Friday, July 17, 2009

Scientology Criminals Lie About Being NarCONon

On July 17th in Scientology history

Town Welcomes, Then Questions a Drug Project
July 17, 1989, AP, New York Times

Townspeople say the California group, Narconon International, has not been honest about its affiliation with the Church of Scientology, its financing, its medical credentials and its plans for the project, which is to attract mostly out-of-state clients.

Narconon officials denied that the project had anything to do with Scientology, the townspeople say, until Newkirk officials produced a Scientology magazine with a article titled, "Trained Scientologists to Staff Huge Oklahoma Facility."

Tags: Gary Smith, Heber Jentzsch, Narconon, Oklahoma, Simon Hogarth, Spain


Judge rules Time can't be sued for calling Scientology 'cult of greed'
July 17, 1996, CNN

A federal judge has thrown out the remaining part of a $415 million lawsuit brought by the Church of Scientology against Time Warner Inc. The suit charged that Time magazine maliciously libeled the church in a 1992 article that called it a "cult of greed."

Tags: Legal


When Scientology attacks?
July 17, 2008, WWMT

The video of two men involved in an altercation outside a Church of Scientology has garnered a lot of hits on YouTube, but it happened right here in West Michigan.

Two men protesting the Church of Scientology got more than they bargained for when a man and a woman from the church came out and confronted them last week.

Tags: Anonymous, Battle Creek


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Scientology's Cult-Based Drug Fraud In Hawaii Rejected

The Governor rejected Scientology's fake "drug treatment" scam, fortunately, saving hundreds of people from being rooked and swindled by these insane Scientology crooks.

See the below critical letter to the editor from the Exec Dir. of Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii explaining why it should be voted against. Further down you can find more info on the bill and where to write.

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials -

For Wednesday, March 25, 2009

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2009
Cult-based treatment isn't the answer

Normally, we would support a legislator's initiative to propose drug treatment over incarceration. Unfortunately we cannot support Rep. Rida Cabanilla's proposed House Bill 358 (Star-Bulletin, March 20) as it is terribly misguided. She says this bill is based on the "nationally recognized Second Chance program of New Mexico." In fact, this program is based on the principles of Scientology and has not been proven to be effective.

The basic principles themselves are controversial and not science-based. If legislators are going to propose treatment programs, it behooves them to do some research and ensure that taxpayer money is used for effective, evidence-based programs. There are many of them.

We agree with Cabanilla that incarceration is expensive, ineffective and leads to high rates of recidivism. We hope she will instead vote for proposals which would add drug treatment beds to our prisons, increase community-based programs for nonviolent drug offenders and establish re-entry programs. One such bill is SB 540 SD2 HD1 which adds beds at Oahu Community Correctional Center for the second part, the re-entry portion of the Residential Drug Abuse Program currently being used in Hawaii facilities.

Jeanne Y. Ohta
Executive director
Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii

[..]Governor Lingle Submits Potential Veto List to Legislature
Written by KGMB9 News - June 30, 2009 05:42 PM From the Governor's Office:

Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature a list of 65 bills that she is considering for potential vetoes. [..]

In addition, due to the unprecedented $2.7 billion revenue shortfall between now and June 30, 2011, as projected by the Council on Revenues, the Lingle-Aiona Administration has increased scrutiny of all bills for potential budgetary implications. As a result, a number of bills were put on the potential veto list because they call for new or increased spending at a time when the State cannot afford to expand the cost of government or further deplete the State's limited fiscal resources. Twelve bills on the list fall into this category of potentially negative fiscal implications (HB 36, HB 343, HB 358......

HB358 CD1 measure history is here:

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Here is the link to an article written by a Scientology crook supporter and Haewaii Rep promoting "Second Chance": and HB 358

To get a further idea, read what I wrote previous to the Hawaii House of reps:



Authorizes placement of certain offenders in secure drug treatment facilities.

DATE: Monday, April 6, 2009 TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street

Dear Committee members,

Thank you for taking the time to consider my comments.

I am very concerned that HB358 HD1 has not been worded accurately to ensure that a "Secure Drug Treatment Facility" means that it is Hawaii State Health Department licensed in the delivery of alcohol and drug treatment, and that the providers and counselors meet the criteria set by the State of Hawaii licensing of such.

The facilities under this revision must be rooted by ACT =A711-98 TITLE 11 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHAPTER 98 SPECIAL TREATMENT FACILITY alcohol and drug treatment facility & provider minimum criteria.

The proposed "secure drug treatment facility' being touted as a model for this is called "Second Chance Program" but I must tell you that the drug treatment portion of this program ( NARCONON ) does not meet Hawaii State licensing criteria, nor are their counselors licensed by Hawaii standards.

Aa a matter of fact, there is an existing 'Narconon Hawaii' center in Honolulu which has never been able to provide the consumers or state of Hawaii any drug and alcohol rehabilitation services because their counselors and facility do not meet Hawaii licensing standards.

Hawaii's existing programs Inmate Recidivism Rates are better than that of Second Chance Program. Per the 2008 University of New Mexico Institute For Social Research "Second Chance Center Preliminary Study" prepared for the State of New Mexico and Second Chance Center :

[..]Preliminary Recidivism

In an approximately one year period three students (8.6%) who completed the program picked up new charges (Burglary, DWI 3rd, and Aggravated Assault), 8 students (22.9%) had technical probation violations, and 24 students (65.7%) did not have a probation violation or new charge.[..]

Preliminary Reporting of Recidivism by Criminal Justice Agency for the State of Hawaii: July 1, 2007 =96 June 30, 2008 shows recidivism rates in Hawaii were no higher than 5%.

Multi-agency efforts were required to achieve this. Why strain all the agencies involved in what is already a challanging exercise in trying to coordinate when there still is no Master Plan in place.(1) Preliminary Reporting of Recidivism by Criminal Justice Agency: July 1, 2007 =96 June 30, 2008 A contracted 'secure drug treatment facility' would require as much if not more controls in place than state run facilities.

You cannot leave that up top the contractor, as New Mexico did. What began as a bright and costly idea has now turned out to be a failure. Second Chance was evicted recently from it's rental facility, in part because they allowed violent criminals in desite lease agreement to not treat and house that high a risk category of offender.



SECTION 10 OF ACT 161, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2002, ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 321-193.5, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES Act 161, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2002, was enacted =93to require first time non-violent drug offenders, including probation and parole violators, to be sentenced to undergo and complete drug treatment instead of incarceration."

Section 21 of the Act specifies that:

The Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Paroling Authority, Judiciary, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and any other agencies assigned oversight responsibilities for offender substance abuse treatment by law or administrative order, shall establish a coordinating body through an interagency cooperative agreement to oversee the development and implementation of offender substance abuse treatment programs in the State to ensure compliance with the intent of the master plan developed under Chapter 353G.

Section 10 of Act 161, SLH 2002, specifies that:

The Department of Health shall submit an annual report to the Legislature before the convening of each Regular Session, beginning with the Regular Session of 2004, on the status and progress of the interagency cooperative agreement required under Section 2 of this Act and the effectiveness of the delivery of services thereto, and
expenditures made under this Act.

It should be noted that there are caveats to Act 161 SLH 2002, implementation.

There is no mention of a "master plan" in Chapter 353G2 as cited in Section 2 of Act 161, SLH 2002; and no funds were appropriated in Act 161. The interagency initiative to implement offender substance abuse treatment services, however, has been an on-going collaborative activity.[..]

Those "caveats" as mentioned in several annual reports, need to be fixed first by getting a Master Plan and some funding for coordination efforts before expanding the alternative programs Hawaii provides.

Mary McConnell

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sueing Scientology NarCONon Criminals

Man goes to Narconon rehab for help and gets held against his will; made to endure Scientology teachings and bizarre anti-gay attacks. Wife sues.

A lawsuit was filed in Nevada County, CA last week by a woman who paid for rehabilitation help for her then fiance, only to find out that she was repeatedly deceived and the services were dangerous and not as promised. Sarah Locatelli of Grass Valley, CA states the Narconon program using Scientology practices, made Daniel Locatelli subject to verbal attacks, often of an anti gay substance. He was denied medical care when he needed it and the staff kept him and his belongings against his will when he asked to leave. He finally escaped after 4 days.

The Locatelli vs Narconon Southern California, Narconon Joshua Hills et al complaint can be read in full here:


Locatelli filed suit against Newport Beach's Narconon Southern California and Narconon Joshua Hills, then located at what is now the location of Narconon Palm Spring on Hopper Rd, Palm Desert Springs. It is now located at 82652 Lordsburg Dr in Indio Riverside County in CA . She filed the complaint after repeated requests for a refund were ignored.

Among the claims against the facilities and their employees and agents are breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent misrepresentation. A referral help site unknowingly run by Narconon and it's agents is noted, as well as derogatory statements made to Mr. Locatelli during the 'therapy' which show a culture of hostility and intolerance.

Narconon is a part of the 'secular arm' of the Church of Scientology but the program is clearly all Scientology and has been for many years. Most aren't aware of this when visiting their web sites or talking with their intake people on the phone. As Locatelli came to find out, Narconon hides the fact outright. Records show that Narconon representatives tell victims they are not affiliated with Scientology when asked. Yet the program componients are the same as Scientology classes and texts, just repackaged differently.

There is a history of complaints against Narconon where this is voiced. Multiple unsuspecting victims in complaints filed with state agencies and in courts across the country over the last 10 years have complainted about the degrading nature of the routines, the false promises of therapy and human rights abuses victims were subjected to while there. Scientology is currently being sued by former staff members for similar and more horrific civil and human rights abuses and labor law violations in the state of California.

What is common and uncommon about this case:

The Locatelli family, like thousand of others, first became victims of Narconon and it's internet and telephone deceptive trade practices. Mrs. Locatelli did everything she could to locate the best care they could afford for Daniel yet he wound up in the care of The Church of Scientology without her even knowing it. She found what was supposed to be a referral hotline, which in fact is run by Narconon and it's agents for the sole purpose of sending it's victims to Narconon.

Mr. Locatelli, having attended both facilities for a total of 4 days, was held hostage held against his will, denied medical attention while ill and made to endure the church's questionable practices and it's hostility toward homosexuality and indifference to the most basic of civil and human rights. Due to the vulgar nature of the verbal attacks, the program training routine 'bullbaiting' quotes noted in the complaint will not be mentioned here.

Now, when one reads the complaint, it is obvious that the comments made during his time there were crude and offensive to anyone in what was supposed to be a professional setting to receive help for a problem. It does not matter whether Mr. Locatelli is gay or not, although he isn't. He was forced to listen to and accept the intolerant mocking comments levied at him because the Scientology based training routine prohibits one from being able to respond, lest one is made to endure all the more of it and then some. Throughout the whole time Daniel was there, the staff allowed the church's anti-homosexuality indoctrination to go on and even encouraged it.">pro-scientology

In their attempts to help others avoid what happened to them, a web site was created by friends of Locatelli to warn others about Narconon and their internet scam, titled:

Narconon Is A Code Name for Scientology . You can see the documents that Mrs. Locatelli, then as fiancee Sarah Vogel, received after Mr. Locatelli arrived home, which she never signed here

Narconon Joshua Hills Board of Directors - Names You May know:

Interestingly,Palm Springs and Las Vegas' WALK OF STARS and MOTION PICTURE HALL OF FAME directors - Danny Pharmer, Robert Alexander and Janie Hughes are listed as among the board of directors of Narconon Joshua Hills and are presumably going to be added to the list of defendents as the case progresses.

Tiffany Pharmer, the director of Narconon Joshua Hills, runs an assisted living home and is a real estate sales woman with Coldwell Banker's Yeoman Group in the Palms Springs area. Both Daniel and Tiffiany Pharmer are unlicensed substance abuse counselors and were required to train and be certified within 5 years but let their registration with California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources expire last December indicating that they were never trained as required.

Complaints influencial in the Narconon Newport Beach closure in 2010

Narconon Southern California,a subsidiary of Narconon International which orchestrated the internet, telephone and financial scheme, has a long history of complaints and of being a problem in the Newport Beach area. Mr. Locatelli was asked by The City of Newport Beach to provide an affidavit on his experience with Narconon being over capacity and because of this and the many other complaints, infractions and obvious disregard for the welfare of it's patients & the community, the city refused to approve it's use permit application. As a result, it's license to operate in the city expires February 28, 2010.

Their counselors are not CARF certified as their international website suggests. Narconon Exposed is well known web site dedicated to informing the public about Narconon and it's practices. Sadly, most people find it after they have been ripped off by Narconon.

Others victimized by a similar set of tactics: has over many complaints about Narconon listed and many of these
are about Narconon Southern California and it's Newport Beach facility. In reviewing documents related to complaints sent to state agencies about Narconon, a common theme emerges to back up what Locatelli states in her claims.

For instance, 75 year old California resident Lillian Weaver and E.K. of Washington State were each taken in by fake referral sites run by Narconon & it's affiliates, the false promises of appropriate medical care availability and forced unwanted Scientology practices they were never informed about in advance, which turned out to be the whole of the program. Unbeknownst to them and their loved ones was the knowledge that Scientology is hostile towards traditional medical and mental health practices. Both were kept against their will when they wanted to leave and Mrs. Weaver's son had his diabetes and thyroid medicines & glucometer withheld for 2 days upon entry, endangering his health especially as he lacked a thyroid to produce what the medicine was necessary for! E.K.'s daughter became ill from the mega doses of vitamins they put her on, causing her to become ill. Both parent's loved ones suffered physically and emotionally due to this, the deception and the facility's subsequent negligence against the one the loved one once they arrived.

E.K. sent his daughter to what was supposed to be a licensed, medically based traditional theraputic program in NV owned by Narconon of Southern California. Within days he found out that the facility and their counselors were not licensed, there were no medical professionals or care on site as promised for his daughter's all bladder disease which was exaserbated by the volumous amount of vitamins they insisted she ingest. She was so ill and in pain that he called and insisted they take his daughter to the airport so he could transport her to another rehab center or he would fly out and get her himself. He only received a refund when he reported the situation to the FBI Internet fraud unit, to all 3 state Attorney General offices and the NV licensing agencies.

States Vary in Regulations; The FBI Internet Fraud site is Helpful

For E.K., a Cease and Desist Order went out to the Narconon in NV for all unlicensed counselors and specifically to the executive director of their Narconon Rainbow Canyon facility, who had claimed on the internet to be licensed but was found to not. While owned by the Southern California organization, Nevada and it's stringent laws oversaw the matter for E.K. and Washington helped represent him as a constituent Locatelli says that she's had a complaint in with the California Alcohol and Drug program for over 1 year and they have a separate team investigating all complaints on Narconons in California. ADP is limited in oversite and underfunded, compounding the slow process on complaints.

ADP does, however, have a separate investigator on complaints about other programs using Narconon under different names, such as San Francisco County programs

New Life Center SF( aka Social Betterment Development Company / SBDC) and Alternative To Meds Center both of which are not licensed. ATMC was denied license and the City of San Francisco denied them a use permit for this unlicensed activity, but thy still operate to the dismay of the community. Both are considered dangerous programs. Recently a negligent death case was settled against New Life SF and owner Richard Prescott ( former director of Narconon Northern CA) after a patient committed suicide while on medication under poor supervision and nonexistent onsite medical care promised but not provided.

Locatelli went to Narconon to learn about drug and recover from them and found that there was no drug education nor traditional individual or group therapy as promised and required by the state of California. He was made to read materials written by Science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard and was supervised in the program steps by other patients called "students" instead of state required licensed substance abuse counselors. None of the counselors was licensed and the facility was overcrowded and in violation of local and county zoning laws.

The Little Hoover Commission and the Justin Foundation investigate and keep tabs on the state of affair of CA rehabs and have isolated the loopholes that tie the hands of state agencies and give bad programs the free reign to victimize consumers, providing low to no quality care substance abuse services. One should read these reports before going or sending a loved one to a rehab facility, especially in the state of California. ADP was unavailable for comment.

The cost is more than most and refunds are prevented at all costs.

Narconon, depending upon the center and the desperation for funds and financial constrains of the victims, can cost between $20,000 to $35,000 Of the $26,000 Mrs. Weaver paid Narconon Southern California, she so far has only received a $15,000 chargeback credit from Bank of America after their thorough investigation and consideration of all the facts. Discover VISA, however, refused to accept the documentation and statements, closing her case without any arbitration rights allowed. Narconon, however, wrote in response to Weaver's Better Business Bureau complaint, that she'd received all her money back from all credit cards, so Mrs. Weaver is still trying to get them to pay back the balance of $11,000 via BBB. It would cost her more to go to court than the amount of the claim, so she is avoiding that last as a last resort.

Locatelli can appreciate Weaver's efforts and the obstacles she went through. Her bank,

Washington Mutual , was on the verge of federal takeover at the time she requested her VISA refund. They had they audacity to deny the chargeback claim without even contacting the merchant Narconon for response. Her calls and letters to the bank, to the facilities and the Narconon reps fell on deaf ears and that is why she has resorted to suing both Narconon facilities. At, one can see that some have gotten their refunds while others not. Perseverence seems to be the key.

E.K. is one of the few who got his money without having to sign the traditional gag agreement, Although he promised not to badmouth Narconon, his complaint was already in the hands of others ( myself included )before the time of their settlement.

In E.K.'s case, his checks to "Narconon Nevada" were deposited into a Narconon of Southern California bank account in Las Vegas, NV instead of being sent to CA as he was told would happen. As they are not licensed in NV and their corporation status in NV was revoked last year, the settlement was probably made in part just to shut him up and make the problem go away. I have used that complaint as the basis of his information for this article, with his permission. You can read it in full here.

Mrs. Weaver says "Because of my son's medical problems, the referral Hotline gave our number to a man claiming to be a medical doctor who told us that Narconon was the best program to fit his needs. Well, "Dr. David Morris" of GA turned out to be a scientologist with an agenda - and a chiropractor, in violation of GA state Ciropractic disclosure laws."

There ought to be a law! Buyer Beware.

Locatelli says that the ordeal was " a terrible situation that no one should have to go through." They were fortunate that Daniel went right from that Narconon into an appropriate day program and continued in his recovery successfully despite all this, but that does not always happen to victims of these kind of scams. "

People looking on the internet for substance abuse services for a loved one are a target for unscruplous vultures. Rehabs specialize in honing in the 'must act now at any cost' sales pitch, often promising anything over the phone. Once the contract is thrown infront of the abuser, he or she is usually in a vunerable state as well. Often the contract is sent to the parent or family member after the patient arrives and services are started and what arrives states nothing that was promised over the phone.

"Some people lose their life savings to Narconon and other rehab scams. This happens every day and it's not just Narconon ripping people off like this, although they control most of the web sites on the internet. It's not fair and the federal Trade Commission should do something about it." says Locatelli.

Lillian Weaver agrees. " I trusted these people. That was a big mistake."

Federal and state deceptive trade practice and telecommunication laws are not widely known or enforced, leaving victims as easy prey. Victims often find themselves put into debt without refund while they scramble for another program to get the willing loved one the care they need once they escape the bad program.

"I am paying the credit card balance Narconon lied about and told BBB that it had been refunded when it wasn't. To help my son after that fiasco, I've had to use up my savings for another program and my retirement money to repay the credit card balance Narconon is refusing to give me back. It was not supposed to be that way and it's just plain wrong. These people have no conscience at all" says Weaver.

From the mistakes of others, protect yourself and your loved ones

When a person goes to a substance abuse rehabilitation program, and pays dearly for it based upon claims made, one would expect it to be a safe, nurturing and effective program based upon tried and true traditional definition of therapy. That is often not the case these days. That is why the buyer must beware of internet and telephone
claims made those claiming to be rehab referral companies or hotlines or intervention specialists.

Locatelli suggests one "get your questions and answers in writing first. Then search on the internet for independent information at and . Also check with your state alcohol and drug program complaint department."

Additionally, there are consumer driven complaint processes such as your county and state Consumer Affairs, and the Better Business Bureau who tend to side with the merchants but at least the number of complaints and their particulars are noted.

It's taken some victims years to get their money back and for many it's too exhausting and costly to pursue legal measures to get their day in court. Locatelli is the exception to the rule on filing her case in course herself. She hopes to inspire others to never give up,

If you would like further information about this case or other victims of Narconon, write to and don't forget to visit Narconon-Exposed and keyword search Narconon.