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National Chilocco Alumni Association Unanimously Passes Resolution And Position Statement Opposing Narconon

OKLA CITY, 28 June 1990- The National Chilocco Alumni Association unanimously approved a resolution on Saturday, June 9, strongly opposing the establishment of Scientology's front organization Narconon on the old Chilocco Indian Agricultural School just north of Newkirk.

The resolution, presented to the membership during the business meeting at the annual Chilocco Reunion in Oklahoma City, was overwhelmingly approved following about 30 minutes of discussion.

Copies of the resolution were to be forwarded to all of the members of the Chilocco Development Authority, the chiefs or chairpersons of each of the five tribes which own Chilocco Campus, and will be distributed across the state for publication or broadcast.

The National Chilocco Alumni Association has members in nearly every state in the union, and former Chilocco students represent dozens of tribes from Alaska to Florida.

In addition to the resolution, the Chilocco Alumni Association has issued a Position Statement which reads as follows:

"Chilocco Indian Agricultural School came into being by an act of Congress, approved May 17, 1882, which appropriated $25,000 for the puropse of constructing a building. It opened its doors in 1884; sadly, it lcosed its doors as an educational center for Indian children in 1980... less than a century later. We use the term educational center because Chilocco was more than a school; it was:

A home for those who had none.

A family for those who had none.

Parents for those who had none. A teaching center for those with a thirst to learn.

A training ground for those with a desire for new skills.

A discovery in the pride of being Indian.

The memories of thousand of students from five generations inhabit the halls and grounds of Chilocco. These lives have touched others from coast to coast, to Europe, to Southeas Asia, and all parts of the globe. In more cases than our pleasant to remember, many of our own never came home from those far-flung lands.

The lives of our graduates have inspired and influenced the course of other lives because of the skills and direction discovered at Chilocco. We have contributed to the fields of medicine, education, business, law, trades and fine arts, and just about any other profession which comes to mind. We are legion!

Chilocco, then, holds a very special place in the hearts of all of us. It is home! As our home, it retains certain ideals which we hold dear: dignity, respect, honesty, courage, and integrity.

When representatives of Narconon first spoke to us, they said we were always welcome. Today, they require us to pay for the privilege of walking those grounds which we made sacred.

When representatives of Narconon first spoke to us, they said we were free to visit. Today, they restrict, under arms, those grounds which we roamed in the freedom of a family.

When representatives of Narconon first spoke to us, they said they worked to help cure those illnesses of alcohol and substance abuse which afflict us. Today, they train their own in disciplines which are foreign to everything the Indian holds dear.

When representatives of Narconon first spoke to us, they said 15 out of every 100 beds would be free for Indians. Today, they have fewer than 100 beds, none of which are free.

When representatives of Narconon first spoke to us, they said they had no connection to the Church of Scientology. Today, they recruit freely on the campus of Chilocco.

In short, Narconon dishonors all Chiloccoans!

For the reasons specified above, we, the members of the Chilocco National Alumni Association have passed the resolution which is attached to this position statement. There are many other reasons for the objection to the use of the Chilocco campus by Narconon, but, we feel that those we have stated amply justify the position we publicly take."


"A Resolution Duly Adopted By The Chilocco National Alumni Association Rejecting The Continued Use Of The Chilocco Campus By Narconon

Whereas, Narconon representatives informed the Chilocco National Alumni Association that the campus was to be used as a drug rehabilitation center only; and

Whereas, Narconon misrepresented the use of the Chilocco campus, as stated by John Duff (Tulsa, June '89), by developing a training center for Scientology; and

Whereas, Narconon further misrepresented the use of the Chilocco campus, as stated by Ms. E. Fulton (Tulsa, June '89), who proclaimed that Narconon had no connection with the Church of Scientology; and

Whereas, Narconon has begun an active recruiting campaign on the Chilocco campus for the Church of Scientology

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved the Chilocco National Alumni Association does not support the continued use of the Chilocco campus by Narconon; and

Be It Further Resolved the Chilocco National Alumni Association rejects in the strongest possible terms, the use by Narconon of the name Chilocco for any purpose; and...

Be It Further Resolved the Chilocco Natioanl Alumni Association urges the Board of the Chilocco Development Authority to consider other, more appropriate ventures for the use of the Chilocco campus; and...

Be It Finally Resolved the Chilocco National Alumni Association requests the Chilocco Development Authority to require Narconon to discontinue the use of the name Chilocco in further activities.


We, James R. McGirt, President, and Emily King Bunny, Secretary, Chilocco National Alumni Association, do hereby certify that this Resolution is a true and exact copy as approved by the membership at the annual meeting held on June 9, 1990. There was a quorum present and this Resolution was adopted unanimously with none opposed and none abstaining."

Attached to the Position Statement and Resolution were the names of the members of the National Chilocco Alumni Association Board of Directors, and names of the presidents of each of the Regional Chilocco Alumni chapters.

One of the members told the group she was from California and her daughter had "gotten hooked up" with Scientology out there. "I know what it's all about!" she told the audience.

Another person related how she had stopped by Chilocco on the way to the annual meeting. "They stopped us at the gate, made us sign in, and tried to charge us $5 each for a tour!" she said indignantly. "We couldn't go anywhere by oruselves.. we had to have a guide. I know that campus intimately. It's my home! I know it better than any of those people. I sure don't need a guided tour." Others told similar stories.

This Friday, Narconon has announced it will begin its three day grand opening celebration at the Chilocco campus. But it will apparently do so with no support from the Chilocco Alumni Association. And little support from the leadership of the five tribes who own the campus. According to one tribal chairperson, chairpersons from three of the tribes have indicated they will not attend the ceremony; another tribe is considering boycotting the event, and only one tribal chair appears to be interested in attending the $2,000.00 per person event. Instead, there will be a special meeting of the members of the Chilocco Development Authority Friday, during which the lease agreement with Narconon will be discussed.

In a June 23 story in the Tulsa World by Patti Weaver, the head of the Chilocco Development Authority, Robert Chapman, is quoted as saying he was not pleased with the terms of the lease. CDA vice chairman Delbert A. Cole, who is also chairman of the Ponca tribe, said in the same article that he considers the lease "a bad business deal."

"Our attorney is researching the business lease to find out if it is stated anywhere they (Narconon) must have state certification before they can operate." Cole said.

Narconon and Scientology printed material indicates that Narconon has been treating patients since about March at the Chilocco facility. But State Mental Health Department spokesperson Rosemary Brown said Narconon has not applied for state certification. Narconon's certificate of need expires June 30, and Brown said it would be impossible for them to obtain certification by that date since the board does not meet until July 12.

"We want them to abide by state rules and regulations," Chapman said. "I expect them to be state certified like the plans in the beginning.

Cole told the World he has been instructed by the Ponca tribal council "not to have anything to do with Narconon."

"They sidestep the issues. We can't get a direct answer from them" Cole said of his difficulty in getting information from Narconon officials.

Narconon Patient Says Center Treating Mostly Non-Indians

NEWKIRK July 5, 1990- John Carraro is a bright, articulate, street smart heroin junkie. Not at all what one would expect of a 12 year needle veteran.

He's 33 years old and he tested positive for HIV virus 5 years ago. He could develop AIDS symptoms at any time, but so far he has been lucky.

John Carraro is Italian, with a bit of German mixed in. He's from Long Island, New York. He is not Indian.

He's been on a methadone maintenance program for the past year and a half, but says he has occasionally laced his dose with cocaine. He says he wanted to get off the daily methadone routine, and a customer at his parent's record and book store suggested he try Narconon.

That's how John Carraro came to be one of about 15 non-Indian patients who he says were being treated at the unlicensed and uncertified Narconon facility at Chilocco last week.

Carraro says one of the 20 patients at Narconon was an Indian. Of the rest, he says a few were from foreign countries - Australia, for instance. The others were non-Indian Americans just like him.

Carraro was planning his get-away from Narconon the same day that an AP report appeared in the Ponca City News and other state papers quoting Narconon attorneys as saying only Indian patients were being treated at the facility.

"They said the only knowledge that they had about it was Indians at the time (being treated, ... They said they didn't think the state had any licensing power over Indian activities on Indian Lands." said District Attorney Joe Wideman, who's comments were reported in a Daily Oklahoman story last Thursday.

Carraro, who says he told Narconon officials he was HIV positive, became concerned when he found out there were no trained doctors or nurses at Chilocco.

"They did take me to a doctor in Arkansas City for a physical," he said. "You know, the stethoscope on the chest, and we talked about my hernia. They drew blood and did some of the blood work in his office. But the HIV test they had to send off. I guess I won't be around here long enough to find out the results, but it doesn't matter. I've been tested before, and it always comes out positive." Carraro said.

Carraro doesn't know how he contracted the HIV virus. "I had some surgery and a blood transfusion just before they started screening for HIV. But it could have been needles, or it could have been some of the women I used to hang out with. You'd think they would have somebody on the (Narconon) staff who would be trained to deal with stuff like that. All they did was tell me not to mention it to anyone."

Carraro, who said Scientology was never officially mentioned during his short stay at Narconon, thumbed through copies of Hubbard Communications Bulletins. HCOBs, as they are called, are instructions written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to his followers. One of them is called Training and CCH Processes.

"Yeah, we did that," he said, referring to the training drills.

"I did up to about (drill number) six. It was insane. That stuff has nothing to do with drug treatment."

He says they told him the drills were supposed to improve his ability to communicate.

They gave him "Cal-Mag," a concoction of oil, vinegar, calcium, and magnesium. "Only we called it 'Cal-Gag.'" He started on two glasses of the stuff a day, then he said they wanted him to increase it to four glasses a day. "All it did was give me the runs," he said.

Cal-Mag is described in an HCOB document called "The Purification Rundown Replaces The Sweat Program," which bears a typed signature reading "The Boards of Directors of the Churches of Scientology", but says nothing about Narconon.

"Yeah, that's it." Carraro said, looking at the document. "They also gave us vitamin pills. They called them Drug Bombs. And they do the sauna thing for 5 hours a day. I didn't get that far."

The vitamin and sauna regimen is also described in the Purification HCOB.
The same document suggests that administrators of the program "see that the person understands that the action is being undertaken to help free him as a spirit and is not a medical treatment." It also says they should make no promises.

Carraro told of being offered "touch assists", which are Scientology "physical therapy" routines that are said to relieve the pain and anxiety of an injury or other lamentable experience.

"I saw all that L. Ron Hubbard stuff when I first got there, and I knew something was wrong," Carraro said Saturday morning. "He used to do science fiction stories and started one of those 'new age' religions or something. His picture is all over the place out there."

Friday, Carraro left Narconon by a back road. He took only a couple of bottles of water, and one change of clothes in his backpack. "They had these security guards with walkie-talkies chasing me all around in a field. When they stopped me, they had their clubs out and one of them said he had been told to handcuff me and bring me back, if he had to."

"A guy named Jeff, who is a staff member in training or something, came by and told them to back off." Jeff tried to change Carraro's mind, but finally dropped him off at EZ Mart in Newkirk. John met some local people who put him up over night in the 77 Ranch Motel, and Saturday morning, he contacted the Herald Journal with his story.

John Carraro is home in Long Island now, And his parents are relieved.

"The literature we asked for on Narconon didn't arrive until the day after we put him on the plane. When I read 'L. Ron Hubbard', my heart sank. I thought, 'what have I done to my boy'. If I'd have known about that L. Ron Hubbard stuff before, I would have never put him on the airplane." his mother said.

The Carraros paid $6,000.00 in advance, with another $4,000.00 due later for John's treatment at Chilocco. The money was in an envelope, sealed inside John's luggage. The Carraros say they intend to press for a refund, and the return of John's belongings.

Sounding Off
Letters To The Editor - 19 July 1990

Dear Newkirk Friends,

I am writing you on my typewriter, but from my heart.

This letter of thanks is very important to me as it is a reminder of the warmth and concern that was extended to me during a most difficult time. I shall never be able to forget the immediate response that was given to me unquestioningly and without hesitation. From the "gang" down at the CharRon to Officer Stone, an unwavering community effort seemed more than a little evident in answering the alarm that I sounded, and which was evidently on standby in all your hearts and minds.

But the real aim and purpose of this note is to remind you of what you are up against...

For whatever is going on out at the "space camp", you can be sure it is not of any God that we as Christians of any denomination look to.

You are a rare people in a time when most of the country is looking for "magic" solutions to all their troubles, when half the world seems to need a drug, or a drink, or an empty promise to lean on, it is a pleasure and comfort to know there are people who still know that a friend is really all the help that most of us ever really needed.

So, thanks friends,

/s/ John J. Carraro
New York
By Robert Welkos and Joel Sappel,
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Was Reprinted With Permission In Several Parts
During July and August 1990

State Asks Court For Injunction
To Halt Narconon Operation At Chilocco

NEWKIRK August 2, 1990- Kay County district Attorney Joseph A. Wideman, Monday filed a petition seeking to enjoin Narconon International, Inc., from operating an unlicensed and uncertified alcohol and drug abuse treatment service at Chilocco. The application for injunction names the State of Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Joan K. Leavitt, M.D., and the Oklahoma State Department of Health as plaintiffs, and Narconon International, Inc. as defendant. Narconon's service agent of record was served with the appropriate papers about noon Monday, Wideman said.

There will be a hearing on the state's application for injunction before the chief judge of the District Court, Neal Beekman, on Tuesday, August 14th at 9 a.m. in Courtroom A at the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk.

The petition filed by the state says that Narconon is operating an uncertified and unlicensed alcohol and drug abuse treatment service in violation of Oklahoma law. It notes that while Narconon is housed on Indian land, it is operated by non-Indians and is providing services mainly to non-Indians.

Narconon, according to the petition filed Monday, is housing persons in need of substance abuse treatment and is providing care and receiving compensation without being licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health or being certified by the Department of Mental Health. The petition says Narconon has been in violation of state law since February 1990 and continuing through the present.

The state's petition asks the court to "temporarily and permanently enjoin the Defendant from operating an unlicensed alcohol and drug abuse treatment service..." and asks that Narconon be made responsible for attorney fees and court costs.

In an attached brief supporting its case, the state says that...
"The defendant (Narconon) has failed to become certified and licensed by the proper regulatory bodies prior to its operation. Therefore, injunctive relief should be granted."

"The integrity of legitimate treatment services are jeopardized when unauthorized and unlicensed facilities are allowed to operate. Injunctive relief is necessary, appropriate, and mandated by both case law and statute.

The second major proposition of the supporting brief argues that the state does have licensing and certification jurisdiction over Narconon, even though it is on Indian land.

"The state courts have jurisdiction over the conduct of defendant, a non-Indian entity engaging in activity on Indian Land due to the state's strong interest in providing health care to its citizens and its minimal impact on Indian self-government.

Wideman said Monday that there are four considerations that determine whether the state maintains jurisdiction in such cases: First, Federal law must not pre-empt state law in the matter at issue. Second, state law must not infringe upon the rights of reservation Indians to govern themselves. Third, the organization itself is non-Indian owned and operated, and fourth, it is treating primarily non-Indians.

Concludes the brief: "This Court has jurisdiction over this cause since state action is not federally pre-empted and tribal self-government is not burdened. Narconon is neither owned nor operated by Indians. Their facility is primarily treating non-Indians.

Narconon has failed to become certified and licensed by the proper regulatory bodies. Injunctive relief should be granted."

Narconon spokesman Bruce Pyle has been quoted in printed reports as saying Monday that Narconon still intends to apply for state certification and licensing. Narconon's Certificate of Need expired June 20. Pyle would not comment on whether non-Indian patients have been treated at the facility.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 09 August 1990

Today's installment of the Scientology Story is the last in this series researched and produced by the Los Angeles Times. Your knowledge of this dangerous, destructive and sinister mind control cult will protect you and your family from its attempts to expand by feeding off of an unsuspecting society.

For nearly two years now, Scientology and its recruiting front, Narconon, have tried to gain acceptance in our area. They have attempted every devious and deceptive practice one can imagine. They have been caught in their own lies almost every time they have opened their mouths.

Pseudo-medicine and psychobabble aside... the fact remains that Narconon is operating an unlicensed and uncertified facility at Chilocco, in violation of Oklahoma State Law. The State Health Department has asked the District Court for an injunction to shut the operation down. District Attorney Joe Wideman has filed the paperwork, and next Tuesday at 9 am in Courtroom A at the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Judge Beekman will be asked to issue that injunction.

You can be sure that Scientology will be well represented by duped believers and slick lawyers, all bent on protecting their investment in fraud and deception.

The Health Department deserves your support... and your silent presence in the courtroom... next Tuesday morning, as they assert their right to protect your health and welfare from such charlatans. Sometimes government does work to your benefit. Give it a helping hand Tuesday morning. Be there.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 16 August 1990

Shifting Into Their 'Delay Game'

In predictable fashion, Scientology's Narconon managed to avoid the injunction hearing set for last Tuesday by asking for a "continuance". They got the hearing delayed until September 7 at 2:30 pm because their latest lawyer had a vacation scheduled for this week. Or quickly scheduled one.

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility. The date for the new hearing is September 7, incidentally, not September 2 which is a Sunday. The wrong date was widely publicized earlier this week in other area papers. But it makes little difference...

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility.

According to District Attorney Joe Wideman, Narconon has until about August 30 to ask for "removal" to Federal Court.

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility.

That would negate the September 7th day in District Court... and a new date, probably in October, will have to be set for Federal Court in Oklahoma City instead of Newkirk. So few of us will be able to attend anyway.

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility.

In October, Narconon will probably ask for a "continuance" in Federal Court... and a new date will be set for November.

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility...

You kinda get the picture?

It has been written by the guru of psychobabble that his followers are never to allow legal problems to interfere with the delivery of "services". They recognize how easy that is to do. We hope the court system also recognizes that fact, because...

In the meantime, Narconon continues to operate an unlicensed and uncertified facility.

Judge Gives Narconon 30 Days To Comply With State Law

By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
Reprinted 13 September 1990

A judge on Friday ordered the Oklahoma Department of Mental health to determine by next month whether a substance abuse center operating without state approval should be certified to remain open.

In the meantime, the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center will be allowed to operate, but is prohibited from accepting new patients, according to an order issued by District Judge Neal Beekman.

Thirty-five patients are at the facility, located on the grounds of the old Chilocco Indian School, said Bill Burkett, an Oklahoma City lawyer representing Narconon.

Friday's hearing, attended by more than 60 people, was held after the state Department of Health sought a temporary injunction to shut down the facility.

Beekman issued his order after both sides came to an agreement during more than two hours of discussion in his chambers.

Rob Cole, a lawyer with the State Health Department, said officials with the agency will have access to Narconon records to make sure no additional patients are accepted until the facility wins state certification and licensing.

"I don't envision them violating the court order," he said. "Significant sanctions would be imposed if they violate the court order."

Tim Bowles, a lawyer with Narconon's offices in Los Angeles, refused to comment after the hearing.

But Burkett said he was confident Narconon could meet the mental health department's certification requirements.

"We don' see any problems with that," he said. If Narconon is turned down in its certification bid, "then it's a new problem," he said.

The facility, operated by Narconon International, has been treating patients since February without a license from the Department of Health or certification from the Department of Mental Health.

Narconon originally contended the facility was exempt from state law because it is on Indian land. But Narconon's agreement to comply with Beekman's order seems to make that argument moot.

Narconon last month applied to have its program certified by the Mental Health Department. An agency spokeswoman said then that Narconon's program could not be inspected sooner than November and that the State Mental Health Board would not act until January.

Beekman ordered the Mental Health Department to inspect Narconon by the end of this month and have its staff make a recommendation on certification at the board's October meeting.

Janie Hipp, an assistant state attorney general assigned to the Mental Health Department, said the state agency can meet Beekman's schedule.

Hipp said people wanting a public hearing would have to make a written request to the Mental Health Department after the staff recommendations are released but before the October board meeting.

Most of the people attending Friday's hearing said they were against Narconon primarily because of its ties with the Church of Scientology, which some consider a cult.

"I would like to see Narconon removed from Kay County, the state of Oklahoma and the United States." said one man, who like most other would speak only on terms of anonymity. "I do not like the Church of Scientology."

If Narconon wins certification from the Mental Health Department, it still must be licensed by the Health Department. (Reprinted with permission from the Saturday Oklahoma, September 8, 1990)

Commissioners Request Public Hearing
In Newkirk On Narconon Certification

NEWKIRK, Sept. 13, 1990 - The letters slipped quietly from one commissioner to the next. Each read the words on the papers, and signed them without comment or conversation. The letters were to State Department of Mental Health officials, formally requesting a copy of the department's evaluation and inspection team report and recommendations regarding the certification of Narconon as soon as the report is available.

The letters also formally ask for a public hearing in Newkirk prior to the October board meeting of the Department of Mental health "so that citizens will have the opportunity to voice their opinion about Narconon."

The Mental Health Department will be sending a two person audit team to evaluate and inspect the Narconon facility within the next week or so, according to Mental Health Department spokesperson Rosemary Brown. Neither person on the team will be medically qualified, she said, but both will be experienced, qualified and educated social workers. One holds a master's degree, she added.

Judge Neal Beekman last Friday ordered that the certification process be expedited so that it may appear on the October agenda of the Mental Health Board. Narconon applied for certification on August 28th after the State health Department announced they would seek an injunction to stop operation of the unlicensed and uncertified facility, which began treating patients in February.

In order to apply for certification, Brown said it was necessary to have a current Certificate of Need. Narconon's Certificate of Need expired June 30, but Health Department spokesman Brent VanMeter said Tuesday that Narconon had requested an extension "prior to June 30th." Although Narconon's request for an extension had not been granted as of Monday afternoon, VanMeter said they were considering it a current certificate.

Judge Beekman's decision left open the option of a public hearing on the matter should anyone wish to request one. The Newkirk City Commission did just that Monday night.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 13 September 1990

The State Health Department struck a temporary deal with the devil last Friday afternoon. They agreed to allow the unlicensed and uncertified Scientology organization known as Narconon to continue in operation with its current 35 "patients."

But there are some important details in the fine print.

For one thing, Narconon, by agreeing to the settlement, has accepted the jurisdiction of the state, and will find it very difficult to bring up the matter of Indian sovereignty again in the future.

For another, Narconon is now tied to a time frame of about 30 days in which to get it's act together. It's been trying for 18 months or longer and hasn't been able to, so there is little reason to believe it will change its ways by the October meeting of the Mental Health Board.

In the meantime, Narconon can not accept any new patients until it complies with state law. Had the court issued an injunction, chances are Narconon would have ignored it anyway until the appeals processes had been exhausted. That could have taken years.

The State Mental Health Department will send a two person audit team to Narconon this month to study their "treatment" program and make recommendations to the Mental health Board, which will decide whether or not to certify Narconon at it's October meeting.

The evaluation team report will be a public document. you can request a copy by writing Don Anderson, Chairman of the Department of Mental health, P.O. Box 53277 Capitol Station, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. They will send it as soon as it is available..

If necessary, once the evaluation report is complete - anyone can call for a public hearing in Newkirk on the matter. The City Commission already has.

If for some unimaginable reason the evaluation team is snowed into recommending certification there will be a public hearing called, and your comments will be attached to the report that goes before the Mental Health Board.

Scientology has characterized members of the Mental health profession as "barbarous criminals bent on creating insanity and madness with their tools of torture."

On of Scientology's avowed goals is the worldwide replacement of legitimate mental health care with the hocus-pocus of Dianetic processing.

Scientology echoes the shallow thinking of their founder, who made such obtuse and absurd pronouncements as "There is no such thing as a fat cell," and "Niacin runs out radiation." Statements, incidentally, which are indigenous to the Narconon treatment program. Others, equally foolish, abound.

Scientologists quote with reverence this man who claimed to be a nuclear physicist after taking and flunking one course in molecular phenomena at George Washington University... this phony who's doctorate degree came from a mail-order diploma mill.

It is difficult to believe that the Oklahoma Mental Health Board, composed primarily of eminent mental health professionals with legitimate credentials, could ever condone the operation of an establishment like Narconon in our state... let alone certify it as coming any where close to the professional standards they are sworn to uphold.

It would be prudent, nevertheless for each of us to notify the members of the Board of Mental health of our concern that they be aware of the deep deception and doublespeak of which Scientology is capable... that they inform and educate themselves about it's history, methods, and purposes, before they make their decision. If nothing else, send them this column. Their addresses follow:

Mrs. Dorothy Stanaslaus, Chairperson, 701 E. 11th Claremore, OK 74017; Murray E. Abowitz, Esq., Box 1937, Oklahoma City, OK 73101; Dr. Stewart R. Beasley, Ph.D. Box 1573, Edmond, OK 73083; Dr. Helen Randolph Carter, 1001 Dean Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73117; Dr. John W. Drake, M.D., 31200 West Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73116; and Mr. LaVern Phillips, 2315 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK 73801.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 20 September 1990

First, sincere thanks to the many, many good folks of Newkirk, Kildare, and surrounding area who donated the $1,300.00 it cost to have our special section printed and inserted in the Ponca City news a couple of weeks ago. From the people who received it, we have heard nothing but praise for bringing it to their attention.

Your commitment to helping inform the rest of the people in our County of the facts about Scientology and its front groups such as Narconon is very gratifying. Credit for your individual gifts will be made privately, because however much we would like to acknowledge them publicly, it would not be prudent. But all you have to do is simply look around you. It makes us very humble to live in such a town, in spite of the time I spend on my soap box.

Second, the latest Narconon snafu seems to have come from the State Mental Health Department itself. Last Thursday, they dispatched Bill Marion and Margaret Bradford to Chilocco to perform their audit inspection of Narconon's operation.

Concurrently, the Mental Health Board was meeting in Vinita. Board members were appraised of the court ruling at that meeting, and they decided that the court had no jurisdiction to order them to expedite the inspection, since they were not a party to the court action. It was, they decided, a matter between the State Health Department and Narconon. So they recalled their auditing team in mid investigation. Narconon has to be loving that. The Mental Health Board is now waiting for their legal counsel to review the situation and tell them what the appropriate action should be.

Judge Beekman said Monday he was unaware of the Mental Health Board's action. District Attorney Joe Wideman was out of town and unavailable for comment.

It sounds like a game of hot-potato catch to me.

In the meantime, it appears that the economic boom Narconon promised our area is turning bust, as predicted. Narconon claims to have spent gobs of money renovating Chilocco. But a lot of the folks who did the work are wondering where their money is.

Empire Plumbing Supply is the first firm we know of to take legal action. They're suing Narconon for $21,471.03 in plumbing supplies for which they haven't been paid. It's case number C-90-220 at the court house.

Monday morning, an air conditioning contractor in Arkansas City called us saying he was near bankruptcy because he hasn't been paid for labor or supplies used trying to get Narconon in shape for their Grand Opening bash last June 30.

Monday afternoon, a sign painter in Arkansas City called saying someone should warn the public about that "wonderful, caring organization that's trying to help people" just north of us a Chilocco. He hasn't been paid, either, he said.

An Arkansas City appliance dealer says he hasn't been paid for renting an air conditioner and refrigerator to Narconon "for Barbara Mandrell's" appearance during the Grand Opening 3 months ago. Narconon wanted to buy television sets and air conditioners on credit, he added, saying he refused to go along with that economic boom.

Another Ark City merchant, not affected by Narconon's credit buying spree, says friends of his in the furniture business are wondering when they'll get paid. A ceramic tile supplier is wondering the same thing. So is the gas company. So are a bunch of motels in the area, which housed all of those big shots brought in to witness the GO Show.

Word is the Indian tribes haven't been paid for equipment they have been renting to Narconon, either. Last Friday, tribal workmen going through town said they were headed to Narconon to confiscate the equipment and lock it up in the armory out there.

Barbara Mandrell reportedly took home over $60,000 for her 2 hour performance. Quite a gold mine. The merchants who provided the materials and performed the labor to get the Con-anon Show ready got what was left.

The shaft.

Funny how they can find the money to pay for the smoke and mirror show but can't find the money for the hardware behind it.

None of Newkirk's merchants seem to have been victimized by the scam, however. And we'll take a little bit of the credit for that, thank you.

Third, word from the hinterland indicates that Scientology intends to continue the fraud. Propaganda circulating out West this week suggests that people should donate $1,000.00 to $500,000.00 to Narconon Chilocco for "Phase Two" which will bring the facility up to 1,000 beds and 400 staff and "trainees" by March 1991.

Never mind that they aren't licensed or certified. Never mind that their Certificate of Need was limited to 75 beds, and that it expired June 30th. Never mind the Court Order forbidding them to accept new patients. Never mind that they haven't even paid for the last batch of work and goods they ordered.

If you liked the economic benefits Narconon brought you with Phase One, wait til you get a taste of Phase Two!

And finally, another little tidbit we uncovered this week, that Narconon hasn't been making much noise about in this part of the country:

The "Criminal Rehabilitation Branch of Narconon, International" known as "Criminon" now claims to have programs established in five Oklahoma penal facilities" Jack Brandon at McAlister, Joseph Harp at Lexington, the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlister, and the Oklahoma State Reformatory at Granite.

Who's paying for those?

New City Fire Response Policy Excludes Chilocco Indian Lands

NEWKIRK Sept. 27, 1990 - Fires starting on Indian Land will no longer be extinguished by the Newkirk Fire Department.

City Commissioners Monday evening voted to adopt that new policy, and to inform each of the tribes who own land in the area, the Chilocco Development Authority, and Narconon of their decision by letter.

Land covered by the policy includes the area of Chilocco leased by Narconon, the area controlled by the CDA, and the adjacent lands owned by the Cherokee, Ponca, Otoe, Pawnee, Kaw, and Tonkawa tribes. The policy does not affect the Kaw Housing development east of Newkirk.

The policy is not unlike that adopted previously which applies to Corps of Engineers land near Kaw Lake. The Corps of Engineers has a no pay policy, and has told the city to let fires on their land burn. City Manager David Haynes said fighting fires on Indian land is also a losing proposition. He cited an unpaid $1,400 bill sent to Narconon for fighting a wild trash fire, and an outstanding $300.00 bill for a fire run to Chilocco several years ago before Narconon entered the picture.

The Fire Department will continue to respond to fires starting outside of Indian land, and to fires that spread off of Indian land and threaten non-Indian property. Privately, commissioners and the city manager agreed that in the event of any life-threatening danger, the department would be obligated to respond, no matter where the fire was located or where it started. Letters from the city attorney notifying the proper officials of the policy change should already be in the mail.

 Narconon Public Hearing NHS Auditorium,
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1 pm - Was canceled due to fear of overcrowding

(notes) On September 27, 1990, a two column by eight and a half inch blank spot appeared in the Newkirk Herald Journal right on the front page.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 04 October 1990

About our blank spot last week - We had proof that Darrell Ayoub of Carlsbad, Ca., was admitted to Narconon as a patient on September 12th, just five days after Narconon agreed in court that they would take no more patients until they were certified.

What we didn't have was confirmation of the exact sequence of events leading up to his enrollment on September 12th, and the Health Department man didn't call with that information soon enough for us to leave it in the paper.

According to Health Department investigators and Mrs. Ayoub, a Narconon salesman arrived at the Ayoub home on September 6th and spent 3 hours trying to "hard sell" the program to them.

Darrell, a 23 year old who got himself messed up fooling with methamphetamines about a year and a half ago, has been under psychiatric care, and has previously undergone treatment at the Betty Ford Center.

On September 7, he decided to accept the Narconon sales pitch, but on the 8th changed his mind and rejected the idea. Then, Darrell got into trouble with the law and wound up in jail. Guess who bailed him out? The Narconon salesman, of course, who convinced his grandmother that he would go back to jail if he wasn't immediately sent to Chilocco for treatment. Ayoub was actually enrolled as a patient at Narconon on September 12th.

We don't know how Health Department lawyers view this infraction, but we didn't expect Narconon to have the integrity to tell the Ayoubs that they couldn't accept Darrell on September 12th because they were unlicensed and uncertified and under a court order not to accept more patients. She found that out later.

Five thousand of the $15,000.00 treatment fee was wired to Narconon up front. But within a week, Darrell was wanting out, and his parents began investigating. When they discovered more about this outfit, they demanded he be returned to them, and on Friday evening, September 21st, Darrell was sent home on a plane from Wichita, according to Mrs. Ayoub.

We jerked the column because Scientology scares the bejabbers out of us, and we don't want to give them any options by accidently printing something we aren't sure of. We're not as free to twist the facts as some.

Scientology, on the other hand, seems to be "Totally Free" to do whatever they see fit. The Ayoub case is just the latest demonstration of their continuing deceit.

It started when they adamantly denied their connection to Narconon. When Narconon's Incorporation papers prove it was founded by Scientology's Rev. Arthur Maren, Scientology Guardian's Officer Henning Heldt, and yes, William Benitez.

It continued when they tried to fool us into believing that ABLE, one of their sub-organizations, was an independent philanthropic group that had donated $200,000.00 in seed money to get Narconon started, when in fact ABLE owns Narconon.

It became almost humorous when they tried to make us believe they had an 86% cure rate and world wide acceptance when in fact their cure rate claims are unsubstantiated and they have closed more Narconon units in the US than they currently have operating. Did they run out of addicts to cure, or what?

It grew when Narconon said they weren't going to recruit local people, when in fact, that was the very first marketing item on their Action Plan. Not to mention the solicitation cards mailed out to most residents just last weekend.

It got deeper the day they told the Health Department they were only treating Indians. That was the day John Carraro, a German-Italian from New York, got away from them and told us most of the patients out there were non-Indians just like him.

It got thicker still when they enrolled Ayoub.

That's what we find the most repulsive of all about this whole organization. The hypocrisy and deception foisted upon us at every turn.

Scientology claims to be the "Bridge to Total Freedom." And according to an old 1974 Narconon News, Narconon is "the bridge to the Bridge of Total Freedom." The illustration shows that Narconon leads invariably to Scientology. It proves our case that Narconon is primarily a Scientology recruiting tool. Which is the biggest deceit of all. No matter the good Narconon may do, the end never justifies the means. Their motive is the worldwide expansion of "LRH Tech"; drug treatment is simply an exploitable method of accomplishing that end.

The State Mental Health Department has called a Public Hearing for next Tuesday at 1 pm at the School Auditorium. Go and tell 'em you're tired of listening to Narconon's lies.

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