Monday, 10 September 2012

Scientology's Narconon is Drowning in a Sea of Distaster

Narconon fight's Judges order to release staff records

Today, Landmeier is in a vegetative state and requires around-the-clock care, according to family members.

The Oklahoma center, Narconon International's flagship facility out of several in the United States, is based on the teachings of science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, according to the organization's website.

Local and state authorities began an investigation after three recent student deaths at the facility, which also led to several public protests of the facility's practices.

Recent deaths include the July 19 death of Stacy Murphy, a 20-year-old Owasso woman; the April 11 death of Hillary Holten, a 21-year-old woman from Carrolton, Texas, and the October 2011 death of Gabriel Graves, a 32-year-old Claremore man.

Plaintiffs have filed several lawsuits against Narconon in Pittsburg County alleging negligence, court records show.

In Landmeier's lawsuit, her family alleges she was kicked out of the program along with a staff member who also tested positive for drugs. The lawsuit claims Narconon officials neglected to address ongoing misconduct in which employees traded drugs for sex.

Narconon Arrowhead CEO Gary Smith said the facility would contact authorities and press for charges against any employee caught using or possessing drugs.

"Our policy is firm and there is no tolerance," Smith said. "If that occurred, the person would be fired and we would file criminal charges."

Smith said he could not comment on Landmeier's pending lawsuit. He said in general, the facility has never sought criminal charges against any employee involving drugs or caught employees sharing drugs with students.

Records show Pittsburg County District Court Judge James Bland viewed the documents concerning employee misconduct privately before he ordered they be brought into the case.

Narconon's request to block Bland's order argues the documents are protected by laws governing patient privacy.

The employees in question are former "students" or patients at the facility, so their records should be kept private, according to the Narconon petition.

Smith said students can become "trainees" after they graduate - a 90-day process where trainees learn policies and earn certifications before joining the staff. The trainees are not paid during the training phase but are given food and housing in a work-exchange program, he said.

Trainees do not come into contact with students and work in the kitchen or other areas to maintain the facility, he said.

Update: Narconon ordered to release documents.

Scientology Canada Funds Drying Up
Adam Holland, an ex-Sea ORG member from Toronto who has been declared a Suppressive Person, states that the Narconon Trois-Rivières Scientology rehab in Quebec was one of the largest revenue generators for Scientology in Canada. In April 2012, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services forced the Scientology rehab to shut down immediately — citing numerous practices that were dangerous to patients.

More Bad News for Narconon and Scientology, just when you don't think it can get any worse, it usually does.I can't help but wonder how the Scientologists are going to get out of this one, with all the recent deaths in Narconon Arrowhead, the untimely death of Alexander Jentzsch who grew up in Scientology and now Johny Lewis, do you think it's possible these kids are trying to tell us something, like Scientology doesn't work.

Jonathan Lewis (AKA Johnny Lewis) Death and suspected murder
His parents Michael & Divona Lewis run the Valley Life Improvement center
also founder the Lewis Carroll Academy for the arts

I'll just remind readers and Scientologists of this:

California Centers Deliver Life-Saving Rehab Services and Drug Education in Volume, and Open a New Center in Nevada

"One of the highlights of the year's activities was the Narconon participation in the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network event. As part of the anti-drug presentation given by Narconon staff, Johnny Lewis of the new television show "Quintuplets" appeared and told how his mother used the Narconon drug education materials to teach him to avoid drug abuse, thereby helping him succeed in his career."

Monday at 5pm, Atlanta Channel 2.
Investigative Reporter Jodie Fleisher reveals secrets the program fought to protect.
Insiders blow the whistle on problems the state ignored for years.
And the connection to the Church of Scientology.

Looks like it will have interviews with Mrs. Desmond and Luke Catton.  I hope it will be available on the internet also.

Video teaser is 2/3 of the way down the page. Click Play

Just a note for our compadres in other climes; WSB, local channel 2 is the largest and most watched local news operation in the large Atlanta viewing area. A headlined story by them will be seen by at least several hundreds of thousands of people in North Georgia. And odds are they will have companion stories in their local newspaper (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and, more widely-reaching, on their 50,000 watt clear channel AM broadcasting arm, which (at night) can be heard by millions of people throughout the south-eastern US!

TOTTENHAM Hotspur invited Scientologists in to preach to players, The Sun can reveal.
A representative of the sinister cult gave young stars a seminar on the dangers of drugs.

Scientology charity Narconon has also been boasting online how it paid visits to Bolton Wanders, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale.

Narconon’s latest newsletter describes how Scientologist Simon Gauci, 45, visited the clubs while wife Helen raised funds.

The Sun revealed last month how Narconon told how secret Scientologists working for Narconon had tricked their way into primary schools posing as drugs campaigners while parents were kept in the dark.

It has also bragged of support from a string of High Street names and bagged cash from the Queen’s bank, Coutts.

In issue 21 of the Narconon newsletter, Challenge UK, the charity says: “Over the years he (Simon) has also delivered the lecture to juniors in the following football clubs: Tottenham Hotspurs, Oldham Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale FC.

“In all he has probably reached over 20,000 children with the truth about drugs.”

Helen, also 45, is credited with bagging more than £28,599 from charitable trusts to support Narconon’s work.

Tottenham admitted last night: “The Club was given a free introductory presentation by Narconon over four years ago and we did not proceed with them."

Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale said they had no record of alleged visits by Gauci or Narconon.

An Oldham spokesman said: “The only seminars on drug education – there have been several - have been given by Sporting Chance and which were put on through League Football Education which deals with such educational matters on behalf of all clubs.

“I will be taking up the matter further with Narconon. Thank you for bringing the matter to our attention.”

Narconon uses “technologies” nurtured by the Church of Scientology - whose followers include Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta - to help people overcome addiction.

Scientologists believe humans are haunted by the spirits of aliens massacred with hydrogen bombs on Earth 75million years ago, as taught by the cult’s founder, sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard.

Narconon was founded by the late William Benitez who turned to Scientology while in prison on drugs offences.

The charity confirmed Helen and Simon Gauci were Scientologists but was unable to confirm whether prospective clients were told of their links to the cult.

A Narconon spokeswoman said: “The statements in the newsletter regarding the lectures given by Simon Gauci to juniors of various football clubs is entirely accurate.

“He is an extremely good lecturer who has probably helped hundreds, if not thousands, of British children to avoid a drug habit.

“Obviously because Narconon utilises the work of L. Ron Hubbard it is supported by members of the Church of Scientology.”

Read more:

Scientology’s Georgia Drug Rehab Hit with Double-Barreled Media Onslaught

State Law Could Change After Channel 2 Narconon Investigation 


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