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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Whale watching update: Your 2017 mid-year guide to who’s keeping Scientology alive

 
Our thanks to the tipster who sent us the new issue of Scientology’s Impact magazine! We adore Impact, the official publication of the International Association of Scientologists, because it lets us see who are the big donors propping up Scientology as it faces so many challenges around the world.

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Now that Neil deGrasse Tyson is up against Leah Remini for an Emmy, will he rethink Scientology?

 
You might have heard yesterday that Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath has been nominated for an Emmy award. Two nominations, actually. It’s up for “Best Informational Series or Special,” and for sound editing.

Continue reading Now that Neil deGrasse Tyson is up against Leah Remini for an Emmy, will he rethink Scientology?

Pastor’s ‘premature’ announcement of July 22 event causes A&E to cancel ‘Aftermath’ taping

[Pastor Willy Rice]

Clearwater, Florida Baptist preacher Willy Rice of Calvary Church had a bold statement to make about the Church of Scientology. The problem is, he might have made that statement too soon. Or at least, someone who works for him did.

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Almost 12 years ago, Shelly Miscavige vanished. Here’s why we keep asking about her.

[Shelly Miscavige and Leah Remini, about a year before Shelly vanished.]

 
Almost 12 years ago now, Scientology leader David Miscavige made his wife Shelly disappear.

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Leah Remini is filming an ‘Aftermath’ episode in Clearwater’s oldest Baptist church on July 22

[Pastor Willy Rice]

 
UPDATE: This event has now been canceled. See our new story about what happened to it.

In a letter that Pastor Willy Rice sent to his congregation, the Clearwater Baptist minister revealed that Leah Remini and Mike Rinder will be filming an episode of their A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, at the Florida church on July 22 at 12 noon.

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David Miscavige’s dark vision for Scientology: ‘What did you think you were joining?’

 
We have a pretty remarkable document for you today, which was sent to us by a member of the Church of Scientology who recently attended a Maiden Voyage event at their local org.

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How Humira, the world’s best selling drug, is helping to finance Scientology into the future

[Bob and Trish Duggan with Scientology leader David Miscavige]

The always reliable Jeffrey Augustine has scored another fascinating document for us that we are happy to share with you today.

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Hip-hip-hooray! We have the newest Scientology propaganda about creating an ‘Ideal World’

 
We want to thank our tipster who sent us images from the new issue of “International Scientology News,” one of the church’s slick publications intended to convince its members that it is not a failing organization in a full-on crisis.

Continue reading Hip-hip-hooray! We have the newest Scientology propaganda about creating an ‘Ideal World’

Scientology trying to salvage its derelict Narconon flagship as new training center

[Narconon Arrowhead during better times, with David Miscavige (center) and Luke Catton (left)]

Rod Keller helps us keep an eye on Narconon, Scientology’s drug rehab network, and he has a surprising new development today. For a few years, we’ve been reporting that Narconon’s flagship facility, Narconon Arrowhead in eastern Oklahoma, has dwindled to just a handful of customers after numerous patient deaths and high-profile lawsuits. Now, in a move seemingly acknowledging the inevitable, Scientology is announcing that it’s throwing in the towel and turning it into a training center. Rod decided to key off that news to give us a general assessment of where Narconon stands now.

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Scientology and the Spoonbenders: Jon Atack on a previously unpublished Ingo Swann essay

[Ingo Swann, 1933-2013, when he was part of a Scientology ‘OT Summit’ in 1977]

Jon Atack graciously agreed to read and comment on a 1973 Ingo Swann essay on Scientology that was recently dug up by our intrepid researcher, R.M. Seibert. We knew he’d have some interesting things to say about this presentation, which Swann aimed for fellow researchers into the parapsychological.

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