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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Scientology’s richest couple buys ‘Holy City,’ a California ghost town and former cult site

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Bob and Trish Duggan are the proud new owners of a pretty spectacular 142-acre parcel in California near Los Gatos, and we can’t wait to find out what they plan to do with it.

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The dapper CEO’s detailed response: Scientology wasn’t forced on disgruntled employee

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On Friday, we told you about Vick Tipnes, CEO and founder of Blackstone Medical Services in Tampa, who is being sued by a man named David Bunting. According to the complaint filed by Bunting in federal court, Tipnes pushed him to get involved in Scientology, and threatened him with “financial penalties” if he didn’t comply. Bunting refused, and claims that he was fired as a result.

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Whale watching update: Your 2016 mid-year guide to who’s propping up Scientology

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Our thanks to Artoo45, who procured the newest Impact magazine and let us know what was in it. We love Impact, the official publication of the International Association of Scientologists, because it reveals who has been lavished with praise for increasing their donations and propping up Scientology in its latter days.

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Scientology’s sneaky anti-psychiatry front has found a new way to target kids in Florida

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It’s time again for Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review. He’s made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the ‘net. He’s a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…

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So much for all that: Attempt by Garcias to revive Scientology lawsuit shot down by judge

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Well, so much for that. Tampa federal Judge James D. Whittemore has denied the latest motion by Luis and Rocio Garcia, who were attempting to revive their fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and avoid struggling any further with the church’s Kafkaesque internal “arbitration.”

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Florida man sues medical sleep testing company after its dapper CEO forced Scientology on him

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[Blackstone Medical Services CEO Vick Tipnes]

Another lawsuit against an employer accused of forcing Scientology on an employee was filed this week, this time involving a Florida man who alleges that the CEO of a Tampa medical company harassed him and ultimately fired him because he wouldn’t subject himself to Scientology courses.

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Nancy Cartwright’s ‘defense’ of Scientology is the saddest thing ever

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You may have seen the short clip put out yesterday by the Associated Press which features voice actress Nancy Cartwright — who plays Bart on The Simpsons — talking about her unhappiness with Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear and the 2015 documentary that filmmaker Alex Gibney made from it.

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Scientology appeals $1 million loss to Florida supreme court, and Ken Dandar gets canny

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[Florida’s state supreme court]

Just yesterday we were singing the praises of our sources, and once again we want to say a big thank you, this time to the extraordinary researcher Mary McConnell, who tipped us to some very interesting new documents in the ongoing saga of attorney Ken Dandar.

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For Scientology’s most infamous dirty trickster, retirement has a happy ending

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[El Jefe welcomes you to his empire]

Once again, we want to pay tribute to our great researchers and tipsters. We simply couldn’t keep up this daily website without the invaluable help we get from unsung heroes who are constantly on the lookout for court records and business documents and so many other things.

One of our best helpers recently shared with us a really fun find. And that’s how we can give you an update today on one of Scientology’s most notorious characters, its former chief dirty tricks private eye, Eugene Ingram.

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Scientology opened a new ‘Ideal Org’ in Harlem, and we weren’t made to feel very welcome

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If you think about it, it’s kind of amazing. Eight years ago — eight years — the Church of Scientology finished purchasing two buildings on 125th Street in East Harlem as part of its “Ideal Org” program. (They had actually started buying the lots in 2003, 13 years ago, for a total of about $8.5 million). One of the buildings would be the org — Scientology’s version of a church — and the other would be a community center.

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