Tonight: Tony Ortega's Book Explores Scientology's War On Its Critics - 2015-07-17

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F41.png Tonight: Tony Ortega's Book Explores Scientology's War On Its Critics July 17, 2015, Alan Prendergast, Denver Westword

The Church of Scientology has been taking a series of body blows in recent years from journalists and former members, ranging from multi-city protests organized by the hacker collective Anonymous to Lawrence Wright's New Yorker expose to the searing HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which features interviews with several former top COS insiders, talking about how they lied to the media, tried to intimidate critics and bullied their own followers, all allegedly on the orders of church leader David Miscavige.

But anyone who speaks out about Xenu and the cost of auditing these days owes a tremendous debt to Scientology critics of an earlier generation, some of whom endured years of litigation and thuggery for daring to take on such a powerful (and highly publicity-conscious) organization. And no one endured a more vicious campaign of surveillance, harassment, and jaw-dropping dirty tricks than Paulette Cooper, the subject of Tony Ortega's new book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.


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