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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Hey, Scientology, this guy doesn’t want to shill for you — what gives?

 
Rod Keller is back with another look at the way Scientology tries to get community leaders to front for it.

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Scientology’s Super Bowl ad: Here’s your sneak peek at what it’s going to be like

 
In past years, by now Scientology had already played its big Super Bowl ad a few times during playoff games, and posted it to one of its YouTube channels. But for whatever reason they’ve kept this year’s ad under wraps, playing it only once that we know of — during their New Year’s event in Los Angeles (which was actually held December 17).

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Leah Remini books the Bill Maher show, gets swung at by Giovanni Ribisi

 
We know that many of you have been anticipating this but no, Leah Remini will not appear on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

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Fed up with Scientology disconnection? Be there to dedicate the new ‘Call Me’ billboard Feb. 18

 
It’s one of the things we’ve heard from people who watched Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath — what can I do about the abuses that Leah exposed on her show?

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The odd and slightly troubling thing Elon Musk and L. Ron Hubbard have in common

 
We don’t keep a very watchful eye on Elon Musk and what he’s up to, so forgive us that we missed an interesting little news item about him last year which, once we were made aware of it, sort of knocked us for a loop.

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For 30 grand or so, Scientology will let you into its shrine to L. Ron Hubbard. Here’s a peek.

 
Thanks again to reader Rasha, we have a first look at another entertaining Scientology publication today, in this case Source magazine, the publication of the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

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Putting back a family ripped apart by Scientology can be easier said than done

[Claudio Lugli and his son Flavio, in 1990]

On Thursday, we told you about what appeared to be a new development in Scientology’s “disconnection” policy that rips apart families. Like so many other parents, Claudio and Renata Lugli have not heard from their son Flavio in years because they chose to leave the Church of Scientology and he did not. But after not hearing from him for six years, Flavio suddenly started a blog.

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Scientology recruits a new ally — a real life ‘Forrest Gump’

 
Our man Rod Keller is back, keeping an eye on Scientology’s sneaky moves to rope in unsuspecting new recruits…

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Move over, Xenu: Scientology’s other great space opera figure, the Duke of Chug

[The Duke of Chug, maybe]

There are so many avenues you can go down when you fall into Scientology’s rabbit hole. Today we’re going to touch on a period we really haven’t gone into with much rigor: The early 1980s, and Scientology’s ideas about computerization.

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Scientology, why are you keeping a cancer patient from seeing his only daughter?

 
Bernie Headley sounded really good on the phone. And he says for now, he feels good. The lung cancer he was diagnosed with in 2004 went into remission after he had a partial lung removal. It came back in 2014, but radiation treatments seem to have made that dormant as well. But then lesions started showing up on his brain.

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