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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Around the globe, Scientology relies on guys like this to promote L. Ron Hubbard to your kids

 
Rod Keller keeps a vigilant watch over Scientology sneaky front groups, and takes us around the world this time…

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Scientology to federal court: A judge calling our members directly? Are you nuts?

[Tampa attorney Wally Pope finds himself between two headstrong figures]

The last time we checked in on the Garcia fraud lawsuit, Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore sounded like he’d lost all patience with the Church of Scientology. He restated, in no uncertain terms, that he was fed up with the bickering on both sides and was taking over the process of selecting a panel of arbitrators from a list of 500 Los Angeles-area Scientologists submitted by the church under seal.

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Scientologist’s lawsuit against Jim Carrey over Cat White’s suicide survives dismissal

 
Yesterday, a story ping-ponged around the usual media locations, indicating that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge had decided not to dismiss two wrongful death lawsuits against actor Jim Carrey that grew out of the suicide of his Irish on-again, off-again girlfriend, Cathriona White, who died in September 2015 at the age of 30.

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Remembering another Scientology ‘warrior’ — with the help of Mark Bunker

[Dennis Clarke, mastering chewing gum tech]

On May 9, a Scientologist named Dennis Clarke died in Hawaii, where he’d been in failing health for some time. There was some discussion on the usual forums about Clarke’s extensive history in the church. He had been a Freedom Medal winner for his work as president of CCHR, the Scientology front group that agitates against psychiatry. Later he had become disillusioned when the church he had served for so long provided no help after he had had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

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As Scientology coverage blows up, get ready for major network attention on Clearwater

[Clearwater tavernkeeper Clay Irwin, with local friend]

Interest in Scientology is really boiling over, as you’ve probably noticed. We’re hearing from producers and journalists about investigations and programs about Scientology going into development at a stupendous rate. It’s almost overwhelming.

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To counter Leah Remini’s return to A&E, Scientology recruits her father in smear attack

[George Remini, 69, and his wife Dana Connaughton, 36]

We’ve been documenting how the Church of Scientology’s personal attacks on actress Leah Remini have been rolled out since word was announced that A&E had approved a second season of Leah’s series, Scientology and the Aftermath.

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She’s back! Leah Remini builds a case for Scientology aggression in tonight’s A&E special

[Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, back on the case]

We’ve seen tonight’s 2-hour A&E special episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and we can tell you that it accomplishes much more than simply tiding fans over as they await the start of season two.

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Child deaths at a pop concert turn into the latest chance for Scientology to spread its propaganda

 
Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology’s sneaky front groups like the ‘Volunteer Ministers,’ who always try to take advantage of human tragedy…

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‘Source’ magazine offers a glimpse into what goes on at Scientology’s Florida ‘mecca’

 
Thanks again to Rasha for finding us the latest copy of Source magazine, the official propaganda organ of Scientology’s worldwide “spiritual Mecca,” the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

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L. Ron Hubbard was no Bill Shakespeare, but here’s some of his early playwriting anyway

[L. Ron Hubbard in 1932]

Our tipster who pores through old newspaper clippings sent a message this week, barely concealing his glee. He said that scans of The University Hatchet were added online last year going back to its founding in 1904.

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