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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EXCLUSIVE: Cat White’s marriage to man suing Jim Carrey was a sham to beat immigration, and was not her first fake wedding, say friends

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[Burton, White, and Carrey]

A man named Mark Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday in Los Angeles against comedian Jim Carrey, claiming that the actor should be held liable in last year’s apparent suicide of a 30-year-old woman from Ireland named Cathriona White.

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Talking highlights of ‘Fair Game’ with its author, Aussie journalist Steve Cannane

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Steve Cannane’s book Fair Game was released today around the world by HarperCollins (in Australia) and Silvertail Books (UK, US, Canada). Steve gave us an advance look at the book, and so we sent him some questions about some of the things we found really remarkable in it.

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In the wake of raids, Scientology’s sneaky consulting front shrinks markedly in Russia

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Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and on Sundays he dives into the latest happenings with the organization’s many front groups. This time, he’s taking us to Russia, where things have taken a turn for the worse. Take it away, Rod…

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With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?

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[A man and his camera]

Well, we told you this was probably the case. Jason Lee confirmed yesterday to a Denton, Texas blog that he and his wife “don’t practice Scientology” and aren’t interested in opening any Scientology centers in their new adopted hometown.

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VIDEO: City council candidate exposed as Scientology spy in live public hearing

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Two weeks ago, we reported that a Scientologist named Clay Bock was running for a city council seat in Garden Grove, California. We pointed out that there’s nothing keeping a Scientologist from running for office, but we figured voters might want to know that Bock had a long history helping out Scientology’s most unhinged front group, which agitates against psychiatry.

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SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit

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More than seven years after Laura DeCrescenzo filed her lawsuit alleging abuse at the hands of the Church of Scientology, she has moved one step closer to a trial with the latest rejection of a Scientology time-wasting appeal.

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DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret base where David Miscavige keeps wife out of sight

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We’ve written numerous times about Scientology’s secretive subsidiary called the Church of Spiritual Technology. CST has a strange mission — to build underground vaults where L. Ron Hubbard’s writings can be stored to survive for tens of thousands of years. And CST has a super-secret headquarters, a small mountain compound east of Los Angeles near a place called Lake Arrowhead.

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Co-writer Dan Koon answers accusations about the accuracy of Ron Miscavige’s ‘Ruthless’

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[Dan Koon and Mariette Lindstein]

Jeffrey Augustine is back with part two of his interview with former Scientology executive Dan Koon. This time, the two get right into some accusations that have been made about the book that Dan co-wrote with Ron Miscavige, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

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Steve Cannane’s Oz-flavored Scientology history ‘Fair Game’ gets a UK-US-Canada publisher

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Silvertail Books publisher Humfrey Hunter continues his remarkable streak for putting out books on Scientology as he announces today that he’s carrying Steve Cannane’s deeply researched history, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, and will make it available in the UK, the US, and in Canada at the same time that it hits bookshelves Down Under next week.

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How Scientology repackages itself and takes in the New York Police Department and NY schools

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[Former City Councilman Dan Halloran (center), in 2013 with Bernard and Meghan Fialkoff]

Often, over the past few years, we’ve pointed out time and again that a Queens dentist, Bernard Fialkoff, and his daughter, the glamorous Meghan Fialkoff, have infiltrated New York City’s schools and police precincts with their Scientology-sponsored anti-drug campaign which is intended to increase the public’s exposure to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. We find their story particularly interesting, because it shows that even in supposedly sophisticated New York, Scientology front groups can rope people in with their dubious Scientology message wrapped in “social betterment” language.

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