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Notorious Tennessee Scientology facility shut down when patients found held against their will

[One of the bucolic cabins of the Woodbury facility]

We’ve written several articles about a highly questionable mental-health facility that was run by Scientologists in rural Tennessee, and now, the local newspaper in Cannon County there reports that operator Marc Vallieres was charged with two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping after patients were found being held there against their will. The Cannon Courier also reports that the sheriff has announced that the facilities have been shut down.

We just confirmed with the Cannon County Circuit Court clerk that the Courier story is correct. The clerk told us Vallieres entered a diversion program and was sentenced to state probation for two years. Two other employees, initially charged with false imprisonment, pled to misdemeanors.

“The Cannon County Sheriff’s Department would like to make the general public of this county aware that the Scientology facilities are closed and not operating in Cannon County,” the sheriff stated.

In 2015, we told you the shocking story of a woman with severe mental health issues who was “treated” with Scientology’s pseudoscientific techniques at the Woodbury, Tennessee facility that Vallieres called Life Center for a New Tomorrow. The woman was later moved to the basement of a house in Arkansas, where she had to be rescued by local authorities.

 

[Marc Vallieres]

We also told you about a Scientologist named Barbara Cordova Oliver, whose mother, Arlene, told us that after Barbara suffered a mental breakdown, she was taken to Life Center, and Arlene was convinced that her daughter was a prisoner there.

Here’s how the Courier describes what happened when the Cannon County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the facility.

A 911 emergency phone call provided the Sheriff’s Office with the opportunity to go inside the facility which they described as a double-wide trailer with several tiny cabins located behind it.

“We proceeded up the hill through a gated, makeshift paddock that is secured externally with a steel latch.” The officers reported the individual who called them was looking out through a Plexiglas window.

“He is locked inside the cabin with no way to remove himself from the building. The caretaker unlocks the door and lets us enter the cabin.

“The cabin is bare there is a small pile of sheets in the corner, there are no obvious amenity for life, ” the officers reported.

The man being held there tells the officers he is being held against his will and is given unknown medications. He explains that he is there to have rehab and get cleansed though Scientology.

“He states that he has been there for nine months and is being mistreated and falsely imprisoned and all he wants is to go home.” the officers said.

The man and another patient, a woman, were rescued, and the Courier reports that three people at the facility are facing criminal charges: “Denis Flamand and Hans Snyder Lytle entered guilty pleas in General Sessions Court on two counts of false imprisonment,” and Vallieres was facing two felony counts, the paper says.

After the charges were filed, Circuit Judge David Bragg ruled that the facility should be closed.

Um, wow. A notorious house of horrors being run by Scientologists gets shut down when local authorities take the time to find out what’s going on there. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,739 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,842 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,336 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,376 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,088 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 614 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,703 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,843 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,163 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,138 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 494 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,796 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 903 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,305 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,178 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 759 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,264 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,508 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,617 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 3, 2017 at 12:00

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  • Observer

    Captain Miscavige is having a very bad day.

    Good!

    • ze moo

      It is going to be a very long year for the dwarfenführer. I wish I had bought Scotch futures last year…

  • madame duran

    YAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      My sentiments exactly!!!! HELL YAAAASSSSS!!!

  • Tony Ortega

    It’s going to be at least a three-post day in the Bunker today. Please get the word out about all three.

    • ze moo

      Popcorn at the ready!!

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Well since you don’t have much to do today, wasn’t wonderful Bonnie Woods helping in this Tennessee case?
      Oh I forgot to read your link in the story on Barbara Cordova Oliver.

    • LeeAnneClark

      Damn! How in heck am I supposed to get any work done? 😉

    • Trashton Porter

      I first saw you on Leah’s show and I really enjoy reading all of your articles and research. I live in Tampa, and I go to Clearwater, all the time. I have encountered these time travelers for years and I have always wanted in-depth knowledge of this cult… You are totally awesome and your decades of reporting is most definitely taking its toll on these imprisoned, brainwashed people. I would love to work with you to arrange safe houses and rehabilitation for those that blow…

      • Sherbet

        “time travelers” — Ha!

      • salin

        Welcome to the Comments Section of the Underground Bunker!

      • GardenLady15

        We have a 2nd hand shop & getting out of the clothing business.Give me a holler if womens, mens, children & infant items are needed.

      • aquaclara

        Welcome! You are gracious and lovely in your offers, and as a former Clearwater resident, I share your concerns and sympathy.

        Tony is on fire today!

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        Welcome! And yes, Time Travelers was awesome! I’m with you – I’d love to find a way to help those that are leaving (I live out somewhat near the CA-Hemet base) because getting to know the exes here and all they’ve gone through just touches my heart! Thanks for speaking up and coming to hang in The Bunker!

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Oh. My. God. Tony!!! Get some rest tonight. I’ll buy you a drink.

    • John Prince

      Thanks Tony, for keeping the Party at Fever-Pitch all Day and Deep into the Night 🍻

    • Phoebequeen

      Its on Raw Story today too.

  • Vaquera

    This is the story that has haunted me the ever since Tony first reported it.

  • ze moo

    When was the raid? And when was the guilty plea entered?

    There is no mental health in $cientology.

  • Science Doc

    Hello FBI!

  • Observer
    • WhiteCentauress

      He looks even stranger without the pompadour. His face looks sixty and shrunken. Wow…really impressive, as usual.

      • Observer

        The head is Phil Spector’s jail pic

        • WhiteCentauress

          He looks so much like Dave in the face. I thought you had shooped him. They’re both disgusting humans.

  • $cnMonkeyNut$
    • Sherbet

      Aw, you sweet Monkey.

  • madame duran

    Wait, Tony…aren’t you gonna save anything for Thursday 2 pm?

  • Observer

    Since Miscavige likes Queen…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

  • Chee Chalker

    I wonder if Miscavige will describe this ‘Annus Horribilis’ as a ‘Annus Wonderfulis’ at the NYE event.
    Horrible for Scientology, Wonderful for Society

  • This is what authorities should be doing, protecting those who through no fault of their own fall prey to the dangerous quackery perpetrated by the criminal organisation known as the church of $cientology. More, please.

  • Phatpharm

    Why is there no mention of any investigation by the state board where this facility should be registered. If addition is a disease there should be some kind of regulation on treatment. I would think someone could be convicted of practicing without a license. If they have a license that would make them liable. I don’t think physician can make you sign something that says… “hey if I screw up you can’t sue me” I would think you couldn’t sign one as a patient/client of any kind. What a traumatic event. Trying to get help only to be kept against you will.

    • I think they lost their license a couple years ago.

      Not here the last time I looked: https://tn.gov/behavioral-health/article/find-a-licensed-facility-or-service

      • Phatpharm

        Then how do they have patients? Why didn’t anyone stop this? Reading this stuff is just depressing. All I see is Scientology continuing to skirt out untouched. At least Tennessee law enforcement isn’t in the pockets of DM like they are in California.

  • Jenny Griffith

    And now they are checking on Shelly, right?

  • Vaquera

    Tony, thank you for not adding this Cannon County story to the morning’s article. The illegal actions of Scientology’s “Life Center for a New Tomorrow” warrants it’s own dedicated whipping post.

    eta: What? No ISWYDT? //hangs head//

    • Kestrel

      I see what you did there. Well played.

  • The good news: all the perpetrators of this cruelty were convicted. The bad news: none served a day in jail.

    In some sense, this story is both a victory over the cult and a warning about the future. The obvious is that the facility was shut down, the criminals were apprehended and the cult got a PR black eye. On the other hand, it seems like the cult is morphing from a bunch of cockroaches into a school of termites. Cockroaches are easier to extinguish — see one, get rid of it (I don’t recommend stepping on them as that emits a pheromone that get all its little relatives skittering to the scene of the crime).

    But termites hide in the very fabric of your world and eat away silently at it. You have to use much nastier techniques to get them. And cockroaches don’t threaten the structural integrity of your house — they’re just nuisance guests. But termites can bring your world down about your head and shoulders if you let them skulk around and wreak havoc around you. You can’t ignore the problem.

    The only way to keep the scummy Narconon program going is to get all “termite” about it, silently and in hiding. So now is not the time to rest on past victories. It’s time to crank up the intensity and fumigate once and for all.

    Edited to add: I just checked and the web sites for this festering atrocity appear to be operational. So perhaps a) they are not as out of business as the Sheriff thinks, and b) some of us might wish to place a pleasant and helpful call to the Sheriff’s office and make them aware of this fact. While the building may not be operational in terms of taking people in, it sure seems like someone continues to operate the web site as a way of grabbing more business and at least getting a referral commission to another Narconon. I don’t think allowing the web site, which is an asset of a business that was allegedly shut down, should be permitted to continue operating.

    • ze moo

      Now, if only this Tennessee story gets wider coverage! A black eye gets much blacker when the New York Times covers it.

      • JustSheila

        Or The Drudge Report. Oh please let it get covered there!

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Unfortunately, a very apropos analogy. It is their ongoing termite-like operations that concern me the most as no one is fully aware of the breadth and depth of them in various spheres.

    • LeeAnneClark

      I believe this indicates there is also a very real danger of someone else getting trapped into this, just in another location. All that’s happened so far is that their crappy trailer/cabin prison complex was shut down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t locations we don’t know about – some double-wide or lean-to out in the woods somewhere else, where the next victims can be warehoused.

      There could already be mentally ill people trapped in shacks somewhere.

      I do hope this gets wider attention. And I think there needs to be a wider law enforcement effort than just this one Sheriff’s department. Who knows where their other locations could be?

      • Kestrel

        Perish the thought.

      • WhiteCentauress

        When I went to the website Tony gave, it had an advertisement across the top of the page for single-wides and double-wides. I thought that was ironic.

        • LeeAnneClark

          Wow! That’s hilarious. And scary! LOL

    • JustSheila

      Probation is taken seriously in Tennessee. It may not take much for any suspended sentence to become actual jail time, or for even a misdemeanor arrest to turn in a thorough investigation exposing a lot more. This way, others involved in the Scientology pseudo-science mental health fraud kidnapping ring might be found and caught and who knows? One might turn evidence against COS, fingers crossed!

    • John Prince

      Your comparison of the clampire to termites is quite accurate ☝..Ebola-coated Kiddie-Porn’s looking better and better 😎

    • Qbird

      Ever hear of the Tetradonematidae? Nematodes, endoparasites…
      Bird eats infected ant, poops out nematode’s eggs.
      Ant feeds poop (& eggs) to their larvae.
      Ants develope but with fruit mimicry.
      Bird eats ant. round & round it goes.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cef1b881ec46edecb611580416d1cc75a31a21b8bb7e10b4215038eda6be388c.jpg
      Narconon: round & round it goes also. very bad business.

  • Pezza

    2 days of 2 bunker articles 🤘🤘

    • Robert Eckert

      Look down below, he promises a third today

  • nottrue

    Come on Heavy Weights pick up these stories.. tweet it to everybody…. .. . https://twitter.com/sheltondesigner/status/859845652083343360

  • Yeeeeeessss!

    Category:Life Center for a New Tomorrow

    Took them long enough, especially after they lost their license!

    State cites Woodbury living center for license violations October 13, 2014, Tom Wilemon, The Tennessean

  • nottrue
    • Kestrel

      It sounds like parties from multiple states are involved. I wonder if the “several boxes of evidence” can be made available to Federal authorities.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    I certainly hope that Leah gets an opportunity, somewhere
    in one of her forthcoming episodes, to shoehorn in an
    interview with the person who was held against their
    will.
    This is explosively bad PR for DM and for Co$.
    I would hope that the FBI might take notice also.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3cae09294c4406f6b7f9f5a064e5bdda4e5046a18f6afdbbe43a1631f11b92f.jpg

    • Peter

      I have less and less regard for the FBI the more I learn about their operations and PR. J. Edgar Hoover started it all and used it for political and financial gain.

  • Science Doc

    Maybe a short report on Narconon Sunshine Summit/ Warner Springs is appropriate. I drive past it up to several times a week, most recently yesterday. Last week I also met with one of their neighbors who I’ve known for several years. By my count they have a group of six or seven clients who cluster together during breaks and for van pickups. The vehicle count continues to be three vans and typically four other vehicles at the main campus. People and cars are down a factor or two to three from two years ago. Neighbors report that Narconon has been real quiet for the past several months, but they are still anxious for it go away. It is hoped that once the property is sold there will be new owners who will have a better impact on the wineries and stores along CA 79.

  • BlueHeronBay

    Does Miscavige have, or believe he has, plausible deniability here?
    [ETA: Realization of rhetorical question. Miscavige believes whatever he wants, whenever he needs to believe it.]

    • Philbyification

      Maybe Fawn Hall has fallen into their clutches, so yes….lol

  • Kim O’Brien

    YES !!!!!!!!!!

    This one has been nagging me at the back of my brain since Tony wrote about the first time . I hope they ROT in jail. Fucking ROT .

    update edit – well shit , i got ahead of myself . Probation . I still hope someone turns them into their bitch . I mean …it’s the south

    • WhiteCentauress

      As a Tennessean, I can tell you that we “don’t take kindly to stuff like that.”

      • Kim O’Brien

        butt stuff ..??…or kidnapping ??

        • WhiteCentauress

          The Butt stuff is pretty normal. Kidnapping is not looked on lightly. My son sent me a link yesterday to an old lady who beat up a home invader. I keep my own protection handy (and not the butt stuff kind).

        • WhiteCentauress

          “Diminutive fifty-two-year-old woman” defends her home….

  • Mark Foster
  • The Schadenfreude is becoming so constant it’s forcing me to shoop-recycle:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b99614b36c9c82b8587c96a2e6b1d01f0a30ff3c3487d8788e281786a9f79545.jpg

    • Sherbet

      Feel the breeze? It’s the winds of change.

      • And I got his botty-blush right this time, too 😉

        • Sherbet

          Spanked by the long arm of the law? One can hope!

    • WhiteCentauress

      1. Reminds me I’m missing Johnny Tank…
      2. Do.Not.Stop.With.The.Shoops!!!

    • madame duran

      Baboon bottom. Should be DM’s new name.

      • In the RTC, looking at a baboon’s bottom would seem the height of luxury compared to seeing Shortarse’s ugly phizzog every day.

  • nottrue

    Knocked one out of the park. … Mr Foster Hats off to You.. . https://twitter.com/fretlessbajo6/status/859807478237810688

  • gtsix

    What the… wow. So, the male patient called 911? Good for him. Good from the police, good for the county.

    • TonyOrtega

      We don’t know yet who made the call.

      • Sherbet

        “The call came from inside the house!”

        • Robert Hanna Moore

          A paddock with plexiglass windows?

      • gtsix

        Ah, ok. Thanks.

      • Philbyification

        911 Dispatch to address, records and police report would be interesting.

      • flyonthewall

        article says ” The officers reported the individual who called them was looking out through a Plexiglas window.”

    • FredEX2

      I just step away for a moment….! What happened? What did I miss gtsix?

      • FredEX2

        Oh, never mind, just caught up. WOW!

  • Jack99

    Whoa! Has Miscavige broken a mirror, or something?

    • WhiteCentauress

      Probably every one he looks into….

  • Rasha

    Bucolic? Narconon can help with bucolism.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Most of Tennessee is bucolic outside of our four major cities, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. (in order of size) I’ve had deer, wild turkey, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, red-tailed hawks (nesting in my oaks), and vultures in my back yard. Will dig out pics of vultures, because they are not off topic when talking about Scientology.

      • Rasha

        Ramen. Nashville was fun. Been there once.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Found them and another critter that I had forgotten about, although his journey through my yard was brief.

      The vultures stayed a good while. They were watching their baby, who had apparently just left the nest. You could still see some of the downy baby feathers.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/677403d2831778a0702db3f4c86602a05ec11e870bf4be7b9e1655e72ca8916b.jpg

      Full grown snapping turtle. I estimated he was about 22″ long. They’re usually in or around water, so he might have been looking for a larger pond or a winter home. He didn’t say…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c2718bf20b597e44aae417784d542a5b9badc54e0aef4b56ddb9440367c32e1.jpg

  • Vaquera

    O/T: Tonight I’ll have to inform my observant brother-in-law that he’s had an MU all of these years. Apparently it’s spelled Bar Mitzfa. **Joy Villa Warning**
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/38aae77fdc38762fa1b78f532901c5c608e209c3540a8c1dbcae1ee2ff046efa.jpg

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-keller-project#/

    • Sherbet

      Hey, at least she didn’t offer to perform a bris.

      • Vaquera

        Bam

    • call me cynical but if you’re in any position to offer a “career maker package” you probably don’t need to be on idiegogo asking for donations to fund your project:
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b5afa9d8b2a7b621a6b5d8539691a80317f872e3e3619b8b8d994ceabade067.png

      • WhiteCentauress

        I will not call you cynical….(or any other names). At first I thought both of these were shoops because they’re so preposterous. And what’s her idea of a “hands on production”?

        • “hands on production” of her coffee while basking in her Trumpitude. i could help you explore a real deal “Hollywood dream” experience for a fraction of the cost and 98% less stupid bullshit.

          • WhiteCentauress

            HaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaaa @ “Trumpitude”

            She will live to regret that as much as the Scientology connection.

      • Sherbet

        I don’t know if Joy overestimates her value as a mentor, instructor, and performer, or if she’s surrounded by an overly-optimistic pep squad who assures her that she’s marketable. I don’t know who’s driving her career bus, but I predict it’s going nowhere.

      • Graham

        Delusional.

        • FredEX2

          Yep…I did a word clear on that and it said ‘Joy Villa thinkin any amount of her time is worth $50,000’ = delusional

      • FredEX2

        Well shut my face! She increased her price. Now she’s got a package deal. Where’s my dang credit card?!!! I must book her most special princess-ness immediately before her schedule is full.

        Joy dear, tsk tsk tsk…Girl come to my house for some tea and crumpets…we need to talk…for free…and I’ll give you my presence and a 2 hour lecture…and tell you a real perspective changing story that’ll curl your hair and make it stand up all over your head …and I won’t charge you one dang penny…

        • FredEX2

          An addendum…after today’s breaking news about more Scientologists and their crimes…Just like the rates drop on Wallstreet…Greedy little Ms Joy Villa’s self important ‘presence’ is dropping rapidly in value. Pretty soon she will topple off her gold plated pedestal and fall back to earth on her big tushy with the rest of us mere human beings.

          • KingofSweden

            She’s not even on a pedestal. Sorry Joy, but you aren’t.

    • madame duran

      “That’s right, folks! You can get your own piece of Washington DC swamp at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay to access President Trump (proof that Joy Villa isn’t about the money)! Step right up and pay today (’cause David Miscavige be all up my ass for IAS donations)!!!”

      • Peter

        I shudder to think what the cost to access Hillary might have been had she won!!! ROFL

    • abdaman
      • Moop

        For $5, Joy will do a “social media shoutout of thanks.” I’m tempted to donate $5 in the name of Tony Ortega.

        • Sherbet

          She’ll do something for only $5? Must be off her bargain basement list.

        • abdaman

          Do it! hahaha

      • Sherbet

        Donating $5 where $300,000 is requested is like leaving a 10 cent tip for a really, really bad waiter. It makes a statement.

    • Vaquera
      • FredEX2

        Oh quick! Let me whip out my credit card and donate the $300,000 right now.

    • Kestrel

      “…it is challenging to complete a film…it’s not easy!”

      Apparently proper spelling and punctuation is also not easy.

    • Joe

      Please let’s raise the money and have her perform at HowdyCon. That would be amazing for so many reasons. Plus, she can use the money to learn how to properly spell “Bar Mitzvah”

    • FredEX2

      What has Ms Villa ever done or accomplished on this planet in her entire lifetime… or past lifetimes combined…that would ever make her believe her presence for 10 minutes and a song and t-shirt is worth $25,000 TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND dollars???

      Ms. Joy Villa just doesn’t seem to ‘get’ that she is just a person …among billions of other people here on earth and there are contestants on “The Voice” who have better voices and are more humble and real human beings…than she could ever be. There are better singers in the church choir. I’ve heard the choir at Catholic Mass on Christmas Eve sing with voices that sound like angels..for free…and here is Ms Villa advertising that her ‘presence & a song’ is worth $25,000.

      Ms Villa…get yourself a dose of reality. Get your high and mighty ‘presence’ to a homeless shelter and feed the poor. Wash the frickin dishes…and be kind. Take your foolish self and pass out blankets to those on the street with no shelter and no one to care…Walk among the lepers and paupers and poor in spirit…and give a damn…and DO something worthwhile before you are old and decrepit just like them.

      Dang! people.

      (FredEX2 is impatient with selfish stoopid people who think 10 minutes of their time and a song…are worth $25K….stoopid stoopid stoopid…grumble grumble…walks away )

      • John Prince

        Thanx Fred, old Buddy,for getting that off my Chest👍

      • Tracy Schmitz

        THEN AGAIN, tc is worth around 400 million plus or so, and what has he EVER DONE for the world in terms of actually helping and getting his hands dirty and physically doing work anywhere around the world for people! every other world famous celeb that rich or more rich has started their own foundations, or partnered with long standing reputable organizations and charities to helped build schools, helped with food and running water and shelter in 3rd world countries, helped the homeless, veterans, habitat for humanity, victims of natural disasters, visiting sick children in hospitals and on and on and on and on… what has he done? gave 1 million to the 9/ll fund? (which is like 1 dollar to you and I!) started that ridiculous sham of detox for the ground zero workers? helped a woman 15 years or so ago with her hospital bills when he saw she was hurt by a car and couldn’t afford the bills, and some random acts of “kindness” over a period of over 30 years and that’s it!….so basically less then 10 actual acts of “kindness” that i know of in over 30 years of fame and wealth….
        he should be more ashamed then this nutjob loser joy if you ask me…

    • chukicita

      I cannot imagine what the “10 minute lecture” would cover.

      PLUS 4 tickets to an after party? After the 10 minute lecture?

      • FredEX2

        Don’t forget you also get ONE song…and a t-shirt.

        • Kestrel

          I’d bet folding money that the “limo to the after party” is a bus to a nightclub.

        • chukicita

          What would it cost to avoid both of those?

      • Kestrel

        “What part of ‘donations are not refundable’ did you not get?” On a loop.

    • Rasha

      I once went to a Birthday Party Prom Fundraiser Bar Mitzfa Corporate Event. Not that great, and no after party, but at only $19,500 – hey, you get what you pay for. I do, however, recommend a Block Party Festivus Barnraising Mountain Climbing Snorkling Labor Day Raffle, if you ever get invited to one….

      • Robert Hanna Moore

        I just got back from one of those. Make sure you do Festivus before the barn raising if you want to prevail in the “Feats of Strength”.

      • Peter

        Since we seem to be also about spelling errors… snorkEling, please. 🙂

        • Robert Hanna Moore

          Snorkling: n. Juvenile Snork.

        • Rasha

          I snorkld at a bar mitzfa once.

    • HailToTheSheep

      Brought to you by the Fyre Festival organizers.

    • FredEX2

      Someone please stop me from clicking on the ‘get this perk’ button and buying a little time with Ms Villa. Can I choose the song I want her to sing? Is there a place where you can order the size of the t-shirt?

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Hilariously delusional and barely literate!

      I think that Joy is way overdue for her own “Bat Mitzfa”! I’ll bring the bat and we can take turns tuning her up 😉

    • KingofSweden

      LOL!!!! Maybe some of the fools who attended Fyre Festival will invest in this too…

  • Jeb Burton

    Were all the patients Scientologists?

    • Kim O’Brien

      no

  • pluvo

    “Life” Center. The irony!

    Below the “Life Center” promotion/propaganda on the page of “Citizens Commission on Human Rights”. http://cchroregon.org/alternatives/

    HUMAN RIGHTS?? Yeah, right!

    Life Center for a New Tomorrow— The Life Center for a New Tomorrow is located in the beautifull hills of Woodbury TN (about one hour south east of Nashville). The Center was created to provide a safe environment for people who have conditions difficult to deal with. The Life Center is not a medical or treatment facility. The main focus is to provide an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, gradually calm down, regain their senses, and with some help perhaps recover the social skills necessary to function successfully in life.

    • Graham

      It’s not a medical or treatment facility yet it gives help to recover social skills. So it’s a dessert topping AND a floor polish. How very Scientology.

    • Liberated

      Didn’t they say the same thing about Lisa McPherson ?

    • lynn

      Look up the address of this place on google maps, Just how would anyone “recover social skills….” at this place? My guess it was chosen because most likely there is no internet access in such a remote location. On the contrary, looking at that site on google maps brings to mind the movie Deliverance.

      • WhiteCentauress

        High speed internet is making its way here. I just did an Ookla speed test and my average download speed was 23.83 mbps. I live sixty miles from Nashville.

        • lynn

          I lived in NE rural Oh & it was recently that high speed internet finally came down the wires. I miss a lot about living in the country, but not the never ending dial-up tone when having to connect to the www .

      • John Prince

        So I’m NOT the only one who hears “duelling banjos” in my head, looking at that cabin 😎

      • JustSheila

        Check out this description from their website:
        “It was found that underlying any mental condition, very often a physical condition exists: such as hormone imbalance, heavy metal poisoning, vitamin deficiencies, lyme disease, etc. We strongly recommend that the guests undergo a thorough physical check before he/she arrives at the Life Center.

        Food is prepared for the guests. However we do encourage them to participate in helping with the food preparation, engaging in daily chores and self-hygiene, when they are capable of doing so. We have found that these actions can be therapeutic and help the person feel useful.”
        http://www.lifecenterforanewtomorrow.com/

        So they get to be kitchen slaves and do other work when they’re not locked up being used as guinea pigs for hokey nutritional theories. Yikes!

    • Harpoona Frittata

      There you go, a direct link to one of cult’s front groups! How ironic and embarrassing for this crusader for mental health patient’s rights to be affiliated with an organization whose personnel have been found guilty of criminally violating patient’s rights!

      CCHR would like to see the Evil Psychs destroyed and psych meds outlawed so that society can return to the bad old days of institutionalization and warehousing of patients with no effective treatment!

  • Rasha

    This calls for a ShhhhhhhBAPBAPBAPBAP!!!!! with tracers.

  • Jgg2012

    This is not “just like any other religion.” Sorry Reza.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      He might not be listening, however the Miami Mayor is waiting for his copy of this report.

  • FredEX2

    OMG!

  • flyonthewall

    pretty weak that they were able to plea down to basically nothing charges

    • Jimmy3

      At least they closed the place down.

      • flyonthewall

        I know but still. Hope the victims sue the shit out of the people who did this to them. Take that property, tie them up in court, enturbulate them, make them eat dookie

        • Jimmy3

          Can’t we just have one day where everything is cool and hunky dory? I don’t even know what hunky dory is or what that means, but it sounds like something I might like. I want to try it.

          • gtsix

            Agreed. Sometimes ya just got to enjoy the moment. 2 people are free, and a hellhole has been closed.

            • Jimmy3

              Tell me about hunky dory

            • Jimmy3

              Is it just a really good looking fish?

            • flyonthewall

              fish eat dookie. I seen them do it

            • There’s no agreed derivation of the expression ‘hunky-dory’. It is American and the earliest example of it in print that I have found is from a collection of US songs, George Christy’s Essence of Old Kentucky, 1862:
              Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by the English musician David Bowie, released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records.

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              I don’t know what it means either but that is totally cool with me. I mean it is just fine. Even alright.

            • Robert Eckert

              It’s copacetic. Everything is satisfactual.

            • gtsix

              Above my pay grade. Is that the 3rd installment of that fish cartoon movie? Ask Ellen, she’d know.

            • flyonthewall

              the hellhole is closed for now but the Necronomicon is still out there. It’s just a matter of time before it is flung open once more and the Deadites will again be upon us

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              I think you need to change locations….how about moving off the wall and go over to a bright windowpane.?

            • gtsix

              I’m just gonna call Buffy if that’s ok. The Scoobies will handle it.

          • Philbyification

            Kickin up the jams! Zombies “She’s Not There”. Peace.

      • Kestrel

        Maybe.

      • chukicita

        But the website’s still up?

        • Jimmy3

          Dammit chukicita. I love you but you know nothing of hunky dory.

          • chukicita

            I can lip synch that entire album, dude.

    • Sherbet

      Can we be cautiously happy for a while before depression sets in again?

      • flyonthewall

        Sure, whatever. It doesn’t really matter anyway. Nothing matters

        • So what?

          • flyonthewall

            sfw

        • Rasha

          Bismillah!

          • flyonthewall

            song references don’t matter either

            • Rasha

              …that’s in a song? Huh! I was just happy about my Scrabble hand…..

            • Philbyification

              The One I Love R.E.M.?

            • flyonthewall

              *shakes head no*

            • EmmaDaoust

              I know this much is true.

            • Philbyification

              lol “Call Me” Sign in mind….

            • Philbyification

              “One Monkey doesn’t Spoil the Whole Show” by Honey Cone
              “This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven” by Pixies Go Loud and Big Screen!! lol What a great day for $cilon news! 😀

        • HailToTheSheep

          Has someone adopted the “fuck it” life motto from the S-Town podcast?

        • Rasha

          Fish heads
          Fish heads
          Roly-poly Fish heads

          Fish heads
          Fish heads
          Eat ’em up – YUM!

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        It is a new day and there is enough sunlight a shining down that the only depression will be in scientology when the sun finally sits down on scientology scorching it into helium filled titanium boxes in caves where only cavemen lived. I read something like that in History of Man or something.

        • Sherbet

          I’ll bet you can’t say that three times fast.

    • false imprisonment,” and Vallieres was facing two felony counts

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Enough Cult money paid to lawyers used to hide scientology’s criminal actions from the IRS charity division can work wonderous injustices.

    • Graham

      Yes. You’d think the penalty for false imprisonment would be, er… imprisonment.

      • flyonthewall

        too logical

    • Kestrel

      I’m thinking the DA didn’t want to have to put the victim on the witness stand. His history may have been such that the defense would have had a field day with him.

  • Jimmy3

    It’s weird coming to the Bunker and reading that people have done the right thing. It’s disorienting. I have to double check where I am and if I’m breathing. But it’s a good thing.

    • Liberated

      I know exactly what you mean.

    • It makes me wannta bounce every where. Jimmy can you find me a Tigger avatar?
      And such good news. The church used to feed us ‘good news’ at musters but of course their new is fake news. Like when the Snow White case went down about how the indictments were only for stealing copy paper. Buy now I’ve read up on their ‘good news’. They have not had any really good news for along as forever. Glad I’m not there and feeling better and better about the loved ones I left.
      BTW when I was in the SO 20 years I was held against my will several times. I did not know about the 911 service. We didn’t have a service like that in Alaska – we used CB sets and smoke signals.
      I wonder who was paying for this man’s 9 months of ‘service’. It wasn’t free I’m sure. The insurance company will be thrilled. Also amazing he managed to get hold of a phone. Wonder what the meds were? I want to know more more more.

    • Sine qua non

      Perhaps all of the negative information which has come out about scientology in the last few years has finally reached critical mass. Are we looking at the beginning of a snowball effect where law enforcement will now shut down multiple Scientology facilities? Sometimes it goes that way.

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      Seriously Jimmy – it’s like… not even just ONE person but multiple people doing the right thing in the same sentence as Scientology. Uh oh – does this mean it’s the apocalypse?!?! (Does this mean Johnny will start wearing pants?!?! 😱)

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    Holy crap! Kidnapping and false imprisonment is pretty close to human trafficking, if not elements of the crime. I hope the FBI re-opens its human trafficking investigation, if it was ever truly closed. This “mental health” facility appears to have adopted the cruel and abusive methods of Bedlam one hundred years ago. The only thing missing is shackles.

    • April

      It’s rather ironic that this scientology facility is guilty of the same types of abuses that the CO$ accuses psychiatry of perpetuating.

      • dreamcatcher

        … on the website of this ‘facility’ is even a page about reporting abuses by psychiatrists…. disgusting…

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Lawrence Wright said something about modern day shackles in his book having something to do with a prison of belief.

  • KingofSweden

    If I understand the Cannon Courier story correctly, the criminals at the facility tried to lie to law enforcement about the whereabouts of the manager, and also tried to cover up evidence of the false imprisonment. How ecclesiastical.

    BUSTED!

  • Sherbet

    New name: “Give up Your Life Center for No Tomorrow”

  • nottrue
    • salin

      My first reaction reading this: Can you imagine hearing/learning about this about your own son (horrible conditions/locked in)

      A couple of seconds later: Can you imagine sending your child for ‘alternative treatment’ for 9 months – not being in touch at all during that time? Not being concerned that you couldn’t be in touch? Yikes.

      • EmmaDaoust

        And can you imagine paying, what is it, $50,000 and discovering your son is in a remake of Deliverance?

      • Draco

        IKR?

  • Joe

    Woodbury is about an hour SE of Nashville so I’ll let you know if I hear anything on the local news.

  • Kim O’Brien
    • MarcabExpat

      Welp that made my afternoon

    • Jeb Burton

      Fake news.

    • Observer
    • Peter

      Will be interesting to follow up. She didn’t look very good in that shot. Maybe she’s learned a few things from the OSA?

    • Betty

      I hope Tampa Times picks up this story.

    • Draco

      “lawsuit against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi alleges she abused her authority when she forced 14 businesses her office was investigating to settle by donating money to unregistered charities. ”

      Hmmm … sounds familiar… like when scilons get sent to ethics but can buy their way out of trouble by donating generously to one of Davey’s “charities”.

  • Sure hope this goes big.

  • Phil McKraken

    This is a case of blatant interference in the religious liberties of the Scientology business enterprise.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Is scientology doesn’t stop interfering with civility then they will find their fraud fully exposed in crimiinal court where in my opinion this really belongs anyhow.

  • AntoniaW
  • BuberZionist

    Why no jail for the ringleader Vallieres? Will the diversion program expunge his record?

    • salin

      He should be sentenced to isolation in one of his cabins, locked in and tended to by his former employees.

  • Graham

    And whilst you’re waiting for the third post of the day, do consider making a donation; either a one-off or a small regular contribution [yellow buttons up at top left].

    • Jimmy3

      I dunno. Maybe if I were getting four posts I’d consider it.

      • Graham

        How about a one-off donation for three posts and a regular subscription if he manages four posts?

        • Jimmy3

          Nice try. But I’m not agreeing to anything without a very long-term contract in place, regger man.

    • Graham, this morning I did my semi-annul Vitacost order. The link to one of the products showed up in Tony’s left bar. When I clicked it I was taken straightaway to my half done order (I’d logged out and left the order hanging till I had money). I’m sure Tony gets credit this way. I use his Amazon link and can purchase via Tony and Amazon anywhere I want.
      So any of us with not extra funds can certainly at least contribute this way.

      • WhiteCentauress

        👍

  • Perfect. This is perfect and hopefully not the first time when we see the exact right way for someone who is being abused by Scientology to get aid and get criminal charges filed against those who abused them. What I mean is this: the man in question called the police, told them he was being held against his will and this was all the police needed to move in and for the wheels of justice to roll. God knows how he got hold of a phone and for the Scientologists involved and the OSA people assigned to deal with this, that is going to be the real flap here – not that this man was being abused but that he somehow was able to report on it. Regardless, after nine months he made it happen and was freed. And here’s why I think this is especially significant: people always ask why the FBI or government or police don’t move in and free the people at the Int Base or in other “Type 3 watch” facilities (like Lisa McPherson’s situation) and the answer always comes down to a person’s individual choice to be there. All they have to do is reach out and ask for help and the help will come and the criminal charges will follow. So it’s really just a matter of getting the information to cult members that they can do something about it (ironic, I know, given Scientology’s slogan of “Something Can Be Done About It”) and somehow strengthening their will to do so. Just a few more of these kinds of incidents with criminal charges brought against the people who are standardly applying L. Ron Hubbard’s instructions to the letter and that would goad law enforcement to then look deeper into what is going on in all Scientology-run facilities up and down their organizational hierarchy. So I think something we need to be doing in the critic/ex-community is somehow get the word out to people in these coercive groups that they always have the option of standing up and saying “no” and that all it takes is them doing this for the abuse to stop. You’d think this would be a common sense thing that everyone knows, but sadly it’s not. There were a few times in the RPF where I may well have been tempted to contact the authorities had I realized that (a) I had real help available to me outside the Church and (b) that I had the legal and moral right to say what I want when I want to whom I want. These two things may sound obvious to people outside coercive groups, but they are not obvious when you are in the cult mindset. Anyway, just wanted to put in my two cents that even if these Scientologists didn’t do prison time, they have criminal indictments on their record and the Church of Scientology very definitely has a black eye in the courts over someone practicing regular, routine Scientology activities, not someone who has gone off the reservation or done something the Church can distance itself from as “non-standard Scientology.” I hope that makes sense.

    Edit: actually, not sure if the diversion program removes the criminal indictment from the record or just nullifies it. I can see how such a thing as a diversion program would be a good thing in many many cases, but in this particular case, I don’t agree that Vallieres should be able to do only probation and have this expunged from his record. At least the other two pled to misdemeanors. It ain’t great but it’s something.

    • EmmaDaoust

      That’s why it’s called a prison of belief. And it works the same way in an abusive relationship.

    • I agree Chris, It’s a black eye for sure.
      Do you remember reading about a time when LRH changed the purpose of the SO from ‘clearing the planet’ to ‘getting ethics in on the planet’? Per what I was reading in an FO I believe, any staff at the time who did not agree to the new purpose were allowed to leave without penalty.
      I hope something like that happens. I don’t want to wait long enough for my loved ones to wake-up and call 911. It is very unlikely it will happen. The entire time I was in the SO I didn’t really understand there was such a service plus I knew I was not allowed to speak to the ‘outside’ world. Complaints with-in were sometimes effective.
      Let me know if you remember that story about the SO purpose changing.

    • pluvo

      “Scientologists involved and the OSA people assigned to deal with this, that is going to be the real flap here – not that this man was being abused but that he somehow was able to report on it.”

      The PR has always priority over the well being of the people in the Church of Scientology. Such Humanitarians.

    • WhatAreYourCrimes

      Chris, it makes me think that cheapy cel phones should be parachuted in to all the poor ethic violators and “Hole” prisoners to phone for help, via drones… or maybe something should be done in a more legal tactic involving courageous politicians/law enforcement.

      This North Korean Gulag scientology organization needs more sunlight. I’m sure most of the prisoners in scientology would blink out morse code messages of help if they could.

  • Peter

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Cannon County authorities for following through. Would that the FBI could manage the same!

  • nottrue
    • Draco

      Yes! I was very excited to see that it would be showing here. 🙂 The more the merrier.

    • You caught me hehe. I kept trying to re-load to get a full page.

  • John Prince

    I knew the “new”Post would be another Gut-Punch for the captain but I wasn’t expecting this! I smell more serious trouble for co$ 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Mick Roberts

    Good. One down, the rest of them to go….

  • Mat Pesch

    Wow, someone actually stepped up and did something about Scientology holding people against their will.

    • Philbyification

      “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water”

    • Kestrel

      Are you in the market for a case of lip balm?

      • I don’t understand that, but I’m laughing.

    • Draco

      Was it what you expected? Or was the name of the company somewhat misleading?

      • Haven’t started yet, but Kestrel’s setting me up with a case of lip balm.
        I’m not sure who uses it. Or where.
        Me? Them?
        I can’t wait to find out.

    • WhiteCentauress

      It’s an engineering term/part/part of a part.

      • I don’t think that’s right.
        At least I hope not.

        • WhiteCentauress

          Yeah…

          • Nice Photoshop job.
            No one likes a spoilsport.

            • WhiteCentauress

              I have a hard time telling when someone is serious, and when they’re kidding. Sorry.

            • Never shatter a man’s dreams.
              Starting on the midnight shift.
              Midnights at the nippleworks.
              I’ve been waiting for this all my life.
              Wish me luck.
              I’ve got a lunch packed, and a case of lip balm.

            • WhiteCentauress

              You do realize I’m seventy-two and raised on Elvis and the Beatles?

            • What a coincidence.

            • WhiteCentauress

              You, too?

            • Yeah, I was raised too!
              Although I was raised by humans, but adopted by wolves.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Quack, Quack, Quack!
    After listening to Marc Vallieres for about two minutes, it’s obvious that he’s a dangerous quack. SMH
    https://youtu.be/ydZ4etbTUCY

    • Draco

      I managed to listen for 2 minutes…argh.

  • Draco

    Um, wow indeed! Hopefully this shows other law enforcement departments that some action needs to be taken. What I don’t get, is that it takes a call from the prisoner himself before they can do anything about it. Rehabs are generally places where the patients (or clients in scn’s case) are not always in the greatest shape; they are often not allowed to make calls that are not monitored. These types of places should be monitored by independent agencies that are free to walk in unannounced to do an inspection and speak privately to patients. Far too much lee way is given to religious and private facilities that deal with VERY vulnerable people, who might even believe they deserve whatever bad treatment gets meted out to them.
    9 months!! It boggles the mind… Thank goodness he had access to a phone and could make the call.

    • madge filpot

      That was my first question. how did he get a phone in his hands when none are allowed?! Thank heavens he did!

      • Draco

        It would be interesting to know how that happened. maybe someone left a cell phone unattended and he did what he needed to do…

  • Shivani33

    I called the Cannon Courier to express thanks for the coverage that the newspaper has given to these shutdowns of Scientology facilities of abuse. Another of the tips of the criminal Scientology iceberg is being exposed, and now I know that the Cannon Courier is going to continue to work on reporting what has been discovered so far.

    • Philbyification

      A phone call call be very effective. Thanks Shivani33. It’s a Small Small World!

      • Shivani33

        I hope that the editor of the Cannon Courier sees what J. Swift has just posted.

        • Philbyification

          This Topic can be brought up reasonably in convo using LRH “tech” aka Dale Carnegie at Home, Office or Play. Sometimes it’s Not just Who ya know or meet but How well the “complex” subject can be reduced for effective seed planting to that particular audience. Around Catholics, bring up Forced Abortion. Around a Courthouse, speak of cases civil and criminal of “first impression” to your Prosecutors, Defense Bar, PI’s, Hallways and Elevators…..At the Yacht Club, Fake Navy Jokes get laughs after a couple. Post Office line. Grocery store line, gas line, Clearwater Beach….EZ. Just like they did to Paulette x’s infinity. (except for the UNLAWFUL Things naturally) People are interested if you hit their “ruin” button….ffs!

  • J. Swift

    The homepage of Life Center for a New Tomorrow reads like this place is used for an Introspection Rundown. After this news of people being held prisoner it is my opinion that this Scientology prison camp was using the Introspection Rundown: Lock someone up indefinitely, minimize communication, and ask them what they are willing to do if they are released.

    Exhibit One: The Homepage of the Life Center for a New Tomorrow:

    Offering An Alternative to Psychiatric Treatment:

    As more and more evidence is found that psychiatric drugs are causing side effects often worse than the original condition of the individual, an alternative to those treatments had to be worked out.

    The Life Center for a New Tomorrow is located in the beautiful hills of Woodbury TN (about one hour south east of Nashville). The Center was created to provide a safe environment for people who have conditions difficult to deal with. The Life Center is not a medical or treatment facility. The main focus is to provide an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, destimulate, gradually calm down, regain their senses and with some help perhaps recover the social skills necessary to function successfully in life.

    It was found that underlying any mental condition, very often a physical condition exists: such as hormone imbalance, heavy metal poisoning, vitamin deficiencies, lyme disease, etc. We strongly recommend that the guests undergo a thorough physical check before he/she arrives at the Life Center.

    Food is prepared for the guests. However we do encourage them to participate in helping with the food preparation, engaging in daily chores and self-hygiene, when they are capable of doing so. We have found that these actions can be therapeutic and help the person feel useful.

    We provide an environment where guests feel they can trust the staff working with them on a daily basis. The staff will never punish, threaten, argue,invalidate or make guests wrong. Any of the above is detrimental to the
    person’s condition. We use an approach that allows the person to exercise his self-determinism and open up to the supervisor. When that occurs the individual is able to look at issues that he/she could not previously face.

    The supervisors will also provide activities that are suitable for each person. Some like to go in town shopping, play tennis, go swimming etc. The supervisor will accommodate the guests with activities they enjoy and are capable of performing.

    For those that are able, we also offer courses that help the individuals gain the tools necessary for improving the conditions in their lives. Therefore, enabling them to function better in life. We also provide a transition period into society if needed to help them get started in their new lives.

    • Jimmy3

      These people are sicker than the sicknesses they’re trying to prevent treatment for. So I trust them implicitly.

      • Why would they lie?

      • flyonthewall
        • Jimmy3

          Cool band bro. There’s a mosh in my pants yo.

          • flyonthewall

            I think you mean moss

            • Jimmy3

              Stop going thru my laundry, weirdo

            • flyonthewall

              no

            • Draco

              Someone has to do it. I’m just glad it’s not me. Fly is a hero to many….

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      page save? wayback machine? owner of website and all that stuff should be saved. I don’t know how to do it.

    • J. Swift

      Exhibit Two: The Contract used by the Life Center for a New Tomorrow is a typically sleazy bad faith Scientology style contract, i.e. it takes $2500 a week, promises nothing in return, and will not refund money. The Center does not allow internet or phone access with the outside world except by a landline. The Center is a lockup facility but denies being so in this contract:

      Service Agreement I, __________________________________ wish to have
      _______________________, (hereafter referred to as the client) enter the program offered by the Life Center for a New Tomorrow, LLC, located in Woodbury TN.

      I will be either responsible for the payment for the program or I will be acting on behalf of the client to ensure the payment is taken care of.

      As I act on behalf of the client, I hereby agree to the following terms.

      1- I understand that the Life Center is neither a medical nor a psychiatric facility. The Life Center does not offer medical treatment of any kind and does not use psychiatric or psychology treatments.

      2- I understand that the Life Center’s purpose is to provide a safe and peaceful environment to their clients so that the clients can be in a stress free environment.

      3- I understand that clients are sometimes very difficult, having either psychotic tendencies or because of having taken too many drugs are generally in a less than optimum condition, mentally or physically. I
      understand that the Life Center does not guarantee or promise in any way that the client will feel better and will improve. Drugs may sometimes damage the brain and physical structure of the body to a point where no recovery is possible. The Life Center will do everything possible to help the client have a better life, feel better and by doing so, it is possible that his condition will improve.

      4- I understand that there is no set amount of time in which an improvement of a condition might be noticeable. I understand that the condition might improve but that the client might still not be able to
      function normally in life once he leaves the Life Center.

      5- I understand that the cost for the service offered by the Life Center is $2500 per week for the first 4 weeks. This cost is the discounted cash payment when paid by check. If paid by credit card or paypal the regular price of $2600 is applicable. Afterward, the cost will be reduced to $2000 per week. This
      cost is the discounted cash payment when paid by check. If paid by credit card or paypal the regular price of $2100 is applicable. This include lodging, preparing and delivering three meals a day, supervising the client is a way that he/she will feel at ease, will feel that this is a peaceful environment. The staff at the Life Center will listen and be interested in what the client has to say, they will do
      what is required to make the client feels he can communicate anything and may be then get a grip on some of the troubling issues.

      6- I understand that there is no refund for the service. As stated above, clients might or might not improve depending on the severity of the condition. I understand that working with some clients is often very difficult. That is the reason for the cost of the service. However the Life Center will only charge for the time the client has stayed at the facility. If some weeks were paid in advance but unused, they will be refunded.

      7- I understand that very often clients might have an underlying physical condition that could be the cause of his problems. The Life Center suggests strongly that the client receive a thorough physical check by a competent medical doctor, preferably before arriving at the Life Center. I understand that I will ensure to see to it that whatever treatment, supplements, or physical programs are recommended by the doctor, are administered. The staff at the Life Center can help in administrating what the doctor recommends but I will remain responsible for it.

      8- I understand that the Life Center will provide standard vitamins. These and any extra supplements or extra vitamins, treatments, etc. will be charged to me in addition to the cost of the service.

      9- I understand that the meals provided by the Life Center consist of food bought at a regular grocery store. The Life Center will do its best to provide nutritious food and complete meals. If the client requires special food or all organic food which cost extra then the Life Center and I will discuss a proper financial arrangement.

      10- Client should have spending money to buy cigarettes, clothes, soap, shampoo, etc. Usually $50 per week should suffice if the client smokes. Less if he doesn’t. A separate check from the regular service cost should be written for spending money. The supervisor will keep track of the expenses.

      11- I understand that if client destroys the property, furniture, etc at the facility, I will be responsible for payment of the damages.

      12- Since the first thing we try to do with the client is a change of environment, and getting him disconnected with the outside world so he or she can safely rest and calm down, we do not allow internet access, I Pad or cell phones. This should be made known to the client to avoid any upset upon arrival. Our staff can help with that as needed. Phone calls can be arranged using the land line.

      13- I understand and agree that the Life Center is not a hospital with lock down facility and in the event that the client might become too psychotic to be controllable, might become violent, might leave the
      property without authorization, or otherwise might act in a way that is a danger to others or to himself, I will arrange to have the client be discharged from the facility immediately.

      14- Additions or amendments:I agree with all of the above._____________________________________________ Date: ____________________

      (Name of the person responsible for the client)

      _________________________________________________

      (Signature)

      _____________________________________________ Date: ____________________

      (Witness)

      • Mark Foster

        Here´s the (inevitable) donation page:
        If you would like to make a donation

        From the day of its inception until now, the Life Center for a New Tomorrow has expanded fully on its own steam. We didn’t have any starting capital. We didn’t have any large sum of money
        to build the Center into a fancy five stars facility.The owner started and expanded the Center with what he had on hand. Some of the income since then has been used to pay for operations and some for expanding from one facility to several. This method has been very
        workable but has made for a somewhat slower progress.The owner, Marc, built the cabins himself He had to work out the details of a somewhat complicated system of water/electric/sewage etc. because of the locations of the facilities. We are isolated and away from the city’s
        main utility lines and in a secluded, hilly/mountainous area.We have made a lot of progress but there is still a lot to do to and a lot of people to help. But, we now have a history, a track record of successes and expertise and we can now expand even more and faster in order to accommodate the ever increasing need for our services.We have many projects under way. There are more cabins to be built, more systems to work out, landscaping to complete, trails to build in the woods, recreation hall to complete, a gym, etc.The list of improvements goes on and ultimately, the ideal scene is to build an ideal hospital from the ground up. A hospital that will have all the facilities needed to take care of any type of cases. That is needed in order to have a full alternative to the currently non workable and abusive psychiatric “treatments” with drugs, etc. The hospital for the rougher case and a cheaper for the client long term care facility for the milder cases. These are the plans.For now we save everyone we can with the dedicated staff, adequate facilities and workable technology that we have. You are welcome to contact us for more information about what we do. And today we would appreciate any
        donation of any size to help us accomplish more, faster. With your helpwe will expand and improve “our safe place” for anyone in any condition to recover in.
        Please help with a donation if you can.

        simply click this button

        • Kestrel

          The term “ideal hospital” made me sick to my stomach.

          • Mark Foster

            K, the sad thing is, he thinks his ¨tech¨ is the ne plus ultra of hospice care and ´spiritual counseling´. The mind-set of scientologists is that the tech is far superior to ANY kind of psychology or psychiatry, period. In fact, they believe that you are better of doing ¨scientology training¨ than you are studying for a post-graduate degree, because ¨the tech is senior to life itself.¨ I heard that line literally thousands of times in my 15-year-kool-aid-drinking career. THAT´S the depth and breadth of mind-fuck we´re dealing with here…

    • Noesis

      “…shopping, play tennis, go swimming…”

      “…an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, destimulate, gradually calm down…”

      That promo text sounds almost too good to be true – sort of a Scientology style Fyre Festival. The only thing missing is the Instagram models.

      John P. – can you put out an alert for some glamorous babes to do a shoot in Woodbury, Tennessee? All expenses will be paid AND they can stay free at the facility (forever) afterwards.

    • J. Swift
  • FredEX2

    • Philbyification

      Reminds me of a Song, Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers: “I won’t back down”. “Hey Davey, there ain’t no ez way out…..watch the evidence room get cleaned out……Hope not in this case.

  • Robert Hanna Moore

    When officers returned to the address on Sycamore Creek with a search
    warrant for all of the premises, they discovered that the personnel was
    in the process of packing up and moving out. The locking mechanism was
    removed from the front gate.

    Conceal evidence then flee as per Hubbard policy.

  • From the article in Cannon Courier:

    When officers returned to the address on Sycamore Creek with a search warrant for all of the premises, they discovered that the personnel was in the process of packing up and moving out. The locking mechanism was removed from the front gate.

    During the search of the facility, a female patient was discovered. She was transported to Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital and parents notified.

    Deputies found the building at 3343 Sycamore Creek road heavily fortified. The officers used a ram to force the door open and several boxes of evidence were discovered, cataloged, photographed and confiscated by Inspector Gullett.

    Later in the day, officers discovered Hans Lytle following a search at an address on Cedar Crest Lane. He was taken into custody on multiple charges

    They were moving out, and apparently intended to leave a patient behind. Then the dude tried to run and hide. I hope there’s something juicy in those boxes.

    • Philbyification

      I hope they are well-secured.

    • Jimmy3

      And when this comes to light, we’ll be reminded that Narconon is not affiliated with Scientology, and hillbilly kidnapper yokels are not affiliated with Narconon.

      • Philbyification

        As opposed to Space Opera Kooks and Scammers…I dunno. Hill N Holler People have better standards.

      • Juicer77

        Love how the Cannon article says straight up it’s a Sci faciity.

    • Noesis

      Classic Scientology “OT” behavior.

      When law enforcement shows up – run and hide!

      Just like Ron always did.

      Pro Tip: “Confronting” is for suckers and people paying to do Hard TR’s – which now that I think of it – are often the same folks.

    • Kestrel

      It they were running the Introspection Rundown on their “patients” I’d like to know what the condition of those people was when the were admitted to the hospital.

    • J. Swift

      People locked up and held against their will. Fraud for financial gain. Scientologists fleeing because the authorities and felony charges are hot on their heels. How often must this happen before the IRS revokes Scientology’s tax exemption.

      • Juicer77

        ^^^

  • nottrue
  • Len Zinberg

    What the law views as unlawful imprisonment,
    Scientologists call “8C.”

    What the law views as obstruction of justice,
    Scientologists call “acceptable truth” or “shore story.”

    This is the tip of a very deep, very dirty iceberg.
    Narconon engages in fraudulent and coercive interstate commerce.
    The F.B.I. and Attorney General MUST allocate adequate resources NOW
    and protect people from these predators.

    • Philbyification

      MUST ASAP!

  • Robert Hanna Moore

    While we wait for the THIRD post, some snips from awaveofhope.org:

    Need a diagnosis for a past life illness? We have a paleontologist on staff.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28c336170b319007962fa26940cda767449697f7d52cdf37cfc667afb8d7c712.jpg

    ETA: Photo unavailable until our staff returns to present time.

  • GhostOfFloBarnette

    Why is this not on the front page of every major newspaper? If a celebrity was found to be kidnapped and the operator was charged with FELONY kidnapping charges, a breaking news announcement would pop up on most people’s smartphones.

  • John Prince

    With the captan already reeling from multiple Slaps in the Face & repeated Kicks in the Groin, This News couldn’t have come at a better time for Scientology Watchers✌..Kidnapping? False imprisonment? These are Pretty Serious Charges. .I only hope some hungry young Lawyers are lickin’ their Chops on This one, Baby,the time is RIPE 🍅

  • Tony Ortega

    How’s everyone feeling for that third story today?

  • Mark Foster

    Sorry if this has been posted already, but here is the link to the Rates page at Life Center For A New Tomorrow:
    http://www.lifecenterforanewtomorrow.com/rates.htm
    10 grand a month
    SMH

    • Kestrel

      $90K to have them do nothing for your son…

      • Mark Foster

        No, 90 grand for them to FUCK HIM UP.

  • Mrs. V.

    I cannot keep up with all these stories this week! Wow, someone’s been busy.

    Well, now we’ll be seeing scientology publicly deny they had anything to do with this facility and then the church begging for more money from their members because this is more proof that the world needs more scientology and they’re under attack. And also they’re winning, because the SPs are screaming.

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST IS UP

    • Mrs. V.

      Good lord!

    • Juicer77

      Holy moley…

  • ze moo

    Now that the Cannon Center is closed, who will get the franchise for the next $cieno run ‘psych hospital’? Like that wonderful game, Wack-a-mole, where will the mole rear its ugly head again?

  • J. Swift

    These are the two entities associated with Marc Vallieres: Tennessee and the Dominican Republic. Anyone with contacts to the authorities in the Dominican Republic should alert them about what US law enforcement did in Tennessee.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/301dbb2a0e65302324bfcd3b2d497ea080667439560ec2443bbb5cf186457ca2.png

    • Joys_Mom

      Note the mobile number is a Clearwater area code.

  • grundoon

    VITAMIN THERAPY
    According to world-renowned nutritionist Adelle Davis, vitamin therapy has had success in handling Withdrawal Symptoms. Instead of just telling the person to break off drugs with all that suffering and danger of failure, the patient is given heavy doses of vitamins. The data is repeated here for information.

    DRUG BOMB
    ONE DOSE
    * 1,000 mg of niacinamide (not nicotinic acid as it is severely toxic in such amounts). This for any mental disturbance.
    * 500 milligrams of magnesium carbonate (to make the Vitamin C effective).
    * 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C.
    * 25 milligrams of B6.
    * 200 milligrams of B Complex.
    * 100 milligrams of pantothenic acid.

    ADMINISTRATION
    The bomb is given four times a day, roughly every six hours. It is given in a mild preparation that furnishes intestinal flora such as yoghurt. GREAT CAUTION must be used to give the dose in such a way that the vitamins will not corrode the stomach. If this is neglected the patient can be given a false duodenal (upper intestine) ulcer and will be unable to continue the treatment. Druggies are usually in terrible physical condition anyway. Thus all the above would have to be in “enteric coated” capsules, meaning an intestinal shielding must be on the pills so they gradually dissolve and don’t hit the sensitive upper stomach hard enough to corrode it. Thus milk with powdered amino acids in it would have to be given to wash the pills down.

    In testing these recommendations stomach corrosion from the bomb was the main barrier noted. If the bomb is given without any cushion the patient can (a) feel too full after eating (b) have a stomach ache (c) have a burning sensation (d) the exterior of the stomach can get sore. These are all stomach ulcer symptoms. If such symptoms turn on, end off the vitamins. Aluminum hydroxide tablets chewed up and swallowed in milk each time the symptoms start will ease the stomach. Amino acids, intestinal flora and milk must then be given until the stomach gets better.

    Shots, with a needle, especially of Vitamin C can be too painful. Not the needle, that’s nothing; but the vitamin itself.

    Such medication is in a crude state of research, mainly because of the violent hostility earlier exerted against vitamin people by the American Medical Association and other reactionaries to anything beneficial or new.

    It is hoped that the stomach corrosion factor can be lessened by new preparations which do the same thing but less violently.

    I am not particularly advocating the use of the Drug Bomb but as a pioneer in this area of research I feel that any data of value on the subject of drug withdrawal should be widely published.

    L. Ron Hubbard
    HCO BULLETIN OF 25 OCTOBER 1971 – DRUG DRYING OUT

    • Mark Foster

      If I recall correctly, there was a spate of scientific debunking of Adelle Davis many, many moons ago…

    • FredEX2

      Ah. What was this Scientologists were denying about practicing ‘medicine’ without a license?

  • Juicer77

    When the investigators returned with search warrants, the staff were in the process of packing up and leaving. Yeah. That sounds totes legit.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I’m always tipped off first! Gone quicker than a snitch turning states evidence.

  • AnyOldName1

    Posted this congrats on the Cannon County Courier article:

    anyoldname1
    May 03, 2017 at 5:18pm
    Good job Cannon County Law Enforcement! You have done what the FBI and others are too afraid to do – save victims of Scientology Kidnapping and Human Trafficking. (See RadarOnline article: “THE PROOF AT LAST: FBI Files Reveal Scientology ‘Human Trafficking’ Investigation” by Melissa Cronin, 05/03/2017.)

  • Paul V. Tupointeau

    Forgive me if this was already posted but…

    …what is it with these people and double-wide trailers?

    • Missionary Kid

      Trailers are very cheap to build and buy. It just shows what a low rent operation they were running. I have friends living in over 55 mobile home parks, and they have some of the nicest neighbors.

      It’s an excellent illustration of what a low rent operation that was. $cientology does attract some slime, doesn’t it. Most $cientologists are good people, and once they are out, some of the nicest people I’ve met. Unfortunately, a criminal organization like $cientology attracts some real criminals, like the guys operating that facility.

      • JJ

        I loved living in the mobile. very quiet mostly retired people, went fifty five and over bit after we moved in in 77. And no we were not why!

  • Tracy Schmitz

    OH, OKLAHOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING????????????????????????

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    Oh such grand news, a shut down. Amazing story to be sure and well received.

    • aquaclara

      Have all your fans found you in Publix? Thanks again for that outspoken cheer in the city auditorium last week. So wonderful!

  • JJ

    Is this or is this not an example of “Controlling Bodies”? or is it maybe a comb meal of -1.5 + -8.0 + -30.0? In the end it ended up being a -40.0 Total fail. Right? Anytime anyone is transporting you to someone’s basement, it is Whoa Dude- Not Good a – 76.9 on Tone.

  • aquaclara

    This is so horrific. How incredible that this individual was able to somehow contact 911 and be freed. This should be front-page news, but I’m not holding my breath on that happening.

    Let’s just be grateful that there are law enforcement personnel who took this seriously, were not “bought off” by Scientology, and took appropriate action.

    And for this reporter, thank you. This is real Scientology, not the stuff they espouse on victimstheir website.

    For the unnamed victims, may God bless you. Wishing you all the best in your recovery. You should NEVER have had to go through this. And oh, there are lawyers who can help you.

  • Sejanus

    Nothing good has ever happened in a $cientology owned double-wide trailer.

    • TexasBroad

      Nor in their restored, historical buildings.

  • Supper Powers

    Wow. I weep with joy and relief. Finally.

  • John Prince

    I was pretty amazed They never shut this lunacy down after reading about “Candice” ..wasn’t This the same “facility” I read about where a “patient” escaped from ,Twice, only to be recaptured and dragged back in Captivity by Her “handler”? How the Devil can this shit be happening in America (or Anywhere) in the Name of “Religious Freedom ” ?

  • PickAnotherID

    From the Courier story, “He also tells them the manager of the facility is currently in Los Angeles undergoing courses. He refuses to give them his contact information.”

    I wonder if ‘the manager of the facility’ is one of the LA area names provided to Judge Whittemore? And what is it with $cientologists not providing contact information??

  • Bert Allen

    Wow Tony. You are on fire these days. I think I finally got caught up with your current reporting. I am very happy that the facility was shut down and 2 people were rescued, but I am disappointed that the prosecutor and judge allowed Villieres off with 2 years probation in a “diversion” program. What this probably means is that if he doesn’t get charged with another crime within 2 years he will not have a conviction on his record. That is not good.

  • Bert Allen

    Don’t know how to delete this. I did not intentionally open this comment box.

  • Suzy

    has anyone heard how this prisoner got a phone to call 911? Or did someone from the outside call?

    • Shivani33

      It looks as though the call originated from the male patient/prisoner. So far, no information about how he managed to make that call has been publicized, at least that I’ve been able to find. The Cannon Courier, which reported the shutdown of the Scientology joint, doesn’t appear to be a newspaper which is published daily, but I think that there will be more reportage about this from the Cannon Courier. I haven’t seen that any (local) tv picked up on this but could be wrong. I think that Woodbury gets its tv news from Nashville stations.

      There are 2 comments on the Cannon Courier article about this. Both are anti-Scientology. I hope that more people will add to these comments or call and/or write. ( I called to thank Mike West, the editor and reporter and spoke with him briefly yesterday.) I hope that this incident about a person being held against his will and being given unknown meds will have a ripple effect.

      May 5th, ( after reading Mr. Ortega’s new post about this) the male inmate’s family was paying $10,000 per month for his care, and he was locked in a small, unfurnished room with nothing but a bed with a sheet, not even any light, only a light in the bathroom. The window was plexiglass and the room padlocked from outside. The mother had only seen this Life Center for a New Tomorrow facility on the Internet and not in person. Incredible.

      • Suzy

        Thank you Shivani33. I am very curious who/how a phone was smuggled to him. Maybe we can drop burner phones with parachutes into Arrowhead and other Scientology facilities 🙂

        • Tony Ortega

          I have answers on all of that in my story for Saturday morning.

          • Suzy

            This kitteh’s getting up early for that!

  • Attila Sonkoly

    Dear Tony, do you happen to know what this Scientology group was about? Was this a Purification Rd facility or was is an attempt to handle a PTS type 3?

  • Tony Ortega

    Going on Calgary radio in a few minutes.

  • Robert Hanna Moore

    Oops wrong post.