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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How badly does Scientology need new staff? Miscavige is bringing back the ‘Universe Corps’

 
Rod Keller is all over a new development that Scientology is rolling out in Australia…

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What Scientology itself says about the way it’s going to change how your mind works

 
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. For more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

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As he predicted, Pastor Willy Rice gets the Scientology ‘Fair Game’ treatment

[Scientology never fails to take cheap shots with photos]

Last month, when Clearwater, Florida’s Pastor Willy Rice notified his congregation at Calvary Church that Leah Remini was planning on filming an episode of A&E’s Scientology and the Aftermath at his church, he warned his flock that the Church of Scientology had a history of attacking its critics.

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Celebrity battle lines: Michael Peña’s wife asks Scientologists to ‘Stand with Daniel Masterson’

[Michael Peña and Brie Shaffer]

One sign that Leah Remini is really getting to David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology became very obvious this week. Our commenters have been talking about it for days — a Change.org petition started by a 13-year-old Indian boy, Ram Sharma, calling for the cancellation of A&E’s series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

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Mirriam & Saina from ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ — The LAPD has let us down

 
Don’t know about you, but after last night’s episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we were left feeling a bit up in the air. If you remember, at the opening of the episode, we were reminded that at the end of last season, Mike and Leah were talking about meeting with attorneys to get some legal action going in regards to Scientology. And then, over the summer, we were teased with a brief scene about “detectives” showing up to talk to Leah.

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Leah Remini goes there: Child molestation in Scientology for tonight’s ‘Aftermath’ premiere

 
We hope you’re looking forward to tonight’s premiere of the second season of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. But you should know, if past episodes of this series have left you emotionally battered, you’re in for a real roller coaster ride tonight.

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Fair Play: Before Leah Remini takes another whack, here’s a word from Scientology itself

 
Tomorrow, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder launch season two of Scientology and the Aftermath with an episode which is going to eclipse everything they’ve done before. (Yes, we’ve seen it, and we’re going to tell you more about it tomorrow morning.) Once again, social media will be swamped with people expressing shock at what they’re seeing on their television screens, and this place will gain curious new onlookers and commenters.

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The island nation that is proving to be a refuge for the Church of Scientology

 
Rod Keller helps us keep an eye on Scientology overseas, and he has this report for us about Taiwan…

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Garcia case update: Has Judge Whittemore managed to fill a Scientology arbitrating panel?

 
There are new court filings in the Garcia fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, and two new dates to put on your calendar.

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Leah Remini calls for federal action: Here’s the frustrating reason the IRS may not answer

 
As the start of the second season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath approaches on Tuesday, media and public interest is ramping way up. Leah has promised that the second season will focus on “the abusive practices of Scientology — sexual abuse and physical abuse,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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