Friday, August 17, 2018

"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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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
Scientology leader David Miscavige ups offer for aquarium property before Clearwater vote on land deal

Scientology leader David Miscavige ups offer for aquarium property before Clearwater vote on land deal

The aquarium says it's still committed to sell to the city.
Updated a year ago
Scientology retail plan is rare, as few churches back non-religious businesses

Scientology retail plan is rare, as few churches back non-religious businesses

Taxes are complex for retail projects, but other cities have had successes.
Updated a year ago
Scientology's David Miscavige talks about Cleveland Street redevelopment and entertainment center backed by Tom Cruise

Scientology's David Miscavige talks about Cleveland Street redevelopment and entertainment center backed by Tom Cruise

The church leader meets privately with Clearwater council members to reveal his vision.
Updated a year ago
Legal glitch delays Clearwater vote on property Church of Scientology covets

Legal glitch delays Clearwater vote on property Church of Scientology covets

A legal oversight means the Church of Scientology will get 30 days to lobby for it.
Updated a year ago
Dynamic of City Council meetings with Scientology leader a rarity

Dynamic of City Council meetings with Scientology leader a rarity

All but one accept Scientology's invitation to be individually briefed on downtown plans.
Updated a year ago
Clearwater City Council unconcerned about learning of Scientology's detailed plan from newspaper

Clearwater City Council unconcerned about learning of Scientology's detailed plan from newspaper

Officials aren't concerned that the city manager didn't share what he knew of Scientology's plan.
Updated a year ago
Scientology plans control of downtown Clearwater for retail makeover

Scientology plans control of downtown Clearwater for retail makeover

Church leader David Miscavige reveals its plan to control downtown Clearwater's marketplace. Official response is mixed.
Updated a year ago