Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Inside Scientology" is a multi-part investigative series by the Tampa Bay Times. Dating back to 2009, the reports shed unprecedented light on the inner workings of the secretive church, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater.

The multimedia presentations feature first-hand accounts from Scientologists, former Scientologists and many others, as well as documents, recordings and video interviews.

Click here for the Times' previous reports

Inside Scientology

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Scientology's uniformed Sea Org staff clearly absent from downtown Clearwater

Scientology's uniformed Sea Org staff clearly absent from downtown Clearwater

Downtown Clearwater merchants see a dropoff in uniformed Scientology staffers after the church loses its bid to buy a vacant lot.
Updated a year ago
Documents detail FBI investigation of Scientology that never resulted in charges

Documents detail FBI investigation of Scientology that never resulted in charges

The church discounts the inquiry into allegations of human trafficking in 2009 and 2010.
Updated a year ago
Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

A complaint goes to state leaders after its bid for a vacant lot failed.
Updated a year ago
Clearwater City Council votes 5-0 to buy downtown parcel coveted by the Church of Scientology

Clearwater City Council votes 5-0 to buy downtown parcel coveted by the Church of Scientology

CLEARWATER — The City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to buy a vacant but high-profile downtown lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, intercepting a crucial piece of land the Church of Scientology said it needed for its campus.A packed...
Updated a year ago
Clearwater City Council votes tonight on buying land eyed by Church of Scientology

Clearwater City Council votes tonight on buying land eyed by Church of Scientology

CLEARWATER — The City Council will vote today on whether to purchase a 1.4 acre vacant lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which the Church of Scientology is also lobbying to buy.Scientology leader David Miscavige's promise to revitalize d...
Updated a year ago
Scientologists and others step up the pressure as Clearwater nears vote on prized parcel

Scientologists and others step up the pressure as Clearwater nears vote on prized parcel

Council members hear from Scientologists who say the church can single-handedly revitalize the sleepy downtown, and other residents who fear the church's redevelopment offer is a cloaked scheme to control more land, excluding the public.
Updated a year ago
Scientology leader David Miscavige presents Clearwater retail plan to downtown stakeholders

Scientology leader David Miscavige presents Clearwater retail plan to downtown stakeholders

Scientology's leader shows his vision for downtown Clearwater's renewal.
Updated a year ago
Church of Scientology ups bid for Clearwater Marine Aquarium land to $15 million

Church of Scientology ups bid for Clearwater Marine Aquarium land to $15 million

That's nearly four times Clearwater's bid to the aquarium for a 1.4-acre lot.
Updated a year ago
'Squeeze My Cans,' one woman's Scientology story, packs an emotional punch

'Squeeze My Cans,' one woman's Scientology story, packs an emotional punch

TAMPA -- Cathy Schenkelberg’s autobiographical play about her two decades in the Church of Scientology played to a full house on Saturday at Stageworks Theatre. Squeeze My Cans is as powerful a solo show as you are likely to see. Whether we&rsq...
Updated a year ago
In downtown Clearwater, Scientology's bid for an expanded role is a matter of scripture

In downtown Clearwater, Scientology's bid for an expanded role is a matter of scripture

The church's recently revealed plan to take an expanded role in the area by its Flag Building fits on many levels.
Updated a year ago