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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By any means necessary: Scientology’s bizarre war against psychiatry

[Elena Cardone]

Rod Keller has a new look at one of Scientology’s most notorious couples, and one of its longest-running campaigns.

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New Scientology escape book ‘Perfectly Clear’ leaves some important questions unanswered

Michelle LeClair’s book Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love got a nice boost this week as it was featured on the cover of People magazine ahead of its September 11 publication date, and we expect it’s going to continue to get a major media push. But now that we’ve read the book, we’re having some mixed feelings about that.

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Another life connected to Scientology ends in despair, as so many do

[William J. Newman]

In what is becoming an all-too frequent occurrence, we have another Scientology-related suicide to tell you about today. And this one connects to another one we told you about earlier.

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Finally, Captain David Miscavige’s faux-military Scientology ribbons, described and decoded!

 
We have a real treat for you today, something we hope will add some levity to your day. It’s also timely as things play out in the South American nation of Colombia regarding Scientology’s involvement with the military there.

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Scientology’s Colombia strategy becomes clear: It’s total war

[Colombian senators Iván Cepeda and Antonio Sanguino]

Always attack, never defend. That’s the motto that L. Ron Hubbard instilled in Scientology before he left for other parts of the galaxy, and it’s a rallying cry that current leader David Miscavige has always taken to heart.

And in Colombia, he is definitely on the attack.

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Two years after Scientology rehabbed an Australian acoustics lab, the silence is deafening

 
Two years ago today, Australian television journalist Bryan Seymour was on the scene to cover Scientology’s grand opening of an “Advanced Org” in a suburb of Sydney. To mark the anniversary, we asked Bryan to update us on how this major facility is faring.

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Scientology rehabs are hiring — if you don’t care about money or a decent place to live

Rod Keller has another report on what Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, is doing…

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FEDS CHARGE SCIENTOLOGISTS IN NEW YORK FOR $80 MILLION MEDICARE SCAM

[Jay Spina at a Drug-Free World event in 2016]

On Thursday, Geoffrey S. Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, unsealed an indictment of two Orange County, New York chiropractors and two additional people who work in their office, accusing them of defrauding Medicare of more than $80 million.

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A peek inside Janis Gillham Grady’s second volume as ‘Commodore’s Messenger’

[The Commodore]

In June we featured an excerpt from Janis Gillham Grady’s first ‘Commodore’s Messenger’ volume, and now, today, her second volume becomes available for the first time, Commodore’s Messenger Book Two: Riding Out the Storms With L. Ron Hubbard. To mark the occasion, she’s generously shared with us a short excerpt from her many adventures aboard the ship Apollo with the Commodore and, in this case, on land in Tangiers in 1972.

 
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Sheriff’s Office report spells out tragic details of Scientology ‘Clear’ who took her own life

 
We have now obtained a copy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report on the death of Kristi Bouck, the 26-year-old Scientologist we told you about last month who ended her life on June 6.

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