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Scientology and the Spoonbenders: Jon Atack on a previously unpublished Ingo Swann essay

[Ingo Swann, 1933-2013, when he was part of a Scientology ‘OT Summit’ in 1977]

Jon Atack graciously agreed to read and comment on a 1973 Ingo Swann essay on Scientology that was recently dug up by our intrepid researcher, R.M. Seibert. We knew he’d have some interesting things to say about this presentation, which Swann aimed []

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Jon Atack: Scientology has a history of flip-floppers, including the founder’s son

[Ron “Nibs” DeWolf and his grandson, Jamie]

L. Ron Hubbard Jr. was a fascinating character. We’ve written about him numerous times, and he’s featured prominently in our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss []

Scientology’s spies: L. Ron Hubbard’s twisted legacy that proved his sickness

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []

The way to break free from Scientology’s mind trap: Admit to yourself that you’re gullible

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []

‘Radar’ magazine latest to peddle ‘Tom Cruise leaving Scientology’ fake news

 We’ve had a pretty good relationship with the National Enquirer’s online sister publication, RadarOnline. It often jumps on our stories before anyone else, and can usually be counted on to provide a link and a shout out. We really appreciate it. And its own stories about Scientology have often been solid. But then, earlier this []

An enduring myth in Scientology — that L. Ron Hubbard actually read your letters

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []

Amassing the real history of Scientology has been a long and dramatic relay race

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []

Who was responsible when Scientology finally paid Lawrence Wollersheim a lot of thin dimes?

[Ford Greene, Lawrence Wollersheim, and Jon Atack]

On some Saturdays (and on other days), we’re fortunate here at the Underground Bunker to publish an occasional item by Jon Atack. His 1990 book, A Piece of Blue Sky, was one of the first that we read for a history of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, and it []

Scientology’s biggest lie: That it will teach you to take control of your own life

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []

Atack: The forgotten history of disproving Scientology’s status as a “religion”

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []