Letter To Kay County Residents About Narconon
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
August 25, 1989
OPEN LETTER TO
CITIZENS OF NEWKIRK
AND KAY COUNTY:
In response to your packet and the numerous letters of protest
concerning the Narconon Drug treatment facility to be located
at the Chilocco Indian School complex, I want you to know that
I, too, am extremely concerned and am doing everything I know
to stop this development.
have contacted and expressed my concerns to every individual
and entity in state government that I felt might be of assistance
in this matter and the process is continuing.
At my request, all notice of applications for certification,
staff reports and board agendas concerning drug rehabilitation
centers in North Central Oklahoma will be forwarded to certain
community leaders. Before licensing or certification will take
place, the citizens of Newkirk will have the opportunity to
air their concerns at public hearings. I have been assured that
certification does include a thorough review of rehabilitation
article in Friday's Oklahoman would be humorous if this situation
weren't so serious. The Narconon group has hired a private investigator
to identify those opposing "effective drug rehabilitation
programs". I believe everyone in Kay County realizes this
opposition has nothing to do with drug rehabilitation and everything
to do with Scientology. From the responses I have received,
I believe Narconon could much more quickly get a list of those
opposing them by xeroxing a Newkirk phone book and marking off
those few that might be employed by them or are otherwise connected.
those who may be reading about this for the first time, the
Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron
Hubbard originally was a science fiction writer before starting
his Church of Scientology. A quote later attributed to him was
"Why write science fiction for a penny a word? If you want
a million dollars, start a religion."
former Scientologist, who has since escaped the church, has
given some insight into the secret "O.T. Levels of Scientology".
"O.T." stands for "operating thetan". A
"thetan" is supposedly a spirit or being that controls
behavior. The "O.T. Levels of Scientology" are based
on the story of "Xenu", ruler of the 90-planet Galactic
Confederation about 75-million years ago. According to closely
guarded Scientology materials, "Xenu" trapped selected
beings in volcanoes on Earth, then dripped powerful H-bombs,
thus killing their physical bodies. He then implanted their
"remaining spirits", so they would produce abnormal
conduct in all future generations of the Human Race. According
to the story, only Scientology can remove the "thetans"
and end aberrant behavior.
believe the primary objective of Narconon is Scientology recruitment.
Newkirk City officials sent information concerning the treatments
at Narconon to a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at
the University of Oklahoma and to a Medical Doctor, specializing
in Internal Medicine and practicing In Ponca City, Oklahoma.
One called the program "pure unadulterated cow pies",
while the other said the program was "without merit".
we must do is start a public awareness campaign to educate everyone
about the Narconon Drug Treatment facility and what appears
to be their suspect activities. The methods used in Newkirk
closely parallel their methods used in every city they have
entered. Just reading ahead to the next chapter, I envision
those in Newkirk, who are leading the charge in "uncovering"
them, being set up and accused of some sort of criminal activity
which will be uncovered by the Narconon's private investigators.
hopefully, by disclosing what has happened in other cities,
we can take the air out of their sails in advance.
encourage everyone to become aware of these people and spread
the word. If you would like to know more or receive a packet
of information concerning this organization, you may contact
the people of Newkirk are relatively aware of this situation,
this letter is being sent to all Kay County media to assist
you in your efforts.
/s/ Jim Reese
State Capitol Bldg.
1 (800) 522-8502
or (405) 447-7332
Advised Against Signing Narconon Support Document
CITY (AP) _ Gov. Henry Bellmon is being advised not to get involved
in a dispute over a proposed drug treatment center in Newkirk,
an aide says.
would be inappropriate for the governor to sign any document
endorsing a drug treatment center prior to completion of the
Department of Mental Health's review of the facility for certification,''
Andrew Tevington, Bellmon's aide, said Wednesday.
group of Native Americans asked Bellmon to sign a proclamation
about drug abuse that mentions the Narconon Chilocco New Life
few members of the group made speeches on the south steps of
the Capitol Wednesday, saying five Indian nations in Oklahoma
have banded together to address the problem of drug abuse.
some critics feel the group is simply trying to promote the
Narconon center because the company wants to use 165 acres of
the 96-year-old Chilocco Indian School, which closed in 1980.
Chilocco Development Authority has representatives from the
Ponca, Kaw, Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria and Tonkawa tribes. The authority
leased Chilocco to Narconon for 25 years in an arrangement that
could bring in up to $16 million.
Native American group's proclamation says the Indian nations
were showing their dedication to the war against drug abuse
by helping establish the Narconon center.
Narconon proposal has generated opposition in Newkirk because
of Narconon's reported link to the Church of Scientology, which
some consider a religious cult. Narconon plans to open a 75-bed
center this fall, and buildings are being renovated.
Oklahoma Health Planning Commission approved Narconon's application
in January, granting the organization approval for an initial
said the Narconon center will draw on the group's six outpatient
clinics in the United States and Canada. Some beds will be available
for local drug abusers as well, officials said.
state Department of Mental Health will assess the Narconon drug
treatment program when it is in place and rate it according
to accepted standards in the field, state officials said.
Worker Linked To Narconon Promoter
Mental Health Staffer's Activities Probed
and Michael McNutt
Oklahoman Staff Writers
14 September 1989
an employee of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, Leroy
Bridges "actively lobbied" his colleagues in support
of Narconon International's proposed drug treatment center near
Newkirk, a memo states.
Bridges had ties to a consulting firm hired by Narconon International
to help that controversial drug treatment organization in its
application for a certificate of need from the Oklahoma Health
denies any wrongdoing, but his activities are being probed by
Records on file in the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office
show that Bridges filed a document June 6, 1988, in which he
applied to reserve the name Treatment Development Corporation.
Development Corp. was hired by Narconon International to help
the Los Angeles based firm with its certificate of need application,
according to both Bridges and Sherry Barry, a Norman woman who
heads Treatment Development Corp.
proposed treatment center has been controversial because of
Narconon's links to the Church of Scientology; which some people
consider a cult.
acknowledged reserving the name Treatment Development Corporation,
but said he did not have any direct connection with the consulting
you'll look at the documents, you'll see that the corporation
and everything was set up for Sherry," Bridges said. "She
set it up. Since l'm at the Capitol Building, I've done this
for several people-check a name. I Just reserved the name until
she could set it up."
also denied that Bridges, whom she described as a friend, has
any role with the company which is operated out of her Norman
However, attorney Richard Mildren, who is listed as service
agent for Treatment Development Corporation, said he agreed
to serve in that capacity at the request of Bridges, whom he
described as a friend.
said Bridges also apparently signed him up to serve as service
agent for Narconon International.
said he knew almost nothing about either corporation and didn't'
even know he was listed as the service agent for Narconon International
until he received a notice from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
said a senior partner in his law firm has asked him to withdraw
as Narconon's registered agent and he is trying to take that
said he did not know if Bridges received money for his actions
in behalf of Narconon or Treatment Development Corporation.
Bridges said he was not paid.
Barry and Bridges attended a ceremony in April at the old Chilocco
Indian School with Narconon and tribal officials associated
with the Chilocco Development Authority.
was listed as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Cultural Diversity
and Economic Development Task Force and a member of the founding
board of Red Earth Inc., while Barry was listed as being with
Treatment Development Corporation.
to the facility began a month later when a Newkirk newspaper
editor published articles linking Narconon to the Church of
a public hearing held in May by Newkirk city officials, Bridges,
along with Howard Miles, a member of the Health Planning Commission,
tried to calm residents' fears about the Narconon facility.
said Narconon's drug treatment plan was based on philosophies
of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but said he
found the plan to be acceptable and added it would have to be
certified by the state Department of Mental Health before Narconon
Bridges presented for Newkirk residents a positive view of Narconon,
such views were not universal with the Mental Health Department.
West, director of the alcohol and drug abuse division of the
Department of Mental Health, had expressed strong opposition
to Narconon's proposed treatment center in an October 18, 1988
memo to Frank James, who was then mental health commissioner.
cited Narconon's relationship with the Church of Scientology
and stated, "As I understand it, Narconon will allow indigent
clients to work off their bill. The Indians they are supposed
to be helping could become indentured servants."
have heard they want to start with 150 beds and eventually go
to 1,000. This is a factory, not a center.
has never been certified as a treatment program in California
where they currently operate," he said.
Leroy Bridges has been favorably impressed with this program
and actively lobbied for its existence, I cannot agree,"
West wrote. "I think from what I have heard, there is little
substance to the program and we could regret, ever getting it
started in Oklahoma." Bridges, in an interview last week,
said he no longer is involved in state Department of Mental
Health dealings with Narconon's proposed facility.
who had served as legislative liaison for the Mental Health
Department, was reassigned earlier this year by interim Commissioner
Don Anderson and is now coordinator of special projects.
Health administrators sent out a memo last week reminding employees
to remain impartial concerning Narconon's proposed treatment
said she "sometimes" still does consulting work for
Narconon, which is now seeking certification from the state
Department of Mental Health to open its 75-bed facility.
writer Ed Godfrey contributed to this report. It is reprinted
with permission from the Saturday Oklahoman and Times, September
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 14 September 1989
Hell Freezes Over
Newkirk Herald Journal will heartily support the Narconon/Scientology
drug abuse treatment program at Chilocco as soon as Narconon...
1) produces the necessary scientifically acceptable studies
that they should have done during the 23 years they claim to
have been in business... studies done by non-Scientologists,
reviewed thoroughly by Oklahoma professionals, that will confirm
without doubt that their system is safe, effective, reliable,
and medically sound.
2) can prove that their treatment program does not consist of
any of the first half dozen steps up the Scientology chart of
religious progress known as the Bridge to Total Freedom.
3) can provide accurate and accountable reports of results they
have attained instead of wild guesses.
4) can prove that they have never, do not currently, and will
not in the future use any type of "religious artifact"
or require as part of the treatment, the services of a minister
(or auditor) of any church in their treatment program, at Chilocco,
or at any other Narconon establishment.
Or when Hell freezes over, whichever comes first.
We will heartily support any drug abuse treatment program that
can comply with these few simple requirements that insure quality
treatment, separation of church and state, and basic honesty.
And we have, in fact, suggested to Drug Czar William Bennett
that Chilocco would indeed make an excellent facility for legitimate
drug treatment. We hope he is listening.
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 05 October 1989
Shooting Themselves In The Foot...Again!
Scientology/Narconon can't refute facts, and they won't address
the real concerns, all they have left is to attempt to discredit.
And, as the reaction to their mailing last week proved, they
did a rather miserable job, even, of that. More unity has been
demonstrated in Newkirk than we can remember in the past decade.
spent a lot of money, used a lot of words, and managed to make
just about everybody in town unhappy with them, especially our
former mayor, who said Monday that he felt he had been "raped."
We didn't dream up Scientology. We didn't create its nefarious
30 year history.
We didn't attempt to frame people like Paulette Cooper and Gabe
Cazares and Michael Flynn.
We didn't break into Government offices.
We didn't hire any "private investigators" to try
to discredit Scientology.
Scientology discredited themselves without our help.
We didn't ruin Scientology's reputation.
We didn't shoot Scientology in the foot.
They did it all by themselves.
We just made sure everybody noticed. Which is our job.
We simply insist that any drug rehab program at Chilocco be
proven safe, effective, reliable, and medically sound by independent
scientifically acceptable studies verified by Oklahoma professionals.
We insist that any drug rehab program at Chilocco not consist
of any portion of the religious dogma of any religion, or require
the services of a minister of any religion, or the use of any
religious artifact as part of the treatment.
And we insist on basic honesty and accountability.
Why can't they do that?
Is it because their program has never been independently proven
safe, effective, reliable, and medically sound?
Is it because their treatment program does consists of the first
steps up the Scientology chart of religious progress known as
the Bridge to Total Freedom, thereby violating the principle
of separation of church and state?
Is it because they do require the services of a "minister"
of the church of Scientology in their treatment?
Is it because they have no accurate and accountable reports
of the results they have attained?
Item: "Noisy Investigations" are a trademark
of Scientology. It's standard procedure to attempt to discredit
those who oppose them. Eugene Ingram, sent by Scientology to
"investigate" many of Newkirk's leading citizens,
is reportedly a former Los Angeles Police Officer who left the
department amid a cloud of un-prosecuted allegations that he
was involved in pandering, pimping, prostitution, and harboring
narcotics dealers. The charges were later dropped for lack of
evidence once he left the force. He was later allegedly implicated
in an attempt to frame Boston lawyer Michael Flynn. Currently,
there is a warrant outstanding for his arrest in Kay County
allegedly on charges of impersonating an investigator and carrying
a concealed weapon.
is the type of individual a "church" sends out to
Item: Harassment is another tactic often used. KOCO's
Larry Blunt was threatened with legal problems and told he would
lose his job for reporting on Narconon. A KOTV reporter and
cameraman were pushed around when they attempted to report on
Narconon. Mr. Ingram subtly suggested that Newkirk Mayor Garry
Bilger and School Board President Jana Shafer would be subject
to some kind of phony "conspiracy" lawsuit if they
didn't retract their opposition to Narconon. The Newkirk Herald,
he suggested, would face legal trouble for running a "hate"
only people who are allowed to have an opinion, it appears,
are Scientologists. And they are only allowed to have one...
the one written by their late leader, L. Ron Hubbard. Free thinking
is not a hallmark of Scientology.
Item: Deception is a Scientology artform. It's called Training
Routine L. Persons properly trained in TR-L can "outflow
false data effectively." It is the opposite of TR-1 (which,
incidentally, is one of the drills used in Narconon's program).
person who visited Mayor Bilger last Monday may have been trained
in TR-L. He said he had a daughter in a government class at
Ponca City High School who was supposed to interview a small
town mayor to find out what his accomplishments were... what
his goals were, and how small town government worked.
was a good story, except that Ponca City High School has no
one enrolled by this person's name.
person who called the Herald Journal a few weeks ago may have
been trained in TR-L. He said he had been hired by Prudential
Life Insurance to locate RWL and another person because we were
beneficiaries of a policy from Atlanta, Ga. Mostly, he wanted
the other person's address. He said we were both in line for
a lot of money. He was told to put it in the mail.
was a good story, except that Prudential Life insurance doesn't
know anything about it, and nothing ever arrived in the mail.
person from Brooklyn, N.Y. who wrote and called several ministers
in town, all the city commissioners, and RWL several months
ago told a sad story about a child hooked on drugs who wanted
her to send money for Narconon, she said. But she had heard
this "bad publicity" about Narconon and wanted to
know the source of it...
was a good story, except she gave a couple of different names
but the same phone number to several different people. One time
it was her son on drugs - the next, it was her daughter. She
probably had poor TR-L.
suspect all of the above incidents (and a few others) are deceptive
attempts to gain information from those opposed to Scientology/Narconon.
We can't prove it, of course, but it's funny we never received
any "stories" that wouldn't check out before Narconon
arrived in our midst.
These "Battle" tactics were outlined by their leader,
L. Ron Hubbard, in 1969. Some more of his advice (paraphrased
to avoid infringing on the gentleman's many copyrights) is as
1. Make those who oppose Scientology unpopular to the point
of total annihilation.
2. Gain the backing or fidelity of the news media. (Are you
awake, Ark City?)
3. Get command or loyalty of top political figures.
4. Take over those who oversee finance, and shift them into
an unstable situation.
5. Blame everything on a conspiracy headed by psychiatry and
6. Always attack. Never defend.
7. Never be reasonable. Give non-sequiteur answers (double talk)
8. Fight on somebody else's turf, never Scientology's.
9. Cut off communications, funds, connections. Deprive the opposition
of political advantages. Take over opposition territory. Raid
10. Public Opinion is what Scientology is trying to win. Make
people love Scientology and hate the opposition by using standard
wartime propaganda... complete with "atrocity, war crimes
trials, the lot."
11. Preserve and improve the image of Scientology and degrade
the image of the opposition to "beast level."
There's more, but you get the point.
If we are running a "hate" campaign, it is a campaign
against deception, against harassment, against fraud, against
smear tactics, against frame-ups, and against intimidation.
we surely don't hate Scientologists. They are more the victims
than we are of their own warped management practices.
We could care less what the "religious beliefs" of
Scientology are. But we are very aware of the outrageous behavior
of the organization. We don't think it is deserving of our taxes
or our insurance benefit money. The war on drug abuse is too
important to allow a dime of it to be waisted on an outfit like
Letters To The Editor - 05 October 1989
9, I wrote a letter to Narconon at Chilocco in support of their
drug rehabilitation center which I felt to be a necessity because
of the drug problems that our country faces today.
feel very strongly that we need growth in our community and
that a drug center would be an asset to us. In the letter that
I wrote, I told Mr. Ingram that he could use it in it's entirety,
but not to use any single part of it.
September 22, a letter was sent to every resident of Newkirk,
which had only two small excerpts of the letter that I wrote.
I feel I have been used, and that the purpose of my letter has
feel that I owe Bob Lobsinger and the people of Newkirk an apology
for the way my letter was used against the community.
still feel that a drug rehabilitation center would be an asset
to our community. But I do not think that any state or federal
funds should be used to support any church related facility.
IT KNOWN on this 12th day of September, 1989, that the NEWKIRK
BUSINESS CLUB has unanimously voted to present this letter of
and editor of the NEWKIRK HERALD JOURNAL, for his journalistic
endeavor which alerted and informed this community of the non-credibility
of the Church of Scientology and Narconon.
COMMEND his quiet, indepth search for facts which have yet to
be discredited by either party.
COMMEND his initial presentation and follow-up which were written
with integrity and which have since been channeled through the
news media with their credibility still intact.
COMMEND his fortitude in pursuing such a task and his courage
in printing his findings - qualities found lacking in many editorial
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, WE COMMEND him for his loyalty and service
to this community and his commitment to his profession. He surely
bears the mark of a true journalist.
IN GRATITUDE by the officers and members of the NEWKIRK BUSINESS
Question Legality Of Chilocco Lease Agreement
Ponca Tribe is concerned that the lease allowing the controversial
Narconon drug treatment center to establish itself at Chilocco
Indian school north of Newkirk could be illegal, a Ponca tribal
leader said Saturday.
a report published in Sunday's Oklahoman, Ponca Tribal Chairman
Delbert Cole was quoted as saying that business committee members
are concerned that past committee chair-woman Cynthia Stoner
"overstepped her scope of authority" because the tribe
cannot legally lease tribal land for more than 10 years.
Narconon lease agreement with the Chilocco Development Authority
is for 25 years. The Ponca Tribe is one of five tribes who own
the Chilocco land. The other members are the Pawnees, Kaws,
Tonkawas and Otoe-Missourias.
leaders have decided to get a legal opinion on the lease. "We
think the lease is invalid since this has occurred," Cole
said. Cole also said his committee is unsure if the Tonkawas
had signed the Narconon lease.
recently announced that the BIA has approved their master renovation
plan and that they intended to proceed with the project.
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 07 December 1989
'Cult'-ural Center Of Universe?
is becoming the CULT-ural Center of the Country, it would appear.
the announcement in last Friday's Daily Oklahoman that the Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi plans to build a 640 acre "City of the Immortals"
west of Tulsa, and Scientology already trying to set up shop
on Chilocco Indian Land, maybe it's time our legislators looked
into whatever it is that makes Oklahoma appear to be such fertile
ground for every wierdo bunch that falls off a lotus leaf.
in case you don't remember, is the guru of TM - Transcendental
Meditation - to whom the Beatles once pledged allegiance. It's
another authoritarian cult which relies on the four techniques
of Mind Control. Yogi controls his followers physical environment,
their thoughts, their emotions, and their sources of information.
No different than our own problem up north.
has a sense of humor about him, however. He calls his followers
by an endearing ancient Sanskrit term, which, when translated,
Scientology, TM has it's assortment of celebrities they parade
about in public relations dog and pony shows. Some of them include
Joe Namath, Carol Burnett, and the Rolling Stones.
Scientology, TM has a variety of front organizations, including
Students International Meditation Society, World Plan Executive
Council, American Foundation for Creative Intelligence, American
Meditation Society, and the Institute for Fitness and Athletic
Excellence, all designed to recruit new members.
Scientology, the leader of TM has a real college degree in physics.
purpose is to relieve tension and stress, increase productivity,
heighten creativity and intelligence. Sound familiar?
techniques include a few extensive and expensive lectures on
the basic methods of meditation, and upon graduation, each student
receives his own secret and personal mantra or chant syllable
to be repeated privately for twenty minutes each morning and
evening to "clear" his mind and relax his body.
find it astounding that if they become disillusioned with one
TM teacher and quickly switch to another, the new teacher will
quite often issue a second personal mantra that is identical
to the first one issued. How insightful TM truly is!
true insight is that there were only 16 mantras ever issued,
based on the age of the seeker. A secret personal mantra will
change only if the seeker has celebrated a particular birthday
since the issuance of his last mantra. How simply deluding cults
includes submission to the Puja ceremony, including repeated
bowing and worship of a picture of Guru Dev, the Maharishi's
main source of inspiration, who was an Indian Hindu religious
leader who died in 1953.
is camouflaged Hinduism, and few TM devotees in the West realize
they are paying for an ancient Eastern religion in a new package.
believe there are seven levels of growth from "sleep"
up through "unity consciousness", where a student
breaks free from the need of passing through reincarnations
and reaches oneness with god.
says that through his methods a person can learn to float or
levitate and pass through walls.
hope our legislators are successful in finding a way to make
them pass through Oklahoma.
the meantime, our Scientology friends from up north have re-emerged
from obscurity and have spent every afternoon from last Wednesday
to Saturday out "surveying" Newkirk citizens in front
of the Post Office, at EZ Mart, and near the cafe. They don't
tell you who they are unless you ask.
want to know what you like and dislike about Newkirk; who you
like and dislike in Newkirk; and what a "new group"
would have to do to become "accepted" in Newkirk.
of course, have no obligation whatever to participate in this
silly little exhibition... even if they run over and write down
your license plate number. They are desperately trying to find
someone in town who will support their activities...
the most part, they are sincere, dedicated, albeit misguided
low level Scientologists who think they are saving the world.
If you've read all I've printed on the subject, you know more
about Scientology than they do.
On Destructive Cults
Webster's New World Dictionary defines a "Cult" as
a group of followers. Which means all of us are cult members
to some degree. All of us belong to something, or follow some
line of thinking or belief.
two are gathered together, any one of three things may happen:
If both are leaders, a state of war develops. If both are followers,
a state of confusion develops. But if one is a leader and one
a follower, a new cult develops.
so, cults are nothing to be unduly concerned about.
according to author Steve Hassan, when cults develop and grow
by implementing components that result in total control of their
members' minds, the cult is said to be destructive. Hassan,
who holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge
College, is the author of "Combatting Cult Mind Control",
and a former member of the Moonies. Much of the information
in this editorial is extracted from his book.
control is not brainwashing. Brainwashing is coercive. The victim
knows from the start that he is in the hands of an enemy, and
usually complies only to gain relief from some type of oppression,
and then attempts to justify the compliance by changing his
beliefs to fit his action. The effect is usually not lasting,
and disappears once the threatening force is gone.
control is more sophisticated and subtle. Victims are manipulated
and deceived instead of being directly threatened. They respond
to prescribed choices and never realize what is happening to
them. Mind control is more permanent and more devastating than
are four recognized components of Mind Control, according to
Hassan: control of behavior, control of thoughts, control of
emotions, and control of information. All destructive cults
employ these four components in order to gain "voluntary"
compliance from their members.
a leader can regulate a person's physical reality (control behavior),
including where he lives, what he wears, when he sleeps, or
what jobs he does... then that person begins to think that what
is happening to him is what is supposed to be happening to him.
Bingo... control of thought is automatic.
control in most destructive cults is reinforced by the foundation
of a new language system and an absolute doctrine that allows
no gray area, but develops a bipolar attitude about reality.
Everything is "in or out", "black or white",
"us or them".
rituals are employed by most destructive cults to block out
negative thoughts. After all, if the leader is perfect, and
the doctrine is perfect, then any negative thought about them
must be a defect in the follower. So he puts the thought out
of his head. Before he starts feeling guilty about thinking
if he does, he's sucked into the next level of Mind Control...
emotional control. Since the leader is perfect and the doctrine
is perfect, a destructive cult member feels guilty if he doubts.
And he fears that his doubts will become exposed and earn the
wrath of the group. He also fears that if he doesn't live up
to the group's expectations, he will be the cause of their failure,
and subject to whatever bogeyman the group has devised to punish
if a destructive cult member has no access to external information,
he has nothing by which to judge his situation. Many cult members
shun external information sources, because the leader and the
doctrine are perfect... so why bother with anything else? Often,
even information about the cult itself is controlled from within.
The higher levels are confidential, or the inner circles are
unknown to those in the outer circles. A destructive cult prospect
doesn't know what all he is buying until he's trapped. If it
were all laid out to start with, nobody would join. That's why
information control is necessary to the success of destructive
this point, a recruit is deep into the quagmire of Mind Control
and will protest vehemently that he is not a victim of "brainwashing."
And he's right, nobody brainwashed him. But the results are
the same, and they last longer.
Destructive cults actively recruit new members, often through
deceptive "front" organizations.
Destructive cults claim to offer absolute Truth. Their teachings
are not (to them) mere theory or speculation. The most effective
cult doctrines are those which are unverifiable and unevaluable.
Destructive cults reduce everything to a bi-polar attitude:
"for us, or against us."
Destructive cults generate some kind of external "pet devil"
with which to threaten their members if they should doubt, or
fail, or ever leave the group.
Destructive cults lead their members to believe they are somehow
superior to all other humans on the earth.
Destructive cults put the will of the group above the will of
the individual. This is often reinforced with simplistic games
or rituals of some type designed to make the individual subservient
to the group.
Destructive cults teach that the end justifies the means.
Destructive cults teach strict obedience to superiors and encourage
the development of behavior patterns that are similar to those
of the leader.
Destructive cults offer acceptance by the group for good performance,
and conversely, withhold it for poor performance.
In destructive cults, fear is a major motivator. Guilt is a
close second, and shame is third. Only the cult leader is perfect,
so everyone below is fearful that those above will find out
their shortcomings. Cult members feel constantly guilty for
having those real or imagined shortcomings, and are ashamed
that they haven't worked harder to get rid of them.
Destructive cult members swing from emotional highs, to emotional
lows regularly. Lows are not long tolerated, and result in more
indoctrination, or even ejection from the group if they last
Destructive cults tend to re-write their members' past, manipulate
their present, and distort their future. Disrupting time orientation
is an honored technique of all such cults.
And, finally, there is never a legitimate reason for leaving
a destructive cult. The only reason members leave a perfect
system, is because they are imperfect in some respect, and will
be punished for it.
matter which destructive cult you choose, the above 13 items
will almost universally apply.
the methods of est, LaRouche, Transcendental Meditation, Truth
Station, Nichiren Soshu (Soka Gakkai), The Way International,
Children of God, Temple of Set, Synanon, Scientology, The Peoples
Temple, Unification Church, Hare Krishnas, House of Judah, Ramtha,
Garbage Eaters, Rajneesh, ECK, Church Universal and Triumphant,
Elan Vital, Posse Comitatus, or any of the others.... they use
the same techniques, even though each of them claims unique
and absolute ownership of the "truth."
notice that not all destructive cults are religious in nature.
There are, in fact, destructive cults in several arenas: Religious,
of course, but also Political, Psychotherapy / Educational,
and even Commercial. Still, the overriding principles of their
success are the same thirteen items above. The more faithfully
they adhere to those principles, the more successful they become.
how easily the 13 techniques of Mind Control are implemented
with regard to our current problem in this area:
Scientology has it's many front orgs (Narconon, Criminon, Concerned
Businessmen of America, Foundation for the Advancement of Science
and Education, and most recently the Save Our Society campaign,
among many, many others.) all recruiting for the cause.
Scientology's doctrine is absolute truth to Scientologists.
It is also extraordinarily unverifiable and unevaluable, often
confusing inscrutability with wisdom.
Scientology reduces reality to the bi-polar "us against
them" attitude: Persons opposed to their drug treatment
program are obviously (to them) drug pushers.
Scientology tells it's members that it is the "Road to
Total Freedom" and without their training, persons are
doomed to life after aberrated life with no hope of freeing
the Operating Thetan (god) trapped in this parade of physical
bodies throughout eternity.
Scientology teaches its members that they are the most superior
humans on the planet. Members have an arrogance, a truculence
about them that belies this training, and insulates them from
the reasonable world.
Scientology teaches that the goal and purpose of its existence
is to "Clear the Planet." Everyone in Scientology
is working for the goal of the group. Group dependency is developed
through the early training steps called TR's and similar repeated
drills throughout a member's career in Scientology.
Scientology's history of break-ins, frame-ups, harassment, and
intimidation confirms that anything that furthers the ends of
Scientology is an acceptable means.
Scientology requires strict obedience without question by all
its members, and has developed a complicated structure of enforcement
agencies to insure compliance, such as the Ethics Office, Finance
Police, Guardian's Office (now the Office of Special Affairs),
Religious Technology Center, and others.
Scientology pays it's staff members based on production. The
more recruits, the more they get paid. Performance is rewarded,
failure to perform up to "stats" might result in a
stint on the "Rehabilitation Project Force" doing
laundry or chipping paint.
Scientologists fear reprisals from their superiors, but recognize
it only as their own failure to come up to expectations of the
group. They think there is something wrong with them if they
can't produce the expected result, which fosters guilt and shame.
They also fear being thrown out and facing an eternity of reincarnation
without ever attaining "Total Freedom". To a believer,
this is a worse fate than any offered by "outside"
Scientologists have been dumped when they became ill, or were
otherwise unable to perform for the group. Others are routinely
RPF'd to menial tasks when they have an attitude problem. Low
attitude is not tolerated for long without some kind of official
sanction being taken. Highs are reinforced through constant
"auditing" to produce "wins" for the members.
Hassan compares this process to post hypnotic suggestion.
Just about every recruit into Scientology in the past 30 years
has been told that with his or her help, Scientology could "Clear
The Planet" in this decade. But the decades have come and
gone, and the older ones are still telling the younger ones
the same thing. Members view their pre-Scientology life as unbelievably
bad, and see the future outside of Scientology as unbearable,
all reinforced with continual "auditing".
The only right way to leave Scientology is to become "Totally
Free" like founder L. Ron Hubbard, who, they say, "causatively"
left his body to go to a higher plane of existence. "Causatively"
means he was in charge of his body and determined when he wanted
it to die.
In simpler terminology, he was the cause of his own death.
we assume, then, that suicide is at the end of the "Road
to Total Freedom"?
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 04 January 1990
Didn't Quite Get It Right...
it appears, didn't do it right.
took the omnipotent and very late Operating Thetan L. Ron Hubbub
to get the 10 Commandments written up proper for us aberrated
there are 19 of 'em instead of 10.
something God would have known if He'd only consulted with L-Boy
a bit sooner and not been in such a hurry to get them written
you know better, now.
you subscribe to the esteemed journal from our south, you now
know that "The Way To Happiness" has been plotted
out for you by his eminence, LRH, and delivered to you in booklet
form, courtesy of Narconon-Chilocco.
your upbringing and your traditional values.
are all figments of your aberrated human condition. Only L.
Ron Hubbub knows the way to your salvation.
its simplistic manner, "The Way To Happiness" looks
suspiciously like it has been crudely translated from stone
tablets found near Mount Sinai, without giving credit to the
Original Author. Hubbard, instead, wants all the credit for
guiding the world's morality.
Way To Happiness" is produced by The Way To Happiness Foundation,
a substructure of the cult of Scientology. It is distributed
by The Concerned Businessmen's Association Of America, another
substructure of the cult of Scientology. (which incidentally,
is the outfit that first seduced our Indian tribes to Clearwater,
Florida, where they were sold the bill of bads known as Narconon,
which is yet another substructure of the cult of Scientology)
It is published by a Scientology controlled firm called Bridge
Publications, Inc., whose sole purpose is the promulgation of
the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and
self-proclaimed Source of all true wisdom and knowledge in the
And all of it is designed to get you to go "up the Bridge
to Total Freedom."
Way To Happiness" is an innocuous piece of prose. Had there
not been a much earlier version, written on Greater Authority
and in a more consolidated form - there might have even been
a need for such a document.
We refer Mr. Hubbard to section 13 of his little booklet. "Do
not Steal." He tells us that stealing is an admission that
one can not come by something honestly. Or that one is suffering
from a flash of insanity. It's one or the other, he tells us.
which was he suffering when he hit upon the unscrupulous idea
of taking credit for a paraphrased version of the Ten Commandments?
which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of taking credit
for Abreaction Therapy (a part of Dianetics that works), when
that type of treatment was fully described years earlier (1923)
in the book "Mneme" by Richard Simon?
which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of taking credit
for the science of General Semantics (the study of differentiation,
another part that works) which was formulated in 1933 by noted
Polish mathematician Count Alfred Korzybski and expounded upon
in his book "Science and Sanity"?
which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of rehashing
and incorporating into his "technology" some of the
strange and occult works of Aleister Crowley (who signed himself
"The Beast 666), and other practitioners of "Black
according to an old journalistic wit, is stealing from one source.
Research, on the other hand, is stealing from many sources.
this regard, and this regard alone, Elron appears to have been
a true "researcher."
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 11 January 1990
time for your lesson on the way to get happy. Today we will
discuss Chapter 9, "Don't Do Anything Illegal." So
go dig your little book out of the trash and study along with
the rest of us.
Father of World Morality, who wrote the book, tells us that
an illegal act is an act which can result in retribution by
the state and courts.
for instance, infiltrating government and private offices to
steal documents and inserting disinformation in particular files.
Those are illegal acts.
he prepared to sentence the top Scientology Guardian's Officer
and wife of the "Source" of the Way to Happiness for
her part in instigating and carrying out such schemes, US District
Judge Charles R. Ritchey told Mrs. L. Ron (Mary Sue) Hubbard
that "we have a precious system of government in the United
States... For anyone to use the benefits of those laws or to
seek under the guise of those laws to destroy the very foundation
of the government is totally wrong and cannot be condoned by
any responsible citizen." She got 5 years and $10,000 in
Scientologists were convicted, including none other than a Scientology
Guardian's Office deputy named Henning Heldt.
Heldt is also one of the three original founding directors of
Narconon. The other two are Scientology "Reverend"
Arthur Marin, who has seen his own troubles with the law, and
William Benitez, who was already in jail when he was lured into
Scientology. All three signatures are clearly visible on the
original incorporation papers dated 16 May, 1970, and filed
with the Secretary of the State of California on 20 May, 1970.
Hubbard's husband, that omnipotent Operating Thetan of the highest
order, most knowledgeable and aware person on the planet...
or in the universe for that matter... didn't know any of this
illegal stuff was going on.
learned about it like everyone else, after the fact and could
only shake my head in dismay..." he is quoted as saying
with a naivete that seems inappropriate to his OT status. Elron
was, in fact, labelled an "Unindicted Co-Conspirator"
by the FBI.
is the type of person we are to entrust with our morality? With
our mental health? With our eternity?
the book back in the trash.
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 08 March 1990
last we visited on the subject, Narconon and it's progenitor,
Scientology, have been staying out of our spotlight. This week,
however, they have resurfaced with predictions that they will
be open in a couple of months.
to bring you up to date on what's been happening in the wierd
world of Operating Thetans, here are bits of a few of the tales
we've uncovered recently:
We have talked with several former Narconon employees who all
tell of being required to study Elron's Organization Executive
Course material... and when they elected not to, were somehow
discredited and fired within a few weeks. The Organization Executive
Course is a massive collection of "Official Policies of
the Church of Scientology." It says so on every page.
One individual tells of being ordered to set beer cans inside
the living quarters of another employee whom they wished to
find a reason to terminate. He was later terminated himself
amid a flurry of police activity that resulted in lots of intimidation
but no charges being filed because all of the allegations against
him were so obviously phony. He was not drunk. There was no
hostage. The gun was his .22 rifle that was unloaded in the
gun rack in his vehicle where it had been since he went to work
there months earlier. Police released him immediately, and within
a half hour, he was trying to contact me to tell his harrowing
Another former employee says he found himself on the way from
his assigned living quarters at Chilocco to jail in Pawnee on
what he says were trumped up charges... and they obviously were,
because he is out free now with nothing filed and no court date.
Just released. And told not to set foot on Chilocco again. I
don't think they let you out that easy if you've really pulled
a knife on someone and threatened their life, and that's what
he tells me they were accusing him of.
It appears that if you don't want to study the policies of the
Church of Scientology, you won't have a job for long at Chilocco.
Even subcontractors working out there have been encouraged to
take their courses.
On a broader scale, Scientology made news again in California
in January, where police found a Scientologist who was "treating"
his mentally ill wife according to the tenants of his "religion"
by keeping her locked up in her bedroom with only a mattress
on the floor. The windows were boarded up, according to the
news report, and she was fed through a slot in the door. No
charges filed. Police were studying the tenants of the "religion"
at last report. The wife, however, was reported to be recovering
nicely in a real hospital.
Scientologists in Clearwater, Fla. who run a currency exchange
and gold bullion business were busted by federal agents in the
middle of December for allegedly operating a money laundering
scheme. No word on whether they think Scientology is suspected
of being directly involved or not. Hard to tell the bad apples
from the bad apples, I guess.
American Airlines received so many complaints that it announced
in December that it would no longer carry Scientology ads in
its monthly in-flight magazine, American Way. The ads were apparently
part of a huge PR campaign by Scientology that is running in
such magazines as House and Garden, Discover, Business Week,
and Newsweek. Over $300,000.00 has been spent on Newsweek alone,
according to published reports.
The IRS suspects that the Church of Scientology of Clearwater,
Fla. has violated it's tax-exempt status, and wants to study
47 categories of Scientology documents for the years 1985 thru
1987, according to a January report.
About a week ago, a former Scientology lawyer, Joseph A. Yanny,
who left the organization after allegedly being asked to perform
illegal tasks for the cult, won a $154,000.00 judgement. A jury
felt he had been a victim of Scientology's "Fair Game"
policy which allows Scientologists to trick, sue, lie to, or
destroy their enemies. The judgement was the largest the judge
would allow. Scientology had sued Yanny for allegedly padding
his bills to them while he was still in the cult, but the jury
found no evidence of that whatsoever.
On March 23 of this year, a former Scientologist named Lawrence
Wollersheim will have his day before the Supreme Court of the
United States. Wollersheim was also a victim of the "Fair
Game" policy according to a jury which was so outraged
that it awarded him a $30,000,000.00 verdict. That's $30 million.
The award was reduced on appeal to $2,500,000.00, which is still
a tremendous amount of money.
contends that Scientology makes a mockery or counterfeit of
religion by such tactics as the "Fair Game" policy,
and should be once and for all exposed and the abuses ended.
His appeal before the Supreme Court may accomplish that.
doesn't want the case to go that far. They have offered, in
writing, to pay him off with $4 million rather than go to the
Supreme Court. When he refused that, they made him a verbal
offer of $6 million to settle. Which he also refused. This man
must have gone thru terrors unknown to turn down $6 million
dollars just to take a chance on a court decision.
In another pending case, a former very high level Scientologist
is accusing the organization of ordering her to a "Rehabilitation
Project Force" where she was forced to run around an orange
telephone pole every day from 7 am until 9:30 pm for about 120
days, with minimal break periods. Her husband, during one period
of his tenure with the "church", says he also fell
into disfavor because his construction project was not proceeding
fast enough, and was forced to work without pay from 9 am to
12 midnight without any days off, to sleep outdoors, and to
eat only rice and beans.
are premonitions of just some of the things to come if Narconon
is allowed to open at Chilocco and Scientology is allowed to
get a foothold in our state. Send this column to Secretary of
State Hannah D. Atkins, Room 101, State Capitol Building, Oklahoma
City, Ok 73105, and ask her to see to it that there is a Public
Hearing in Newkirk before Narconon is licensed to operate in
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 24 May 1990
Law Will Help...
to your enduring help, the Oklahoma State Legislature has passed
(91 to 0 in the House and similar in the Senate), and Governor
Henry Bellmon has signed a law which should insure that Oklahoma
will certify only legitimate, medically safe drug and alcohol
treatment facilities for operation in our state. Practitioners
of Body Thetan exorcism and other hocus pocus won't cut it.
The law requires that drug abuse treatment providers be accredited
by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,
the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities,
or be in compliance with approved medical and professional standards
as determined by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Board of the State of Oklahoma.
It requires a pre-certification review of any new applications
that appear to use nontraditional methods of treatment, and
allows the certification board to select an independent, recognized
authority in Oklahoma to review such programs and to make recommendations
to the board as to the validity of the proposed program.
It also mandates that all claims made by such organizations,
including but not limited to patient count and success rates,
must be documented and verifiable by the Board.
Narconon is not and has never been accredited by anyone, anywhere,
except other Scientology organizations.
Narconon's "treatment" approach is at the very best
"nontraditional", and should require intensive review
by independent (read "non-Scientology"), recognized
Narconon has publicized outrageous patient count figures and
ridiculous "cure rates" that simply cannot be documented
and verified to anyone's satisfaction except other gullible
Failure to comply with these provisions of Oklahoma Law will
result in the withholding or withdrawal of Certification in
the State. Operation without Certification is a misdemeanor.
Punishable, my lawyer says, by up to a year in jail and $1,000
fine. Per day.
Further, without State Certification, Narconon-Chilocco will
not be an eligible facility for use by persons with insurance
coverage. Nor will it be eligible to apply for state or federal
programs that pay for treatments.
Narconon's Certificate of Need - which foolishly allowed them
to set up shop at Chilocco in the first place - expires June
30, 1990. Narconon is supposed to apply for state licensing
and certification before then. As of Monday, May 21, they have
not done so.
The State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Department requires that
a provider apply for a "temporary certification" before
they begin delivering treatment. Once they are in operation,
they must apply for "permanent" or 12 Month Renewable
Certification. In order to apply for either, the provider must
have a valid Certificate of Need..
Two things come to mind:
First, if the Great Xenu Zappers intend to become Certified
in the State of Oklahoma, they must apply before June 30, or
their Certificate of Need goes Ka-Poofy.
Second, they haven't even applied for their temporary certification
yet, but they're already bragging all over California about
how many people have gone through their treatment program at
Chilocco. The Attorney General has copies of their brochures
telling all about it. He probably had a Rock Slam when he found
Of course, there is always the possibility that Scientology
has no intention of complying with state law. Which comes as
no surprise, either. Never before has Scientology spent anywhere
near this much money on a Narconon unit. Usually, the big money
is used for major headquarters establishments like Clearwater,
FL., or St. Hill in Sussex, England. Chilocco is larger, more
isolated, and much more insulated from government scrutiny than
any of their other establishments. Jumpin' BTs, that's a spooky
But Narconon continues to blunder forward at Chilocco, as always,
ignoring the real issues and planning their grand opening for
June 29. They're selling $2,000.00 apiece tickets to this public
relations gimmick, which will feature a recognition ceremony
for dupes who have donated money to the project. (Scientology
never spends its own money), a reception with "opinion
leaders, celebrities, politicians and Native American leaders
from around the United States," tours, an Indian Pow Wow,
and Western barbeque. It's all designed, the flyer says, to
"help establish overwhelming public popularity for LRH."
Overwhelming the public with phony publicity stunts is a Scientology
hallmark. It is interesting to take note of the following Church
of Scientology Board Policy Letter of 12 January 1973, Reissued
29 June 1975, entitled "The Safe Point" (Paraphrased,
of course, to avoid copyright infringement):
Public Relations actions to be taken in a new location can proceed
so far as to create a whole new history and future for the planned
organization. The Organization can be made to appear long-lived,
entrenched, permanent, dependable, competent, prolific, and
expanding all before it even gets started.
Relations people plant in advance everything that is associated
with the new organization except the product it is to produce.
Once public relations in a new area is under control, the new
organization can start up without any waves and will be considered
totally ordinary and satisfactory.
other words, mock it up. Which is what they did, and is why
they should never be given any status as a legitimate organization
in our state. This new state law will go far towards accomplishing
that end. Our State government is listening to us. They might
like to receive a thank-you note for sticking their political
necks out for us.
By the way, tickets to the big bash are limited to the first
thousand sold, but I wouldn't get in any hurry to buy one. I
don't think they are refundable.
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 07 June 1990
a year ago, Narconon said they would be completely under Oklahoma
jurisdiction and would comply with Oklahoma health Department
requirements and all other state laws. Saturday, on KFOR-TV,
Narconon told the world that they are on Indian Land, and not
subject to Oklahoma rules and laws.
surprise. More lies, more lies.
it to the collection...
There's no connection between Narconon and Scientology.
Fact: Narconon was founded by Scientologists, is run by Scientology,
is staffed by Scientologists, and uses Scientology "technology"
exclusively in it's programs.
ABLE (Association for Better Living and Education) is a philanthropic
organization that has studied Narconon and found it worthy of
a $200,000.00 "seed money" donation to get Narconon
started at Chilocco.
Fact: ABLE is on the Command Chart of Scientology, it was founded
by Scientologists, is run by Scientology, is staffed by Scientologists,
and it owns Narconon, among other Scientology fronts, which
it operates solely for the purpose of "pushing LRH's (L.
Ron Hubbard, founder) Tech out into society." That's cult
Narconon does not recruit for Scientology.
Fact: A person doing the "Narconon Technical Line-Up"
is doing the exact same things he would be doing if he walked
in the front door of a Scientology organization and signed up.
Whether he was a drug addict or not. Whether he knows it or
not. And usually, he doesn't. That's cult recruiting.
Narconon has worldwide success and acceptance.
Fact: Narconon has only one small in-patient facility in the
US, and a few "offices" around the country. More Narconon
programs have been shut down across the country than are currently
in operation. Usually, they shut down when their corporate and
government funding sources find out they are a fraud... not
because they have cured all the drug addicts in the area!
Narconon has an 86% "cure rate".
Right! And I sell 100,000 papers each week. I can't document
that claim, and neither can they. Anything that sounds too good
to be true usually is.
Scientology helps people in a troubled world...
Fact: It helps separate them from their money. It takes control
of their mind and does their thinking for them. It demands their
total commitment and ability. And finally, it throws them away
when they finally figure out they've been conned. And if they
object or protest, they are declared "Suppressive Persons",
subject to any evil any other Scientologist can dream up to
harass and ruin them. Documented proof? Courts have ordered
Scientology to pay millions to the victims of such "fair
Scientology enhances one's appreciation of his own Christian
Fact: In the "confidential" upper level of Scientology
known as OT III, Hubbard categorically informs his thoroughly
brain-baked followers that "there is no Christ."