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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Stephen Colbert: Do you believe Scientology is a religion at all? Leah Remini: No

 
Oh my, what an appearance Leah Remini made last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote next week’s premiere of A&E’s ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ season two.

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‘Scientology and the Aftermath’: Mike Rinder answers a few of our questions after TCA win

 
With only a little more than a week before the start of season two for A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, we sent over a few questions to Leah’s sidekick, former Scientology spokesman and Australian-born U.S. citizen Mike Rinder.

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Scientology subjects young children to quack therapies — now, someone is taking a stand

 
For years, we’ve been telling you about Mace Kingsley Family Center, a place where Scientologists have their children — even infants — subjected to Scientology procedures. And now our Rod Keller looks into a new effort to bring this place to the attention of authorities.

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An unusual Scientology advertisement leads to new intel on secretive ‘Int Base’

[The ‘Cine Castle’ at Int Base, home to the studios of Golden Era Productions]

We have an intriguing item today that appears to be rather modest, but in investigating it, it opened up a new window on a place we never lose interest in: Scientology’s Int Base.

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Almost four years after its grand opening, a new look inside Scientology’s ‘Super Power’

 
We want to thank the tipster who took the time to send us some scans from the new issue of Scientology’s Source magazine, which features the “Perceptics” area on the fifth floor of the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida, better known as the Super Power Building.

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‘Going Clear’ author Lawrence Wright celebrates a milestone with a different kind of keyboard

 
You’ll have to indulge us today. We enjoyed a special event last night in Brooklyn, and we felt like sharing.

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Carol Nyburg is back, and she has a Scientology story that will rough you up

[Carol Nyburg and Jeff, the son who defied ‘disconnection’]

In 2013 we wrote about Carol Nyburg, a familiar face for many former Church of Scientology members who recall seeing her at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. Wealthy Scientologists from around the world spend vast amounts of money to visit Flag, Scientology’s “spiritual” headquarters, and Carol was the person who helped you set up your accommodations and welcomed you when you arrived.

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Clearwater Baptist pastor reflects on his message about Scientology, stands by it

[Pastor Willy Rice, during his July 23 sermon]

Pastor Willy Rice of Calvary Church in Clearwater, Florida told his congregation that the church would host a “public forum” about Scientology on July 22 with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder which would be filmed as an episode of their A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. But after the pastor sent out a message about the plan, the event was canceled. Rinder said something about it at his blog, and on July 23, Pastor Rice talked about it during his Sunday sermon. One of our readers, Glen Alpert, took the time to transcribe Pastor Rice’s message, and we thought you’d find it interesting. It’s a shame that the event didn’t happen, but Pastor Rice doesn’t appear to be giving up on his idea about educating people about Scientology.

 
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Phil and Willie Jones versus Scientology: The real story of how the billboard came to be

 
On Thursday, we published an account by Derek Bloch describing part of his experience in 2015 filming a television series about Scientology ‘disconnection’ that has yet to receive an airdate. When he saw what Derek had written, Phil Jones contacted us, asking to post his own experience with the unaired ‘Disconnection’ series and how it eventually led to the famous billboards that Phil and Willie crowdfunded in Los Angeles and Florida. As we said last time, for a short period we too became involved in that television production, serving as a consultant for Sirens Media for about a month as the series lineup was being finalized. We hope that the series does get an airdate at some point, but in the meantime we believe Phil’s account deserves to be heard.

 
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Scientology ‘dead agents’ our own Rod Keller as it pursues more illegal activity in Mexico City

 
Rod Keller continues to watch Scientology try, illegally, to build a new “Advanced Org” in Mexico City, and now the church is starting to play dirty.

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