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Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 14 November 1991

Human history is a long, tedious road with many missing bricks. It is based on a few artifacts, some rather outstanding individual lives, some written words, and a lot of oral tradition. The farther back in history one travels, the less clear the picture. Details fall by the wayside. Assumptions take their place. Current events become history. History becomes archeology. Archeology becomes educated guesswork. Guesswork becomes theory.

Suppose.... just suppose there was a way to rebuild the entire history of the human race. One life at a time. Accurately, completely, in absolute minuscule detail. What a remarkable historical record could be constructed, like a long road, one brick at a time. What a boon to the artifact hunters, to the historians, to the politicians who seemed doomed to repeat history for lack of knowledge about it. What a solid, incontrovertible record that would be. No more guesswork. No more wondering.

Our friends up north have, they claim, the ability to recall their past lives over trillions of years. They know who they were, and what they did or did not do in those past lives. They can replay their "whole track" of lives, even back into other planets and galaxies.

Now, with this remarkable trait, and a membership now claimed to be at 8 million, they could put down an awful lot of bricks on our historical road. Lets see. Eight million members each with a span of say, 50 years per life. Why, in just the span of the last 10,000 years, that works out to about 1,600 million lives. That's a bunch of bricks, and would pave a lot of history. Probably more history than we really need to reconstruct.

What credibility it would add to the organization able to accomplish such a task... To fill in those gaps in history where little is known. To build upon what is recorded and known. To prove their ability to the world, and give humanity back it's heritage in three dimensional detail...

With this possibility in mind, I asked some of those who have "experienced" their past lives, just who they were in the "before." It was a meagre attempt to reconstruct some small measure of history myself, and thus prove it possible to regain all lost knowledge of the past.

My interviews so far have included one Joan of Arc, a couple of Napoleons, several Julius Caesars, a few Jesus Christs, and one "biological" father of Jesus Christ. But no stable boys, hod carriers, or potato farmers. And each of them knows of others who have also been Napoleon, or Julius Caesar, or Jesus Christ. Absurd as it may seem, they believed it. It was true for them.

So much for an accurate historical record based on the recall of past lives. But then, what would you expect from an outfit that teaches "Truth is what is true for you" ?

Which is exactly what is taught at Narconon, on page 201 of Book 6.

An organization that removes the anchor points of reality from people's lives is a dangerous entity. Few things are absolute. Real truth is one of them. Without absolute truth, nothing can be proven correct, nothing can be proven false. Anything can be good or bad as the organization's goals suggest. It leads invariably to the false logic that the end justifies the means.

An organization which has historically proven that it will use any means to accomplish it's goals is ultimately destructive in nature. Critical thinking ceases. Thought control sets in. Absurdity becomes reality.

Should the Mental Health Board fail to recognize these flaws in the Narconon ointment, and mistakenly license Narconon as legitimate health care in the state, they will ultimately have more Napoleans than they can say grace over.

Good Inspection Won't Ensure Narconon Permit

By Michael McNutt, Enid Bureau
The Daily Oklahoman, Tuesday, December 10, 1991

A controversial drug and alcohol treatment center seeking state certification received high scores on a recent state inspection, but that is no guarantee of certification, a state official said Monday.

"The only official word is that the (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) staff denied it last time, and it doesn't look like there's going to be much change on that," Guy Hurst of the Oklahoma Attorney General's office, said.

Hurst, who represents the mental health department staff, said no official recommendation has been prepared yet by the staff members.

Gary Smith, president of Narconon Chilocco New Life Center near Newkirk, issued a press release stating the facility's high scores "show that we do meet or exceed the mental health standards for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers."

The Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Serivces is scheduled to issue a decision Friday on whether to certify Narconon Chilocco, which has been accepting patients since February 1990. The state inspection report will be one factor the board will consider.

Board members, who met for almost 16 hours in October to hear comments about Narconon's operation, set 13 requirements for certification. One was allowing department staff on campus to ascertain compliance with the requirements.

Others were to improve medical records kept at the treatment center and to hire appropriate, medically trained employees to administer medication and supervise the center's sauna and exercise programs.

A five member team inspected the center last month, Smith said.

He released a document Monday showing Narconon scored 100 percent on governing authority, 92 percent on program management and 90 percent on program services. Hurst said the center needed to score 100 in all three areas.

But Smith said state regulations require only a minimum of 75 percent to qualify for provisional certification.

Smith did not send the rest of the inspector's report, which listed several deficiencies. Hurst said those deficiencies included failing to have enough nurses to dispense medication and failing to keep complete medical records.

"They're serious (deficiencies) in that they're all required," he said. "If you don't have them, you're not supposed to be licensed."

Smith said patients are closely monitored by the medical staff, "but it didn't show on the records."

He also said the center has hired two registered nurses and plans to hire an additional nurse today. Hurst said Narconon Chilocco needs at least four nurses.

He said inspectors also listed concerns over the lack of drug and alcohol education materials given to patients. Patients are given mostly materials from the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

Board members during their October hearing expressed concerns about medical procedures, and they asked for improvements in record keeping and patient monitoring to make sure they face no health risk as patients go through Narconon's treatment of vitamins, sauna and exercise.

Narconon has billed its treatment at "totally drug-free" but its recently appointed medical director, Dr. Ray Stowers, told board members that drugs are used on some patients in the withdrawal phase.

 Narconon Certification Hearing
Tomorrow, Friday, December 13, 1991
9:00 a.m.
Department of Mental Health Building
1300 North 13th Street
Oklahoma City, Ok
Public Encouraged To Attend

State Mental Health Board Denies Narconon Certification Bid

By Robert W. Lobsinger
19 December 1991

The State Board of Mental Health Friday denied certification for a controversial drug and alcohol treatment center known as Narconon, and gave the facility seven days to move out its patients.

The meeting was attended by 136 interested spectators, about 60 of them from Newkirk. Almost no one attending actually heard what was going on because of the lack of space in the meeting room. Most spectators stood or sat patiently in the ante-rooms as the board heard testimony. Media coverage was abundant, however.

The board's decision ended a lengthy effort by Narconon Chilocco New Life Center to win certification for their treatment modalities, which were formulated by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

But another battle is brewing, as Narconon attorney Harry Woods, Jr., indicated at the meeting that he would appeal the board's decision in Oklahoma County District Court.

Narconon's president, Gary Smith, said in television and newspaper interviews following the decision that certification was denied because the Mental health Department was putting their bias and prejudice into their reports, which have twice recommended against certifying the facility.

The Oklahoma Board of Mental health and Substance Abuse Services voted 6-0 to deny certification for Narconon, which sought permission to operate a 75 bed facility north of Newkirk at the former Chilocco Indian School. Dr. Sue Ellen Read abstained from voting because she did not attend an October hearing when members listened to more than 12 hours of evidence before delaying their decision again until last Friday.

Dr. Dwight Holden, who toured the facility a week ago today, said it lacked a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor and the staff had little formal training in the field.

Dr. Stewart R. Beasley, Jr., asked that the 27 patients currently enrolled at Chilocco be transferred to other facilities within seven days because "the program is basically unsafe. Their well being is at risk." His motion to that effect was approved by the board over the objection of Mr. Murray Abowitz, who felt a longer period of time should be given for the transfer.

The program relies on a sauna and exercise program and until October was advertised as being "drug-free".

But at the October hearing, Dr. Ray Stowers of Medford, who had been hired in September by Narconon as their medical director, told the board that drugs were administered during the detoxification part of the program.

Holden said Dr. Stowers efforts at making improvements at the facility were noticed, but he said there were too many health concerns to certify it. There "is a need to prove the safety and effectiveness" of such unorthodox treatment programs, Holden said.

State Attorney General's office lawyer Guy Hurst said the state will ask for dismissal of an Oklahoma County court order that allowed Narconon to treat up to 40 patients while its certification was pending. State officials will have authority to shut down the facility once the seven day transfer period is over, Hurst said, even though the facility is on Indian land, because it is a non-Indian operation. Tribal police could be asked to intervene if jurisdictional problems arise, he added.

The Board refused a request by Woods to allow the facility to continue in operation until the appeal process is exhausted. Hurst noted that such a process could take several years if the matter goes before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Board members made their decision after a 3 hour closed deliberative session, following about 4 hours of testimony including that of two former students who, among other things, said that the sauna temperatures were as high as 200 degrees. One graduate of the program said he was told he could drink "a few" beers after completing the program without problems. But, he said, he went back to Narconon twice after going on drinking binges following his graduation from the program. "I believed them," he said.

Reasons for denial of certification were listed in a document called Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, which was released following the meeting by Hurst. Some of those findings are quoted as follows:

Findings of Fact

"In reviewing the application and determining the merits of the application the Board on the October 18, 1991 and December 13, 1991 hearings heard evidence and considered the issues of safety and effectiveness of the treatment modality utilized by the Applicant.

Most drugs of abuse are removed from the body by detoxification and excretion through the liver, kidneys, and the lungs. Although minute quantities of some drugs may be found in sweat the amount represents a small fraction of drug elimination.

The Narconon drug treatment modality treats all drug addictions the same. No scientific evidence was produced to show that all drug addictions are properly treated in the same manner.

The terms "patient," "student" and "client" are used interchangeably in these Findings.

The Narconon Program exposes its patients to the risk of delayed withdrawal phenomena such as seizures, delirium and/or hallucinations.

The Board has not considered any evidence of the beliefs or opinions of any witness on matters of religion in making its findings of fact. To the extent there may be some affiliation between Narconon and any religion such affiliation has been totally disregarded by the Board. The Board has not made its decision on certification based upon any consideration of religion or religious affiliation.

The Board concludes that the Applicant, Narconon International, has the burden of proving that its program meets all requirements for certification and specifically the burden of proving its program is both safe and effective. Narconon has not sustained its burden of proving its program is either safe or effective. However, regardless of whether Narconon International has the burden of proof the Board concludes there is substantial credible evidence, as found by the Board, that the Narconon Program is unsafe and ineffective.

The Narconon program requires its patients to sweat up to five hours per day, seven days a week, for approximately thirty days. The rationale, according to Narconon for the sweat-out is to rid the body of fat-stored drugs and chemicals through sweat. However, there is no scientific basis for the technique. Most drugs of abuse are removed from the body by detoxification and excretion through the liver, kidneys and (in some instances) through the lungs. Although minute quantities of some drugs may be found in sweat, the amount represents such a small fraction of drug elimination that no matter how much an individual sweated through exercise or saunas, the clearance of most drugs of abuse would not be significantly increased.

The Narconon program includes the administration of high doses of vitamins and minerals to the Narconon patient as part of their treatment. The use of high amounts of vitamins and minerals in the amounts described administered by Narconon can be potentially dangerous to the patients of Narconon according to the more credible medical evidence.

The relationship between drug abuse and psychiatric disorders is well established. Most drug abusers who enter residential drug treatment facilities have high levels of anxiety, depression, hostility or apathy. Further, a chemical dependency disorder may co-exist with - or be secondary to - a specific psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia or major depression, which should be treated by established psychiatric procedures. The Narconon program presents a potential risk to the patients of the Narconon program that delayed withdrawal phenomena such as seizures, delirium or hallucination that are occasionally seen several days after cessation of drugs such as benzodiazepines may be misinterpreted by Narconon's non-medical staff as the effect of mobilizing the drug from fat during the sauna sweat-out procedure period. There is also a potential risk that the reported re-experience of the abused drugs' effect during the sauna sweat-out program may be the result of misinterpreted symptoms of hyperthermia or electrolyte imbalance since vital signs and serum electrolyte levels have not been consistently monitored during the sweat-out procedures or when a student is reporting the phenomena.

The progress notes for the patients at Narconon do not consistently evidence that vital signs are recorded every six hours in the detoxification process; nor do the progress notes record fluid intake for detoxification clients.

Discharge summaries of patients at Narconon were not routinely completed within fifteen days of the patient's discharge.

The clinical records of patients at Narconon do not consistently reflect the recording of vital signs every six hours for clients as required under non-medical detoxification standards of the Department.

There is credible evidence by way of witness testimony and review of Narconon charts which reflect that there were patients who had psychiatric problems who were taken off of their previously prescribed psychiatric medication who did not do well and subsequently developed psychiatric problems. This evidence indicates a lack of safety and effectiveness in connection with the program.

Clients of Narconon suffering from psychiatric illness, when taken off their prescribed medications, did poorly in the Narconon program and were placed in a segregated facility called "destem". This practice endangers the safety, health and /or the physical and mental well being of Narconon's clients.

Narconon's program lacks any acceptable degree of quality control of the sauna temperatures and treatment. Such a lack of control endangers the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of its clients.

Narconon hires former students to work at Narconon - Chilocco immediately upon graduation and the former students work directly with the present students. While former patients of drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics can be employed in such clinics after graduation, the former patient's recovery from his addiction should be established with more passage of time to ensure sobriety and to avoid putting patients in contact with addicts who are not fully recovered. This practice could negatively impact the safety and effectiveness of the program.

Narconon does not maintain a sufficient level of follow-up of its students after graduation, which impacts the effectiveness of the program allowing for relapses and lack of recovery.

During an on-site visit in November 1991 a student was found with a potentially dangerous low level of potassium which could lead to cramps, (muscular, skeletal problems) and cardiac arrhythmia.

The vast majority of time spent in the Narconon treatment plan and course work does not in any way relate to or involve education about drug and alcohol abuse treatment, issues, and/ or addiction. The Narconon treatment plan thus has deficiencies which render it ineffective. The Narconon treatment plan is general in nature, applies categorically to all students and is not individualized. The treatment plan also lacks measurable individualized objectives which the students should seek to achieve in the program. For instance, the treatment plan sets a patient's objective as follows: "To have a clear mind." This objective is essentially meaningless. In order for a bonafide drug treatment plan to be effective it is essential to have individualized measured objectives which Narconon's treatment plan lacks.

Part of the Narconon treatment program involves touch assists between patients. Touch assists involve massages between patients in rooms by themselves. Narconon has both male and female patients who are involved in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. This practice of touch assists could likely lead to improper sexual contact between drug addicts or alcoholics in the process of recovery. An accepted standard in such programs is for the patients to keep their hands to themselves. The practice of touch assists between male and female patients who are recovering drug addicts or alcoholics in private rooms renders the program unsafe in this respect.

The discharge planning is not adequate and commences only very shortly prior to discharge. This lack of discharge planning renders Narconon's program ineffective.

Narconon clients are counseled by Narconon staff that it is acceptable for the client to drink alcohol after being discharged from the Narconon program and if the client is incapable of being able to drink alcohol, then this fact evidences the client's need for further treatment. Such counseling endangers the client's safety, health and /or the physical or mental well being, and is not in accord with acceptable drug and alcohol counseling and treatment.

Narconon employes staff inadequately educated and trained in the care and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse clients. Such a practice endangers the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of the clients of Narconon.

Narconon permits clients under treatment for drug and alcohol abuse to handle and provide medications to fellow Narconon clients, to supervise the sauna treatment of fellow Narconon clients, and to supervise Narconon clients with psychiatric disorders. Such practices endanger the client's health and safety and are not in accord with acceptable drug and alcohol treatment.

There is substantial medical literature which indicates that sauna therapy may pose significant health risks to intravenous heroine addicts, which is likely to be treated at Narconon, because such drug use may impair normal physiological response and problems associated with high temperature saunas which could be detected.

The Narconon Program includes running to stimulate circulation followed by prescribed periods in a sauna for up to 5 hours at extremely high temperatures (i.e. 135° to 200° F) and as such endangers the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of its clients. Such a procedure exposes the client to the health hazards of dehydration and heat injury. This sauna regime also creates a risk of hyperthermia and electrolyte imbalance.

Narconon restricts access by Narconon clients to their personal physicians, family, attorneys, clergy and others by not permitting communications except at limited and designated hours. such a practice may endanger the physical or mental well being of Narconon's clients.

The Narconon program fails to provide adequate follow-up and treatment for Narconon clients demonstrating abnormal lab tests and other medical problems. Such failures endanger the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of the Narconon clients and is not in accord with acceptable drug and alcohol care and treatment.

There was no evidence that the Narconon staff inventoried and verified the medications brought on to the campus by Narconon clients. such a failure endangers the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of Narconon's clients.

The Board recognizes that Narconon has in the past few weeks adopted many new policies. The evidence did not disclose adherence to many if not all of these policies. There was no measurable and identifiable compliance by Narconon to its newly adopted policies in the areas of taking and recordation of vital signs, drug and alcohol instructions to clients, handling of medications, withdrawal and discharge procedures, lab testing, procedures for emergency medical supplies and others.

Narconon clients are routinely administered clonidine. Narconon fails to provide adequate supervision for clients prescribed this medication given this drug's risks and potential for adverse consequences. Such failure to adequately supervise endangers the safety, health and/or the physical or mental well being of the Narconon clients.

The vast majority of Narconon's course materials in its drug and alcohol abuse program are not designed to educate and/or treat clients in the area of drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, there was only evidence of occasional lectures to Narconon clients in areas of drug and alcohol abuse. As such, Narconon's program lacks sufficient instruction and education in the area of drug and alcohol abuse.

There is no credible scientific evidence that the Narconon program is effective in the treatment of chemical dependency.

There is no credible scientific evidence that exercise speeds up the detoxification process.

Large doses of niacin are administered to patients during the Narconon program to rid the body of radiation. There is no credible scientific evidence that niacin in any way gets radiation out of the patient's body. Rather, the more credible medical evidence supports the existence of potential medical risks to persons receiving high doses of niacin.

There is no credible evidence establishing the safety of the Narconon program to its patients.

There is no credible evidence establishing the effectiveness of the Narconon program to its patients.

Conclusions Of Law

Any finding of fact which should be included in the conclusion of law such matters are included hereby by reference.

In order for the Application to be granted by the Board it must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the program is safe and effective for the non-medical residential treatment of alcohol and drug abuse.

Th purpose of Mental health law in the State of Oklahoma is to provide humane care and treatment of persons who require treatment for drugs or alcohol abuse. Residents of the State of Oklahoma are entitled to medical care and treatment in accordance with the highest standards accepted in medical practice. 43A O.S. Supp. 1990, §1-102.

The Narconon Chilocco program does not conform to the principles of traditional chemical dependency treatment. The Board's conclusion that the Narconon Chilocco program is non-traditional does not form the basis, in any respect, for the Board's decision on the Narconon application for certification.

No scientifically well-controlled studies were found that documented the safety of the Narconon program. There are potential dangers from the use of non-medical staff who may be unable to interpret the possibility of seizures, delirious, cardiac arrythmia, or hallucinations that are phenomena associated with the cessation of drugs. There is also a potential risk of the reported reexperience of the abused drug effect during the sauna sweat out program may be the result of misinterpreted symptoms of hyperthermia or electrolyte imbalance. Moreover, the multiple findings of fact heretofore entered by the Board establish that Narconon's program is not safe.

Drug treatment program offered by Narconon Chilocco is an experimental treatment and not proven safe or effective and is not in accord with the highest standards accepted in medical practice as required by statute.

No scientifically wee-controlled independent, long-term outcome studies were found that directly and clearly establish the effectiveness of the Narconon program for the treatment of chemical dependency and the more credible evidence establishes Narconon's program is not effective. The Board determines that the Narconon Program is not effective in the treatment of chemical dependency.

The Board concludes that the program offered by Narconon Chilocco is not medically safe.

The Board has reviewed the proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law submitted by the Department and Narconon. Any proposed finding of fact and/or conclusion of law inconsistent with those entered by the Board is denied.

Certification is denied."

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 19 December 1991

We have printed, today, the reasoning behind the Mental Health Board's decision not to certify Narconon as legitimate health care in the state of Oklahoma. All of it. It's long. But it is important that somebody put it in the public record.

The simple fact is that Narconon is unsafe and ineffective as health care. Period. Never was, never will be. It's exactly what we said it was two and a half years ago: a snake oil cure, which at any price is a rip-off.

Thanks to the Mental Health Board, taxpayers' money and insurance benefits will not be wasted on Hubbard's Hucksters. Desperate people will no longer be fed false hopes and dangerous hocum, at least at Chilocco.

However, the Narconuts continue to blow smoke up the media's tailpipe, blaming their failure to pass muster on everyone and everything else except the real problem: It doesn't work, and it isn't safe.

Over 20 years they've been taking people's money and yet there is not one piece of scientifically credible evidence that their program works. Four of their own doctors admitted that at the hearings.

Is it safe? Sure, most people survive it. That's not the point. The point is that someone might not survive a 200 degree sauna. Keep in mind that water boils at 212 degrees. One can bake brownies in less than 5 hours at 200 degrees, but that's how long debilitated addicts are expected to spend in the Narconon sauna each day.

Considering that all of Narconon's staff (except their new medical director, incidentally) have been through the program at least once, it is not difficult to understand why they have such a hard time comprehending the board's decision.

Their brains have obviously been baked. Which is further indication that Narconon doesn't work and is unsafe.

We were especially unimpressed with Ms. Bimbo Barmaid for informing us of how arrogant and irresponsible the Mental Health Board is. Fortunately, she doesn't run anything but her mouth. And even then, she usually uses somebody else's words. Someone might pay attention to her if she had the credentials of even one member of the Mental Health Board. No matter how often she reads the script they give her, she can't make Narconon safe, and she can't make it work.

Narconon's latest tactic is to start a petition drive across the state. They've been spotted lurking in the dorm halls at OSU, and were invited off the property at Wall-Mart and Food Warehouse in Ponca over the weekend. With assistance from the police.

The idea apparently is that if enough people sign a petition to do something that is dangerous, the people who know better will let them do it anyway. This is Narconon's concept of helping their fellow man? All the names in the world on a petition don't make the Narconon system work, and they don't make it safe.

In addition, they have again resorted to their old tactic of harassing people. At least one Mental Health Board member is getting strange phone calls and being followed where ever he goes. A lot of us in Newkirk have been through that foolishness before, too. Harassing board members doesn't make the Narconon program work, and it doesn't make it safe. Harassment like this just makes them more obnoxious.

Then there is the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Narconon's sister org, which appears right on que to charge the Mental Health Department with undocumented heinous crimes everytime it looks like Narconon is going to get tossed out on it's ear. Trying to intimidate the Mental Health Department doesn't make the Narconon system safe, or effective.

All of these things they do, without addressing the real problem: Narconon is dangerous and it doesn't work. Until they recognize that fact, they might as well be trying to teach a pig to sing.

Which wastes a lot of time and it irritates the pig.

Freeman Gets Narconon Appeal

By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau
December 26, 1991

An Oklahoma County judge who previously has ruled in favor of Narconon Chilocco New Life Center has been assigned to hear the center's latest court case, a lawyer for the center said Saturday.

Harry Woods Jr. said a court appeal of the state mental health board's denial of certification for the facility has been assigned to District Judge Leamon Freeman.

Freeman also will rule on a request to allow Narconon Chilocco to remain open through the appeal process, Woods said.

The actions were filed just before court offices closed Friday in Oklahoma County, Woods said. No hearing date has been set for the request to stay the mental health board's decision, pending appeals.

State officials likely will file motions arguing against the appeal, and against allowing Narconon Chilocco to remain open through the appeal process, which could take as long as two or three years.

Lawyers for Narconon Chilocco originally said the appeal would be filed in Oklahoma County but then said it would be filed in Kay County District Court because that is where the facility is located.

But Woods said he found a 1991 court case that allowed Narconon Chilocco to file its appeal in Oklahoma County because that is the home county of the state mental health board and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Freeman last November granted a stay for Narconon Chilocco that allowed the facility to remain open and to accept new patients while it went through the state licensing process.
Freeman's order countered an earlier order by a Kay County judge that blocked Narconon Chilocco from accepting any more patients until it is certified.

Freeman also last year blocked the state mental health board from using a mental health department staff report recommending denial. Freeman said the staff report was biased and criticized the department for using an expert he considered biased against Narconon Chilocco.

"It's like having an independent investigator to look into the situation in Kuwait and sending Saddam Hussein to do it," Freeman said last November.

Narconon Chilocco, ordered by the state board to close last week, was allowed to remain open to take care of its 27 patients. Oklahoma County District Judge John Amick's order was to remain in effect until a hearing could be scheduled on the facility's request to continue operating during the appeal process.

However, Narconon Chilocco cannot accept new patients, Amick said.

Amick made his ruling after a lawyer for the state mental health board asked for dismissal of Freeman's 1990 order that allowed Narconon Chilocco to operate until the board ruled on certification.

State officials said the order should have been dropped because the state mental health board made a ruling on certification.

Woods said Freeman probably will set a hearing next month on Narconon Chilocco's stay request.

On the appeal, Freeman can overturn the board's denial or order a new hearing by the board, Woods said. The judge also can uphold the board's findings.

Narconon Chilocco's appeal claims that "throughout its application for certification Narconon has been subjected to an excessive wave of constitutional violations, statutory violations, disparate treatment," Gary Smith, Narconon Chilocco's president, said.

"We were forced to take this measure to protect the rights of our present and future clients that do the Narconon program," Smith said.

A petition drive is under way to garner support for the facility, with more than 1,000 signing, Smith said. More than 3,000 letters from supporters have been sent to state officials, he said. (Reprinted with permission, Sunday Oklahoman, Dec. 22, 1991)

Narconon Denied Request to Accept Former Patient

By Michael McNutt,
Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
Thursday, Jan. 9, 1992

A drug and alcohol treatment center ordered last month to shut down was denied permission Friday accept a former patient who asked to return to the facility.

State lawyers, meanwhile, argued that a stay requested by Narconon Chilocco New Life Center to remain open should be turned down because it never was licensed by Oklahoma.
Oklahoma County District Judge Leeman Freeman denied a request from Narconon Chilocco to admit the former patient, said to be from New York.

Freeman said lawyers for Narconon Chilocco could file a similar request with District Judge John Amick, who is presiding over an Oklahoma County case filed by Narconon Chilocco last year against the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Harry Woods Jr., Narconon Chilocco's lawyer, said the facility is considering filing the request with Amick.

Mental health board members last month voted to deny certification for Narconon Chilocco's treatment program, saying it was medically unsafe and experimental.

Narconon Chilocco, which has been accepting patients since February 1990, has appealed and asked that a stay be issued allowing the facility, located north of Newkirk, to remain open until a hearing on its appeal could be heard.

Guy Hurst, assistant state attorney general, said Friday that Narconon Chilocco's request for a stay order is inappropriate because the facility never was licensed by the state.

Stays usually are granted to a licensed facility that asks to remain open after a state board suspends its license, he said.

"There's nothing to stay," Hurst said. "They were unlicensed. There was a hearing. They're still unlicensed."

Hurst said he will make the same argument later this month when Freeman presides over a hearing on whether a stay should be issued.

Freeman also is expected to hear Narconon Chilocco's appeal. That hearing is scheduled for May 15.

When board members denied certification, they also prohibited Narconon Chilocco from accepting new patients.

At the time of the board's decision, Narconon Chilocco had 27 patients. Hurst said he was told the facility Friday had 16 patients.

Immediately after the Dec. 13 decision Narconon Chilocco officials started a petition drive seeking signatures in support of the center.

A Newkirk area resident, meanwhile, has started his own petition drive, seeking signatures of those who support the board's decision.

"All we're doing is affirming our support of that agency of government that has made that decision," Frank Johns said. "We feel a decision has been made by a bona fide agency of government and it should be abided by." (Reprinted with permission, Saturday Oklahoman, January 4, 1992)

Narconon Files Appeal To Operate Center

By Michael McNutt, Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
Thursday, Jan 16, 1992

A drug and alcohol treatment center denied state approval has filed court papers asking a judge to overturn the state action and allow it to operate.

Lawyers for Narconon International, which operates Narconon Chilocco New Life Center north of Newkirk, on Friday filed a petition for a judicial review in the Ponca City division of Kay County District Court.

No hearing date has been set.

In their 103 page document, lawyers ask District Judge Neal Beekman to set aside the Dec. 13 decision by the Oklahoma Board of Mental health and Substance Abuse Services to deny certification for Narconon Chilocco's treatment program.

Board members said the center's treatment program, which relies heavily on vitamins and a sauna and exercise program, was experimental and medically unsafe.

Board members also ordered that Narconon Chilocco be closed by Dec. 23, but lawyers appealed the board's action. That appeal kept the facility open.

However, the center is prohibited from admitting new patients.

The center, which sought approval for 75 beds, had 27 patients on Dec. 13, and 16 last week.

Lawyers for Narconon Chilocco last week were unsuccessful in getting a court order to allow the center to admit a former patient who they said needed follow-up treatment.
Meanwhile, a Feb. 27 hearing has been scheduled in Ponca City to take up the issue of a petition filed in 1990 in Kay County to close the facility.

District Attorney Joe Wideman is expected to make oral arguments during that hearing on why the facility should be closed.

The case has been pending since 1990 because the judge postponed acting on the application to close the drug treatment center until after the state mental health board ruled on its certification application.

Narconon Chilocco began accepting patients in February 1990, and applied for state certification only after state officials sought a court order to close it.

Lawyers for the treatment center then tied up the process in the court system for about a year, forcing the board to hire an independent inspector to evaluate the program.

Mental health department staffers were allowed to get back into the certification process four months ago. Staff recommended denial of the center's application. (Reprinted with permission from the Sunday Oklahoman, Jan. 12, 1992)

Board Reply Opposes Narconon

By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau
January 23, 1992

A request for a court order to allow Narconon Chilocco New Life Center to remain open and continue treating patients should be rejected, according to papers filed Wednesday (Jan 15) in Oklahoma County.

Narconon Chilocco should be shut down to comply with a Dec. 13 ruling by the oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services instead of being allowed to remain open while lawyers for the facility appeal the board's action, the documents said.

The papers were filed in Oklahoma County District Court by board lawyer George S. Corbyn Jr., in response to Narconon Chilocco's motion seeking a stay.

District Judge Leamon Freeman is scheduled to rule on the matter Jan. 31.

Meanwhile, lawyers with the state attorney general's office have filed court papers seeking to dismiss Narconon Chilocco's appeal in Oklahoma County District Court.

Guy Hurst, an assistant state attorney general, said Narconon Chilocco filed its appeal in the wrong county. The appeal should be filed in Kay County, where the 75-bed facility is located.

Lawyers for Narconon Chilocco last week (also) filed (their) appeal in Kay County District Court.

Narconon Chilocco lawyers have kept the facility open by going to court and filing requests for a stay and asking a judge to over rule the mental health board's decision. The center, which had 27 patients when the board denied its application for certification, now has 16.

Corbyn said Narconon Chilocco's request for a stay should be denied because the facility, which has been accepting patients since February 1990, never was licensed.

He and his law firm were hired by the mental health board after Narconon Chilocco last year won a court ruling prohibiting the attorney general's office from participating at that time in the case.

In its request for a stay, lawyers for Narconon Chilocco said mental health board members did not use substantial evidence in denying the facility's request for certification and were biased because of Narconon International's ties with the Church of Scientology. (Reprinted with permission from the Daily Oklahoman, Thursday, January 16, 1992)

Narconon Loses Bid To Stay

By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
February 2, 1992

An unlicensed alcohol and drug treatment center has lost its bid to remain open while it appealed a state board's ruling that its treatment program is medically unsafe and should be shut down.

Oklahoma County district Judge Leamon Freeman denied a request from narconon chilocco New Life Center to remain open and accept new patients because the facility never has been licensed. The center has been accepting patients since February 1990.

Freeman on Wednesday (Jan. 29) said he could not issue a stay order because the center was not licensed before the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services voted last month to deny certification.

Guy Hurst, a lawyer in the state attorney general's office, said Thursday (Jan. 30) it was unclear what action state officials would take. It is clear the facility cannot accept new patients, he said.

Narconon Chilocco's financial director said the center could close if it cannot immediately start admitting new patients.

Lawyers for Narconon Chilocco on Thursday (Jan. 30) filed a request in Oklahoma County District Court for a permanent injunction to prohibit state officials from closing the facility, six miles north of Newkirk.

Harry Woods Jr. said the motion was filed before District Judge John Amick, who last month left in place a restraining order allowing Narconon Chilocco to remain open after the state mental health board voted to deny certification.

Board members also had voted to have Narconon Chilocco closed within a week, saying they feared for the safety of the 27 patients then at the facility.

Board members said Narconon Chilocco's treatment program, which relies heavily on vitamins, sauna and exercise, was medically unsafe and experimental.

Lawyers for Narconon Chilocco have filed appeals in Oklahoma and Kay counties.

If Freeman had upheld Narconon Chilocco's request for a stay, it would have allowed the center to accept up to 40 patients and operate until the appeal was decided.

A hearing is scheduled next month in Ponca City on the state's request to shut down Narconon Chilocco because it is operating without a state license.

Barred from admitting new or former patients since Dec. 13, the center is unable to earn money and is being forced to scale down its operation to stay financially afloat, according to an affidavit signed by the financial director for Narconon Chilocco.

The center recently started training staff members for other Narconon cneters, but the revenue is considerably less than that from patients, who pay an average of $21,000 for a three-month program, said Maureen St. Amand.

St. Amand said Narconon Chilocco owes creditors $328,000. Contributions and fees raised from training staff fall far below the facility's $172,000 monthly operating expenses, she said.

As of last week, narconon Chilocco had 15 patients, but eight are Indians who are receiving free treatment, as provided in the center's agreement to lease the old Chilocco Indian school.

"Without the immediate reinstatement of Narconon's ability to enroll new students at Chilocco, the facility will have to close for lack of revenue," she said.

(Reprinted from the Daily Oklahoman, Friday, January 31, 1992 with permission. Staff writer Charolette Aiken contributed to this report. It was originally slated to run in the Feb. 6 issue of the Herald Journal, but was pulled for space and later updates as the next item indicates.)

Narconon Ordered To Move Patients, End Treatments

By Michael McNutt, Enid Bureau, Daily Oklahoman
Feb. 6, 1992

Narconon Chilocco New Life Center was ordered Friday (Jan. 31) to move its patients out and stop providing drug and alcohol abuse treatment in 10 days.

Oklahoma County District Judge John Amick set the Feb. 10 deadline after he denied another request from the unlicensed facility to remain open and admit new patients.

Narconon Chilocco lost a request earlier this (last) week for a court stay to continue operating while it appeals a decision by the Oklahoma Board of Mental health and Substance Abuse Services that denied certification for its treatment program.

Amick also dismissed a temporary restraining order he issued last year to allow Narconon Chilocco to treat up to 40 patients while its certification application was pending.

With the mental health board denying certification and the denial of Narconon Chilocco's request for a stay, the temporary restraining order no longer was applicable, lawyers for the state said.

The center could appeal to the state Supreme Court for another district court hearing. Harry Woods Jr., a lawyer for Narconon Chilocco, said he is discussing options with officials at the facility, at the old Chilocco Indian school about six miles north of Newkirk.

Three pending legal matters concerning Narconon Chilocco are two appeals seeking to overturn the mental health board's decision and a hearing later this month on a state petition for a permanent injunction to close Narconon Chilocco. An appeal decision could take two years.

Guy Hurst, a lawyer with the attorney general's office, said the mental health department will offer Narconon Chilocco help in relocating its 15 patients.

Narconon Chilocco began accepting patients in February 1990 and did not seek state certification until state officials filed papers in Kay County District Court to close it.

(The above was reprinted from the Saturday Oklahoman & Times, Feb. 1, 1992 with permission)

(notes) In an Oklahoman story of Tuesday, Feb. 4, Narconon spokesmen are quoted as saying that they intend to stay at the facility and continue legal attempts to keep the facility open. Attorney General's lawyer Guy Hurst said Tuesday afternoon that there will be another hearing in Oklahoma District Court Judge Leamon Freeman's court today, but that he had not yet seen the pleadings.

Narconon Tries Defense On Indian Sovereignty

By Michael McNutt
Daily Oklahoman Enid Bureau
March 5, 1992

Lawyers for an unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment center argued Thursday that it is exempt from state regulations under the cloak of Indian sovereignty.

Narconon Chilocco New Life Center is on the campus of the old Chilocco Indian school north of Newkirk and as a result is exempt from state efforts to shut it down, lawyer Harry Woods Jr., said.

But state lawyers, in a hearing in which the Oklahoma State Department of Health is seeking a court injunction to shut down Narconon Chilocco, said the facility's location is not enough to claim Indian sovereignty.

Narconon Chilocco is a non-Indian entity that treats non-Indians, Robert Cole, a lawyer for the health department said.

Henry Hartsell, Jr., a public health administrator with the health department, said to claim sovereignty a facility must be owned by Indians, on Indian land, and treat only Indians. Hartsell noted that the state recognizes sovereignty for a Cherokee Indian treatment center and a Choctaw Indian drug and alcohol treatment center because each meets those three requirements.

District Judge Neal Beekman presided over the five-hour hearing and took the matter under advisement.

He asked lawyers on both sides to prepare written arguments within three weeks. He said he could make a ruling by the end of next month.

Woods said the state should back away from regulating the center.

He showed a letter sent earlier this week from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to Narconon Chilocco to show that the federal government is taking on jurisdiction.

But the letter, from L.W. Collier, Jr., area director of the BIA office in Anadarko, tells Narconon Chilocco it has a month to get its program certified by the state or it will be violating its leas with the Chilocco Development Authority, an Indian board that manages the Chilocco campus.

Collier's letter says Narconon Chilocco agreed to comply with Oklahoma laws in the lease, which includes getting its program certified by the Oklahoma Board of Mental health and Substance Abuse Services.

Collier also told Narconon Chilocco to make arrangements to move its patients to licensed facilities.

Marcellus Chouteau, a former Kaw tribal chairman and former chairman of the Chilocco Development Authority, testified that the BIA made a mistake in giving the state of Oklahoma any authority in the Narconon Chilocco lease.

"That land is Indian land," he said. "The state has no part in it. We had governments even before this state became a state. Now the state of Oklahoma is trying to cram it down our throats."

Narconon Chilocco started accepting patients in February 1990. State officials sought an injunction to close it, and an application for certification filed with the state mental health board has been rejected.

(Reprinted with permission from the Daily Oklahoman, Friday, February 28, 1992)

Narconon To Ignore BIA Order To Close Chilocco Facility

By Michael McNutt
Enid Bureau
12 March 1992

An unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment center on Indian land will continue to treat patients despite receiving notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs that it should close because it violated terms of its lease, the facility's president said.

Gary Smith, president of Narconon Chilocco New Life Center, is asking to meet with BIA officials to go over reasons why his facility should be allowed to continue operating. "We find no valid ground to make plans for transfer of Narconon's students," Smith said. "Under the high level of medical supervision in place, Narconon is currently and will continue to deliver its life-saving services to those in need as required by the lease."

L.W. Collier Jr., area director of the BIA office in Anadarko, said Narconon Chilocco must comply by March 25 with regulations of the Oklahoma State Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or it should transfer its patients.

"I'm sure we'll meet with them eventually," Collier said Monday. "Whatever was contained in that letter is still in effect until something happens that they convince us otherwise that we're wrong."

Collier, in a letter dated February 25 to Narconon Chilocco, said a lease that allows Narconon Chilocco to use the old Chilocco Indian school includes a provision that requires it to comply with state laws.

Narconon Chilocco, which has been accepting patients since February 1990, was denied certification late last year by the state mental health board. Board members questioned the safety and effectiveness of its treatment program.

Narconon Chilocco has appealed in Oklahoma County District Court.

To generate revenue in the meantime, Narconon Chilocco has taken in staff people from Narconon centers around the world for training classes.

Non-Indian patients last month were transferred to a Narconon facility in Los Angeles, but Narconon continues to treat Indian patients at Chilocco.

State lawyers argue that Narconon Chilocco needs a state approval to operate. Exemptions are given to facilities on Indian land, but they also have to be owned by Indians and must treat only Indians.

Last month a Kay County district judge took under advisement a motion by state lawyers to close down Narconon Chilocco because it is unlicensed.

Narconon Chilocco lawyers claim the facility is exempt from state regulations and is protected by Indian sovereignty.

The lease between Narconon Chilocco and the Chilocco Development Authority, an Indian board responsible for managing the old Indian school about six miles north of Newkirk, states that Narconon Chilocco will not use the premises for "any unlawful conduct or purpose which is in violation of ... the laws of the state of Oklahoma."

Any violation of this clause, the lease states, "shall render the lease voidable." But Smith said there is no requirement in the lease that Narconon Chilocco be certified or licensed by the state of Oklahoma.

Nor, he said, "was any such state approval made a prerequisite for operation by Narconon or the CDA under the lease."

Smith said the only agreement between Narconon Chilocco and the tribes concerning state approval was that Narconon Chilocco voluntarily would seek state certification "in order to increase the facility's client base through availability of third-party insurance payments." "If unsuccessful with the state, it was and is Narconon's intent to seek other tribally endorsed sources of accreditation to allow such third-party payments."

Smith said an on-site inspection is scheduled for April by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Smith also took issue with the BIA that training staff violates terms of Narconon's lease. An integral part of Narconon Chilocco's drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is the training staff from other Narconon centers, Smith said.

(Reprinted with permission from the Daily Oklahoman, Tuesday, March 10, 1992)

Editorial Opinion
Harold's Journal
12 March 1992 - By RWL

They said: "Narconon has gotten over a hundred thousand people off drugs."

You heard 'em.

They said "Narconon has no connection with the Church of Scientology."

You heard 'em. I heard 'em. Everybody heard 'em. Over and over for the past 3 years! We didn't believe it, but we heard it.

Now comes Narconon head duck John Duff before KOCO's TV cameras recently, to tell us we didn't hear that after all. Duff was in Oklahoma City lobbying legislators when the cameras caught up with him. Heber Jebbies, prexy of the "church" with which Narconon is not connected, was there with him, smiling and blaming all of Narconon's problems on psychiatry, as usual.

Says Daffy, uh, Duff: Narconon, over the past 24 years, has graduated about 14,000 people. On TV he says this, in a fit of uncharacteristic honesty...

The rest, he says, went through the same program in the Church of Scientology, which up til now had no connection with Narconon.

Fact is, everybody who joins the Church of Scientology takes the Purif. Drug users, occasional aspirin poppers, and even folks who once got a bad sunburn are all considered "abberated" by drugs, medicine, sunshine, or something equally horrible that requires them to get saunafied, vitaminized, and have their oil and their minds changed.

Narconon just "borrowed" the extra statistics to make themselves sound better. After all, it's the same thing, we find out now. This from folks fond of spouting off about their "ethics."

Lets look at these new statistics a bit closer. Narconon has been in business about 24 years. They say they currently have 33 facilities around the world.

That's an average of less than 18 grads per unit per year. If you give them credit for a 70% cure rate (it used to be higher than that, but nobody was buying it) that gets them a grand total of 12.6 successes per facility per year. If you take the more credible industry rate of 30% success at the outside edge, it gives them 5.4 cures per facility per year.

This is the most effective drug rehab program in the world?

Not. As the kids say.

The Narconon program is so indefensible they have nothing left but to attack those who have exposed it. And the onslaught of character assassination is well underway. Rep. Jim Reese is now a victim of their maliciousness, as is the Cult Awareness Network, and myself. The problem with that tactic is that it doesn't solve their real problem. It merely attempts to shift the focus and avoid the issue. It doesn't make the Narconon program safe or effective.

They are accusing Rep. Reese of the crime of informing himself about distructive cults and attempting to protect our state from their noxious activities. Disgusting conduct!

So far, they've accused me of gathering facts and documents about Narconon's program, passing them on to the people who make decisions about such things, and reporting the story to you. No one asked us to do it. No one paid us to do it. We did it because it was the right thing to do for our community and our state. Such odious behavior!

Of course, it sounds more sinister than that when they say it. It's supposed to sound sinister. That way, you'll decide that I'm an obnoxious, smart-alec so and so. Which may be true, but it still doesn't make Narconon's program safe or effective.

On our daughter's wedding day, they subpoened me to appear in California, with all my source notes. It was invalid and we ignored it. On my birthday, they tried to make me give up my notes, documents, and even my telephone bills. Harassment is their forte.

It's all a fishing expedition. As sure as the sun comes up every morning, my sources will become the next victims of harassment and intimidation if Narconon is allowed access to my notes. Consequently, we chose to invoke the newsman's shield, and refused to answer.

Were it not for the courage of those sources, we would not have been able to expose the facts about Narconon that they find so impossible to disprove. We'll be back in court again next week to continue to protect those sources.

But none of this legal wrangling makes Narconon safe or effective.

Narconon is scared to death of the Cult Awareness Network, which simply attempts "to promote public awareness of the harmful effects of mind control, confining (its) concerns to unethical or illegal practices without judging doctrines or beliefs."

Narconon is scared to death of independent scientific research. Why else do you suppose they prefer to spend millions on lawyers but not a penny for scientific proof?

Narconon is still an unlicensed and uncertified entity squatting on Indian Land in violation of the Mental Health Board, a court order, their own lease, and now, the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Only distructive cults fear information and education about cults. Only charlatans fear independent research. Only bogus treatment programs fail certification. Only those so arrogant as to believe they are above the law (Totally Free), feel the need to ignore it.

Editorial Opinion - Harold's Journal
02 April 1992 - By RWL

For three years, Narconon has had the opportunity to provide the Mental Health Board - and Oklahomans in general - with substantial facts regarding their operation. What have they told us?

They have told us that Narconon has treated "hundreds of thousands" of drug addicts in the past 24 years. Then they said it was more like 14,000. They "borrowed" the rest of them from the church with which they aren't associated.

They have told us that their cure rate is, well, "over 50%", or maybe "70%" or even an astounding 86%, depending on who's doing the talking.

Narconon's drug expert told WJlA-TV awhile back that counseling-type programs were useless.

Then he told us he fully supported Narconon's counseling-type treatment program.

We've heard Narconon say theirs is a totally drug free program. We've been told by their "medical director" that he prescribes withdrawal drugs.

We've heard Narconon's "expert" tell us that he doesn't know if Narconon's program works or not, but he doesn't think it hurts anyone. Yet two Michigan Universities say the method is not suitable for human experimentation.

In Oklahoma, they say their purification rundown is a secular treatment program; In Italy, they say it is a religious ritual, and even got a court to agree with them.

On Chilocco renovations, they say they've spent, lets see... once it was $3 million, then it was $5 million, then it was back down to $2.6 million, then it was...

Narconon believes it is OK for their supporters to send information to the Mental Health Board, but it's not OK for anyone else to send information the same board.

Narconon seems to feel it is OK for their attorney to invite board members to visit them (ex-parte) and hear their side of the story, but it is not OK for me to invite board members (ex parte) to talk with former patients and staff who tell a much different story.

Narconon says it will abide by state laws. Narconon says it doesn't have to abide by state laws...

etc, etc, ad infinitum...

Everyone knows what a spoonerism is: The transposition of syllables that render unintended meanings, such as "The queer old dean" instead of "The dear old queen." It was such a frequent trait of W.A. Spooner that it came to bear his name.

Another quirk of speech is about to gain similar recognition. A narconism is the making of two or more contradictory statements with a straight face, none of which can be believed.

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