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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DRONE FLYOVER: An even closer look at where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige

 
The anonymous drone pilot just had to go back for a closer look.

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With its Mexico City project halted, Scientology fans out across town to promote its pablum

 
Scientology’s “Advanced Org” project in Mexico City was shut down by local politicians when neighbors complained. Rod Keller has been keeping an eye on developments for us there…

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Scientology’s casting calls get nuttier all the time. Who would you hire to fill them?

 
From time to time, our tipsters send us casting notices for Scientology films and commercials, which never fail to make us chuckle.

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One of Scientology’s most secretive temples is offering a rare look inside on Monday

 
Scientology may be shrinking, and it may be having a harder time finding new celebrity members, but there’s one thing that the church is still the undisputed champion of.

Printing.

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On probation and his house of horrors shut down, Tennessee Scientologist talks up Mexico

[Marc Vallieres]

There’s been a lot of press coverage, much of it confused, about a collection of mental health facilities in Cannon County, Tennessee that was run by Scientologists and was housing people who were being held against their will.

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Nazanin Boniadi’s FBI testimony: Cast as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend by Scientology

[Nazanin Boniadi at a 2010 screening of Paul Haggis’s film ‘The Next Three Days’]

In Alex Gibney’s 2015 documentary Going Clear, the director narrates the story of Scientologist actress Nazanin Boniadi, who was selected in late 2004 by the church for a special project: To be girlfriend to actor Tom Cruise. As he begins that narration, Gibney says that the story is backed up by FBI testimony.

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Danny Masterson hires Michael Jackson criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau in rape probe

[Attorney Tom Mesereau]

In March, we broke the news that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating That 70’s Show actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson over the rape allegations of three different women who were all Scientologists at the time of the incidents, which occurred between 2001 and 2003.

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DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s Int Base and its hilltop camouflaged ‘Eagle’s Nest’

Even in Mexico, Scientology bullies people with hired muscle — but for now strikes out

 
Rod Keller continues to keep an eye on things going on south of the border for us…

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Ah, the reveries of 1950: When Dianetics was in full bloom

Tuesday will mark 67 years since L. Ron Hubbard published the book that would start a movement, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. For that reason, May 9 — Dianetics Day — is one of the most important dates on the Scientology calendar. Jeffrey Augustine is helping us mark this anniversary by looking back at how the book was treated in the press at the time with some clippings you don’t see every day.

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