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Former Executive’s Tell-All Adds to Scientology Rehab Program Meltdown

Luke Catton

Luke Catton

It’s been stunning to see the Narconon drug rehab network emerge in the past year as perhaps Scientology’s single biggest crisis of the many that it faces.

And key to that growing problem for the church has been Lucas Catton, formerly president of Scientology’s flagship rehab facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead.

Last year, Catton came forward to tell us about Narconon’s questionable business practices in the wake of several patient deaths that have led to criminal investigations and civil lawsuits. Earlier this month, in part because of Catton’s whistleblowing, the CEO of Narconon Arrowhead was stripped of his drug counselor certification.

Like other former Scientologists who have written self-published memoirs, Catton was in a remarkable position to witness some of Narconon and Scientology’s worst behavior. And his book makes for some startling reading.

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Narconon’s problems have never been worse, but they were a long time coming.

In 2004, a series of devastating articles in the San Francisco Chronicle by Nanette Asimov (niece of the science fiction author) led to a state investigation that banned Narconon materials from California public schools. Despite that setback, Narconon continued to expand, becoming very lucrative for Scientology — to which it pays licensing fees.

Catton estimates that Narconon Arrowhead — the largest single facility — reached its maximum size in 2005, but since then, it’s been getting harder to fill all of its beds. He estimates that it’s gone from 250 patients in 2005 to 150 today.

Things really started to change in April 2012 when David Edgar Love, a former Narconon patient and employee, convinced Quebec health authorities to shut down the Scientology rehab facility there. It had taken an enormous, multi-year effort by Love to convince Canadian officials to take a harder look at Narconon’s program — which is essentially the same training beginning Scientologists go through.

Then, in July, tragedy: the overdose death of Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, was Narconon Arrowhead’s third patient death in nine months. The local media jumped on that story, and suddenly Narconon was at the center of a firestorm.

Around that time, we received an e-mail from someone who reminded us that he had tried to pass on information about Narconon to us earlier. It was Lucas Catton, and as Narconon Arrowhead’s former president, he had a lot of inside information. He was also vulnerable: he had left Scientology but his ex-wife hadn’t, and they had a young daughter they were sharing custody of. It was a lousy situation for Catton to be in, but he wanted to tell us about Narconon’s many problematic practices.

For example, he told us that Narconon Arrowhead’s licensing had a very contentious history, and a change in law had made it extremely vulnerable. With the deaths and the subsequent media attention, Catton said, Narconon’s officials had to be freaking out. We used his words in a story without identifying him, and assumed that Catton might never go on the record because of the precarious spot he was in.

Just a week later, he stunned us by outing himself with an Internet declaration about leaving Scientology. After he posted it, he notified us, and after discussing it with him, we then revealed that he was our source on Narconon Arrowhead’s licensing problems.

After that, things only got worse for Scientology. The 2008 death of Patrick Desmond at the Narconon in the Atlanta area had produced a wrongful death lawsuit that turned disastrous last summer for the rehab facility and its executive director, Mary Rieser. In August, we wrote that court documents showed Rieser had blatantly deceived a Florida drug court about the nature of the facility when Desmond was sentenced there. The judge in that case took the extraordinary step of declaring Rieser a liar and handcuffing Narconon Georgia’s legal defense.

In October, Atlanta’s local media teamed up in a ferocious investigation of Rieser and Narconon Georgia that is still ongoing. (Just days before the lawsuit was set to go to trial in February, Narconon caved and settled with the Desmond family for an undisclosed sum. By then, however, the state of Georgia had confirmed that it had opened a criminal probe over alleged insurance fraud at the facility.)

CattonCoverCatton, meanwhile, made himself available for television interviews and court testimony, and he very quickly wrote his book. In recent weeks, he’s been joined by another former Narconon employee, Eric Tenorio, whose revelations have been similarly explosive: because of formal complaints filed by Tenorio and Catton, Narconon Arrowhead CEO Gary Smith had his Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) certification revoked — as did Rieser and other Narconon employees.

We broke that news on March 7. And last week, Catton and Tenorio were flown to New York by NBC’s Rock Center for what should be a meaty followup to the show’s initial report about Narconon’s deaths last August. While they were in town, we met the two whistleblowers and read Catton’s book, titled Have You Told All?

It should take its place alongside Marc Headley’s Blown for Good, Jeff Hawkins’ Counterfeit Dreams, Amy Scobee’s Abuse at the Top, and Nancy Many’s My Billion-Year Contract as another eye-opening insider’s expose of Scientology’s obsession with money and control.

Catton’s story is not just about how he rose to become the figurehead and PR specialist for Narconon’s flagship operation, but also how, as a former patient, he got sucked into Scientology itself.

Sent twice to the Oklahoma center because of binge drinking when he was 19 and 20, Catton then became a staff member and impressed CEO Gary Smith with his ability to talk up Narconon with the public. That also included working with celebrities, and Catton watched as Scientology sent luminaries like Tom Cruise, Kelly Preston, and church leader David Miscavige to visit the Oklahoma facility. Catton also spent much of his time trying to convince other rehab programs in the state that Narconon was legitimate, and also dreamed up ways to sway lawmakers and other policy makers.

But Scientology itself was proving disastrous for Catton. Especially in 2007, when he (and everyone else) was forced to buy multiple sets of “The Basics” — reissued L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures that sold for $3,000 a set. Frustrated by how much money he was constantly hit up for, Catton began to wonder if Scientology itself was the problem. Gradually, he became aware of all the negative press about Scientology and Narconon.

We told Catton that he does a particularly good job describing what happened next — his infuriating years attempting to distance himself from Scientology, and how that ended up ruining his marriage to a woman who wanted to remain in the church. Like others, he found that it wasn’t easy to extricate himself from the clutches of Scientology and its constant need for more cash.

“The hardest part is admitting to yourself that you were wrong. That, I think, is what pulls you back in,” he told us as he tried to explain what kept bringing him back to Scientology’s ethics officers.

By 2011, he’d been declared a suppressive person by the church — Scientology’s jargon for excommunication — his marriage was over, and his friends in the church began to “disconnect” from him. Fortunately, however, he and his wife — though they no longer can talk except through a church intermediary — have managed to work out their custody arrangments.

In his book Catton provides layers of new evidence to support what researchers like Carnegie Mellon University professor Dave Touretzky have been saying for years…

— Despite Narconon’s “shore story” that it is independent of Scientology, in fact the network is heavily controlled by the church.

— That control included admixture of funds, as Narconons, for example, were pressured to give up some of their budgets to buy Scientology books simply to help raise cash for the church.

— Generic-looking referral websites are in fact very lucrative fronts, as they pretend to give impartial advice, but instead push callers to Narconon, which pays a bounty of about $3,000 per new patient.

— Not only is the Narconon drug treatment program virtually the same as beginning Scientology training, the recruitment of new church members is an active goal of the rehab network.

— After 2006, Catton could no longer get answers about the whereabouts of Rena Weinberg, president of the Association for Better Living and Education, which oversees Narconon International for Scientology and is staffed only by the church’s Sea Org. Weinberg, he later found out — and as we reported in August — has spent all or part of the ensuing years as a prisoner in Scientology’s bizarre office-penitentiary at its International Base east of Los Angeles.

For Scientology watchers, there’s a lot to like about this book, and we haven’t spoiled all of its surprises for you. Catton found himself in some nutty situations during his Scientology career. Now, he’s taking a big risk by coming out so publicly against his old employer.

So far, he and his daughter are doing just fine.

 
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SMERSH Madness: Sowing the Seeds of World Domination!

As we announced on March 1, we’re joining bracket fever with a tournament like no other. It’s up to you to decide who should be named the new SMERSH, the traditional nemesis of Scientology. Cast your vote for who’s doing more to propel the church down its long slide into oblivion!

Continuing with the Sweet Sixteen! We have another tough match.

NancyVsTBTimes

Nancy Many wrote about her amazing Scientology experiences in her book, My Billion-Year Contract. But we were really blown away by the job the ID Network did turning her book into a docudrama this January. The show captured her incredible story, from spying for the church to suffering on the RPF. (Previously: Many defeated Paul Thomas Anderson in the first round.)

Tom Tobin and Joe Childs of the Tampa Bay Times are the deans of Scientology journalism. Their 2009 series that exposed violence at Scientology’s International Base, and their 2011 project on the money side of Scientology provided the bedrock material that most of the rest of us work from. Consummate professionals, these two quiet guys go about their work with little fanfare and never seek the spotlight. We shudder to think what their next blockbuster takeout will uncover. (Previously: Tobin & Childs got past Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder in the first round.)

 
Go to our March 1 post for the latest tournament results.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 18, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • Lucas’s book was outstanding!!

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Mimi!

  • Uh, Tony, I have a question about the “VS” fist that you’re using to illustrate the SMERSH madness contest. Why does that hand have six fingers? That’s not too common down here on Teegeeack.

    • TonyOrtega

      It’s been through the Wall of Fire.

    • sharon brown

      Lol ! It sure does, well ,5 fingers and a thumb! I know, it’s an OT hand ! If they can clone themselves on OT VII, on the lower levels you start practicing with small stuff like extra fingers and toes !!!

    • Espiando

      Makes perfect sense if you hear the name Thompson and think Hunter first, then Snake.

      • Missionary Kid

        How about uncle Duke, who still lives?

    • FistOfXenu

      I explained this once before when somebody asked. It’s usual for my entire species to have the extra finger. It can be very useful.

    • RMycroft

      Six fingers are nothing compared to the three-fisted tales of “Bob”!

  • Peter Robinson

    What a brave and honourable man Luke is! A true hero of the revolution against scifiology. So glad he still has contact with his daughter. let’s hope that is never taken away from him. Stay strong Luke, and always know just how much good you are doing exposing the corruption and evil inherent within scifiology. You will save more people than scifiology/narconon ever has!

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Peter. I appreciate your words of encouragement.

  • hey everyone … not sure if y’all remember me but i was commenting a lot at the VV last summer and fall. i kind of disappeared for a while, but that’s another story. i’m here mostly to ask something completely off topic of the above post — i want to buy my mother one of the new books about scn for her birthday next week — “beyond belief” by jenna miscavige, or “going clear” by lawrence wright. i’ve browsed both of them and read reviews and they both sound amazing!! but i don’t know if she’s ready for TWO books about scn. over christmas break when i saw my parents, we watched both panorama docs and i rambled about scn for a long time and both my parents were fascinated and i think they’d like to read more — my mom especially likes books about cults, like that memoir by the girl who escaped the cult of warren jeffs. so…. i was thinking she might like jenna’s book more because it’s a personal story. but larry’s book seems like it has more background and history.

    my questions are:
    -which one is more readable for the layperson?
    -does “going clear” have personal stories like jenna’s about the sea org, the hole, etc? or does it focus too much on celebrity members who haven’t gone through the worst of the worst the cult has to offer?
    -does “beyond belief” have background about hubbard’s history and some of the early scandals like operation freakout and the government infiltration in the 70s? or does she focus more on the present day and her own experiences?
    -does “going clear” explain enough of why members get in at first and why they stay in? i saw a criticism of this in one review of the book, that it left the reviewer mystified as to why people stay in. jenna’s looked better for explaining that.

    -ultimately, which one is more shocking, which one makes you realize how horrendous scientology really is?

    my mom is super smart and reads a ton of books, both fiction and non, so i know she’d read both books and understand them, but i want the one that will make her even more interested in scn and make her understand it best, as a newbie to the cult.

    thanks for any advice you have about these books and sorry this is off topic!

    ps — what about some of the other memoirs, like marc headley’s, amy scobee, etc — are any of those better than “beyond belief” or “going clear” in your opinion? i haven’t read ANY of them, shamefully, i’ve just been too broke to order them. the only one i’ve read is jeff’s because it’s available online. anyway thanks for any advice about what to get my mother…. and hopefully i’ll be back here more often and commenting again… things have been difficult.

    • I’d go with Jenna’s book, Beyond Belief, as a starting point. Some of the others, especially Wright and Reitman, provide a broader perspective, but you have to start somewhere, and opening from the point-of-view of an innocent and victimized child — a virtual slave — is the most gripping thing I can imagine.

      • Trustmeonthis

        I agree. Jenna actually does get into the facts of how it all stems from LRH as Source – as her penultimate point, after drawing you in as a person with her biographical stories of growing up in the cult. Once she reads Jenna’s book, she will probably buy the next one on her own. πŸ˜‰

    • Hey lady ! nice to “see” you again πŸ˜‰ hope you are doing well

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Exile!
      Glad to see you again. I hope things get better for you and happy to have you back.
      You asked a hard question, because those books bring such different things to the table.
      If you want her to get an overall view of the whole long con and the monster behind it.
      Wright.

      • coonellie

        Hey BTN, where’s that picture you promised? Now that you’ve had a vaca (lucky dog!). I’m hoping the cut and paste below works πŸ™‚

        • BuryTheNuts2

          What picture did I promise and I will get it?

          (I am sick and on drugs at home so I have lots of time…but I also have amnesia)

          • coonellie

            I’m so sorry you’re sick! Just rest and take care of yourself. When you’re better, it’ll come back to you (a picture of your Mom at the Parsonage).

            Tucking you in, cool washcloth on the forehead, ice chips on the bedside table, hot Lemsip in a cup and soft music playing in the background.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I don’t have one that I know was taken at the parsonage, but I have some that were taken in Pasadena in that time frame.
              I will scan one and use it for my Av.
              I am sick of KP anyway!

            • coonellie

              That sounds right…if Capt were around he would have set me straight. Glad to take you away from something you’re sick of, too bad it’s not the sickness itself (what did you pull in this time?!) ;p

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Bronchitis …thanks to my plane ride home with a “quarantined” passenger!
              Oh well…my Doc has done hooked me up with all kinds of big pharma.
              I will be back to normal in a couple of days.
              I just consider this extended vacation days with good quality sheets!

            • Trustmeonthis

              Lovely mom pic. πŸ™‚

            • I agree….gorgeous Mom πŸ™‚

            • sugarplumfairy

              Holy cow! Your mom was at the parsonage in the forties?

            • stillgrace

              Wow, coonellie, you just made me miss MY mom something fierce! Ooh, OK, I’m alright now.

              BTN, I hope you feel better soon!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Thanks Grace. I appreciate it.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Ok, changed. and here is the entire pic. I am pretty sure this one is from 1946 (or damn close).

            • FLUNK101

              Your Mom must have been a fantastic woman to have raised a person as cool as you, BTN.
              I’m just sayin’.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Thank you.
              She was fantastic.
              But she certainly wasn’t average.

            • coonellie

              How wonderful! Thanks so much BTN. What a beautiful lady. There’s a certain charm (with a hint of sass) that seems to lurk behind that smile. Almost like she owns “it” and really doesn’t need the approval of others. It’s hard for me to put in words, but it’s certainly there (at least to my eyes).

            • BuryTheNuts2

              My Dad called that “Hellcat”!

            • sugarplumfairy

              Like mother, like daughter..

            • Sherbet

              Oooh, look at Mom’s anklet! That was pretty sassy back then.

            • FistOfXenu

              Wow BTN, your mom was a real looker!

            • MO Mom

              Very classic glamour!

          • Captain Howdy

            Get well and whatever you do don’t mix..and i’ve got amnesia also except for the the part where the the building caught fire.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              The building caught fire?
              Only you Howdy!

            • sugarplumfairy

              I missed it too, Howdy! Can somebody narrow it down for me so I can go back and search? BTN’s mom at the parsonage sounds like something I shouldn’t miss..

            • coonellie

              I swear I wasn’t dreaming it all up. I haven’t searched as I’m working 20 hour days for the next three days, but I remember you mentioning stories your mom told you about her (ewww…I can’t even write it) having ‘relations’ of some sort with Mr. Ugly Hisself.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Ouch! 20 hr days..

              I think you’re confusing me with Bury.. My mom had 8 kids and she swears she only had ‘relations’ 8 times.. but dad was way too laid back for that to be true..

              She did, however, have a sister who at 18 ran away with the band Deep Purple when their limo stopped for lunch at the Howard Johnson restaurant on the NJ turnpike.. she quit her job as a waitress and spent a summer on tour.. To this day she gags when she hears ‘Smoke on the Water..’

            • Captain Howdy

              How about “Highway Star” ?

            • sugarplumfairy

              Aunt Charmaine says the original title was ‘Highway Char..’

            • Sherbet

              Don’t you remember yesterday when I picked you up on Carson Beach after the Southie parade? You had a beer and a green hat. That WAS you, wasn’t it?

      • Freddie Hubbard

        Wright!

    • coonellie

      Of course I remember you :). I, too, hope you’re doing well! As a Mom and an avid COS book reader, I loved both Jenna’s book and Wright’s, but I’d have to pick Jenna’s for the human touch. BTN is right when she says that Wright’s book is best for the overall view. Oh, I must say, though, that “Blown for Good” gave me more outright laughs than all other COS books together. If your Mom doesn’t mind a few four-letter words, that one is a keeper.

      Hope to see you again in the Bunker!

    • richelieu jr

      If she likes those kinds of books about cults, Jenna’s is the way to go because it has that ‘one person’s story’, ‘I survived hell’ sort of attraction (amongst many other qualities, of course.)

      The Wright book is a superior piece of journalism and carefully constructs an image of the history of both Hubbard and the Monster her created??? But it’s area doorstop, as you’ve seen, and less ‘personal’. I prefer, it myself, but they’re both great…

    • SandiCorrena

      I would go with Jenna’s, the first person account is just priceless! I find that as I read these wonderful books I become increasingly curious and want more and more information so for me I like to have one on standby; for example reading Lucas’ book now and A Piece of Blue Sky is sitting on my coffee table. On the other hand I recently read three back to back, Lawrence, Jenna and John Sweeney – the cult is so horror ridden and dark that after three back to back I had to have a little reprieve and gulped down a little Nelson Demille & Allison Weir before I picked up Have You Told All for my own piece of mind.

    • stillgrace

      Welcome back! I think your best bet for your mom’s first book would be Jenna’s book.

    • Del Ling

      Actually thought about you the other day… Even if I’ve never been very active nor talked to you much, just let me say it’s nice that you’re here! πŸ™‚

      Can’t offer much book advice though, Jennas book is next on my reading list, working my way through all the scieno-books released the last year.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      Glad to see you! I’ve often wondered how you are doing. Stop by the Rodeo and catch up!

      As for which book… Jenna’s is more of a personal tale

    • Tomato Thetan

      It’s great to see you back! I have thought of you often and wondered what happened to you. Glad to see you posting again!

      • noseinabk

        Ditto! !!! ^^^^

    • Captain Howdy

      Hey young lady, glad to see you’re still kicking and screaming.

    • Sandy

      I don’t deserve a vote, since I haven’t had time to read Jenna’s yet, but may I just say that the 1st book I read was Blown For Good – and I was hooked!!!

  • 10oriocookies

    Tony, It was great to meet you. The whole thing was an experience I wont soon forget. Luke has endured more BS at the hands of a so called religion than any person should have to bear. I salute him for his courage and perseverance.

    • CoolHand

      Thanks, Eric. It was awesome seeing you, Tony and the rest. Thanks Tony for reading the book and giving your feedback!

      • 10oriocookies

        Likewise. If speaking out pisses off the church or people that called themselves my friend, then so be it. I dont want to see one more mothers or fathers face after they have lost a loved one. If i get in some sort of “trouble” for the things i admitted on national tv, so be it. At least i can hold my head up knowing i told the truth. None of them can, as they are still perpetuating the lies.

        • Missionary Kid

          You and Luke and Tony and all the rest of the brave souls who have told the truth, regardless of the consequences, are true heroes. You may not feel like it because of the price you’ve paid, but that’s what makes you a hero.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Luke, do you know Isaac Gosselin?

        He disconnected from me after I was declared. He was a good friend of mine.
        Thanks for writing a book!

        • CoolHand

          Thanks! Yes, I remember Isaac. He was married to Abby briefly and lived next door for a bit. We gave them some of our dishes since they didn’t have many yet. I’m sorry to hear about that. Disconnection is evil.

          • 10oriocookies

            I remember him as well. Uncle Mike is the second in command at Arrowhead. It meant young Isaac instantly became intoxicated with self-importance. I think he lasted about 5 whole minutes on staff.

            • DodoTheLaser

              Thanks, Eric! Yes it was Uncle Mike that he mentioned! And I hear you on the rest. lol

          • DodoTheLaser

            Thanks, Luke! I remember Abby, audited both of them.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      We in RTC just met in the beautifully paneled executive conference room in the RTC Building at Int Base.

      This conference room has one of those new coffeemakers that come with a rack full of regular and flavored coffees from which to choose. You simply select a pre-measured coffee cartridge, insert it into the machine, depress a lever, and voila!

      Steaming gourmet coffee in a flavor of your choosing!

      In addition to standard creamer and sugar, there is a complement of flavored creams in wide variety of exciting flavors.

      COB likes hazelnut coffee with a dram of scotch.

      We in RTC discussed this Narconon issue very briefly over coffee.

      COB decreed that we will throw Mary Reiser under the bus on this Narconon thing. We then we moved onto to other items on the agenda.

      • sugarplumfairy

        Lol.. You fascinate me..

        • Have you ever considered that OTVIIIisGrrr8! may not, in fact be merely a talented humorist who perfectly captures the tone of a typical pompous RTC staff member imbued with their own sense of self-importance?

          But instead a real employee of the Church of the Immaculate Thetan who has surreptitiously borrowed COB’s iPhone 5 from the second drawer down on the left of the Chairman’s sumptuous oak desk and late at night, whilst the rest of his (or equally likely, her) 17 roommates are asleep in their hammocks is using the unsecured WiFi of Emily’s Sugared Donuts and Health Foods Emporium next door to send a plaintive cry for help by cleverly coded posts revealing the squalid awfulingness of life in the Religious Technology Center?

          I can imagine readers of this subversive blog lounging in their comfortable leather armchairs sniggering and spluttering brandy and milk onto their Gucci cravats at my hypothesis, but remember, they also laughed at Bozo the Clown!

          Andrew

          • sugarplumfairy

            OTGrViii fascinates me and I just flat out adore you..

      • EnthralledObserver

        Rieser… Tony… bring the demerits… !!!!!!

      • TonyOrtega

        Rieser. RIESER. Sheez.

        • EnthralledObserver

          lol… I called and you appeared instantly… amazing! :p

        • DodoTheLaser

          I met Mary Roiser briefly AND audited her daughter, Tony.

          One of them likes Gyro sandwiches – A LOT. So do I.

  • sharon brown

    Just can’t satisfy some people ,Tony, before I was complaining of the difficulty in choices , this one’s a No brainer. While I Loved Nancy’s book and the ID show ( finally some redemption for my $cientology watching as my friends and family thought my interest in it was going to Lead me into the “trap”, and assured me when it did they’d be Disconnecting from me ! lol) , and definitely feel they disseminated Nancy’s story to a broader public audience. Tobin and Childs have been slowly but thouroughly Exposing the Evils of the church in their own back yard , causing consistent Enturbulation for old Tiny Fist aiding in his Downstats ! Can’t wait to see what they touch on Next !
    Mr. Catton, I read and thouroughly Enjoyed your book. It was quite the eye opener ! The things you went through dealing with Narco$ci, are Very telling in how anyone or anything can be bought with our government , even licensing for rehab counselors ! Thank you So Much for Speaking out, Best of Luck to you and your daughter!

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, Sharon. As Lawrence Wright proclaimed, their day of reckoning is coming!

      • sharon brown

        I agree, it’s just Not soon enough !! You are definitely a Hero ! Thanks for the Excellent book and Exposing Narco for All it’s BS !

  • 0tessa

    May the force be with you, Luke, and your daughter!

    • CoolHand

      Thanks!

      • Sidney18511

        Like…this might be too personal, but I’m gonna ask anyway. Is your daughter protected in anyway from being indoctrinated in the cult, or can your wife drag her down the rabbit hole?

        • CoolHand

          Good question. Right now, it’s still very much a concern for me, in fact my primary concern. Since her dad has been labeled as an SP, she won’t be allowed to participate in any official church services, which means as she gets older they will try to convince her to disconnect from me and take some courses and/or get some auditing. I made it very clear that before anything like that happened, she would be getting the full story before she makes her choice. I monitor this situation closely. She is still very young, but they really cannot be trusted.

          • Observer

            Here’s hoping your ex-wife wakes up and leaves before any of that happens …

          • Trustmeonthis

            Wishing you all the best in this situation. Glad to know that at least they cannot start her in courses. Thanks for standing up and glad you got out!

          • EnthralledObserver

            So, assuming Katie Holmes might have been at least secretly labeled an SP, does that mean Suri will not be eligible for services either? That’s great news if so for Suri and Katie. Of course, celebs live by different rules in the cult, but still, I shall see it as hopeful that Suri might be kept safer for a little while longer.

            Great job, Luke… I look forward to reading your book when I get to it, but from what has been ‘leaked’ it sounds like a ripper. I hope you and your daughter eventually will find a time when you won’t even have to worry about any threat or worry from the cult ever again.

  • The meltdown continues….

    OT 8 Geir Isene has started to publicly question whether L Ron Hubbard told the truth about the states of “Clear” and “OT” and has posted an example of a blatant lie that Hubbard told Scientologists about this on his blog.

    http://isene.me/2013/03/17/hubbard-lied/

    Alanzo

    • DeElizabethan

      Yes, it was excellent, thanks Alanzo for posting.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      “Global warming”, “Narconon is on the ropes,” and the “Church of Scientology is imploding” are all myths perpetuated by Merchants of Chaos.

      Needless to say, and it goes without saying, the Church of Scientology has expanded more in the past twelve months than in the previous fifty-two years.

      Moreover, we in Scientology are in an acquisition mode wherein we are buying up small cults, sects, and religions: http://otviiiisgrrr8.com/2013/03/18/church-of-scientology-to-acquire-smaller-religions-in-cult-consolidation/

      If you are the leader of a small cult, sect, or religion you would like to sell to the Church of Scientology. please contact us.

      • I might have a Cargo Cult for sale, but you should know that it is a bit of a family heirloom. I couldn’t possibly let it go for anything less than 7 figures.

    • “We can make homo novis. (AND give a grin to those who kept standing around bleating, β€œWhere are the clears?”)”

      Yeah, but what about those who stand around bleating “Where are the MOTHERFUCKING Clears?”

    • “We can make homo novis. (AND give a grin to those who kept standing around bleating, β€œWhere are the clears?”)”

      Yeah, but what about those who stand around bleating “Where are the MOTHERFUCKING Clears?”

  • SandiCorrena

    I’m on page 178 Luke! Very informative, so well written and I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone. Even though I’m only an outsider; I’m so proud of you! It’s not easy to find your way out and then to top that off by doing the right thing and coming forward….that’s so exceptional! Much <3 to you and your little girl, I believe many blessings will find you.

    • CoolHand

      Thank you, it’s such a personal story and took quite a while to get to the point of being able to tell it openly.

  • Observer

    I went with Nancy because I just couldn’t help it.

    *standing ovation for Lucas* I’m so sorry that tentacle monster in church clothing destroyed your marriage, but I respect you so much for doing what is right. Your daughter may not know it yet, but her dad is a bona fide hero.

    Can’t wait for the 30 Rock show!

    • CoolHand

      Awesome, and many thanks!

    • Anon

      Bona fide hero, indeed.

      Unless I’m mistaken, Lucas made his first booming TV appearance on WSB-TV as part of the blanket coverage in Atlanta of the Desmond lawsuit. He was completely awesome there and was loaded up and would have rocked the Courtroom as a true ass kicking star witness but for the eleventh hour settlement of that case. No doubt, the Scientology deciders damn well knew that he, Mark Headley and the others were about to inflict some serious devastation, waste and ruin on the entire Narconon fraud.

  • hogarthian

    I voted for Tom and Joe, which made me think. For never-in’s, the most influential smersh’s are the ones that reach a wider demographic. Not everyone will buy a book written by a former scientologist about scientology. Unless the individual is obsessed with the issue and therefore in need of help of a different kind, like me. But a great many people read the popular press.

    So, I’ve done Marc Headley and John Sweeney, and Jenna Miscavige. Lawrence Wright’s is arriving in the carry-on luggage of a British ‘resident alien’ in a few days time. And now I have Luke’s to look forward to, fabulous. Although I haven’t read Luke’s book yet, I’d be interested to hear how he feels now about being admitted to a rehab facility for ‘binge drinking’ at the tender age of 19? Don’t many 19 year olds binge drink?

    • hogarthian

      p.s. I don’t know whether to be impressed or disappointed that I’ve managed to post without the use of foul language. Probably disappointed, because it means I’m becoming less and less horrified /surprised by the crazy parade. oh well.

      • Missionary Kid

        What the #*&%(&*^%$%$% is wrong with you? πŸ˜‰

        Your posts are appreciated with and without foul language.

        • hogarthian

          Awwwwwww shucks. Thanks! πŸ˜‰ In real life I am Critical and analytical and measured and informed and insightful (and sometimes inciteful). I just hide it real well.

          • Missionary Kid

            I like that: inciteful.

            In my case, just after being in the service, I once timed my swearing for 30 seconds before I ran out of steam, and the only word I used twice was Fuck. The imagery was fairly good, too.

            Pretty good for a PK & MK, eh? (Preacher’s Kid & Missionary Kid). On the other hand, I can self-censor so I won’t even say “heck,” depending on the circumstances.

    • CoolHand

      Thank you. I definitely address that issue in the book. It was a multi-year learning process on many things.

      • hogarthian

        Luke… that must be you?! Yup… a HUGE (I’ll say it again, I hate that phrase) ‘learning curve’… but, regardless, WELL DONE YOU! Are you one of those ‘ex’s’ that still believes?… may be a naive question but hey, what do I know!!

        • CoolHand

          Yes, this is Luke, and no, I’m not a believer at all anymore.

          • Thank you for your courage in speaking out. I hope that your ex-wife eventually sees the light so that you can co-parent your daughter directly without the interference of the organization.

            • CoolHand

              Thank you, Gerard.

          • hogarthian

            Well if that’s the case, then I love it that you can still string a sentence together, and have put them all into a book, and have come out of it knowing that your behaviour was absolutely normal, and making the huge effort it must have taken to stay in your daughter’s life. The icing on the cake is that you’re easy on the eye, which is always a good thing. Oops, sorry, that was what I refer to as that ‘external leakage of internal language’ thing, again. πŸ˜‰ And I’ll be buying your book. Good luck to you.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Hehehe…external leakage of internal language.

              I can relate to this affliction.

            • hogarthian

              aaahhhaaaaaa!!! THERE you are BTN2… where the fuck have you BIN?!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I was on a freight train…on Venus.

            • Many years ago when Spirit Air was just getting started (I have heard they have improved somewhat since) I had a terrible experience with them, and my brother who had just been through the same explained, “With Spirit Air, you have to reach a state of absolute indifference to space and time, until you no longer care where you are going or when you get there, and only then are you worthy to be transported.”

      • Poison Ivy

        Thank you Luke, loving it so far.

    • NoName

      About the 19 yr old thing – he goes into that in some detail in his book. Mostly he admits he was acting like a loser with a bad relationship with alcohol, but adds that it was irresponsible it was for NarCONon to label people like him “alcoholic”. But that’s a once sentence summary of pages and pages. I strongly recommend reading the book, because it’s pretty interesting how it got to the point of him being checked into rehab both times. It’s really pretty scary that NarCONon would be so desperate for bodies in the shop that they would take someone who was in Luke’s situation and fuck them up even worse than they already were.

      • hogarthian

        Exactly! It worries me. A lot. I’m loathe to do that U.S./British comparison again…. BUT…. Teenagers/young people drink, that’s what they do, it’s normal. This, again, may be controversial, but I’d be worried if my teenager didn’t engage with the alcohol ‘thing’, and a little disappointed, to be honest. It needs to be done, in my opinion. Academically, identifiying those young people who indulge in ‘young people like activities’ are marked, in our risk identification culture…. and we call it ‘labelling’. From whichever standpoint you approach it, it ain’t good.

        • hogarthian

          Who the fuck gave me a fucking down arrow thing?!?!?! Freak.

          • I would bet the down arrow’s from an American :P. I agree with you that people need to engage with alcohol at a relatively young age, in a safe environment, so they don’t completely lose it once they go to college, as so many people do here. And in the U.S., the idea that “oh well all 19-year olds binge drink” covers up a large amount of abuse and alcoholism, and leads to huge societal problems — sexual abuse and drunk driving among them. We have a different, and much sicker, relationship with alcohol than Europe does.

            I went to a small college (only 600 people on campus at any given time) at which the normalization of binge drinking led to an ambulance every single weekend. Can’t drink can’t drink can’t drink changes immediately to wheee blackout drunk and vomiting. Binge drinking is a serious problem over here.

            • hogarthian

              I wholeheartedly concur. Europe’s attitude is way healthier, they drink a lot, and enjoy it, and are open about it, but they don’t binge. We Brits, however, are on idealogical island of our own (so to speak) on the alcohol front. We DO binge. On the plus side…. at least we’re not in the closet about it!

            • Ze Moo

              Binge boozing happens everywhere, you either get over it or you become an alcoholic. Alcoholism is huge problem everywhere.

      • SandiCorrena

        What they found in Luke was very high intelligence and an honest deep down desire to be helpful to others; I think he was easier for them to exploit because of his age – they had to break him down (alcoholic) to build him back up to their specifications. Alas they forgot to eat his brain…….thankfully for us!

        • hogarthian

          Fabulous! Perfectly put.

    • PreferToBeAnon2

      They will label anyone who has even taken a prescribed medication that was used appropriately an addict. They tried to send Kyle Brennan to NarCONon to get him away from the evil psych meds (which were not being abused; they were needed). His father took the drugs away and well… we know what happened there. Luke, Eric, David–you guys keep on! You may never know how many lives you actually save. Many thanks.

  • Ze Moo

    While a purely religious approach to drug counseling may be useful, it doesn’t treat the underlying problems that caused or exacerbated the drug or alcohol problem. Using scamatology to treat drug problems is like substituting pudding for spackle while putting up dry wall. Yeah, it is tastier then spackle, but it won’t hold together for long. You might as well wave a dead chicken around the addict and chant ‘bippity, bobaity, boo’ and expect results. If the dead chicken were KFC, you would at least get dinner. KFC beats KSW any day. Any state allowing NarCONon to serve up drug and alcohol treatment is just waiting for trouble in the form of lawsuits to hit them.

    Tobin and Childs do their jobs day in and day out. Nancy Many got a tv show to tell her story. I’ll flip a coin on this one.

    • I agree totally that an exclusively religious approach to drug counselling has limited value. It’s a fact that programs sponsored by mainstream religious groups (i.e. Catholics, Protestants, Jewish groups) rely heavily on professional therapists with training in psychology, social work or related disciplines.

      • PreferToBeAnon2

        Ze Moo, Gerard, These are solid comments about the religious approach; however, this is not a religion. Still, I would rather pray to God than talk to an ashtray. Actually, there have been studies that have shown that there is a marked positive effect on patients recovering from surgery who have receieved prayers (forgive me for not being specific and quoting them directly–I believe Larry Dossey has written about it). Regardless, NarCONon and $cientology as a religious-based *anything* is an unfair comparison. Even REAL religious groups as you say, Gerard, use “professional therapists with training.” Moo, pass the KFC–I’ll take a leg.

        • there have been studies that have shown that there is a marked positive effect on patients recovering from surgery who have receieved prayers

          That one study that found mixed results has been shown to be basically bs.
          http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Prayer_does_not_help_heart_patients,_study_finds
          http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2002901053_pray31.html

          From the second link: “researchers at the Harvard Medical School and five other U.S. medical centers found, to their bewilderment, that coronary-bypass patients who knew strangers were praying for them fared significantly worse than people who got no prayers.”

          The idea that other people’s prayers make gods do what they otherwise would not makes religion into a popularity contest, and I would think religious people would find it severely offensive.

      • Poison Ivy

        There is an element of ‘religion’ or rather spirituality, in 12-step recovery systems. While one can choose whatever one wants to be one’s ‘higher power’, the idea of freedom from the prison of self is an essential one.

        • FLUNK101

          “… freedom from the prison of the self …”
          I never thought of the 12-step ‘higher power’ that way before, but that’s a hip way of looking at it.
          Thanks.

        • You’re right. I would also point out that the higher power you’ve identified (which I agree could be an effective one as it dovetails with most religions and philosophies) is diametrically opposed to the message of Scientology which is all about focusing on oneself and one’s “case”.

    • Missionary Kid

      Very well put. $cientology’s total misunderstanding of addiction, because it’s based on the weird, unscientific ramblings of LRH, doesn’t really provide a long term solution. Also, because their goal isn’t weaning a patient away from drugs, but to hook them up to Co$ and take all their money, NARCONON will fail.

      • stillgrace

        In my opinion, the major elements that will bring down NarCONon are the misrepresentations of the program in recruiting clients, the lack of supervision of “patients”, the licensing dodges, and the insurance fraud.

        • Missionary Kid

          In short, the very essence of $cientology: Mendacity and hubris.

          • Trustmeonthis

            Don’t forget Lies and Fail.

            • Missionary Kid

              I won’t. Mendacity is lying, so I covered half of that.

          • stillgrace

            Actually, I was disagreeing with you about what will cause the downfall of NarCONon.

            • Missionary Kid

              You’re right. Since NarCONnon actually has to do something for the money, their product gets judged.

              Misrepresentations of the program in routing people is intrinsic in Co$.

              Because they brought over the “ethics” from Co$, they’re all about appearances and not about performance judged by outsiders. The only supervision that’s been imposed is how closely they follow the Co$ doctrine, which is, in essence, “screw the clams,” and to make sure they generate revenue, legally or illegally, since Co$ considers wog ethics to be inferior.

              Unfortunately, they’re working in what they derisively call a wog world.

            • stillgrace

              ??

            • Missionary Kid

              Since NarCONon was started by Co$, it has, at the base, the same systematic failures as Co$.

              I was agreeing with you on the point of misrepresentation. That is intrinsic in Co$, and was carried over. “Would you like help with your problems/drug addiction? We can help you. We’re great at what we do!” It’s the same lying message.

              You were right to point out the lack of supervision of the patients and the fraud and deaths. The difference between Co$ and NarCONon is that the former has no patients to deal with, and in the latter, the patients have real problems and are wogs. There’s never been any Hubbardian fairy dust “tech” to sprinkle on real problems, and there never was. The tech doesn’t work in the long run, in spite of the lying marketing.

              The same underlying goals are in place: to extract as much money from people, and to recruit people for the $cientology con. Neither really cares for the people involved, just their money. Since there are no ethics, in the conventional sense in $cientology, and the management style was carried over, there’s no underlying ethics in NarCONon. It’s lie, cheat, and steal, just like $cientology, to get money.

              The problem they have is that treatment centers are judged by different standards than religions. They ignored that when they started NarCONon. Now, after ruining more lives and killing more people, they’re faced with legal problems that they’ve never faced before, because they’re not protected by the First Amendment in this criminal activity.

      • Ze Moo

        It only fails if the state(s) refuse to regulate Rehabs. The slap dash of current regulation is very dangerous and costly because of such quack treatments.

        • Missionary Kid

          I agree, and the present cry of “less government intervention” often works very well with conservative legislators, like there are in OK. NarCONon has used that to their advantage to prevent regulation.

          Where they will use their lobbying power to blunt any attempt to regulate them is in committee, just before legislation comes to a vote. They will also trumpet that it’s a part of Obamacare and an attempt to usurp power from the state and cry that they are only trying to do good..

    • Poison Ivy

      Ze Moo, are you positing that Scientology is ‘religious’? I would argue that point. The TR’s, the Purif, and all that go with it (the stuff you get in Narconon) are much more brainwashing/self-help than religious; they don’t deal with issues of the thetan, etc.
      Once you get to the thetan, the Xenu myth, past lives etc. I’d say you can argue ‘religion’ because it’s an explanation of the universe that deals with our reason for being here, etc. Despite the fact that it was pulled out of the ass of a mentally ill, drug addled con man. Do they get that far in Narconon?

      • Ze Moo

        The ‘religious’ angle is one of scamatologies golden bullets that excuse all their faults. I don’t see Christian Scientists running any drug rehabs but if they do you can bet reading the bible is the cornerstone. The ritual laden mishmash of TRs and Purif and yelling at ashtrays is brainwashing. Substituting these rituals for actual treatment is a joke. A joke that every paying customer of NarCONon is paying.

  • Espiando

    No insult to Nancy, but Tobin and Childs dealt one of the biggest blows to the Church ever with The Truth Rundown. Tiny Fists’ reputation will never recover from that.

    • aquaclara

      Tobin and Childs taking down Tiny Fists – what a great visual! Agree with you on the Tobin/Childs vote. I applaud Nancy for taking the abuse and heat that she did, and for speaking out. Her documentary was excellent, and I used that to show my son the harm this cult can do. She is a winner in so many ways for exposing the madness and surviving.
      Tobin and Childs carry on the deep investigatory work that began in 1979 at what was then the Clearwater Sun, (subsequently joining the St Pete Times, and now known as the Tampa Bay Times). I recall Bette Orsini, Mark Sableman and Andrew Barnes, just to list a few, who were harassed and attacked for daring to write about Scientology from their offices just down the road from where the Super Power building now stands. Tobin and Childs know what the earlier reporters didn’t – that to fight the cult, you need deep firepower.
      Tobin and Childs have delivered, relentlessly, proving (like Tony does, every day) that good journalism is essential to a free society. Can’t wait for the next round from T&C!

    • Yes, I loved Nancy’s story, but the bracketing was just too much.

  • Freddie Hubbard

    Scientology is buuulls#%t!!!!!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Freddie…preacher meet choir.
      πŸ˜‰

  • CoolHand

    Thank you, Tony! Your dedication to uncovering the truth behind the whole organization was one of several catalysts for me to leave and eventually speak out. I sincerely appreciate what you do. Also, as a side note, it’s my understanding that the client enrollment at Narconon Arrowhead is now well below 100, much less than I predicted a few months ago. After the new Rock Center piece airs, I’d venture to say it will be a few dozen or less, especially since Narconon officials continue to lie and try to cover up what really goes on behind closed doors, such as fooling Rep. Brian Renegar, etc. Hopefully this book will open more eyes and encourage others to investigate more – family members, individuals, certifying bodies, gov’t agencies, etc. It will be an interesting summer in Oklahoma.

    • Mary_McConnell

      πŸ™‚

      • Anon

        Mary, as always, I agree whole-heartedly. Indeed. Thanks for all you do.

    • Are_sics

      Great work! Do you have a sense of how much the rest of Narconon is being affected by the reporting about Arrowhead?

      On Amazon, I see all 5-star reviews of the book. Are they just having too much bad news to keep up with? I’d expect at least a few 1-star dismissals, along with “reviews” that address zero content. May your book remain unmolested by these folks.

      Kudos, CoolHand.

      • CoolHand

        Thank you! The network is suffering. Narconon International will tell people it has more enrolled than ever, but that is from thousands of people doing the “First Step” program and rehabs in Mexico for free. Narconon International’s income is dropping out the bottom, and with their executives caught lying in the Desomond case depositions, as well as the pending lawsuits in Oklahoma, they’re undoubtedly scrambling to stay alive. There is just too much coming down the line for them to be able to survive it all, and their own arrogance won’t allow them to come clean about everything.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I just bought your book and will get on it shortly! I am sorry for all you have suffered. You ( and Eric) are major players in the day of reckoning and we are so thankful for the tenacity you have shown in standing toe to toe with this beast.

          • CoolHand

            Thanks, BTN. Despite all of the hardship, I have the greatest gift ever in my daughter, and time with her makes it all worthwhile.

            • Trustmeonthis

              You deserve all the good stuff! Reading your book on the kindle right now. πŸ™‚

  • Mary_McConnell

    Thanks for this article and review, Tony. Glad you got to meet Luke and Eric in NYC! Can’t wait for the upcoming show
    I am especially happy to see Luke’s book getting much deserved attention. I can’t stress it enough that Lucas Catton’s book, Have You Told All, is a must-read for everyone.

    The rest of my review is here, among others’.
    http://www.amazon.com/Have-You-Told-All-Scientology/dp/0615768725/

    One can get a look inside the book here at amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Have-You-Told-All-Scientology/dp/0615768725/#reader_0615768725

    • CoolHand

      Thanks, Mary!

    • SP ‘Onage

      I agee, Mary. I think it is especially important that journalists and politicians read his book. They need to pull their heads out of the sand when it comes to narconon and scientology.

  • Sidney18511

    Poor Nancy….she doesn’t have a CHANCE against Tobin and Childs of the TBT. Nancy is amazing buy the TBT was EXPLOSIVE.

  • California

    Thank you, Luke, for hanging in there.

    Back in 2004/5, although Narconon Drug Education’s access to public and charter school students was being shut down by the California Department of Education as per their recommendation that school districts not use Narconon Drug Education, it was very frustrating to see Narconon Drug Rehab programs flourish.

    They flourished because there were no reasonable laws/rules/regs stopping them, as we saw in Newport Beach, CA, and other places where greed by the public officials temporarily over-rode common sense. Academics and anyone who opposed this scenario in pubic ed were quickly targeted by the Bush administration’s SCN’er John Danielson, who was Chief of Staff to Sec’y of Education Rod Paige. Several school superintendents, such as SFUSD’s late Arlene Ackerman, were in the Bush/Paige/Danielson camp. NCLB was the rule of public ed and it was a sad/bad time for public ed and for those of us deeply concerned about Narconon Drug Rehab.

    Fast forward to now. With the Mental Health (MH) and Substance Abuse (SA) merger at the federal, state and local levels, state legislatures are now working to create reasonable laws/rules/regs for substance abuse programs that are in alignment, if not identical, to the same long-term standards for mental health. This is called “parity,” in the field. Narconon Drug Rehab is in concrete and cannot change to be in alignment with the new standards, as we know. Although there will be skirmishes, the war is basically over….

    Now, I think, we need to focus on getting the word out to all prospective victims of Narconon Drug Rehab and stop the successful recruitment and get anybody in Narconon Drug Rehab OUT. If you have been in, check your private insurance and see if Narconon billed to it improperly. If so, contact your state’s insurance commissioner and the local D.A.’s office. If you know somebody in Narconon Drug Rehab, get them out. If they are court-ordered in there, contact both the local D.A.’s office and local media and this site.

    Be polite, work excellently with the officials and have fun. The end of Narconon Drug Rehab is in sight.

    • CoolHand

      Thanks, and great point on the insurance. There is more to come on that soon, I believe.

    • Poison Ivy

      California, you are humble but I know you had a role in this demise. Thank you for your anonymous but crucial service.

      • California

        Actually, and I hope that DM, Jeff Quiros/Karen DeLise (and other OSA) read this: the current changes in the Substance Abuse (SA) field have virtually nothing to do with Narconon, which is just one of many unregulated private poorly run rehab programs in the US. The changes to having reasonable laws/rules/regs (and away from Bush, et al., anything goes market place practice) for SA programs is being driven by ObamaCare and other universal governmentally-supervised health care reform.

        What is mind-boggling to SCN/OSA is that their use of pressure, OSA-tactics of dead agenting, third-party, etc., are not effecting the incoming laws/rules/regs, as I am sure that they expected to get some kind of “exemption.” In California, they have now formed two 6-bed facilities, which MAY have some form of exemption… although people are now re-examining that since other bad facilities are now trying to reduce their size.

        In any event, there is no way that the 6-beds are going to pull in the $8M-$10M per year that the larger facilities do…. and it is all about the money.

        • Poison Ivy

          Here here! I love that the OSA tactics aren’t working. (That must mean they’re still trying them?)

          Apropos of nothing, this TED talk about good and evil from the guy who designed the Stanford Prison experiment made me think of Scientology: http://huff.to/135ILl2

    • sugarplumfairy

      “The end of narconon drug rehab is in site..”

      But then they’ll name it Sweaty Day Rehab or Niacin Narc Center and start all over again.. Co$ is relentless..

      • California

        That will not really matter soon as ALL SA rehab programs will be required to conduct themselves according to the same high standards. Name-changing will not work anymore…..

        • sugarplumfairy

          Very good point..

  • SandiCorrena

    I was very intriqued about what Lucas wrote regarding June Benitez, there are so many skeletons in the CO$ closet!

    • CoolHand

      Good catch there. Narconon still credits Willie Benitez as the founder of the program, but the church has full control and it isn’t what he was doing in the prison 47 years ago. Willie has been exploited ever since because he was never a Scientologist and his widow deserves four+ decades of royalties for that exploitation. Should they fight this, they have to admit that it really doesn’t have anything to do with Benitez anymore and hasn’t for a very long time.

  • Ze Moo

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/church-of-scientology-open-fire-on-leaders-niece/story-e6frf7jo-1226599769313

    Review of Jenna M Hills book (is she in Australia on the book tour??) and Luke Cattons book. Karin Prouw replies with the word ‘apostate’ several times. Jenna’s book has received a lot of coverage everywhere, at least as much coverage as Lawrence Wrights book. And now Luke Catton’s book getting the same treatment, mainstream understanding of CO$ behavior is becoming standard everywhere.

    • The Karin Puw denials were run in The Australian too…(saw it on my daily google scientology search).

  • Poison Ivy

    I’m glad you reviewed Luke’s book, Tony – Just started it and I agree, it’s gripping. Mr. PI asked, “Don’t you get tired of Scientology books?” (just finished Jenna’s; WOW. Heartbreaking.) No, because it’s all just such a huge puzzle and everyone’ individual experience, when well-written, helps fill in the missing pieces. Narconon is an intriguing Evil Empire within the Evil Empire itself! And I so look forward to voting in the SMERSH mash up every morning, though it’s getting harder and harder….

  • Missionary Kid

    Off topic.

    It struck me that if DM were truly rational, he’d just take the assets of the church and sit on them as the income and flock has declined.

    Instead, he’s set up a negative feedback mechanism of greed where, by regging the flock harder for more money, it’s leading to even more defections. With the previously normal rate of attrition of members and the rising public awareness of the evil of Co$, he’s not getting the fresh warm bodies to route and fleece like he used to, so the numbers are declining, and his income even faster.

    NARCONCON was a beautiful scam for a while, generating money and recruits, but because it’s based on Co$, it is failing, and that income will dry up. It may also allow attorneys to pierce the veil of being a religious activity and sue Co$ because of the control involved. NARCONON has the problem that it again exposes $cientology to more ridicule and negative publicity.

    From the beginning, the business model of $cientology has been to make the missions self-financing, with a cut going to COB, and little, if any, flowing back. Miscabbage will not abandon that model because that’s all he knows
    and he’s greedy. I feel sorry for those still in.

    • Ze Moo

      The missions and local mOrgs are no longer financing themselves by delivering ‘training and services’, they too have shifted to a donation based economy. They have to pay 10% of all income to the central church and they pay rent on ‘their’ building and then pay the heat, electricity and upkeep. All money flows up to Miscavige and little is left for the locals. Look at the Buffalo ‘non-existence’ flyer from yesterday, they are begging for donations just to keep the doors open.

      This violation of Lrons original business plan was begun by him in 1983 or so. Miscavige just took it to the logical end to fill the coffers of the central ‘church’. This policy has probably got more clams to quit then anything else. The dwarfenfΓΌrher killed the magic cow and its just taking time for the whole scam to die.

      • Missionary Kid

        I believe that LRon’s business plan would have eventually failed, because of the internet. Misscabbage’s greed has simply accelerated it by orders of magnitude.

        With the establishment of his private gulags, the insistence on absolute fealty to erratic behavior, and not even the feigned self-deprecating manner of LRH, combined with being stuck with an illogical “theology,” ze dwarfenfuhrer will watch his ship sink.

        The sinking ship will accelerate the decline of TC & JT’s careers.

        • Ze Moo

          Lrons original plan gave the missions and lower level ‘churches’ plenty of income and customers to get that income. After putting up the OT levels Lron noticed the mission owners income became inflated and the central churches income and his income didn’t grow as much as he liked. As Lron was getting old and wanted to start his Ozymandias archive project, he got Miscavige and others to take over the missions.

          He cut up the multi level marketing agreement that was scientology and centralized income producing activities at a few locations. Once that multi level marketing agreement was cut up, auditors and other staff at lower churches had their income cut by moving the paying customers to the ‘upper’ parts of the church. The rest is recent history, with no financial reason to bring in new customers, there was no ‘new meat’,

          This is what is going to kill off CO$. 4chan and anonymous are the nails in the coffin, but Lron himself started his scams fall into oblivion. There has always been a large turnover of paying customers, by focusing on current customers they have killed off their future. No new meat means no long term future.

          • Missionary Kid

            Thanks for the lesson. Sambo’s (the restaurant chain) was killed off when they made two changes: (the name hurt them, but not to the extent these did) 1) They cut off profit sharing with managers, and 2) they made their main business real estate and finance. The customers got screwed, stopped eating there, the business fell off, and the financing did too, and the chain went bankrupt. If you don’t take care of the people below you, they’re not going to take care of you.

            Little Davey also likes to pose as a tough asshole. That works against him when people start thinking, “How much worse can it be if I leave? This is already hell.”

            Ultimately, Co$ was a pyramid scheme from the beginning, but the only rewards for the clams were psychologically internal or in eternal. Co$, LRH, and DM were all spring loaded to the fucked up position. Unfortunately, they’ve messed up a lot of innocent people along the way.

            • Ze Moo

              “Its like amway, but without the useful cleaning products”

            • Missionary Kid

              Thanks for the first laugh of the day.

              I dislike Amway’s marketing. Their products meh.
              I dislike Herbalife even more, so you can imagine how much I dislike Co$, where you pay them to abuse you and your family.

    • hogarthian

      I find myself agreeing with you, again, are you spooked yet?

      It’s true, you’re dead right. Miscarriage (need to stop calling him that, someone’s gonna get very offended) isn’t as clever as he thinks he is, fiscally or otherwise. Most people in his position would have woken up and smelt the kryptonite by now and fucked off somewhere without a single extradition agreement. A clear sign that he is indeed insane, not just stupid.

      • Missionary Kid

        Spooked by your agreement, or DM?

        DM is not insane. Like any sociopath, he has no ability for deep introspection, because “it’s never his fault.” He also has never experienced another organization, so he cannot see other ways of doing things. Since he wants absolute control, he won’t bail on the organization. He will, however, possibly try to control it from any extradition-free country.

        In family-run businesses, the smart people heading it up have their children get experience from other businesses, or they hire people who have. He has no backup to run things when he doesn’t.

        Misfuckhead (yeah, get offended), has told himself he’s always right, and he’s canned anyone who might tell him different. I would be surprised if he makes any changes in operating procedures. Hopefully, he waits too long to flee, like Mussolini, and the clams turn on him.

        I believe he identifies so strongly with Co$, that when someone uses the word $cintology, he internalizes it (in the conventional psychological definition) so that he hears his name. That’s why LRH started the fair game policy, (because he felt threatened by anyone opposing him) and that’s why DM will continue it, even against the advice of his hired shysters.

        • hogarthian

          Spooked by my slavish agreement!

          I’m lumping ‘insane’ with ‘sociopath’. A schoolboy error on my part, unforgivable considering what I do for a living!

          Oh and errrrrr……. I agree, again.

          • Missionary Kid

            Sorry you had to agree. πŸ˜‰

            I would say that in the non-legal and non-psychological sense, DM is insane, so you’re right, too.

  • stillgrace

    Luke, thank you for coming forward and telling the truth, despite hardships. This blog post “kindled” my interest in your book, and “Have You Told All” now resides on my kindle, although I am currently reading it in the Cloud. Your introduction has me primed!! This is going to be good.

    • CoolHand

      Excellent, thank you! I’m always interested in feedback (even shitty criticism!). Drop a line any time at http://www.haveyoutoldall.com/updates/

    • SP ‘Onage

      Reading about George Veliskakis, ex-Hell’s Angel, training to become an Ethics Officer primed me.

      • stillgrace

        When I read that part, I had this incredible image of a disoriented 19 year-old Luke getting picked up from the airport by a scary tattooed biker guy (that eventually turned out to be good to him). But still … first impressions and all … probably would have been scary for me.

  • Ivan Mapother

    I would love to see a list and hear from insurance companies who accept Narconon as a qualified treatment center. An insurance companies profitablilty is based on not paying claims, if one thinks Narconon is a scam, the rest would follow suit. More importantly, would stock holders want their company paying for treatment that every other insurance company thinks is a scam?

    • CoolHand

      The Insurance Commissioner in Georgia is currently doing an investigation, and that information should spill over to other states where Narconon operates.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Luke, do you have any idea how long that investigation may take?
        I am curious as to how much bureaucracy is involved.
        I am sure it is plenty.

        • CoolHand

          I’m sure it could take many months, as there are already indications of slow movements. Frankly the most effective measures have been people speaking out who have specific knowledge, civil litigation cases, critics sharing information, and of course media coverage refueling it all. The government actions will undoubtedly take much longer than the swift and overwhelming power of public outcry.

          • Anon

            Effective measures definitely include all of these things, but to break them we need to see more courageous families who have lost kids hire true top shelf trial lawyers who will do what it takes to steamroll over them and score major eight figure verdicts. The governing officials will then be forced to act and act decisively and the house of cards will fall. We need more big time lawsuits.

      • California

        Luke, please see what I posted above. I think that the Georgia Insurance investigation is about the fraudulent use of one patient’s insurance card …. up to $166K, if I remember correctly. There may be many more cases by now, which may account for the slow pace.

    • California

      I know of no insurance companies that pay for Narconon Drug Rehab. Please, everyone, check your policy and see if Narconon is listed. However, they are small areas that some insurance companies may cover, sometimes. Much of this coverage is by individual discretion and when the insurance companies find out that it involves Narconon, they are concerned.

      Families pony up the $30K-$40K out of desperation……

  • aquaclara

    Luke, I’m joining Observer’s terrif standing O to you that she posted below! You’ve done so much to expose the scams and stand up to the cult. Your book is another important piece – the word about Narconon IS getting out there and will lead to their demise. The stories of those hurt by the cult make the media, exposing the deceitful nature of the leaders in Scientology. Keep it coming, and please keep posting!
    And of course, thank you!

    • CoolHand

      I appreciate that. I really want the full truth to be known, as do others who were involved, such as Eric, even when that means we have had to fess up to our own wrongdoing in order to make it right.

      • aquaclara

        You, Eric, David Love, Mary, California, Tony O. (you can add to the list here) a tremendous team of Narconon cult-busters working very hard to make it all right. PS This just might need a tee shirt all its own.

      • 10oriocookies

        I was one breath away from breaking down in tears on national television talking about that stuff. Its worth every second of my time and effort if it stops more people from dying. I found that you cant make it right with yourself if you arent honest about it. There are tons of people who know stuff that arent saying anything. Its a self-imposed prison.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          You guys have so much integrity.
          It would have been so much easier and safer to just walk quietly away and rebuild your lives.
          The fact that you both are doing it this way says so much about the men you are.
          Like aquaclara notes….you ALL are one hell of a formidable team.
          I can hardly wait to see the Rock center show.

  • SP ‘Onage

    I am half way done with Luke’s book. The political names that have been associated with narconon/scientology is amazing. The interaction with State Officials from Legislators to Dept. Of Mental Health and the influence of power generated by rubbing elbows and persuading dignitaries, (the Rule Makers) is scary.

    This book is full of delicious sauce, especially how they use sci Celebrities and the special treatment they receive. It’s scandalous!

    Luke, I read you have experience in writing scripts. Have you ever thought about writing a screen play telling your story? I’d love to see your story on HBO, Showtime, or even a major motion picture.

    Thank you for writing this book and exposing the inner workings of both narconon and scientology, what a wealth of information. Now, back to finishing the rest of your book. πŸ™‚

    • CoolHand

      I warned church officials earlier last year that I would be compelled to share what I know. Although it took a while to generate the gall to take them on, I’m now committed to doing that. If avenues such as those wind up being a part of it, then that would be great, too. I personally haven’t thought about writing a screenplay about it directly though.

      • SP ‘Onage

        I hope you do. You are a mover and shaker, Luke. I think you have the intelligence and fortitude to do anything.

        You don’t have to answer this, but I was wondering? Have you been harassed or fair gamed/dead agented since writing this book?

        • CoolHand

          Not to go into details here, but there have been some subtle hints lately. I experienced the initial hit back when I was first declared though.

          • SP ‘Onage

            I admire your courage. Stay strong! πŸ˜‰

          • Missionary Kid

            I’m wondering if the reason that they haven’t hit back that hard is that they’ve got so many fires to put out or that you’re now visible enough to become a martyr.

            I think the fact that you came out tough towards them takes a lot of their fear factor away. If you’d waffled, they’d feel that they could push you around. Also, you probably have some VERY damaging documents.

            I believe you’re one of the brave souls who are not afraid to sit by while others do evil, regardless of the consequences.

            • Espiando

              I think the reason they haven’t hit back is that they’ve finally come to the realization that dead agenting and Fair Game won’t work anymore against exes and Indies. They know that if they try it, Chanology, ESMB, and Tipping Point will hit them so hard that their sperm will produce children with heads like Linda Blair…oh, wait, OSA is pretty much Sea Org, and they’re not allowed to have children. Forget that.

              In fact, I’m pretty sure that all of the Dead Agenting and Fair Game that still goes on right now is only for the benefit of those still in, to show that OSA/RTC is doing something about the Bitter Defrocked Apostates. Notice who they go after: the M&Ms, Karen, Debbie Cook before the court date. These people are well-known names among the clubbed seals. If OSA didn’t go after them, there would be a stink among the True Believers: “Why aren’t you handling those SPs?” So they either do futile Dead Agenting, or they take an internal PR hit to OSA’s “invincible” image. Those still in don’t seem to realize that those of us behind the mask destroyed that image once and for all five years ago.

            • Missionary Kid

              I hope that Luke has a good lawyer, whose trigger is set to “sue the crap out of them” if anything is done.

              (Speculation) If harassment comes from Co$, then it would be a link between NN and C0$. If it’s a criminal matter, hopefully they can be charged with attempted witness intimidation. NN doesn’t have the financial resources that Co$ has, and it can’t let it be shown that they’re working hand in glove.

              I think that if anything is going to be pulled, it will be just before Luke is to be a witness at a trial. I think they’ll try to use his daughter in any way they can, and that they’re just biding their time. I hope I’m wrong about that.

            • Espiando

              I wonder if Sugar Ray Jeffrey is a member of the Oklahoma bar…

            • Anon

              I hear he has made the acquaintance of a few pretty fair litigators. And since they’re close by, it would at least not too inconvenient if the mighty sword of justice needed swinging.

              NN is Co$ and the problem ain’t financial resources.

            • Missionary Kid

              I realize that NN=Co$, but they have to maintain a legal fiction that they are separate, or attorneys can sue Co$ directly, once all the NN assets are gone. If Luke has the paperwork, it will make the attorney’s job easier. Hopefully, the evidence is there to also show that NN is a criminal enterprise and the RICO statute can be used.

              I hope that the axe falls on the neck of NN and that it also nails Co$. This is one time I hope that those “pretty fair litigators” kick the crap out of Co$ and walk away with a big cut. If nothing else, I hope they enturbulate DM bigtime.

            • hogarthian

              Absolutely. Luke is way too focussed on his mission to be intimidated by them and they know it. They have smaller, more vulnerable fish to fry.

            • Missionary Kid

              I certainly hope you’re right. See my reply to Epiando for more.

            • CoolHand

              D) All of the above!

            • Missionary Kid

              Bless you and your daughter. Go get ’em tiger!
              Sounds like you’ve got some good legal advice. I hope it works.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Thank goodness Luke and Eric were able to distance themselves from co$ and didn’t suffer the same self-doubt, or angst, or whatever else it was that has enabled other co$ leaders, like Rena Weinberg and Mary Riesberg, to allow themselves to be treated as chattel, punished and imprisoned.. And every day, Luke and Eric are making a difference and exposing some co$ wrongs.. They HAVE to feel good about that..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Riser!
      You are lucky it is not demerit day!

      • sugarplumfairy

        Subconsciously, I must have been angling.. truth be told, i did find Tony’s demerit threat intriguing.. Don’t judge me..

      • Poison Ivy

        Bury, who is your new avatar?

        • BuryTheNuts2

          My Mom

          • SP ‘Onage

            Then, you must be effin’ hawwwt! πŸ˜€

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lol, no, I am adopted.
              But run with that however you wish!

            • SP ‘Onage

              mmmkay…adoption is hawt! πŸ˜‰

          • Poison Ivy

            She’s so lovely!

            • FLUNK101

              She is. Speaking as a man, there’s something in her eyes that makes me want to know her, love her and protect her.

              You have a very beautiful AV as well, PI. Deeply thoughtful, harmonios … but dangerously beguiling.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Thanks PI.

      • hogarthian

        What’s ‘demerit day’ in the Bunker ? (I know what a ‘demerit’ is though, generically speaking)….

        • sugarplumfairy

          Tony made a funny comment yesterday that threatened anyone misspelling Mary Reisling’s name with demerits..

          Actually, it could have been a few days ago. I had kind of a lost weekend..

          • sugarplumfairy

            Hopefully he doesn’t have any issue with dangling modifiers..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lulz!

          • hogarthian

            I won’t fall into that trap…. I shall forever remember it as the incorrect spelling of a popular 80’s German wine.

          • aquaclara

            And to help with what might be an across-the-pond translation, an accumulation of demerits resulted in the Catholic school version of high crimes…after-school detention. Ikes.

  • SP ‘Onage

    There are so many questions I want to ask about the contents of the book, but I am afraid I’ll spoil it for other readers. Darn it! πŸ™

    • sugarplumfairy

      I bought the kindle version last week, and s soon as I did, my cousin appropriated it.. So I havented read it yet.. But I have no probs with spoilers.. Just post a spoiler alert for those who may have.. I’m anxious to hear your ???????

      • SP ‘Onage

        Spoiler Alert! Even narconon spent tens of thousands of dollars buying sets of Basics. Sheesh, they really pimp those books, huh! Doing the same with ‘ The L Ron Hubbard series.”

      • Captain Howdy

        I have Walking Dead spoilers but no Spacewalker Undead spoliers..for free.

        • Poison Ivy

          Walking Dead question – why is Andrea so f-ing DUMB?

          • Captain Howdy

            Dude, do you really want me to go there ?

    • Maybe take it to Luke’s website…and post SPOILER ALERT

      • SP ‘Onage

        Oh hell, I am always the last one to the party. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • mook

    looks like Bert Fields, TC’s lawyer, isn’t offended by the play spoof of Tom and Katie. how long before Cruise drops him….
    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/good_for_spoof_He4wNPTZ8pR9Xip2Ii8GPL

    • Espiando

      Well, what can Bert, TC, or the Dwarfenfuehrer do about it? The play is a combination of direct quotes from the media and parody, both of which are protected by the First Amendment. Miscavige almost certainly believes the First Amendment is some delayed-effect R6 implant, but if anyone tries to take it to court, they’ll be laughed at as much as the play.

      • Poison Ivy

        I know from recent experience, satire/parody gets a very wide berth per the First Amendment. Remember, that is the same First Amendment that protects the church (and allows Sea Org members to be enslaved because it’s a “religious order” doing “religious work”), so you can’t have it both ways, Mr. Cruise.

    • Missionary Kid

      He can’t object, because that just brings more attention to the play.

      • RMycroft

        Heh. Then why did he say anything?

        • Missionary Kid

          Because he was asked directly about his depiction in the play. Of course, he had to add that β€œI love a good spoof, even about me β€” or especially about me. But they
          can be misleading and cruel, so I’m concerned for Tom and Suri.”

          That was to cover his ass, and put it in the category of something that might be hurtful to his client. Like all entertainment attorneys, he’s locked and loaded to sue. That was his warning shot.

          • RMycroft

            It seems that he’s going off half-cocked and firing blanks. Much like his client.

            • Missionary Kid

              Half-cocked for half-pint.

  • Sidney18511

    Luke…..is there anyway that you can get your book on I-books? The kindle on my I-pad doesn’t work and I need to use I-books, and it is not available there.

    • SP ‘Onage

      Until Luke can answer your question. Can this youtube video help you?

      Upload eBook to Kindle App on iPad It Can Be Done!
      http://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=mjnuxj7kj#/watch?v=PWfXLNGIpiM

    • CoolHand

      Sorry for the delayed response. I’ll have to look into that. I thought it was going to be available there. If you want to contact me then I can follow up with that.

  • Sokramor

    Slightly off-topic: I use the link on the left to buy my books on $cientology (and I will buy another one today, thanks to this post ;)), but I wonder whether it still “works” when I click through to my local amazon site. I’m not in the US and can’t order over amazon.com, but I still want to reward Tony’s work somehow.

  • DeElizabethan

    Off topic: Tony did ask for any Birthday news so here’s from Clearwater on the Sunday’s dinner party at Flag.

    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/2013-lrh-birthday-weekend-flag-well-actually-just-sunday-evening.109773/

    • Sherbet

      Thanks, De, for another example of cos’s ongoing Theatre of the Absurd. This episode may be called “Umbrellas against Entheta.” I don’t know whether to laugh out loud or reach through the screen and slap somebody.

      • DeElizabethan

        It was rather hilarious. They should have had umbrellas today as 100’s of SO members walked from dinner and at least half gave a good long look at the book while the guy’s standing in front of me with a camera aimed at me and the book held high to the sides. That was funny.

        • Captain Howdy

          How come their cars are parked on the sidewalk ? Seems like a lame way to curtail protests. How is that legal ?

          • DeElizabethan

            As a hotel they are allowed to have drop off and for valet parking. The sidewalk is a strip between that and the building that should not be blocked. We are told politely by police not to stand in front, but can walk by, and so we certainly do, back and forth.

    • aquaclara

      LOVE THIS! And what a nice time to wear the oh-so-cute Lisa Marie tee! Thank you for sharing the fun. I really do need to plan my vacays better to take advantage of the LRH birthday in Clearwater! Can you tell us more about the umbrellas? And did they still hd an event at Ruth Eckerd, or only at Flag? I had heard that the fine residents of Clearwater were horrified last year that Ruth Eckerd was being used for such scurrilous purposes. It forced the cancellation of something last year…
      Thanks!!!

      • DeElizabethan

        Darth Xander I believe said in video or written that he went by on Saturday and it was going on but he was too late to town. I think a forming of a group for next year is in order? Would be such fun if we can get a date since they seem secretive now.
        Yes, Lisa’s name I mentioned too since only seconds to impinge.

    • Captain Howdy

      Darth Xander and DeElizabethan….. FTW !!!!

      D & D.. The Batman & Robin of Clearwater

      • DeElizabethan

        Now that’s funny! D&D used to be my hubby and self, now Darth is more like the son I wish we had. He’s one of the finest, kindest men I know and he cares so very much about the children in the SO.

    • SP ‘Onage

      Those umbrellas look like they were made for giants. Super Size Me Umbrellas! Lmao

      Love the Lisa Marie Presley, evil cult t-shirt. Nice!

      Good on Xander, a lot of them were looking at Jenna’s book.

  • You left out a major part of the story, Tony: how CoolHandLuke and 10oriocookies have become prime Bunkerites!

  • You left out a major part of the story, Tony: how CoolHandLuke and 10oriocookies have become prime Bunkerites!

  • SP ‘Onage

    Oh no, I just read about John Travolta and the flu enema. Luke, you almost killed me with laughter…what a lollercoaster! xD

  • I read his book several weeks ago. For me the best part is his discussion of how he got involved in this nonsense, and how he was manipulated to buy it, and the process of his so called “therapy” at Narconon described. As a drug abuse counselor we need to inform the public of what the so called Narconon treatment consists of. I have worked at several drug abuse treatment agencies and in both of them the state could always do an on site check to make sure we were dong treatment which is according to best practices. How often does the state do on site checks of this quackery?
    Off this day’s topic another link on Jenna’s book being publicized.
    http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=50165

  • I had to go with Tobin and Childs. I first learned about all the nefarious goings-on in Scientology via The Truth Rundown.

  • DeElizabethan

    I love Nancy and I love the articles of Joe and Tom TBT.
    Dang, not easy, but those articles have been around a long time and effective in the Tampa Bay area.

    • I was torn to Dee – finally went with TBT but sniffed sadly at Nancy being left behind. Too cruel Mr Tony…

  • Former Narconon execs writing and speaking to media carries a bit more weight than most critics can muster. I’m always amazed when someone like Luke comes forward. He has shown a lot of bravery and integrity in doing so. The same can definitely be said for Eric.Thanks to both of you for what you are doing. It’s no joke that some lives may be spared.

  • DodoTheLaser

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  • California

    http://www.news9.com/story/21676364/asher-parents-concerned-over-anti-drug-presentation-at-school-by-narconon

    The Asher School District is NOT going to use Narconon Drug Education again. The selling point to the principal was that it was “FREE” but once the Superintendent and others became aware of the SCN connection, they decided to not use it again. Also, they are now aware of the California Department of Education excellent evaluation, recommending against its use.

    Good catch by whoever realized what this was all about…….

  • MO Mom

    Luke, I’ve enjoyed your posts for quite some time. They have been insightful and interesting for me to read. I just finished your book – a good read and very informative. I’m sorry for what your disconnection is putting your daughter through. Divorce is hard enough without that coming into play. But unlike my ex, you are willing to move heaven and earth to be there for your daughter. Enjoy your time together, they grow up way too fast.