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Narconon Staff Certifications in Jeopardy After New Whistleblower Comes Forward

Eric Tenorio

Eric Tenorio

It’s been stunning to watch Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, plunge into crisis over the last year after several deaths at its facilities in Oklahoma and Georgia.

But a key part of that crisis has been the emergence of former Narconon employees who have come forward to detail the network’s deceptive practices. Last year, we published the first damning accusations by Narconon Arrowhead’s former president, Luke Catton, who has become a vocal source about Narconon’s methods (and he has a new book out).

And now, another formerly high-ranking Narconon employee has gone public with damning new allegations that are quickly having an effect. Because of Eric Tenorio’s allegations about the way Narconon has certified its employees as drug counselors, some of those certifications are being revoked as a new investigation is being launched, the Underground Bunker has learned.

We spoke earlier today with Karla Taylor of the National Association of Forensic Counselors, who sounded furious that Narconon websites are misusing the NAFC’s logo and are giving the appearance that the NAFC has accredited Narconon’s program, which is not the case.

She has also received a formal complaint alleging that Narconon employees fraudulently obtained individual certifications as Certified Chemical Dependency Counselors (CCDC). Taylor says she is taking the complaint very seriously and that several Narconon employees have already been sent revocation notices, and she’ll be investigating the rest of Narconon’s CCDC certifications.

“I take this extremely seriously. The integrity of this organization is of the utmost importance. There’s a zero tolerance policy for any mendacious claim of any kind, and I have no intention to let this slide by,” she says.

Although Taylor did not identify the complainant, Eric Tenorio tells us he’s the one who alerted NAFC that its logo and certifications were being used improperly by Narconon.

Tenorio got involved with Narconon in 1996 at its first Oklahoma facility, in Chilocco. He eventually became the executive director of a Narconon center in Michigan. He left Scientology in 2010, and only this week began speaking out about what he’d seen in his years at Narconon.

Like Catton, Tenorio says the Narconon business model is built on deception. Potential patients or their loved ones are usually roped in through generic-looking websites and telephone operators who say nothing about Narconon’s relationship to Scientology. Families are also not told that patients won’t actually receive drug counseling, but instead go through the same Scientology training given to new church members.

As we’ve seen in court documents coming out of numerous recent lawsuits against Narconon facilities, promises are also made about medical personnel being on hand, when, for example, the Georgia center’s medical director had never, in several years, set foot in the facility. Narconon facilities are instead staffed by former patients who are offered jobs once they graduate.

Tenorio and Catton both became Narconon employees that way, and then both received CCDC certification. Tenorio received his in 2002, and he says the process was fraudulent. A man named Kent McGregor, he says, administered the test by giving everyone the answers ahead of time.

Two years later, Catton says he passed the CCDC test the same way.

“I took it in 2004 at Arrowhead. I had the answer key, written in Kent’s writing, and that was the only thing I studied to take the test. I, and other people, we didn’t even read the book,” Luke says.

Tenorio points out that even if he and his fellow staff members had taken the test honestly, none of them was really qualified anyway. NAFC requirements are lengthy, and require not only college degrees, but extensive experience in the medical field. He and Catton say that Narconon officials just fudged that information on affidavits they submitted with the test scores.

We reached Kent McGregor today, who denies that he gave out answers to the tests. “That’s not true. We did some open-book study but I didn’t provide answers,” he tells us.

“Yeah, there was open-book study the week before,” Catton says when we tell him McGregor’s statement. “But the day of the test there was an answer key that gave us all the answers. That’s how I passed the test. I only read Kent’s answer key. I didn’t read the book. We were shocked that three people actually failed the tests.”

Taylor says she is taking these allegations very seriously, and has already sent out half a dozen revocation notices, and will be reviewing all of Narconon’s CCDC certifications.

She points out that even if the tests were performed properly, she is shocked to learn that Narconon has experienced several deaths which have produced multiple investigations and civil litigation. NAFC has heard from none of the Narconon staff, who are required, under their CCDC certifications, to notify NAFC within 30 days of investigations or litigation.

We called today and left a message for Gary Smith, who is executive director of Narconon Arrowhead and prominently displays the letters CCDC after his name on websites. He also prominently displays his CCDC certificate on a Narconon website…

GarySmithCCDC

But Karla Taylor says that’s a very improper display. Smith’s certificate is an older form that hasn’t been used for seven or eight years, and it refers to a previous testing scheme under the National Board of Addiction Examiners, which the NAFC has superseded.

In August, however, as negative publicity mounted about the deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, Smith put out a lengthy statement defending the facility and pointing out its “20 CCDC’s (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified through the National Association of Forensic Counselors and The National Board of Addiction Examiners)”

We wanted to ask Smith, why hadn’t he notified the NAFC of the deaths at his facility and subsequent investigations and litigation? And does he realize that it might put his own certification in jeopardy?

Instead of calling us back, he called Karla Taylor and left a message. She tells us that she is not going to call him back, but instead plans to restrict all of her future dealings with Narconon in writing.

She made that decision in part because of the way she was treated when she called up Narconon Vista Bay, a facility in California. She showed us how the rehab center’s website is improperly displaying the NAFC logo, as if it had accredited the facility.

Taylor says that only individual professionals may display the logo on their websites, as long as the logo is unaltered and links directly to the NAFC website itself. Instead, various Narconon websites are displaying the logo as if the facility itself was sanctioned by NAFC, which isn’t the case. And there’s no link to NAFC.

“I’m finding that the NAFC logo is being used to make it look like we’re endorsing their program. At no time does the NAFC endorse any program by anyone anywhere,” she says. She was also unhappy about the way Narconon Vista Bay handled her phone call, and the website has not changed.

Taylor is asking all Narconon websites to remove the NAFC logo, she’s reviewing all of Narconon’s CCDC certifications, and she also asked Kent McGregor to removed language on his website (for the PITA Group, Inc.) which refers to his relationship with NAFC. (He complied and changed his website immediately.) She says McGregor has no relationship with the NAFC. He tells us that he did have one at one time, but Taylor denies it.

Tenorio, meanwhile, has sent letters to Oklahoma’s legislators and governor about McGregor, Smith, Narconon and the NAFC.

We’re still waiting to see if Smith will call us back. Taylor, meanwhile, promises to keep us informed as her investigation goes forward.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on February 21, 2013 at 15:05

 

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  • Chocolate Velvet

    This is such big news! The landslide is building momentum. As long as decent people keep coming forward to expose what they saw and did while involved, this can only get worse for narCONon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tilse Michael Leonard Tilse

    It is always pretend. The thought is that if you ‘assume the beingness’ then you ARE that person and you have those skills. You pull the knowledge off the “whole track”. You don’t need the study, the degree, that’s for wogs. Testing, knowledge, these are all unreasonable restrictions.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      Yeah – try postulating the ability to do brain surgery

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

        I was a brain surgeon just 75 billion years ago back on Marcab

      • FistOfXenu

        Hey, you know they do the TRs, once you can fake sincerity you can do anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.bumpas Kimberly Gooden Bumpas

    This is wonderful news! They will be shut down before we know it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.smith.3994 Gayle Smith

    I know this is a serious subject with people lives and mental health on the line, and while I do take that very seriously, there is a part of me that just wants to SQUEAL and do a fist pump every time another one of these stories shows up.

    Thanks goodness there are people out there taking notice and standing up and doing the right thing. Especially the people who used to work in these facilities and have the guts to admit their own past wrong doings.

    Also, SQUEAL!!!!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist
      • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.smith.3994 Gayle Smith

        LOL! We had one of those for a while when I was a kid. My parents named it Sweet Pork so my sister and I wouldn’t forget that it was going to be food one day. Mmmm, bacon.

        • PreferToBeAnon2

          I always wanted a pet pig. I would have named it Kosher.

  • CoolHand

    I have a lot of respect for Eric Tenorio. There is so much more to his story, including his public resignation from Scientology just last week. I’m so glad to see him step forward to help spread truth from personal experience. Thank you Tony for staying on top of developments as well!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I’ve been counting down the minutes since your book, “Have You Told All?”, came out on Amazon, Luke. For every chapter, there could be two more with details. The section about “fudging” (really, Tony, Fudge? I like Taylor’s Mendacious best) the tests was one of those Flags that popped up.

      I would have liked to seen a little more about the spidery website referral biz and the intervention biz, but hey, you already have enough for Book 2. I hope to see these Hell Holes closed down yesterday. I have often stated that only the sociopaths and criminals rise to the top and manage scientology entitites. They are for the most part incompetent, inadequately educated or socialized, and if they don’t have a crim past, they will if they stick around in this snakepit. They are considered highly controllable.

      But everything in any of the organizations, and especially Narconon, is soaked in deceit, especially to those who are not criminals and the ones who usually do the hard work. They are considered malleable. And as to the unfortunate victims of their crimes and abuse, they are considered expendable.

      You and Eric and other employees sure got what Miscavige doesn’t. In spades. Very Cool, CoolHand

    • 10oriocookies

      Thanks Luke.

    • i-Betty

      Extraordinary work, Luke :)

      • CoolHand

        Thank you!

    • Missionary Kid

      Thank you, thank you , thank you.

  • D.Geiger

    Why not post this information on the David Miscavage facebook website.He has had it since Dec.I posted a question there {is he really only 3 feet tall as I have heard} it is still there which amazes me.Why not all of us post on his facebook page and see what happens.http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Miscavige-Leader-of-Scientology/138678766284668?ref=ts&fref=ts

    • 10oriocookies

      I would but Im not on facebook. Feel free to let him know though.

    • SandiCorrena

      I just “liked” a post Tory put there but I have to say it’s scary to me that he has a facebook page-there are mean $ci trolls there right?!?!?!

      • SandiCorrena

        Also why doesn’t his page have 1,000,000 likes – being such a big being and all right?

        • FistOfXenu

          I think that ‘s a misunderstood word right? The term should be “big bean”. DM and TC are big beans because they make a lot of stinking hot air.

      • D.Geiger

        There may be trolls there,my post is gone now but I do find it interesting that there are not a lot of scientologist’s there which means there are not a lot of them left or els his site would be loaded with them and it is not.This cult is dying and I am going back to the Miscavage facebook to sling more mud in his tiny ass face.

      • DeElizabethan

        He could make a list of friends (?) or any scio’s using the net, and enemies from his FB page? That would really keep him busy! Then he could get all those scio’s in for paid sec checks. Equals = desperation.

    • N. Graham

      Fun stuff! Thanks! I just posted “I’m
      just wondering, if there are millions of people in Scientology, how
      come the director of it all has less than 3,000 likes on his FB page?” Among other things I said which I guarantee won’t be there tomorrow.
      Liked your post Tory!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      On a post about the restoration of the “scriptures” which had gushing comments filled! with! lots! of! exclamation! points!!! I posted ” I think some of those exclamation points were supposed to be semicolons” and, LOL, it’s still there hours later

      • Johan

        I bet they don’t get the joke…..

    • ParticleMom

      You can see how many comments have been deleted. Click on any of the “View all # comments” links and there are far fewer that still show up. For example, under the LRH picture it says there are 41 comments, but there are only 29. Other posts have even more “missing” comments.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    We in RTC have reviewed the matter and Narconon is in compliance with all applicable rules, codes, and certification procedures.

    We deny all allegations, charges, innuendos, and aspersions cast upon the repute of Narconon or the Church of Scientology.

    The real question that needs to be asked is, “Why?”

    Why is Scientology being suppressed and not allowed to make a world without war, crime, or insanity?

    Why is the Psychiatrist allowed to electroshock, lobotomize, and drug millions of school children and young adults every day while Scientology is attacked for its gentle and humane practice of offering the answers to tests to help Narconon staff combat the scourge of drugs?

    Why are governments allowed to plunge into ruinous debt that sends paralyzing economic shocks into every level of Society while Narconon is castigated for using an out of date form? No one ever called us years ago to say that new forms were needed or we would have put some money in the mail and ordered the new forms.

    Finally, why is Narconon being investigated over what amounts to “some paperwork issues” by those same government officials who blithely ignore the real threat posed by asteroids hurtling towards Earth? Where is the global call for a giant asteroid deflection system manned by OT’s using steering beams?

    We in RTC dismiss all of this breathless nonsense as yet another “gotcha” attack by the “Hate Scientology First” crowd who sees felonies in missing semicolons or a form not filled out properly.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Paperwork Issues. Oh, you mean all those death certificates piling up?

      • Missionary Kid

        Zap!

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      Absolutely, I also will never see a doctor again who graduated from an AMA medical school, and who is licensed legally by the state I reside in.

    • Anon Nom Nom

      If you take out the part about deflecting asteroids with OT mind bullets, you’re left with what could be an actual Scientology response.

      Well done.

    • Jgg2012

      Exactly, OT8. People die in emergency rooms all the time, and no one says anything about it. Plus, it got Kirstie Alley off drugs.

      • Missionary Kid

        And got her addicted to the weird.

        • Anon Nom Nom

          and addicted to teh caek by the looks of her lately.

          • Missionary Kid

            I see you’ve got a dyslexic keyboard, like I do.

            I thought Christie Alley was now touting another weight loss product.

      • SandiCorrena

        If she could take a drug to shut her mouth; that might be good!

    • Missionary Kid

      Wait a minute, I thought narCONon had nothing to do with the Church of $cientology!!! You mean that you’re speaking for narCONon?

      Great post.

      • Anon Nom Nom

        I just googled narconon and saw a paid ad linking to Scientology’s super bowl spot. It’s like they don’t even try to hide the connection any longer.

        • Missionary Kid

          That’s not enough to prove direct linkage for a lawsuit, but every little bit helps. Let’s hope some smart, hungry attorney proves the linkage and pierces the supposed veil of separation so that Co$ gets sued as well as narCONon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.irwin.503 Kelly Irwin
    • Chocolate Velvet

      Noooooo! It’s so unfair! Poor David. Why, indeed, OTVIIIisGrrr8! Why do people pick on him so much? Please tell COB he has my sympathies. He’s so powerless against his persecutors, I’m sure he needs a hug…

      • FistOfXenu

        I’m sure there’s an anaconda or 2 that would be happy to give him a hug.

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THANKS DUDE!!! I NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH!!! YOUR DENIALS ARE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER–ROCK ON!!!

  • whingeybingey

    OMFG!! This is amazing! The can of worms just keeps oozing!

  • John P.

    This is the beauty of the internet. These cockroaches are no longer able to scuttle around and do their disgusting deeds in the dark. Now, although there is so much going on in the world that it takes time for the right news to get to the right people, the cult’s misdeeds are brought to light. And their actions, from years of thinking they were invincible, are egregious and they’re getting caught at an accelerating rate. It appears that Karla Taylor is not going to tackle the problem piecemeal, but is instituting a review of all Narconon employees’ certifications.

    Lessons here for further actions against Narconon in particular and the cult in general:

    a) There are system-wide weak spots that will significantly damage the cult. If they can be brought to the surface and exploited, the collapse will accelerate. Other recent examples include the possibility of class-action suits following on to the Garcia’s claims against IAS for the Super Powers fraud.

    b) Government can address the problem but often acts in a very narrow scope due to jurisdiction, or steps into the game late due to resource constraints. Finding weak spots connected to commercial enterprises in the outside world appears to be more fruitful.

    c) It looks like whistleblowers beget whistleblowers. David Love, Lucas Catton and Colin Henderson have been fighting a courageous and amazingly successful fight for years. But now the next generation in the form of Eric Tenorio is appearing… And as more “next generation” whistleblowers appear, it will be extremely difficult for the cult to stop. We have seen that they can’t handle scale, in the form of numerous critics/opponents/enemies/suits/etc.

    This particular revelation, and what it means in the larger scheme of things as I suggest in the above points, gives me optimism that the demise of Narconon is on the way faster than I had previously expected. As you know from my comments, I always recommend caution in thinking about how fast the cult and its tentacles will unravel, but I think that this news is cause for increased optimism.

    • CoolHand

      It’s true that people stepping forward will continue to bring more. I’ve only been public since August! I can tell you that there are many other former staff out there who will also hopefully share their experiences as well.

      • 10oriocookies

        I have sooo much more to tell. These certifications are only the tip of the iceburg.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3LVTW36FICDD5Q4L4LNZHZJB3I Carmen

          That MacGregor fellah, the man with the cheat sheets. Same guy who weaseled into CARF and got NN (who he worked for) accreditation from them. Keep this detail at the top!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          The cockroaches scatter any time the light shines on them, but it’s the Fumigators (like yourself) that will keep them from coming back.

        • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

          Thanks Eric

        • Chocolate Velvet

          Go, Eric, go!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

          I’m not a religious person either, but the only thing I can say is “God Bless You”, Eric. Doing the right thing usually never pays off immediately but it almost always does in the long run.

        • FistOfXenu

          We’re all ears, Eric. Thanks for what you’ve already done and welcome to the big wide FREE world.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      She’s already figured out to reject verbal and get everything in writing. If she doesn’t have Lucas Catton’s book, I’ll be glad to buy her one, with a pretty bow on top.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        I wonder what they said to her on the phone?

        • 10oriocookies

          Kent McGregor hung up on her and one of the Narconon’s gave her the runaround to actually be able to talk to anyone. They did it to themselves.

          • N. Graham

            Typical cult hubris.

    • 10oriocookies

      There are other situations I am aware of that go all the way to OSA. Im pretty confident lots of different types of investigations can be opened up with some of the things I have seen first hand. I could be wrong though.

      • DeElizabethan

        All situations lead to OSA. That will be splendid news when they get exposed. Thanks again <3

      • John P.

        Providing well-documented evidence that OSA is involved in decisions affecting Narconon could be extraordinarily significant, because it would show that Scientology has de facto day-to-day operating control of Narconon. That would “pierce” all the layers of corporate shells that the cult has erected around itself historically; it would forever end the ability of the cult to say that Narconon is not affiliated. In turn, that would mean that the cult’s assets could be made available to satisfy judgments against Narconon for deaths or other harm it has done. That, in turn, would cause the cult to face a difficult choice: shutter Narconon or continue to be liable for significant legal settlements. In the Patrick Desmond suit, there has already been clear evidence of the local Scientology “org” interfering in Narconon business decisions, but involvement of OSA at the Church of Scientology Continental level or International level would be immensely valuable.

        • 10oriocookies

          Sound like some piercing is in order.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Dont answer here, just hoping you are working with investigators and legal officials to help you, as this is Vital in the opening stages. All the front groups are OSA’s infestations so crumbs would have to lead to them, and other Management Levels.

          • ParticleMom

            Welcome to the Bunker, 10orio! Thank you for adding your story to the conversation.

      • NoName

        Even better if you have proof that Der Dwarfenfuhrer was micromanaging this all.

        • DeElizabethan

          Der Dwarfenfuhrer manages and is responsible for OSA actions, right? It isn’t the dead leader anymore.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’m fairly new to this site, but I LOVE the term, “Der Dwarfenfuhrer.” I assume that it not only refers to his stature, but his ethics, and I mean that in the wog way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ToryMagoo44 Tory Christman

      This IS the absolute JOY of the Net and Networking for all of us, and the absolute HELL for Miscavige and minor minions still “in”. I was at their “Complex” yesterday, for an hour. Although their sign is now running the rip off of Apple’s AD from some years ago, now theirs is: “Dare to Think Differently” (REALLY?) “To the Rebels” (Oh yeah..the hundreds of cameras ALL around truly show how rebellious they all are, and let’s not forget those blue uniforms!) Anyways, Fantastic re Narconon finally getting fully exposed. Thank you ALL! I know all that happens is doing so because of MANY people who are not mentioned. As I tell people daily: EVERYONE Counts, especially in s/t like this. Blessings and WOOOHOOO! 2013 is continuing to be THE HOTTEST year, yet! :)

    • Colin Henderson

      Thank you John P, Eric, Luke, David, TonyO, and everyone that’s has been fighting the good fight in some way or the other. And for the many that have lost loved ones at hands of the cultie rehab Narconon, may Justice be delivered for all.

      • SP ‘Onage

        Hey Colin, don’t forget to thank yourself and David Love. I watch all of your YouTube videos. All of you deserve medals for exibiting exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save protect human life.

        Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damian-DeWitt/100000143081032 Damian DeWitt

      Whistleblowers do indeed beget whistleblowers, and a great deal of credit is due to David Love for starting the avalanche when he left NN Trois-Rivieres in late 2009.

      It is great to have Tony on top of these NN stories. I was very pleased to read about NN Vista Bay. Closing down the facilities in California is going to be a challenge because of the cult’s power and influence in the state, but it would appear this certification scandal will help out a good deal in the effort.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      I agree with your assessment with one exception – the Garcias and their attorneys are purposefully NOT filing a class action suit to get refunds on “donations”, and this type of civil action against the cult should NEVER be a class action suit. This is because 99.9% of class action suits that are certified by the court only benefit the lawyers and, sometimes, only the named plaintiffs (the ones that are the ‘face’ to the class action suit).

      But this “death by a thousand cuts” is accelerating at an exponential rate. If you just look at the activity since January 2008, most of the anti-Scientology “cutting” activity has happened at a quicker rate over the last 6 months compared to the last two years or even five years.

      I’m looking at all of this like “the Big One” earthquake happened in January 2008 with the onset of Anonymous and the ‘aftershocks’ are increasing in frequency and strength (instead of the opposite in actual earthquakes) as time goes on.

      • sharon brown

        In anticipation of the Mega -quake, I’m yelling “Timber!” as $cientology’s down fall Is definitely looking imminent ! Yea , to the Good Whistleblowers, you are helping to Stop the Madness ! Kudos to you all!

        • Coach27

          “If you just look at the activity since January 2008, most of the anti-Scientology “cutting” activity has happened at a quicker rate over the last 6 months compared to the last two years or even five years. ” sounds just like their expansion stats, only believable!

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      “And as more “next generation” whistleblowers appear, it will be extremely difficult for the cult to stop. We have seen that they can’t handle scale, in the form of numerous critics/opponents/enemies/suits/etc.”

      Great point, John P. In 2004 and in 2008 the cult became very vulnerable when they lost their best bull-dogs in the form of Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder. Both these C**KSUCKERS were vicious enforcers of Miscavige and Hubbard’s cult. Without them, they lost the ability to launch aggressive attacks against their critics. Just look how they silenced the millionare, Bob Minton, and dismatled the Lisa McPherson Trust. The OSA people they have now are cowed, robotic, and totally inept. The reason that the old G.O. was so effective was because they were run by the tough generation of the 1960′s. People from that generation have tremendous balls of courage. This new generation now are a bunch of wimps and are not up to the task of enforcing Hubbard’s Fair Game Policy like the 60′s generation did…and thank God for that!

      • FistOfXenu

        I’d love to agree the difference is that oldtimers were tougher and all that but I think it’s also because the Hub (or somebody else if Ron didn’t write the GO/OSA procedures) knew how to run nasty operations to wreck people’s lives and the GO was trained to use those procedures. It looks to me like the Demented Midget ad libs and doesn’t bother with SOP and doesn’t even bother to make sure people are hatted to use it. The more oldtimers that know what to do blow, the more DM has to replace them with people that don’t. Fortunately DM thinks he’s the deal so he thinks he can ignore OSA hatting and SOP and still win. And the way he micromanages this bunch aren’t going to learn to do anything useful.

        But yeah, when $cientarCONon lost the Mike and Marty show, they lost some teeth.

        • InTheNameOfXenu

          That’s a good point. The G.O. training that Fatard gave his followers worked because they were fanatics and believed that it was them against the world. The level of oppression that Miscavige is applying is making it impossible for people to think independently since the Midget has to approve of everything before they ‘go ahead’. This is what speeding up the demise of the cult-Miscavige micro-management. Also, Fatard’s policies of handling critics have created more flaps, blows, and enemies than even he could have ever imagined.

  • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

    Scientologists are discovering, first hand, Oklahoma’s “oiliness” is causing their fall. Hooray for my birth state!

  • NCSP

    Karla Taylor sounds like a stand-up person. Kudos to her for taking this as seriously as it deserves.

    • 10oriocookies

      she is. The cease and desist letter to Kent is pretty sweet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1673041911 David Love

    Thanks Tony for this great news and for keeping Narconon in the spotlight – - much appreciated by many. <3

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I’d read Eric’s Resignation Letter when it came out. I was So stunned, even though I keep abreast of all things Narconon, that I actually forgot about it. Narconon is a criminal organization run by criminal executives. Thank you, Eric, and I am sorry for all your losses. You are doing the right thing and there are many out here that know what it’s like in, and what it’s like out, and have your back, always.

    http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,12267.0.html

    • 10oriocookies

      Money is just money. Ill make it back. How could I look my kids in the eye knowing I should be stopping this from happening in the future? How could I look myself in the mirror knowing i was doing nothing? No longer.

      • DeElizabethan

        Love you so much for doing something. Helping those who really need it by exposing the lies. <3

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Perfect attitude!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Yeah, I was actually thinking in terms of your family, integrity, big chunk of time, and any physical and mental deterioration. You’ll be stronger for it all in the long run because of what you are exposing now.

        • 10oriocookies

          Family is best its been since I stopped working there. Integrity, well, its coming up as you can see. Time, im going to college and working. Physical and mental deteroiorization, ive lost about 80lbs since I left. Never been better actually. Only good things come from telling the truth and living a life worthy of respect.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            fantastic to hear!

          • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

            Truly awesome comment

    • The Dakini

      Here here!

  • DeElizabethan

    Whaoohoo! Terrific!
    Kudos to Tenorio, Catton and Ms Taylor with many, many thanks.

    • 10oriocookies

      You are welcome.

    • CoolHand

      Thanks, but I give all the credit to Eric and Karla for doing the right thing and taking it seriously.

      • DeElizabethan

        Just ordered Luke Catton’s book. He’s a very special person.

        • CoolHand

          Thank you! We’re all SPs here ;)

        • Trustmeonthis

          I am overlimit right now, but it is on my short list. Someone asked me if I was in a $cilon-watcher book club, and I laughed and said, it sure feels like it these days!

          • DeElizabethan

            Right, also need the time to read. I’m still in Piece of Blue Sky, then on to Jenna’s Secret Life.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Totally. I read both Jenna’s and Wright’s books very quickly so as to be able to take part in conversations about them, then also had to grab Strange Angel to learn more about the Jack Parsons connection (fascinating, especially if you are a bit geeky because it’s also all about early rocket science). I want to go back and re-read the first two, then on to Piece of Blue Sky and now this one. :-) Mr TMOT thinks I should start a blog to talk about my ideas… I just might.

            • RMycroft

              If nothing else, the Strange Angel chapter on Hubbard is well worth reading. (11. Rock Bottom. Yes, I have it marked with those wonderful color-coded tape bookmarks.) While the initial bit on Hubbard is sourced from Bare-Faced Messiah, there’s material from the OTO and other SF writers that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

            • Trustmeonthis

              The whole book is fascinating! And I learned new things re LRH and the OTO. Among them, that Crowley thought they were a couple of hacks and rolled his eyes at them! I think LRH stole what he wanted from the OTO (and then stood it on its head just like everything else he touched) to serve his own interests.
              Crowley is a fascinating study himself, as he is SO polarizing that it can take a bit of digging to get at the truth (and he also often wrote in code). He was at least serious about what he was doing; LRH actually KNEW he was making shit up, I am convinced. He may have believed in some of it, but he was churning it out as fast as he could type, not really thinking about anything. Crowley is probably rolling in his grave.

            • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

              Strange Angel sounds interesting. Also, don’t forget Sweeney’s Church of Fear which seems like ancient history now. I might be needing some adderall to keep up with you all.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Church of Fear is really good too. I’m so glad to be able to download these titles. It’s like living next door to a 24 hour bookstore! Even if I can’t afford them all I can grab a sample and get to them eventually. Piece of Blue Sky is available to lend on the kindle with prime service. I’m probably going to wait until I can buy it so I won’t lose my bookmarks – but, very cool.

        • N. Graham

          I was thinking it had been almost two weeks since an Anti-Sci book. Glad it’s back on schedule.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        You are very brave

  • RMycroft

    Oh my! Families of patients who died, governments, insurance companies, and now their “certifications”. About all that’s left to hit them with is tax fraud. If someone at the IRS would spend a little time on the Form 990s, they’d probably find that the inter-Narconon numbers don’t work.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      The IRS will probably continue to, uh, fudge their duties. However, you can be sure Insurance companies will be, if not already, pouring over the tax forms and any other financials. Spoil Alert: Lots of fudge prints visible.

      • mirele

        Wondering about state taxes…surely they have to file state income tax returns?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Not in FL, but not sure about the other states. I do know that any forensic accounting just from the little I saw, which was just a few pieces, the numbers don’t add up. How could they? The top levels of management have to be bare thin by now, and anyone on the job literally shy of dropping. The different organizations don’t know what the other one is doing, which is a good thing. The monies definitely intertwine with the various scientology echelons. I so hope we will get to see the autopsy.

        • RMycroft

          I don’t know about Narconon, but Scientology is infamous for not paying any kind of taxes as long as possible.

          In Clearwater, they didn’t pay their property taxes and fought in court for 11 years until the IRS agreement made that moot.

          In Toronto, they also held out for years, and wangled a 50% agreement because they “were just about to obtain charity status in Canada” (they didn’t). The agreement was supposed to be reviewed in a few years by the city, but meanwhile property taxes were moved to a provincial corporation that apparently doesn’t want to reopen that can of worms.

          For state taxes, I’d imagine that they’d play the IRS agreement card, which covers Scientology (religious) and Narconon (charity). All individual Narconons operate under the Narconon International IRS account, putting the lie to that they are somehow independent organizations.

    • 10oriocookies

      Im working on it. Eric

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        A little something for ‘ya (I understand an Ultimate Guide is being worked on)

        “SIMPLE 10 STEP SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THOSE WHO WITH THE COURAGE TO BEAR
        WITNESS TO THE ABUSES OF THE €HURCH OF $CIENTOLOGY (HOW IT WORKS)”

        http://rootbrian.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/simple-10-step-survival-guide-for-those-who-with-the-courage-to-bear-witness-to-the-abuses-of-the-ehurch-of-cientology-how-it-works/

        • DeElizabethan

          Gee, thanks for that link, browsed, but will read in depth. Very helpful. Love info.

      • RMycroft

        Thanks! I remember the story of one Narconon that accepted government program money. They had to pass their 10% gross income up the line, but that was illegal to do that with the money. So they paid it to the employees, clawed it back again and sent it up the line anyway. That’s just crazy behavior, and I’m convinced that all Narconons encourage that kind of thinking.

        Oh wait, I forgot food/health inspectors. From the stories, I doubt many Narconon kitchens could pass a health inspection. Surely even private facilities get inspected from time to time, so how do they pass?

        • Espiando

          As a food safety specialist of 25 years’ standing and a former food inspector and auditor, I can tell you this: they don’t get inspected or audited unless they pay for the audit themselves (fat chance with Scientology), unless they’re a registered in-patient care facility, which we know Narconon GA wasn’t. Also, third-party audits are usually announced, so the place is clean when the auditor walks in. Well, usually. I’ve audited some pest-holes where they really didn’t make the effort.

          Inspections by city/county/state departments of health aren’t announced, but the criteria aren’t very strict. It takes a lot to get a place shut down. You literally have to have pests inside food items.

          The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which tightens up criteria for the entire food industry and its ancillaries, has been emasculated due to lack of funding. In order to fulfill its mandate, FDA has to add 17000 inspectors to the payroll, and Washington won’t fund this.

          Believe me, I’d love nothing better than to walk into a Narconon kitchen for an audit. I’d have no power to shut them down, but I am obligated to inform the authorities if I see a situation that is an obvious threat to health.

          • RMycroft

            A lot of the other Narconons do seem to be in-patient care facilities (registered is another story, of course).

            Toronto decided to get serious about restaurant inspection (or at least it seems serious and not just PR–still, at most three inspections a year? Pffft!). Then again, there’s major dining money and tourist dollars at stake.
            http://www.toronto.ca/health/dinesafe/system.htm

            • John P.

              Good for those Canadians to promote health and safety. It would be interesting to look at statistics to find out just how many Candians were dying each year due to undercooked back bacon or due to bacterial infections in the rich gravy on the poutine that had been sitting too long under heat lamps before being served.

      • Missionary Kid

        Is there any room to go after narCONon with the RICO statute? They have been systematically defrauding the public as a matter of their business operation.

        • CoolHand

          The Desmond case in GA that just settled had civil RICO charges tacked on to it, evidence of which can be picked up and transferred to a criminal case by any Federal prosecutor since it can convey. It is possible that it has already been passed on and under investigation. There was/is plenty of evidence.

          • Missionary Kid

            Glad to hear that. Rico can be a powerful weapon.

            Now, if were only used in a case that showed the linkage between Co$ and narCONon.

            The thing that is most blatant is that they both use the same literature and methods, the “scripture” of LRH for the newbies.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      Now that other people have had the courage to fight the CoS, such as Luke, Eric, Tony, Amy, the Headleys and so on, maybe now the appointed leaders of the IRS who are charged with insuring that citizens are not misled by fraudulent churches and charities will actually do their job.

      • Ze Moo

        You are looking for a fraud conviction. I think state attorney generals have to run such investigations to be able to properly prosecute. State Attorney Generals are very political animals, petitions and letter writing campaigns can be very effective. hint, hint…..

  • Captain Howdy

    Even after all this time I’m still shocked at how this “religion’ is able to turn people into the biggest bunch of liars, bullies and amoral a-holes I’ve ever come across. I’m use to associating with junkies, prostitutes and various other sundry, shady types, but generally speaking, those people have more of a moral compass than your militant scientologist.

    Well done Eric Tenorio.

    • 10oriocookies

      Thanks.

      • Captain Howdy

        You’re welcome and you more than deserve it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

    As a Clinical social worker I worked hard for my certification in my state and I am angry then anyone claims to be a professional in the field when he or she is not. It is equally bad when Narconon deceives the public about the nature of their programming. May it soon end. It seems that the only thing COS members know how to do well is to lie and misrepresent who they are.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      And, they have caused deaths both by their actions and their failure to actually help people.

    • RMycroft

      If Scientology encourages people to cheat on a medical care certification, I wonder about the SAT scores at ABLE schools.

      • AnonymousSP

        Wonder about any of their scores, stats or tales of great wins. All lies from the lying culties.

    • grundoon

      Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
      – L. Ron Hubbard – Scientology Code of Honor

      • RMycroft

        The trouble is, Scientology defines what is a “just cause” or “ethical”. That’s the circular trap. In the end, it devolves to “just” being reaming as much money out of people as possible to make your stats that Thursday.

        I thought that they’d made an effort to remove the “Code of Honor” from their sites. I guess it got put back in by someone new who didn’t know why they’d taken it out. Heh, except for the long-term hard-core, Scientology is run by a bunch of temps. The churn-rate on staff must be interesting.

        • grundoon

          Many Scientologists at all levels hold the Code of Honor as a core belief. It’s a successful element of the mindfuck. Not likely that the Church would ever try to repudiate it. Instead they rationalize its outpoints and try to explain them away.

          • RMycroft

            A core belief? Huh! Orders and policies have a definite hierarchy in Scientology. The Code of Honor is right down there at the bottom, essentially as meaningless as The Way to Happiness and other “feel good” stuff.

            Anyone trying to stand on the Code of Honor over, say, a Red on White is probably going to to get reamed by the organization.

      • sugarplumfairy

        doon.. warn me when you’re linking to a co$ website.. I don’t like to up their stats.. Especially on thursdays..

        • grundoon

          good point

      • DeElizabethan

        Yea, money they need to clear the planet, to hell with lives of human beings.

    • Ze Moo

      All of the certifications mentioned at Arrowhead are National Association of Forensic Counselors and The National Board of Addiction Examiners, or they are from the Oklahoma Dept of Mental Health. The NAFC and NBAE seem suspect, but I don’t have enough info to judge them. Acronym confusion and diploma milling may be at work here. Most states have extensive training rules and certification exams for mental health and rehab professions. NarCONon violates every treatment rule I’ve ever heard of. Too bad it took 3 deaths to get Oklahoma to do something about this problem.

  • 0tessa

    Wonderful! They’ll get caught in their own trap!

  • Ze Moo

    Was anyone at any NarCONon ever qualified to treat addiction? This story is going shut down the few NarCONons left. If you bill anyone without the underlining treatment plans and certifications and licenses, you are committing fraud. There is some jail time in this story.

    • DeElizabethan

      Hear, here!

    • 10oriocookies

      Some centers have licensed counselors, such as Narconon Spring Hill’s Thomas Garcia. Unfortunately he is paid to come in and just put his signature on paperwork. Ive seen him do it several times. Looks like I have another letter to write.

      • Ze Moo

        While licensed counselors are the first line in treatment, it takes a ‘treatment team’ to come up with the treatment plan and carry it out. Smith’s letter to KJRH

        http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/narconon-of-oklahoma-ceo-opens-up-after-recent-deaths-provoke-scrutiny
        The following are supposed to be giving the services at NarCONon Arrowhead:

        3 LADC’s (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors) with ICAADC (International Certified Advanced
        Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certification. I can’f find a ‘icaadc’ organization. There is a IC&RC (http://internationalcredentialing.org/) that appears to be legitimate, but no icaadc organization. Sounds scammy to me

        2 CADC’s (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors) with ICADC (International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certification. A commonly used credential for first line addiction treatment. Certified by the IC&RC organization mentioned above. Their test and coursework requirements usually result in a state level license.

        20 CCDC’s (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified through the National Association of Forensic Counselors and The National Board of Addiction Examiners) The National board of Addiction Examiners appears to be a sub unit of National Assoc of Forensic Counselors Something doesn’t smell right. http://www.nationalafc.com/

        5 CBHCM’s (Certified Behavioral Health Case Managers)
        From http://ok.gov/odmhsas/Mental_Health_/Certifications,_Billing_Designations_and_Training/Behavioral_Health_Case_Management/index.html

        An ODMHSAS Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager works with the consumer and their identified supports, in accordance with a treatment plan developed with and approved by the recipient and qualified staff to reach the consumer’s goals to remain successful in their recovery. I have worked with Behavioral Health Case managers for psychiatric purposes. They are usually registered nurses with extensive psychiatric backgrounds who approve treatment, treatment plans or other billing issues. They work for the insurance company.

        2 ODMHSAS trained ASI (Addiction Severity Index) Interviewers. (Oklhama Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services) This appears to be a ‘send in the form and payment’ type of certification. http://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/documents/2012_ASI_ASAM_online_registration.pdf

        4 ODMHSAS trained RSS’s (Recovery Support Specialist)

        Read more: http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/narconon-of-oklahoma-ceo-opens-up-after-recent-deaths-provoke-scrutiny#ixzz2LZYW8KNH

        • CoolHand

          But wait, there’s more! The LADC’s include Gary’s wife, Vicki (whose Masters degree is in education, not psychology or a related field) and the other two are unnamed. I suspect that they are Mr. McGregor himself (his wife was deposed in the Desmond case and mentioned he was helping Arrowhead with insurance stuff) and Rev. James McLaughlin (also deposed in the Desmond case and later propped up behind Gary Smith at a press conference). I was unable to find any other Licensed Counselors through the state that could fit his description so figured it may be the two I just mentioned.

          • Observer

            I cannot wait to see Pornstache Smith taken down. That video of him defending NarCONon made me ill.

          • 10oriocookies

            Vicky Smith is not in the database.

            • CoolHand

              She’s under:
              Flucard-Smith, Vicki
              City: CANADIAN
              County: Pittsburg
              Phone: (918) 339-5800
              Employer: NARCONON ARROWHEAD
              Self-Employed:
              No
              DUI/ADSAC Instructor:
              No
              Board Approved Supervisor:
              Yes
              License Number: 288
              Type:
              LADC
              Status: Active
              Date First Licensed: 11/01/2005
              Expiration Date: 06/30/2013

            • 10oriocookies

              Forgot about the Flucard bit. Okay then, percentage of licensed counselors that actually work with students if officially……….0%

        • 10oriocookies

          Take a look at arrowheads’s meet the staff page. Some have designations of CADC or DBAE. These are certs obtained through Kent McGregors PITA Group inc. they arent even good for toilet paper. The rest, well, if they put those up, the rest are all suspect too.

          • Missionary Kid

            Every time I see PITA, thanks to email, I read it as Pain In The Ass.

            • FistOfXenu

              So that’ll be all those vitamins?

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      And I just recently had a meeting with my boss at my treatment center to make sure my treatment plans are up to par as some billing was rejected by our state MH agency on some other cases for lack of proper treatment plans. And our state mental health agency can review our treatment plans or our procedures any time they deem necessary. So where was the proper oversight on Narconon?

  • Mary_McConnell

    Hahaha!! Thank you Eric Tenorio and Lucas Catton!!!

    • 10oriocookies

      Thanks Mary.

      • CoolHand

        Ditto.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.mckraken.58726 Phil McKraken

    I know it’s been said a million times, but here it goes again: THE MOST ETHICAL COCKROACHES on this planet.

    • Missionary Kid

      Talk about an oxymoron! The use of the word ethics by Co$ is straight out of 1984. Their ethics aren’t ethical.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    All these glorious whistleblowers coming out made me wish for a Bunker Whistleblower Award…like a gold plated (or gold colored plated) whistle on a chain. I’d be glad to chip in!

    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/utZqpuU.jpg[/IMG]

    • Captain Howdy

      Maybe make it “Ortega Whistleblower Award” otherwise folks might think it’s from WBM.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        oh yeah.

        • Captain Howdy

          That’s perfect.

      • DeElizabethan

        When Tony had the top ten list for enemies last year.
        He could now do a top ten list of Ortega’s (or Underground) Whistleblowers. Or at least a list and keep it updated. Fun?

  • Dean Fox

    Although NAFC seem to be doing the right thing now doesn’t detract from the fact that NarCONon has being getting away with such blatant behaviour for a decade or so right under the NAFCs noses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

    Catton’s book is a must read for any who are interested in Narconon as he begins by telling how Narconon uses LRH tech and the same COS methods while deceiving the public and pretending to not be COS. Tony maybe you have done so but an interview with Luke and wider dissemination of how this program works for those who are concerned is in order.

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Bob.

  • SandiCorrena

    To COB, JT, KP, KA, TC, JE, AA, et al……………YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS YS!

    Big XO XO to Eric, Lucas, Tony, and all you beautiful exes, and all honorary SP’s – love you! You make hearts sing…… <3

  • SP ‘Onage

    OMG! This is a BOMBSHELL! Wow, corrupt, criminal conspiracy to defraud the public. This is serious! They all belong in jail.

    Thank you Tony, great investigative reporting.

    Thank you Eric Tenorio and Luke Catton, you’re brave and courageous coming forward with the truth.

  • Unex Skcus

    Another great article, thanks Tony. Awesome to hear that Ms Taylor is taking this ‘dead serious’, and will only deal with NarCONon in writing. Only way to go with such liars.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Soo… how do the State’s or CARF fit in?

    If staff do not have the right certifications to run a program, who is the actual enforcer to shut the entire facility down?

    Hopefully, this will have some effect on the OK bill (I assume Senator Ivestor is up on this if the half dozen certs were revoked in OK)…

  • HeatherGraceful

    Sensational. Thanks, Eric, Luke and Tony. You’re bringing McGregor’s and Narconon’s ethics in.

  • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

    I love it when bureaucracy starts getting pissed (finally!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pedrofcuk Pete Griffiths

    Great work Narcononbusters!

  • Observer

    After reading this I’m in a win stupor, bordering on a win coma. Eric’s timing is nothing short of magnificent, and I think I may have a girl crush on Karla Taylor. Such a smart decision to limit her communication with NarCONon to writing.

    I cannot wait to see what happens! The event horizon for NarCONon’s demise is closer than Scientology’s, IMO, but I think when it goes it will accelerate the Mother “Church’s” (at least in its current form).

    Anyone want to bet on when Davey will cut and run?

    • SP ‘Onage

      How does Tom Cruise like NarCONon now? Both him and Davey are in a fine mess. Heh!

      • Observer

        And don’t forget Kirstie “Narconon saved me!” Alley …

        • SP ‘Onage

          LOL!

        • PreferToBeAnon2

          Just because I am feeling benevolently bitchy this evening, I just want to say that I REALLY want to see Jenna Are-You-Raping-Babies Elfman get hers. Big Time! Meow.

          Back to our regularly scheduled, unscheduled, program!

      • tetloj

        Remember Tom will be following that self-serving line that this is all just DBs and SPs getting in the way of clearing the planet. What a dick!

        • Missionary Kid

          He gives dicks a bad name.

          • FistOfXenu

            … and a bad microclimate.

    • N. Graham

      Let’s start a pool!

      • SP ‘Onage

        What about Gary Smith. Who wants to bet he’ll disappear after today. Him and Mary Rieser might be sharing a bunk together by tomorrow. Ahh, a match made in Sec Check heaven.

        • 10oriocookies

          He wont disappear, but his credential sure will. Take that to the bank.

      • Roger Larsson

        Preclears are preclears just because they don’t want to lose the bet they have in the pot.

        When they call the bluff they goes clear.

        If Davey hits the road and never comes back no more, no more, no more…..the money can buy him a new name and a new face but his DNA will get him sooner or later.

  • Missionary Kid

    To quote Burl Ives, in the movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “There’s a lot of mendacity going on here.”

    I know this isn’t the end of things, but it’s a step. When I read the headlines, Ode to Joy started to play in my head. Keep it up, Tony, Eric, and Luke. Thank you.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Hey, Narconon/Scientology. I have a feeling you shouldn’t mess with or disrespect an eex-Military Police officer.

    National Association of Forensic Counselors

    CEO – President:

    Karla Taylor, M.S., CCCJS – Ms. Taylor has been with the NAFC since its inception and served as the Executive Vice President until 2008 at which time she began serving as the CEO-President.

    After serving in the Army for four years as a Military Police Officer and obtaining her M.S. in Criminal Justice, Ms. Taylor went on to work for a private 50 bed in-out patient treatment facility restricted to only court mandated offenders before taking a position at a multi-county juvenile detention facility for juvenile offenders tranferring between jurisdictions.

  • moxonmoxoff

    ruh roh, raggy.

    also, can someone pass the wd-40? I’ve been smh so much this year it could use a little lube to stay loose and floofy.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Here ya go mox. We don’t want to turn you into a bobble head though.

    • FistOfXenu

      Too bad you can’t take a quick trip to the oiliness table.

  • Mary_McConnell

    I can’t stress it enough that Lucas Catton’s book, Have You Told All, is a must-read for everyone. It’s the first ever written by someone who came into Scientology through Narconon, who did the program, joined staff, became an executive and found himself lead into Scientology and becoming a scientologist by Narconon’s efforts. The course his young adult life took, as he came to understand the mess he’d gotten himself into, is filled with difficult choices and a desire to do what was right despite the opposition. This book shows how the ordinary person gets sucked into Narconon, how Narconon works and how the church of Scientology plays an integral part in trying to control the lives of Narconon victims through this front group. Luke has come a long way since being declared an SP. This book explains his evolution into and out of the insanity and the sacrifices he had to make in order to be able to think for himself and preserve his relationship with what was left of his family.

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Mary. Caught me off guard with your moving comment. It’s been a very long and interesting 14+ years since I was introduced to Narconon that seems like it all happened in the blink of an eye.

      • aquaclara

        This has been one of the most heartfelt, emotional sets of posts, articles, links and comments all in a single day on the bunker.
        Luke, I’m ordering your book. Can’t wait to read it.
        Thanks, and keep up the tremendous work.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Luke, you should put Mary’s comment on the book jacket! Very succinct!

  • Missionary Kid

    Here’s my dream: A RICO indictment for Co$ and narCONon. They are, after all, organizations set up to defraud.

  • SP ‘Onage

    After all this comes to light. Dept Of Corrections will have to build a special wing just to house narCONon and scientology criminals.

    • SandiCorrena

      Maybe the can buy up some empty orgs on the cheap! They come with RPF’s already!

      • SP ‘Onage

        That’s funny! :D

  • mirele

    After a long, tiring day at work, it is so nice to come home to some very good news! Please, put this scam out of business, and yesterday!!!

  • The Dakini

    Sounds like Ms. Taylor is a tough cookie. A smart cookie too.

    • tetloj

      She’s a miffed public servant – they are a force to be reckoned with!

  • SandiCorrena

    Really you can’t even get excited about a fictionalized super hero any more…..there are so many REAL ones these days right here! Speaking of heros, Nancy Many I got your book out of my mail box today!! and Thank You Chris Many for emailing me to check on it!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Forgot to mention that Luke Catton was a 2nd Generation scientologist, his dad being in dentist management. Here’s an excerpt. Like I said, there are moments when your heart stops and you get Chilled.

    “It was during this time with the resurrection of the dental offices that they decided to hire a management consulting company. Somehow they settled on a company called Executive Power, which was, unbeknownst to them at the time, run by Scientologists. It was a company that specializes in teaching businesses the organizational policies written by L. Ron Hubbard for his churches that are then applied to other types of businesses. They fall under the church front group known as the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE). It was during this consulting that Executive Power suggested to my dad that he improve himself personally by getting auditing (Scientology counseling sessions) from someone in the local Atlanta area named Mary Rieser. And so it began.”

    Catton, Lucas (2013-02-16). Have You Told All? (Kindle Locations 96-97). . Kindle Edition.

    • CoolHand

      True, but not quite second generation. I was in high school when he was introduced to it, so I wasn’t raised in it like what I would consider to be a second generation Scientologist. Not to contradict, just clarify :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBeU2utihwM Deckard Cain

      Mary Rieser looks like a low rent Anna Wintour. A VERY low rent, ghetto Anna Wintour.

      • FistOfXenu

        Nah, not ghetto. Ghetto can be cool. She couldn’t ever be that down. You mean slum.

  • 10oriocookies

    When I got back to the computer and read all the kind words and support in the comment section, I literally started to cry. Its been a road filled with countless hours of upset and worry and feeling betrayed. All those pent up feelings just poured out just due to people I dont even know saying “THANK YOU FOR TELLING THE TRUTH”. Its something I never got working there. EVER.

    I want to share this with you all then I am going to bed. Before I got to Narconon I was a heroin addict, I also smoked as much crack as I could get my hands on. I have 2 friends that I used to hang out with that arent dead from drugs. One is clean, the other is not. During my time using I OD’d 4 separate times, three times before NN and one time after. The first time I was revived by the people I was with. The second time I was in the middle of the ghetto in Detroit by myself parked at a dead end. It just so happened that a fellow junkie walked by, didnt steal anything from me and flagged someone down with a phone who called the ambulance to revive me. The third time I was home alone, had no idea when anyone else was coming home, shot one bag of dope and od’d. My mom just happened to come home literally a minute after I went out and gave me CPR while the ambulance arrived. The fourth time I shot one bag of heroin and it just so happened that a nurse was in the next room to give me CPR until the ambulance came.

    I am not a religious person at all, never have been (i never really saw scientology as a religion FYI, more like therapy) but the last time I OD’d I saw myself floating up through clouds. I got to this street. It looked like any other street in a city except there was a gate where a guy was sitting talking to people. I waited my turn to talk to him, just a normal looking guy with a scruffy face. I’ll NEVER forget this. I didnt say anything to him, he looked at me and said “Its not your time, you have more to do” and he motioned for me to leave. I woke up laying on the ground with one of those breather things on my face with some guy asking me what day it was. I told him what day it was and that I had a lot of work to do.

    And here I am…..

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Wow. And you survived scientology Too? You are one tough son bitch, my man. We laugh around here a lot because inbetween there are moments we all have a cry. I know in scientology emotions were emotionally beaten out of you. We cry and fart and laugh and sing and everything in between around here. It’s called being human. That, as you know, is also frowned upon. Sleep tight. You deserve happy dreams.

      • Mary_McConnell

        Here is Eric’s strong resignation letter to the church’s MAA at FLAG. http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,12267.0.html

        • PreferToBeAnon2

          Wow! Some letter! Clearly, there is a LOT of backstory there!

          • 10oriocookies

            A TON!!!!

        • FistOfXenu

          Hot damn! Why didn’t Eric say what he really means? :)

          I’m gonna buy a hat so I can take it off to you.

        • aquaclara

          Oh wow – what a great letter to kick it to the culties, Eric. This just stuns and amazes me – you could not have told your story any better. Cannot believe you survived both Sci and Narconon experiences and can still be so open and sharing. I don’t even know what to say but you have some very strong angels helping you to do your thing…congratulations and many, many, many Oreo cookies to you as you celebrate your freedom. I am so happy for you.

        • DeElizabethan

          Thanks Mary.
          Eric, that was a most powerful letter, Kudos dear one and many thanks for writing it so well.

    • q-bird

      Rest easy dear heart ~ good job. Bravo! Standing, clapping! The strength inside you shines on & tomorrow is another day where it will be a good thing indeed to be alive. Rock on Eric!

    • Mary_McConnell

      indeed!

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      It’s an honor to have you here — in every sense of the word ‘here.’ Thank you!
      And also, with deep appreciation, a shout out to Luke, David Love, Mary McConnell, of course Tony, and everyone else who are making those $ci bugs scamper! You are truly the ones who are clearing the planet.

      • SP ‘Onage

        Damn straight!

    • Captain Howdy

      Eric I’ve been a junkie/alcoholic going on 30 years and as bad as that is it’s no excuse for the shit that scientology subjects you to. Being a addict has nothing to do with spiritually or any other such nonsense. I wish you the best of luck.

    • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

      Looks like normal looking scruffy face guy (sitting by gate) was oh so right. Welcome back, Eric.

    • EnthralledObserver

      I love these stories – it brings out, and demonstrates the pure strength and spirit (the non-religious type) in people. The kind of strength and spirit that is there before, during and after meddlers like Scientology try to sabotage people’s characters. Good for you!
      I particularly love your ‘old scruffy man at the gate saying it’s not your time’ anecdote. I can relate – I’m not religious, although I do associate with an Anglican Church because some of my family do, but during the birth of my last child, whilst high on the GAS after she was born and I was being ‘repaired’ (so to speak), I remember distinctly thinking and realising that, of course God was real, because just take my new baby daughter as example, just her being there, having been made and freshly born was all the proof that was needed! Very quickly after, when the GAS had worn off, I realised that for God to give me proof of his existence while ‘high’ was not very productive… hahaha… but the feeling was profound, and will stay with me forever. My daughter’s second name is Faith… not sure if I did it deliberately or if it just went well with the first name I’d picked out – it was fitting nonetheless, I guess.
      So, anyway, I’m a never in, but I think you (and all others) who stand up and let the truth be know are heros. You have my respect and gratitude.
      Cheers!

    • SP ‘Onage

      Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action. I have a feeling this is your purpose in life. Today has been amazing due to your story…it really moved me.

      You can’t imagine how many lives you are going to save by coming forward with the truth. As you know, addiction is a beast and so is narconon, glad you survived both.

      Don’t forget, sobriety must always come first, so be easy on yourself and stay focused.

      Thank you so much! And good luck in your journeys!

      I’d like to leave this with you.

      I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain,
      not to shrink to a grain of sand.
      -Og Mandino

      Eric, today you are that mountain. Don’t ever forget it.

      • HeatherGraceful

        Beautiful comment. A++++++++ Would read again.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Glad you made it, Eric.. fortunately, you never od’d at a narconon facility.. apparently, there’s no coming back from that.. be safe and stay strong..

    • Chocolate Velvet

      What a powerful vision, and you have definitely answered the call, Eric. Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are clearly made from some solid stuff! I celebrate your survival, your path of sobriety, and your courage in telling the truth as you have lived it. There are many addicts in my family, and I know what it means to fight that battle. Then, add to that your willingness to speak the truth about narCONon. Wow!

      Big big love to you, Eric, and much respect.

      – CV

    • ParticleMom

      I just posted this on a different comment, but then you posted this :)

      Welcome to the Bunker! I’m sure I speak for many when I say we are thrilled to have you here. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • DeElizabethan

      Now you brought tears to my eyes. Mostly tears of joy that you lived and will be a productive, healthy man with purpose. Through your dedication, it will help you and others live a worthwhile and happy life by showing what can be done! What a great example you are. Blessing and love always. <3

    • 0tessa

      Thank you for sharing your story!
      Here you are amongst friends.

    • FistOfXenu

      We’re all glad you’re out and free Eric, and we all appreciate your courage for sticking your neck out to do what’s right. $cientarCONon ain’t gonna lay down and die for us, it’s got to be knocked down and beaten to death. That can’t happen without people like you telling the truth about them. What you’re doing won’t just help finish off $cientarCONon, it’ll help save people from the cult’s financial and mental and physical abuse. Who knows? If the cult shrivels up soon enough Jenna Miscavige and ol’ Heber and all the rest of them might even get out alive.

      So I’ll say it again. Thanks and welcome to a world that isn’t afraid to “communicate freely” when we appreciate somebody.

    • Colin Henderson

      Amen Brother!

    • 10oriocookies

      Thanks to all for the kind words.

  • Sherbet

    There’s some interesting and fun stuff in this link:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Stop-Narconon/AdvisoryBoard/

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      OMG! That really is just plain creepy! I am now starting to understand what IASB is. Geez, I need a NarCONon for Dummies book here! I need a Playbill to figure out all of these boards, their roles, the certifications for the facility and staff and how it relates to the new OK legislation.

    • DeElizabethan

      Wow Sherbt, that was Really interesting to see how they photoshop out the players. Like to know or see current status and photos.

  • Sherbet

    From narconon’s website FAQ:

    Is Narconon part of the Church of Scientology?

    No. What Narconon and the Church of Scientology have in common is that they both are licensed to use works of L. Ron Hubbard, but for very different purposes. Narconon’s use, through its trademark license, is restricted to secular (non-religious) use in relieving drug addiction, strictly a social benefit mission. As stated above, in 1976, Mr. Hubbard gave Narconon the right to use his copyrighted works for the purposes of drug rehabilitation. The Church of Scientology uses Mr. Hubbard’s works as part of its spiritual mission.

    Narconon has always been fortunate to have the support, in terms of financial donations and volunteer work, of Scientologists as well as of members of other religious groups around the world (Buddhists in Taiwan, Christians in many countries, etc.). Narconon centers do not discriminate based on religious or other personal creed. Staff and students of Narconon centers are free to practice whatever religious belief they choose. In fact, around the world, the great majority of Narconon staff are not Scientologists.

    Comments, Eric and Luke? What’s the BS quotient in narconon’s statement?

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      And there is a group called Teen Challenge that believes the Bible and a Christian commitment is the way to get off of drugs. They are honest about it and don’t pretend to be other than they are and it works for some. If COS believes their methods work why don’t they lay out for the public honestly what they do, the long saunas, vitamin therapies; The types of OT so called therapy used, LRH tech, which are part of both Standard COS beliefs and also Narconon? And as these practices are used both for the “religion” of COS and as requirements for Narconon treatment is it religious or not? If Teen Challenge uses Bible and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord in both their church services and in their drug treatment centers are both religious or not? At least Teen Challenge is honest about it..

    • CoolHand

      Haha, total BS! Every step in the Narconon program is derived from Scientology. Same terms and practices. Some of the courses are even named the same thing (like Ups & Downs in Life, Changing Conditions in Life, etc.). Let alone the church interference in management, all the references to train staff are straight from Scientology materials, direct orders from the church into Narconon centers. The list goes on endlessly.

    • 10oriocookies
  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Folks, apologies if this is old news… David Love has started a new series called the “Cult of Narconon Series.” The first article was published on Feb 13 here: http://www.examiner.com/article/dangerous-cult-of-narconon-scientology-drug-rehab It’s quite good, give ‘er a read. David, thanks for keeping the drum beat up! Please let us know as articles are published!

  • dwayners13

    As a mental health professional I am outraged with the way Scientology (via Narconon) treats the issue of substance abuse as well as the individuals & families affected by it. It’s one thing to claim that they can improve your communication skills with Hubbard’s methods, but when it comes to the issues associated with drug addiction there is no room for their bullshit. From their deceptive referral process, claims of extremely high success rates, false promises of qualified mental health & medical professionals to their blatant disregard for the people who put their life’s in their hands, Narconon demonstrates that they do not comprehend the seriousness of this issue. Drug addictions ruins lives, rips families apart & often results in death. Whether you consider addiction a disease or a mental health disorder it’s an extremely serious issue that requires qualified professionals who have extensive knowledge of the issues of addiction, including the research on best practices. Because of the impact substance abuse has on the physical well-being of the addict, it’s essential that treatment centres are staffed wilh well qualified medical personnel. Furthermore, these centres require qualified mental health workers who specialize in issues associated with psychotropic drugs as well as addictions. These professions require several years of post secondary education, experience & knowledge of the latest research that has been done on this issue.
    Considering scientology’s contempt for the mental health profession, it’s understanding of these issues, I doubt they recognize the value that is inherent their approach. It’s rather ironic & quite ridiculous that Scientologist disregard the pragmatism & value of the mental health profession’s approach to treating addiction, yet solely adhere to an approach created by a 1940′s science-fiction writer that had no formal education, training or experience treating addiction. It’s not a system that was created for the treatment of addiction & in fact doesn’t even address the issues that are known to be associated with substance abuse. Actually, since most of you know about Hubbard & his “tech” I don’t have to explain just how inane it is to think that this system would have any value in the treatment of drug addiction.
    I cannot express how disgusting it is that Scientology & these Narconon centres are willing to take advantage of these people & their families by lying to them about their program’s safety & effectiveness. When you consider just how vulnerable these individuals are & how desperate their families are to get their loved ones the help they need it’s appalling that narconon & Scientology are willing to profit from their desperation.
    It never ceases to amaze me that Scientology & Miscavige brag about how much they help people through their programs like Narconon both on the websites & during their ceremonies, yet distance themselves from these programs when they get bad press.

    • 1subgenius

      And the authorities and most of the media have their heads up their asses.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      well said!

    • 0tessa

      You are so right!

  • jensting

    The NAFC is learning. Now we just need the politicians and officials to learn.

    • FistOfXenu

      Letters packed full of unangry facts about $cientarCONon sent by people who can vote for them can do a lot of that. And they can counteract some of the bullshit being sent by the PR bots.

  • stanrogers

    What “ask”? DMCA takedown notices are in order as a starting move, since the usage of IP (logo and/or certification names) is in violation of the license under which its usage is permitted. And, should a COS-friendly host fail to comply, it would lose “safe harbor”, becoming liable itself for the content it hosts. That’s a win either way, if you ask me.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Don’t forget that ALL NarCONons are facing this litigation:

    http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,12238.0/prev_next,next.html#new

    This case alleges that Narconon International and its branches have not
    paid the Plaintiff or other unnamed Employees past and present for
    overtime work during the period of November 2009 and November 2012, and
    that Plaintiff and all other employees during that period are entitled
    to overtime pay for their work. The Plaintiff seeks compensation for
    all overtime hours worked at one and one-half times their regular pay
    rate, including interest.

    ALL previous employees are encouraged to contact the attorney. The $s could add up quickly on this!

    Has anyone heard the latest on this?

    • SP ‘Onage

      I didn’t know about this case. There are so many now it’s hard to keep up.

      The people at Tipping Point are a force to be reckoned with. They are really on the ball.

    • Mary_McConnell

      No word yet but I’ve been referring plenty of former staff to that attorney :) This is an important federal lawsuit. Thanks for posting about it.

      BTW, there are many on going and recently settled lawsuits against Narconons across the USA. One can start here for the ongoing list of them, along with many legal complaints posted:
      http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,6462.0.html

  • SP ‘Onage

    This is one example of a shady narconon drug rehab endorsement from a mystery doctor. WTF? When was this study conducted? There is no date. The BS runs so deep in this study, I can’t contain my laughter.

    “It is my pleasure to provide you with my professional opinion of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program. For many years I have dedicated myself with the difficult task of rehabilitating substance abusers. I have studied a variety of systems of rehabilitation and I have concluded that we have in our possession a totally workable program through Narconon.”

    “Narconon utilizes a total drug-free approach in ridding a person of chemical dependency.

    In a study conducted in Spain by an independent sociological research foundation it was found that 78% of the individuals were still off drugs two years after they completed the program. ”

    “The Spanish study also showed that before entering the Narconon program 62.2% committed robberies and 73% sold drugs. After the Narconon program, robberies and drug dealing decreased to 0%. In other words, 100% had no criminal activity after the program.”

    “The Spanish study was conducted by a sociological group called Tecnicos Asociados de Investigacion y Marketing (TAIM). They have conducted other studies for the Ministry of Health, the Social Services Department of the Town Hall of Madrid, and the National Institute of Social Services of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security…”

    “As a doctor of the medical profession I would highly recommend the Narconon program to you for those addicted to drugs. I have seen over and over drug addicts go to the Narconon program and leave drug free.”

    - Dr. Juan I. Redondo

    Juan I. Redondo, M.D. is believed to live in Spain, but no independent researcher into Narconon appears to have been able to trace him, or even to confirm that he exists.

    Here is the link if you want to read more Narconon bulls*** endorsements.

    http://www.addictionca.com/narconon-endorsements.htm

    Who writes these outdated endorsements?

    • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

      After the Narconon program, robberies and drug dealing decreased to 0%.

      It’s hard to rob banks when you’re dead.

      • SP ‘Onage

        I know, I busted up laughing when I read that!

  • California
    • aquaclara

      wow. Another excellent article by Tony O. And another by David E. Love. There are a number of compelling links in the examiner article California posted here – my heart goes out to Colin Henderson for sharing his story, and for his activism on behalf of others who were not able to speak. My hero list has grown tremendously this week: Tenorio, Luke Catton, David Love, Colin, Mary and all the Tipping Point’ers who keep at this. Thank you.

  • California

    “Tenorio, meanwhile, has sent letters to Oklahoma’s legislators and governor.” Every person who lives in a state with Narconon Drug Rehab needs to contact their own legislators and the state’s attorney general. IANAL, but I think that fraud is involved here…..

  • PickAnotherID

    Here’s hoping for come Criminal Fraud charges by the Attorney General’s in the states where they’re pulling this NAFC/CCDC certification deception. A few convictions would have major impacts on their 501(c)3 status with the IRS.

    • 10oriocookies

      Detailed complaints with supporting evidence have gone to the Governor of OK, Senator Ivester, the Department of Mental Health, The Attorney General of OK, OK State Board of Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors, CARF International and various local media. CARF is the one that can get em shut down the quickest, they hold the accreditation that makes them able to operate outside the reach of the mental health fields. These changes in the laws are good, but CARF is the jugular.

      If there is still any doubt as to whether NN OK is in compliance with the NAFC requirements, I have here two links. One to the AH “meet the staff” page, the other to the OK license look up.
      http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/rehab-life/meet-staff/
      http://www.okdrugcounselors.org/members.php
      There are only two people on there that are in the data base. Those two are suspect as well as they are Kent McGregor’s PITA designations and neither of the people work with clients. If they arent on the list that means they arent CCDC’s. Period.

      • PickAnotherID

        With all that’s coming out, I can’t see how anyone in OK can justify continueing to let NN AH stay in operation. Even if the AG doesn’t bring fraud charges right away, there’s more than enough coming out about the certifications for DMH to shut them down. And I mean RIGHT NOW!

      • aquaclara

        Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ebner Mark Ebner

    See above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ebner Mark Ebner

    None of this would have happened if NarCONon had Dr. Drew Pinsky, or perhaps Mehmet Oz consulting for them.

    • Sherbet

      Are you kidding? They’d have turned the narconon method into a DIY plan by now, with a TV infomercial (featuring Kirstie!) offering Blu-Ray disks and a giant bottle of niacin.

      This offer will not be seen in stores. Call now, and you’ll receive a free ashtray; just pay separate shipping and handling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

    Luke Catton’s website if you want to read more of his process of trying to reason with the brainwashed idiots in COS and other things he tells of. This is what they deserve for their disconnection and other practices.

    http://luke-catton.blogspot.it/

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

      What they deserve is to have their behaviors and their practices revealed to the public so others can beware of COS and stay clear. As he says people can believe whatever they want but the harmful nature of their disconnections, coerced abortions and abuse both emotional and physical needs to be revealed.

    • CoolHand

      They cannot be reasoned with, as I unfortunately found out. You’re totally right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.moore.9693001 Larry Moore

    I just bought Lucas’s book ‘have you told all’ at amazon. I Just wanted to mention that. I didn’t buy it so much to read it, although I will do that for sure, but more as a show of support to Lucas, and to have it to pass around to my friends. You sir, Lucas, are an inspiration. Thank you for being who you are and for doing what you are doing (and have done).

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Larry!

      • http://www.facebook.com/larry.moore.9693001 Larry Moore

        My great pleasure.