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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Former Scientology mouthpiece Tommy Davis has a new look and a new friend in his life

 
Even seven years after Tommy Davis was bounced from his job as chief spokesman for the Church of Scientology, the public still has a huge fascination for him. We’re often asked, what’s happening with that guy? So over the last few years we’ve provided regular updates about his jobs and what he’s been up to. And now that he has a new look and, apparently, a new girlfriend, we knew our readers were going to want to know about it.

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Scientologist pair running for office double down on their denials about church involvement

[Rob Lauer goes to bat for Scientologists Brent and Aimee Jones]

We have a little follow up for you in regards to a story we did last week. Our veteran readers know that for several years we’ve kept an eye on Nevada politician and Scientologist Brent Jones, who served a single term as a state assemblyman, and is now running for lieutenant governor, with a Republican primary scheduled for June 12.

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It’s only April, but we already have a leading contender for Scientology mother of the year!

 
We’ve run a number of stories in the past about Scientologists giving up their children to the organization’s staff and Sea Org, which can be brutal places to work for almost no pay. It’s been hard to read about people like Mirriam Francis, whose mother seemed so much more focused on Scientology than her own flesh and blood, or Lori Hodgson, who fought so hard to keep her children out of the Sea Org but only saw them pulled away from her.

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Everything — even Scientology — is up to date in Kansas City, and here’s who’s responsible!

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology’s Ideal Org program for us, and has an update from the heartland!

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Hana Whitfield’s book excerpt: L. Ron Hubbard’s amidships meltdown over ‘Xemu’ and OT 3

[Hana Whitfield, from her appearance in ‘Going Clear’]

We sure have a treat for you today. On Thursday, after we posted excerpts from L. Ron Hubbard’s most notorious lecture, his 1968 lesson about Xenu/Xemu and a 75 million-year-old genocide, we heard from someone who served with Hubbard at the time, Hana Whitfield! We hope you remember what an amazing job she did describing life on the high seas with Hubbard in the 2015 HBO documentary, ‘Going Clear.’

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Joy Villa’s Scientologist husband shamed into dropping elephant skin bags from luxury line

[Thorsten von Overgaard and the photo dropped from his site]

The photography website PetaPixel is reporting that Thorsten von Overgaard, a wealthy Danish photographer, got into hot water with his fellow camera enthusiasts when he offered super-luxury camera bags made not only of alligator skin but also elephant hide.

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Scientology’s greatest lecture of all: It’s finally time we look closer at Xenu in all his glory

[L. Ron Hubbard, surrounded by the crew of the Apollo]

Over the last few months, we’ve made an occasional series out of bringing you Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in his own words. On its new television network, Scientology itself has a program it calls “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice,” but that’s the safe stuff, Hubbard’s recollections of his travels that helps to perpetuate his myths about himself.

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Spinning cars, self-healing cuts — more ‘OT’ ghost stories from Scientologists

 
Every once in a while, we like to remind readers what it is that keeps Scientologists committed to going up the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” a pursuit that takes years of expensive auditing, brutal interrogations, and extortionate pricing.

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More proof that L. Ron Hubbard really did want Scientologists to consider him the Antichrist

 
Last night, we heard from our old friend Steve Hall after he read our interview with Justin Craig, who claims to be the returned L. Ron Hubbard. During our interview, Craig/LRH denied that the infamous “Original OT 8” materials were genuine.

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Scientologists, gullible? Would they fall for a felon saying he’s the returned L. Ron Hubbard?

[He is risen?]

Secrecy is one of the things that most makes Scientology what it is. Although we know plenty about the origins of Scientology, its underlying materials, and much of its controversial history thanks to countless media exposes and court cases and defections, Scientologists themselves are still very tight-lipped about what Scientology is and how it works.

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