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This is your brain on L. Ron Hubbard: Watergate, Scientology, and late-night radio

[Jim Dincalci says he took this photo of L. Ron Hubbard in Queens in 1973 — or did he?]

We thought we’d toss off a bonus post this evening to let you know about something happening late tonight. Alabama resident and former Church of Scientology member Randy McDonald, who was once the editor of Scientology’s […]

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Our money maverick dives into Scientology’s latest financial house of horrors

This week, documents became available that had been submitted by Narconon Holland, the Scientology drug rehab center in the Netherlands. At a quick glance, they indicated that the place was in serious trouble. And now, Underground Bunker regular “John P.” — who enjoys telling us about his luxurious life in high finance — has […]

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Scientology claims L. Ron Hubbard chose David Miscavige to succeed him, proving he didn’t

[Scientology attorney Eric Lieberman]

Contributor Jeffrey Augustine has taken another close look at Scientology’s over-the-top attacks on Ron Miscavige for this piece today. Once again, he’s found some really interesting stuff!

The website that smears Ron Miscavige — presumably hosted by the Church of Scientology to distract from Ron’s book, Ruthless — is a gift […]

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Tonight, Cathy Schenkelberg takes her Scientology cans to the Hollywood Fringe

  Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg is taking a big step tonight, and so we called her yesterday to find out how she’s feeling as her one-woman show, “Squeeze My Cans” begins a run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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There’s nothing quite like when Scientology cancels your superhuman powers with a ‘declare’

[Dani and Tami Lemberger]

July 2012 was one of the craziest months in our 20-year history of watching and writing about the Church of Scientology. The media was in a frenzy because, at the end of June, Katie Holmes had amputated her ties to Tom Cruise in a highly calculated surgical strike. But so much […]

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That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology

  Like the rest of the world, we’re remembering Muhammad Ali today with the passing of one of the 20th century’s most intriguing personalities. Like you, we’re seeing a lot of great pieces about Ali’s career as an athlete and his memorable quotes as a human being, one of the best known human beings […]

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‘Ross & Carrie’ conclude their Scientology investigation by calling it ‘ridiculously creepy’

  Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy wrapped up their podcast series on Scientology with a ninth and final episode, describing how ultimately they were found out as infiltrators and were shooed away from church events. But not before they had managed to take several courses, do some auditor training, and had attended both the […]

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Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s tall tales about himself never get old

[L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1956]

The FBI has released many documents about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard in the past. They have helped inform books such as Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, as well as the Alex Gibney film of the same name.

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Now that Scientology has a TV and radio complex, will it air what Scientology really is?

  Now that Saturday’s grand opening in Los Angeles has happened, Scientology is thrilled that it possesses a new state-of-the-art media center with cavernous television studios and piles of expensive equipment.

So what does Scientology leader David Miscavige plan to do with his new toy?

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As Scientology sinks, does Tom Cruise really have to go down with the ship?

  Sunday night we were still reeling from what we’d just seen on HBO and a scene involving three little words — “hold the door” — so when we turned to AMC at ten pm, we weren’t really in the best shape for taking in the craziness in the pilot episode of Preacher.

We […]

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