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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Bob Duggan, the richest Scientologist in the world, is going to love our nifty new drawings!

Bob_Duggan_illoIn October, we uncorked our big investigative story of 2014. It was the result of months of research and Skype calls to South Africa and lots and lots of lawyering.

We revealed that the richest Scientologists in the world, Bob and Trish Duggan, had a strange secret. We established that at the same time the California couple had been propping up Scientology in South Africa with huge donations, two of their adopted sons, one of whom was only 11, suddenly relocated there in the care of Scientology families.

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Neil Gaiman’s sister shows up in Scientology response video to Gibney film ‘Going Clear’

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The Church of Scientology continues to produce short videos as counter-programming to Alex Gibney’s hugely popular HBO documentary Going Clear, posting them at the website of its propaganda magazine, Freedom.

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More from a secretly-recorded executive griping about Scientology’s sad state of affairs

Andres_Rodriguez4Former Scientology Sea Org worker Chris Shelton is helping us decode a remarkable audio recording, secretly made, which captures a man named Andres Rodriguez (pictured) giving a briefing to an audience of Scientology non-staff “publics.”

Rodriguez carries the title of Senior Case Supervisor of the Western United States (Snr C/S WUS), and he’s also notable because at one time he was married to the “handler” of actress Katie Holmes, a woman named Jessica Feshbach. (Feshbach is today married to former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and they are both out of the Sea Org.)

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Whale watching: The wealthy donors keeping Scientology afloat, 2015 edition

TrophiesKaren de la Carriere let us know that the new Impact magazine is out, and this is the one with photographs from the October gala held by the International Association of Scientologists.

After breaking tradition and holding its 2013 gala in Clearwater, Florida, the IAS returned this year to its usual place at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England, which was formerly the home of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

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More testimony that Scientology’s celebrities know all about Sea Org deprivations

Lorna_CarletonWe like to keep an eye on litigation involving the Church of Scientology, so we were interested to see the news yesterday that a woman in British Columbia has filed a lawsuit in order to get back about $86,000 that she says she’s owed by the church.

But then we got Lorna Carleton on the phone, and realized that her story is more interesting than just the money she’s trying to get back.

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Leaving Scientology: ‘I think this recovery is something I’ll be doing the rest of my life’

Chris_Shelton4Once again we’re featuring Chris Shelton today. He’s one of the more recent defectors from Scientology’s Sea Org, and he’s been doing a great service explaining his experience, and Scientology itself, in a series of videos.

He sent us a new video that addresses an issue we’ve also talked about with Jefferson Hawkins and Jon Atack. After finally deciding to leave Scientology’s “matrix of thought” (as Jason Beghe put it in Going Clear), how long does it take to recover from L. Ron Hubbard’s mental implants?

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As Scientology crumbles, read the dreams its members are still chasing

Jeremy_MollWe’re once again indebted to one of our tipsters for sending us something revealing about how things are going inside the Church of Scientology. In this case, we get a really remarkable glimpse inside the mind of a young Scientologist and his dreams for what Scientology could be.

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Want to go Clear? Has Scientology got a deal for you!

StateOfClearWe want to thank the tipster who sent us a flier out of the Tampa org. It definitely interested us, because it featured a really stunning price for going “Clear.”

Now, first of all, if you’ve been hanging around this website for a considerable time, and you’ve seen the hundreds of Scientology ads and fliers we’ve posted over the years, you know that it’s not really common for fliers to post a price for courses (other than for seminar packages on the Freewinds, for example).

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Secretly taped Scientology executive complains about cheating on the ‘Survival Rundown’

Andres_Rodriguez3On Sunday we revealed that we’d obtained a secretly-recorded audiotape, more than an hour in length, that captures one of Scientology’s executives giving a briefing to an audience of “public” members at an org somewhere in the US.

Today we have the second portion of that recording, along with more help from former Sea Org worker Chris Shelton as he helps us understand what we’re hearing. As he explained last time, Chris worked personally with the person you’ll hear, Andres Rodriguez, who is the Senior Case Supervisor for the Western United States.

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Should Louis Theroux be worried? What a Scientology ‘documentary’ actually looks like

Louis_Theroux_thumbWe thought it was very smart of filmmaker Louis Theroux to tweet last week that Scientology’s attorneys have told him the church plans to make a documentary about him now that his own film about Scientology is in the can.

We’ve been telling you for some time that Louis and the BBC have been working on a documentary about Scientology. Theroux recently said publicly that his film is going to be very different from Alex Gibney’s super-successful HBO movie, Going Clear, which turned out to be one of the most-watched documentaries in HBO history.

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