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Scientology is hiring for a drug rehab whose location is a secret

Scientology is keeping a secret: The location of its new Continental Narconon in Australia.

In 2013, the church announced the creation of a system of “Continental” Narconons. Just as each Scientology “continent” has a Sea Org org called the Continental Liaison Office (CLO), each continent would have a Continental Narconon drug rehab facility that would treat patients and train staff in the program to serve in the smaller surrounding facilities. Since 2013 they have opened Narconon Ojai in California; Narconon Latin America in Villa Victoria, Mexico; Narconon Europe in Helsinge, Denmark; Narconon Nepal in Kathmandu; and Narconon United Kingdom in Heathfield, England. Narconon Trout Run in Maryland received permission to open a smaller facility than Scientology wanted, and they’re now hiring.


[Failed Continental Narconon Australia in Yarramalong]


But the planet-wide plan hit several snags. Several sites in Ontario were rejected by local officials to be the Continental Narconon Canada. Narconon Africa never materialized. Narconon Australia was planned for Yarramalong, New South Wales but permission to open a treatment center there was denied by a vote of 8-0 by shire councillors.


The Yarramalong compound features a golf course, swimming pools, a tennis court, stripper poles, and water slides and is falling into disrepair at last report. It’s zoned “rural residential” and much of the property was built illegally without permits by the former owner. The property is currently listed for sale and we think that Scientology has abandoned Yarramalong and plans to purchase a new property for Continental Narconon Australia.


This statistic is cherry-picked from a 2018 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The original report’s findings are mixed. Heroin use is down, methamphetamine use is up, and the most popular illicit drug is marijuana. But what help can Scientology offer? In 2010 they traveled to one of the most remote parts of Australia to recruit patients for their unique therapy and to demonstrate how they can help.


The town of Tennant Creek, population 3,000, lies more than 500 Km from the nearest city of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. More than 50 percent of the residents identify themselves as indigenous Australians, or Aborigines of the Warumungu group. Once a flourishing nation, the population has fallen dramatically as Europeans and their descendants appropriated Warumungu land. There may be as few as 200 people who can still speak the Warumungu language. Alcohol abuse is a problem among Australians and in particular indigenous people. Purchase of alcohol in Tennant Creek is restricted to a few hours in the afternoon and to either one case of beer, one liter of wine or one bottle of liquor per day. Port and fortified wine is forbidden. Alcohol is also forbidden in “town camps” populated by Aborigines on the outskirts of the town.


[Scientologists came to Tennant Springs in 2010]

Kevin Chapman is the 30-year Sea Org veteran charged with recruiting Scientologists to work at the new Narconon. In 2010 he and other Scientologists wearing Volunteer Ministers shirts traveled to Tennant Creek to promote a “drug bomb” vitamin regimen to detoxify alcoholic patients and the use of Cal-Mag to manage withdrawal symptoms. Cal-Mag is a foul tasting concoction invented by L. Ron Hubbard which he prescribed to treat all manner of illnesses. Local medical workers became concerned about the safety of the treatment, telling the provincial government it could be “potentially fatal” to renal patients and could corrode the stomach lining and cause ulcers. The Northern Territory Health Minister Kon Vatskalis called the brochures “utterly irresponsible” and ordered Chapman to stop distributing the literature. Scientology withdrew and the program was abandoned.


Now Chapman is recruiting staff for a new Narconon facility to deliver the drug bomb therapy in combination with saunas and indoctrination into the beginning levels of Scientology. Is it Yarramalong, despite being denied permission by authorities? We think Scientology has instead purchased a new facility in secret and plans to open it soon. It’s probably near Sydney, home to an Ideal Org and the AOSH ANZO compound in Chatswood West. We’ll let you know when we find it.

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters

An alert reader noticed that the forthcoming Columbus, Ohio “Ideal Org” got its new signage, but then quickly covered it up. But they managed to snap this photo before the wraps were put up.

So how close is the grand opening shindig with David Miscavige? We are still trying to find out.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology and celebs: ‘Miscavige had several of us catering to Tom Cruise behind the scenes’
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[THREE years ago] This is your brain on L. Ron Hubbard: Watergate, Scientology, and late-night radio
[FOUR years ago] Reed Slatkin dies of heart attack — Scientologist served time as major Ponzi schemer
[FIVE years ago] Marc Headley continues his Scientology tour, and Steve Hall describes his defection
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology Gets Colorful!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Enemies List: Are You On It?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,486 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,615 days.
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Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 659 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 550 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,857 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,725 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,499 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,273 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,619 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,185 days.
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Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,272 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,853 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,114 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,153 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,865 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,391 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,480 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,620 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,940 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,796 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,915 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,270 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,573 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,679 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,081 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,953 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,536 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,031 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,285 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,394 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 23, 2019 at 07:00

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