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Scientology provides all the proof you need that Narconon is more than ‘tied’ to it

We’ve seen enough reactions to know that it irks you as much as it does us when a press outfit reports on another Narconon debacle and says that the drug rehab network is “tied” to Scientology, or “supported by” Scientology, like there’s some arm’s-length distance between the two.

Believe us, the reporters and editors who put out those articles know full well that they’re speaking garbage. But, held back by terrified media attorneys, they hope that by implying that there’s only a slight connection between Narconon rehab clinics and the Church of Scientology will keep them from being sued.

So, just in case there are some reporters, editors, or media owners out there actually operating under the impression that the Narconon drug rehabs around the world aren’t fully a part of Scientology, directed by Scientology, and funded by Scientology, we thought we’d share with you Scientology’s flogging of its Narconon program in its own publication, International Scientology News.

ISN is one of the most insufferable of the many Scientology publications. It merely exists to present in print form what church leader David Miscavige had pronounced from a mini-lectern at the latest major Nuremberg rally masquerading as a Scientology revival.


In this case, the new ISN is a celebration of the New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles, during which Miscavige proclaimed the end of a decade of “expansion” for his movement.

Several times a year, Miscavige makes these two-hour long speeches, and they’re all pretty much the same. But in this issue, Miscavige goes on at length about the church’s various initiatives, including its attempt to infiltrate schools with its “Applied Scholastics” front, its mission network, its “Ideal Orgs,” its WISE business consulting scheme, and, yes, the Narconon network.

Narconon was presented as one of the initiatives of the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), which licenses it and oversees every detail of it. ABLE, in turn, is staffed entirely by Scientology Sea Org members, who all answer to Miscavige as indentured servants.

And for the people in the arena, of course, there are no footnotes during Miscavige’s presentation about how any of these campaigns are “independent” or merely “supported” by the church. There’s no question in anyone’s mind while they listen to Miscavige that he’s talking about campaigns that he directs, campaigns that are part of the Scientology movement itself.

Leaders from several Narconon clinics were singled out for praise from Miscavige (as you can see in the photo above), and the magazine had its own salute to the rehab network, which we’re reproducing here in total…


Tackling Addiction Planetwide

A global network of centers delivering LRH rehabilitation technology are reclaiming lives and restoring regions from the scourge of drug abuse.

There’s a global war going on that doesn’t respect borders, social status or religious affiliation. And the battlefields aren’t bombed out buildings or destroyed city streets. Indeed, the struggle takes place in schools, homes and boardrooms and could be anywhere from a world away to right next door. It’s a fight to eliminate drugs from our society. The cost and the stakes are equally high — it’s been reported that hundreds of thousands of lives are lost every year by drug use. It all underscores what LRH observed when he said drugs are the “single most destructive element present in our current culture.” But just as in every aspect of life, there is an answer — LRH Tech to combat this scourge. It’s a Golden Age of drug rehabilitation made real and ready to help in the form of a planet-wide network of facilities focused on helping addicts reclaim their lives: Narconon. Based on LRH’s discoveries related to eliminating drugs and toxins from the body, Narconon is drug-free — it does not substitute one drug for another. It’s a turnkey system designed for universal delivery in any land or language.

Within the last decade, the capacity for Golden Age delivery was boosted with the launch of Narconon Continental Training Centers. Each trains and apprentices drug rehab specialists for their region. Overall, Narconon centers operate on six continents in 17 countries.

Serving as the Narconon flagship is the US-based Arrowhead, an international training ground for rehab specialists. Notably, it’s earned top accreditation for Drug Rehab Excellence every year since Narconon’s Golden Age began. Additional US centers — and model ones at that — include Florida’s Narconon Suncoast, which has earned Congressional recognition for being at the forefront of rehab, and Narconon Ojai in California, where the creative class and industry leaders can benefit from restored lives.

To the south in Latin America where drug trafficking and use has taken an outsized toll on the population, there stands a beacon of hope in the form of a Continental Training Center for Latin America located outside of Mexico City, which counts more than 33,000 rehab hours. There’s also a model center in Puebla, located on 14 forested acres, as well as centers in Navajoa, Mexico (in Guanajuato State) and Columbia, which together have delivered 135,000 detox hours.

But spin the globe, and you’ll find yet more centers of hope and help. Our Continental Training Center for the United Kingdom has been hailed by the Care Quality Commission as “safe, effective, caring and responsive.”


In Denmark, the Continental Training Center serves the 50 countries of Europe as well as the Middle Easts. Results from Spain’s Mediterraneo Center have been lauded by city officials, and the story repeats in Macedonia, which has been recognized with a prestigious national award as the “Most Successful Rehabilitation Center.” In Italy, a national network of Narconons is saving lives from the shores of the Adriatic to the foothills of the Alps. In Turkey, Egypt, Taiwan and even Nepal, Narconon is also providing a refuge from drugs. And while the numbers of victims can’t be disheartening, when you see what Narconon has achieved with Golden Age delivery, a life salvaged every fours hours, it becomes clear that this was a war that will be won with courage, commitment and application of LRH Tech.

So once again, we’ll point this out for other news organizations who seem terrified about daring to say that there’s a connection between Narconon and Scientology: There is not a “connection” or a “tie” between the two. Narconon IS Scientology, and it’s run by Scientology leader David Miscavige, and it’s treated as a Miscavige campaign when he speaks about it events, has Narconon people on hand to wave flags, and then gets written up in the organization’s internal publications.

Meanwhile, literally decades of court documents demonstrate clearly that Narconon is a deceptive business that subjects addicts to Scientology training, not drug counseling, while housing them in dangerous conditions and overseen not by medical personnel as they claim, but by recent graduates of the program working for not much more than minimum wage. Narconon lies outright about its effectiveness, and subjects people who likely have compromised immune systems to a quack cure that has proved fatal in some cases.

Now you have the information you need. Stop letting Narconon get away with its deceptions.


Political candidate, comedy routine, or both?

Some time back, we vaguely remember seeing fliers indicating that one of Scientology’s aspiring celebrities was a fellow on the college humor circuit. His name is Evan Wecksell, he’s an OT, and he toils away at finding fame.

He’s also contributed essays to Scientology’s precious ‘anti-bigotry’ website, the STAND League.

But his latest stunt is a bit of a headscratcher. He’s announced that he’s running as a Libertarian write-in candidate for California State Senate District 25 on an anti-vaxx platform.

In a solidly Democratic district that includes the cities of Pasadena and Glendale as well as a Democratic incumbent, could there be a more Quixotic bid than a Scientologist anti-vaxx libertarian write-in?

Hey, but the jokes he’ll have about it on the old lecture circuit, they’ll kill.



Source Code

“I don’t say that you could walk up to the tomb of Alexander and bring Alexander back into the tomb and have him knock the dust together again and resurrect. See, I don’t say that you could do this. But I don’t say you can’t.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 5, 1957


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Because the tech was created in the future then this timeline was created in this future and sent here to this time now I don’t want to confuse anyone. The static creates the new viewpoint but since the real time this universe is running is in a future time then the static created this viewpoint in the now of the future but sent me to this period of time. Does this make sense?”


Random Howdy

“The one thing that LRH and D.M. have elevated to a fine art is cheapness. I heard stories about J. Paul Getty when I was a kid and he had nothing on these guys.”


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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] Tonight, Leah Remini looks at Scientology’s ultimate prize: The protections of tax exemption
[TWO years ago] Best reactions to last night’s Scientology Super Bowl ad, which asked, ‘Curious?’
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s 2017 Super Bowl ad, ‘Your Full Potential,’ is another mystery sandwich
[FOUR years ago] Scientology is the bomb diggety, and here’s proof, starring Leah Remini’s husband!
[FIVE years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: Australia’s only Narconon rehab center loses zoning fight
[SIX years ago] The secret of everything? It’s time for Scientology’s Original Operating Thetan Level Five!
[SEVEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill on her Uncle, Scientology’s Leader: A Bully Too Afraid to Show His Face
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Denver Miracle!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,839 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,343 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,863 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 883 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 774 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,081 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,949 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,723 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,497 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,843 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,409 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,328 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,496 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,077 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,338 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,376 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,089 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,614 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,141 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,704 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,844 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,164 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,019 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,139 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,494 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,797 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,903 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,305 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,177 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,760 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,255 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,509 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,618 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 5, 2020 at 07:00

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