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 (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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Scientology begs radical US Supreme Court to intervene and protect its ‘religious freedom’

[Justice Stephen Breyer, to the right of Chief Justice Roberts, has retired and been replaced by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson]

As promised, Scientology filed its petition to the US Supreme Court yesterday, asking it to overturn a stunning January ruling by a California appeals court that dealt a serious blow to the church’s use of arbitration []


After ‘Roe,’ can Scientology continue to force Sea Org women into unwanted abortions?

[From ‘No Kids Allowed’: Claire and Marc Headley and their then 2-year-old, Kaiden]

It was a question we heard from a number of our readers and sources after news broke Friday that the US Supreme Court had (as expected) struck down the landmark 1973 opinion Roe v. []

After the holiday weekend, Danny Masterson’s criminal rape case returns with a vengeance

[Shawn Holley and her client, Danny Masterson]

Here in the US, we’re getting ready for a long weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday. But after the celebrating, on Tuesday the next hearing in Danny Masterson’s criminal rape case is scheduled to happen in Los Angeles. (We don’t believe that Danny himself will be present []

VIDEO: This is peak Scientology, when its big donors were going to clear the planet

 What a treat we have for you today. If, that is, you appreciate dauntless, defiant, and resolute Scientology at its most galactically arrogant.

This is peak Scientology. This is []

When Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard revealed how crazy your afterlife will be

[L. Ron loved his space opera]

On Easter Sunday, we joined in with Mike Rinder to tell you about L. Ron Hubbard’s history of describing Christianity as a fraud perpetrated by a galactic overlord. []

How Scientology turns you into an unthinking soldier, defending the indefensible

[After Snow White, Clearwater rose up, temporarily, against Scientology. Photo: St. Petersburg Times]

Today we have another dynamite piece from Bruce Hines, who has been giving us new looks at some of Scientology’s most important mind-bending practices. — ed.

 After a red-eye flight from LAX to Tampa airport, I was getting off the plane, walking through the []

In Danny Masterson rape case, Scientology tried to put LA court through ‘Truth Rundown’

[Scientology attorney William Forman, and Danny Masterson]

On February 8 there was a hearing in Danny Masterson’s rape case, and it received substantial coverage from the news media. Masterson’s motion to have the charges against him thrown out was denied by Judge Ronald Coen. The parties then moved down the hall to the trial court of []

Latest Capitol rioters arrested: Florida TV chef and poker player — and OT Scientologists

 Arrests continue to be made in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot as the FBI is still working to identify some of the individuals in the mob that stormed the building. The latest case unsealed was noted by news organizations because it involved an interesting couple who lived together in a home in Dunedin, Florida: []

L. Ron Hubbard’s galactic adventure: 36 years since the Scientology founder left the planet

 January 24, 1986. That’s the day that a 74-year-old man in poor health had another stroke and perished in a motorhome parked at a ranch in Creston, California. []

Journalist John Connolly dies at 78, was outed in 2011 as Scientology spy by Mike Rinder

[John Connolly in 2013, photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images]

The New York Post has reported that journalist John Connolly died Saturday at 78 after a brief illness, according to his longtime []