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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Laura DeCrescenzo fires back at Scientology’s desperate new federal court gambit

 
Late last year, we told you about Scientology’s latest and rather desperate attempt to derail Laura DeCrescenzo’s nine-year odyssey to seek justice after being forced to have an abortion as a 17-year-old Sea Org worker.

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Insider reports on Scientology’s grand openings in Silicon Valley and Salt Lake City!

[David Miscavige at Sunday’s Silicon Valley grand opening]

We really have some great tipsters. Once again, one of our longtime readers managed to get into an “Ideal Org” grand opening to provide us an eyewitness report. Thank you, Free Minds, Free Hearts for your dispatch from Sunday’s event in Silicon Valley. We also have an insider account of the Salt Lake City opening that took place the day before and was posted on Facebook.

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Hubbard’s ‘Brainwashing Manual’ — how a crude Scientology hoax became a far-right touchstone

[Kenneth Goff, left, and George Putnam]

Chris Owen continues his two-part series today with a look at what became of L. Ron Hubbard’s hoax, a “Brainwashing Manual” that he pretended had been written by a Soviet academic. Yesterday, Chris traced the origins of the hoax. Today, he looks at its lasting implications.

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How L. Ron Hubbard tried to hoax the FBI, and ‘brainwashed’ politicians of the far right

[Image: courtesy Mark Plummer]

Historian Chris Owen has graced us with another terrific deep dive into one of Scientology’s more curious artifacts. Today, he provides new insight on one of L. Ron Hubbard’s greatest hoaxes. Tomorrow, he explains how Hubbard’s prank took on a life of its own with this country’s extreme right wing.

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Atack: What David Mayo told me about L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and the upper levels

[David Mayo]

After we brought the news that prominent Scientology figure David Mayo had died last year in New Zealand, there was a pretty huge reaction from many former Scientologists, as well as a lot of discussion of his legacy. One person who had lengthy talks with Mayo after he left the church was historian Jon Atack, who tells us what he learned in those discussions.

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Scientology opened an ‘Ideal Org’ in Salt Lake City yesterday. We have its secret plans.

 
Rod Keller is helping us keep up with David Miscavige’s busy “Ideal Org” program, which today is setting a record for two grand openings in a single weekend.

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Scientology set to turn Silicon Valley ‘Ideal!’ Here’s our first look from the grand opening

[Silicon Valley, Dave is in you]

Here we were, waiting for the Salt Lake City “Ideal Org” to open up any day now (UPDATE: It’s happening today!), and David Miscavige tries to sneak one past us! After years of intense fundraising, the “Silicon Valley” Ideal Org in Mountain View, California is ready for its grand opening, which we’ve been told will happen tomorrow, on Sunday.

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Scientology scare tactics used against woman who reported its quack therapy for kids

 
On August 16, Debra Maxwell filed a complaint using an online form to Florida’s Department of Children and Families about Scientology quack therapies being used on children.

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Scientology mag: Why aren’t you in Florida already dumping all that sweet cash?

 
We want to thank Rasha for sending us another new issue of Scientology’s Source magazine, which once again is doing its best to sell church members on the idea of going to Florida to spend gobs of money so they can attain “Super Power.”

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PROSECUTORS PREPARE CHARGES CARRYING LIFE SENTENCE FOR DANNY MASTERSON

 
The Underground Bunker has learned that the Special Circumstances Committee in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has approved charging Scientology actor Danny Masterson with multiple violent rapes under a sex crimes penal code that carries with it a life sentence in prison.

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