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary ‘Going Clear’ and comment with us

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We’ve had quite a week here in the Underground Bunker counting down the days to tonight’s airing of Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary about Scientology, Going Clear. And now, finally, the country will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about.

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The crowd’s all here: What does the airing of the Scientology doc ‘Going Clear’ mean to you?

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It’s the day that many people have been waiting for. Tonight, at 8 pm Eastern time, HBO will broadcast Alex Gibney’s two-hour documentary on Scientology, Going Clear. All week we’ve been counting down the days by talking to people who appear in the film. Today, we’re talking to the rest of you. We asked many familiar names in the Underground Bunker to tell us what it means to them that this documentary is reaching such a large audience today. And in the comments, we want to hear from the rest of our great community about how you’re feeling about tonight’s event.

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On the eve of ‘Going Clear’, Leah Remini says she’s grateful to the people behind it

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Yesterday we saw Leah Remini’s tweet which contained a Martin Luther King Jr quote and the date that Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, is airing on HBO tomorrow night…

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‘Going Clear': Spanky Taylor on John Travolta, Priscilla Presley, and escaping Scientology

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We’re just two days away from Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, airing on HBO on Sunday at 8 pm. Today we have another screenshot from the movie for you, and it features Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, someone we’ve known for a very long time.

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‘Going Clear': Sara Goldberg on how Scientology turned her own daughter against her

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Just three days to go until HBO airs Alex Gibney’s documentary, Going Clear, and we have another screenshot from the film, this time featuring Sara Goldberg, who really adds an emotional wallop to the movie.

The great Joe Childs at the Tampa Bay Times told Sara’s story last year and how she faced a dilemma forced on her by Church of Scientology officials. Because of Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy, the church forced Sara to make a terrible choice.

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‘Going Clear': Marty Rathbun on what he was thinking during his key moment in Gibney’s film

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Just four days to go now before the airing of Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, on HBO Sunday night at 8 pm. We have another screenshot from the movie for you, featuring former top Scientology executive Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

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‘Going Clear': Paul Haggis pens a description of the Scientology experience you won’t forget

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We’re drawing closer to the broadcast of Alex Gibney’s documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, which airs Sunday night at 8 pm on HBO. We have another screenshot from the film, with one of its chief stars, director Paul Haggis, who was also the subject of Lawrence Wright’s New Yorker article and his subsequent book which formed the basis for Gibney’s film.

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