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Open Letter To Kay County Residents About Narconon

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
August 25, 1989

OPEN LETTER TO
CITIZENS OF NEWKIRK
AND KAY COUNTY:

In response to your packet and the numerous letters of protest concerning the Narconon Drug treatment facility to be located at the Chilocco Indian School complex, I want you to know that I, too, am extremely concerned and am doing everything I know to stop this development.

I have contacted and expressed my concerns to every individual and entity in state government that I felt might be of assistance in this matter and the process is continuing.

At my request, all notice of applications for certification, staff reports and board agendas concerning drug rehabilitation centers in North Central Oklahoma will be forwarded to certain community leaders. Before licensing or certification will take place, the citizens of Newkirk will have the opportunity to air their concerns at public hearings. I have been assured that certification does include a thorough review of rehabilitation methods.

The article in Friday's Oklahoman would be humorous if this situation weren't so serious. The Narconon group has hired a private investigator to identify those opposing "effective drug rehabilitation programs". I believe everyone in Kay County realizes this opposition has nothing to do with drug rehabilitation and everything to do with Scientology. From the responses I have received, I believe Narconon could much more quickly get a list of those opposing them by xeroxing a Newkirk phone book and marking off those few that might be employed by them or are otherwise connected.

For those who may be reading about this for the first time, the Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard originally was a science fiction writer before starting his Church of Scientology. A quote later attributed to him was "Why write science fiction for a penny a word? If you want a million dollars, start a religion."

A former Scientologist, who has since escaped the church, has given some insight into the secret "O.T. Levels of Scientology". "O.T." stands for "operating thetan". A "thetan" is supposedly a spirit or being that controls behavior. The "O.T. Levels of Scientology" are based on the story of "Xenu", ruler of the 90-planet Galactic Confederation about 75-million years ago. According to closely guarded Scientology materials, "Xenu" trapped selected beings in volcanoes on Earth, then dripped powerful H-bombs, thus killing their physical bodies. He then implanted their "remaining spirits", so they would produce abnormal conduct in all future generations of the Human Race. According to the story, only Scientology can remove the "thetans" and end aberrant behavior.

I believe the primary objective of Narconon is Scientology recruitment. Newkirk City officials sent information concerning the treatments at Narconon to a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma and to a Medical Doctor, specializing in Internal Medicine and practicing In Ponca City, Oklahoma. One called the program "pure unadulterated cow pies", while the other said the program was "without merit".

What we must do is start a public awareness campaign to educate everyone about the Narconon Drug Treatment facility and what appears to be their suspect activities. The methods used in Newkirk closely parallel their methods used in every city they have entered. Just reading ahead to the next chapter, I envision those in Newkirk, who are leading the charge in "uncovering" them, being set up and accused of some sort of criminal activity which will be uncovered by the Narconon's private investigators. hopefully, by disclosing what has happened in other cities, we can take the air out of their sails in advance.

I encourage everyone to become aware of these people and spread the word. If you would like to know more or receive a packet of information concerning this organization, you may contact me.

While the people of Newkirk are relatively aware of this situation, this letter is being sent to all Kay County media to assist you in your efforts.

Sincerely,
/s/ Jim Reese
State Representative
District 38
State Capitol Bldg.
1 (800) 522-8502
or (405) 447-7332

Bellmon Advised Against Signing Narconon Support Document

07 September 1989

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Gov. Henry Bellmon is being advised not to get involved in a dispute over a proposed drug treatment center in Newkirk, an aide says.

''It would be inappropriate for the governor to sign any document endorsing a drug treatment center prior to completion of the Department of Mental Health's review of the facility for certification,'' Andrew Tevington, Bellmon's aide, said Wednesday.

A group of Native Americans asked Bellmon to sign a proclamation about drug abuse that mentions the Narconon Chilocco New Life Treatment Center.

A few members of the group made speeches on the south steps of the Capitol Wednesday, saying five Indian nations in Oklahoma have banded together to address the problem of drug abuse.

But some critics feel the group is simply trying to promote the Narconon center because the company wants to use 165 acres of the 96-year-old Chilocco Indian School, which closed in 1980.

The Chilocco Development Authority has representatives from the Ponca, Kaw, Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria and Tonkawa tribes. The authority leased Chilocco to Narconon for 25 years in an arrangement that could bring in up to $16 million.

The Native American group's proclamation says the Indian nations were showing their dedication to the war against drug abuse by helping establish the Narconon center.

The Narconon proposal has generated opposition in Newkirk because of Narconon's reported link to the Church of Scientology, which some consider a religious cult. Narconon plans to open a 75-bed center this fall, and buildings are being renovated.

The Oklahoma Health Planning Commission approved Narconon's application in January, granting the organization approval for an initial 75 beds.

Organizers said the Narconon center will draw on the group's six outpatient clinics in the United States and Canada. Some beds will be available for local drug abusers as well, officials said.

The state Department of Mental Health will assess the Narconon drug treatment program when it is in place and rate it according to accepted standards in the field, state officials said.

State Worker Linked To Narconon Promoter
Mental Health Staffer's Activities Probed

By Randy Ellis
and Michael McNutt
Oklahoman Staff Writers
14 September 1989

As an employee of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, Leroy Bridges "actively lobbied" his colleagues in support of Narconon International's proposed drug treatment center near Newkirk, a memo states.

Meanwhile, Bridges had ties to a consulting firm hired by Narconon International to help that controversial drug treatment organization in its application for a certificate of need from the Oklahoma Health Planning Commission.

Bridges denies any wrongdoing, but his activities are being probed by federal investigators.
Records on file in the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office show that Bridges filed a document June 6, 1988, in which he applied to reserve the name Treatment Development Corporation.

Treatment Development Corp. was hired by Narconon International to help the Los Angeles based firm with its certificate of need application, according to both Bridges and Sherry Barry, a Norman woman who heads Treatment Development Corp.

The proposed treatment center has been controversial because of Narconon's links to the Church of Scientology; which some people consider a cult.

Bridges acknowledged reserving the name Treatment Development Corporation, but said he did not have any direct connection with the consulting firm.

"If you'll look at the documents, you'll see that the corporation and everything was set up for Sherry," Bridges said. "She set it up. Since l'm at the Capitol Building, I've done this for several people-check a name. I Just reserved the name until she could set it up."

Barry also denied that Bridges, whom she described as a friend, has any role with the company which is operated out of her Norman apartment.

However, attorney Richard Mildren, who is listed as service agent for Treatment Development Corporation, said he agreed to serve in that capacity at the request of Bridges, whom he described as a friend.

Mildren said Bridges also apparently signed him up to serve as service agent for Narconon International.

Mildren said he knew almost nothing about either corporation and didn't' even know he was listed as the service agent for Narconon International until he received a notice from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Mildren said a senior partner in his law firm has asked him to withdraw as Narconon's registered agent and he is trying to take that action.

Mildren said he did not know if Bridges received money for his actions in behalf of Narconon or Treatment Development Corporation. Bridges said he was not paid.

Both Barry and Bridges attended a ceremony in April at the old Chilocco Indian School with Narconon and tribal officials associated with the Chilocco Development Authority.

Bridges was listed as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Cultural Diversity and Economic Development Task Force and a member of the founding board of Red Earth Inc., while Barry was listed as being with Treatment Development Corporation.

Opposition to the facility began a month later when a Newkirk newspaper editor published articles linking Narconon to the Church of Scientology.

During a public hearing held in May by Newkirk city officials, Bridges, along with Howard Miles, a member of the Health Planning Commission, tried to calm residents' fears about the Narconon facility.

Bridges said Narconon's drug treatment plan was based on philosophies of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but said he found the plan to be acceptable and added it would have to be certified by the state Department of Mental Health before Narconon could open.

Although Bridges presented for Newkirk residents a positive view of Narconon, such views were not universal with the Mental Health Department.

Steve West, director of the alcohol and drug abuse division of the Department of Mental Health, had expressed strong opposition to Narconon's proposed treatment center in an October 18, 1988 memo to Frank James, who was then mental health commissioner.

West cited Narconon's relationship with the Church of Scientology and stated, "As I understand it, Narconon will allow indigent clients to work off their bill. The Indians they are supposed to be helping could become indentured servants."

"I have heard they want to start with 150 beds and eventually go to 1,000. This is a factory, not a center.

"Narconon has never been certified as a treatment program in California where they currently operate," he said.

"Although Leroy Bridges has been favorably impressed with this program and actively lobbied for its existence, I cannot agree," West wrote. "I think from what I have heard, there is little substance to the program and we could regret, ever getting it started in Oklahoma." Bridges, in an interview last week, said he no longer is involved in state Department of Mental Health dealings with Narconon's proposed facility.

Bridges, who had served as legislative liaison for the Mental Health Department, was reassigned earlier this year by interim Commissioner Don Anderson and is now coordinator of special projects.

Mental Health administrators sent out a memo last week reminding employees to remain impartial concerning Narconon's proposed treatment center.

Barry said she "sometimes" still does consulting work for Narconon, which is now seeking certification from the state Department of Mental Health to open its 75-bed facility.

(Staff writer Ed Godfrey contributed to this report. It is reprinted with permission from the Saturday Oklahoman and Times, September 9,1989)

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 14 September 1989

When Hell Freezes Over

The Newkirk Herald Journal will heartily support the Narconon/Scientology drug abuse treatment program at Chilocco as soon as Narconon...

1) produces the necessary scientifically acceptable studies that they should have done during the 23 years they claim to have been in business... studies done by non-Scientologists, reviewed thoroughly by Oklahoma professionals, that will confirm without doubt that their system is safe, effective, reliable, and medically sound.

2) can prove that their treatment program does not consist of any of the first half dozen steps up the Scientology chart of religious progress known as the Bridge to Total Freedom.

3) can provide accurate and accountable reports of results they have attained instead of wild guesses.

4) can prove that they have never, do not currently, and will not in the future use any type of "religious artifact" or require as part of the treatment, the services of a minister (or auditor) of any church in their treatment program, at Chilocco, or at any other Narconon establishment.

Or when Hell freezes over, whichever comes first.

We will heartily support any drug abuse treatment program that can comply with these few simple requirements that insure quality treatment, separation of church and state, and basic honesty. And we have, in fact, suggested to Drug Czar William Bennett that Chilocco would indeed make an excellent facility for legitimate drug treatment. We hope he is listening.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 05 October 1989

They're Shooting Themselves In The Foot...Again!

Since Scientology/Narconon can't refute facts, and they won't address the real concerns, all they have left is to attempt to discredit. And, as the reaction to their mailing last week proved, they did a rather miserable job, even, of that. More unity has been demonstrated in Newkirk than we can remember in the past decade.

Scientology spent a lot of money, used a lot of words, and managed to make just about everybody in town unhappy with them, especially our former mayor, who said Monday that he felt he had been "raped."

We didn't dream up Scientology. We didn't create its nefarious 30 year history.

Scientology did.

We didn't attempt to frame people like Paulette Cooper and Gabe Cazares and Michael Flynn.

Scientology did.

We didn't break into Government offices.

Scientology did.

We didn't hire any "private investigators" to try to discredit Scientology.
Scientology discredited themselves without our help.

We didn't ruin Scientology's reputation.
Scientology did.

We didn't shoot Scientology in the foot.
They did it all by themselves.

We just made sure everybody noticed. Which is our job.

***

We simply insist that any drug rehab program at Chilocco be proven safe, effective, reliable, and medically sound by independent scientifically acceptable studies verified by Oklahoma professionals.

We insist that any drug rehab program at Chilocco not consist of any portion of the religious dogma of any religion, or require the services of a minister of any religion, or the use of any religious artifact as part of the treatment.

And we insist on basic honesty and accountability.

Why can't they do that?

Is it because their program has never been independently proven safe, effective, reliable, and medically sound?

Is it because their treatment program does consists of the first steps up the Scientology chart of religious progress known as the Bridge to Total Freedom, thereby violating the principle of separation of church and state?

Is it because they do require the services of a "minister" of the church of Scientology in their treatment?

Is it because they have no accurate and accountable reports of the results they have attained?

***

Item: "Noisy Investigations" are a trademark of Scientology. It's standard procedure to attempt to discredit those who oppose them. Eugene Ingram, sent by Scientology to "investigate" many of Newkirk's leading citizens, is reportedly a former Los Angeles Police Officer who left the department amid a cloud of un-prosecuted allegations that he was involved in pandering, pimping, prostitution, and harboring narcotics dealers. The charges were later dropped for lack of evidence once he left the force. He was later allegedly implicated in an attempt to frame Boston lawyer Michael Flynn. Currently, there is a warrant outstanding for his arrest in Kay County allegedly on charges of impersonating an investigator and carrying a concealed weapon.

This is the type of individual a "church" sends out to investigate us?

Item: Harassment is another tactic often used. KOCO's Larry Blunt was threatened with legal problems and told he would lose his job for reporting on Narconon. A KOTV reporter and cameraman were pushed around when they attempted to report on Narconon. Mr. Ingram subtly suggested that Newkirk Mayor Garry Bilger and School Board President Jana Shafer would be subject to some kind of phony "conspiracy" lawsuit if they didn't retract their opposition to Narconon. The Newkirk Herald, he suggested, would face legal trouble for running a "hate" campaign.

The only people who are allowed to have an opinion, it appears, are Scientologists. And they are only allowed to have one... the one written by their late leader, L. Ron Hubbard. Free thinking is not a hallmark of Scientology.

Item: Deception is a Scientology artform. It's called Training Routine L. Persons properly trained in TR-L can "outflow false data effectively." It is the opposite of TR-1 (which, incidentally, is one of the drills used in Narconon's program).

The person who visited Mayor Bilger last Monday may have been trained in TR-L. He said he had a daughter in a government class at Ponca City High School who was supposed to interview a small town mayor to find out what his accomplishments were... what his goals were, and how small town government worked.

It was a good story, except that Ponca City High School has no one enrolled by this person's name.

The person who called the Herald Journal a few weeks ago may have been trained in TR-L. He said he had been hired by Prudential Life Insurance to locate RWL and another person because we were beneficiaries of a policy from Atlanta, Ga. Mostly, he wanted the other person's address. He said we were both in line for a lot of money. He was told to put it in the mail.

It was a good story, except that Prudential Life insurance doesn't know anything about it, and nothing ever arrived in the mail.

The person from Brooklyn, N.Y. who wrote and called several ministers in town, all the city commissioners, and RWL several months ago told a sad story about a child hooked on drugs who wanted her to send money for Narconon, she said. But she had heard this "bad publicity" about Narconon and wanted to know the source of it...

It was a good story, except she gave a couple of different names but the same phone number to several different people. One time it was her son on drugs - the next, it was her daughter. She probably had poor TR-L.

We suspect all of the above incidents (and a few others) are deceptive attempts to gain information from those opposed to Scientology/Narconon. We can't prove it, of course, but it's funny we never received any "stories" that wouldn't check out before Narconon arrived in our midst.

These "Battle" tactics were outlined by their leader, L. Ron Hubbard, in 1969. Some more of his advice (paraphrased to avoid infringing on the gentleman's many copyrights) is as follows:

1. Make those who oppose Scientology unpopular to the point of total annihilation.

2. Gain the backing or fidelity of the news media. (Are you awake, Ark City?)

3. Get command or loyalty of top political figures.

4. Take over those who oversee finance, and shift them into an unstable situation.

5. Blame everything on a conspiracy headed by psychiatry and psychology.

6. Always attack. Never defend.

7. Never be reasonable. Give non-sequiteur answers (double talk)

8. Fight on somebody else's turf, never Scientology's.

9. Cut off communications, funds, connections. Deprive the opposition of political advantages. Take over opposition territory. Raid and harass.

10. Public Opinion is what Scientology is trying to win. Make people love Scientology and hate the opposition by using standard wartime propaganda... complete with "atrocity, war crimes trials, the lot."

11. Preserve and improve the image of Scientology and degrade the image of the opposition to "beast level."

There's more, but you get the point.

If we are running a "hate" campaign, it is a campaign against deception, against harassment, against fraud, against smear tactics, against frame-ups, and against intimidation.

But we surely don't hate Scientologists. They are more the victims than we are of their own warped management practices.

We could care less what the "religious beliefs" of Scientology are. But we are very aware of the outrageous behavior of the organization. We don't think it is deserving of our taxes or our insurance benefit money. The war on drug abuse is too important to allow a dime of it to be waisted on an outfit like Scientology's Narconon.

Sounding Off
Letters To The Editor - 05 October 1989

To the Editor:

September 9, I wrote a letter to Narconon at Chilocco in support of their drug rehabilitation center which I felt to be a necessity because of the drug problems that our country faces today.

I feel very strongly that we need growth in our community and that a drug center would be an asset to us. In the letter that I wrote, I told Mr. Ingram that he could use it in it's entirety, but not to use any single part of it.

On September 22, a letter was sent to every resident of Newkirk, which had only two small excerpts of the letter that I wrote. I feel I have been used, and that the purpose of my letter has been distorted.

I feel that I owe Bob Lobsinger and the people of Newkirk an apology for the way my letter was used against the community.

I still feel that a drug rehabilitation center would be an asset to our community. But I do not think that any state or federal funds should be used to support any church related facility.

Yours truly,
Lanio Roberts

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

BE IT KNOWN on this 12th day of September, 1989, that the NEWKIRK BUSINESS CLUB has unanimously voted to present this letter of commendation to

BOB LOBSINGER

owner and editor of the NEWKIRK HERALD JOURNAL, for his journalistic endeavor which alerted and informed this community of the non-credibility of the Church of Scientology and Narconon.

WE COMMEND his quiet, indepth search for facts which have yet to be discredited by either party.

WE COMMEND his initial presentation and follow-up which were written with integrity and which have since been channeled through the news media with their credibility still intact.

WE COMMEND his fortitude in pursuing such a task and his courage in printing his findings - qualities found lacking in many editorial offices today.

AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, WE COMMEND him for his loyalty and service to this community and his commitment to his profession. He surely bears the mark of a true journalist.

SIGNED IN GRATITUDE by the officers and members of the NEWKIRK BUSINESS CLUB.

Poncans Question Legality Of Chilocco Lease Agreement

02 November 1989

The Ponca Tribe is concerned that the lease allowing the controversial Narconon drug treatment center to establish itself at Chilocco Indian school north of Newkirk could be illegal, a Ponca tribal leader said Saturday.

In a report published in Sunday's Oklahoman, Ponca Tribal Chairman Delbert Cole was quoted as saying that business committee members are concerned that past committee chair-woman Cynthia Stoner "overstepped her scope of authority" because the tribe cannot legally lease tribal land for more than 10 years.

The Narconon lease agreement with the Chilocco Development Authority is for 25 years. The Ponca Tribe is one of five tribes who own the Chilocco land. The other members are the Pawnees, Kaws, Tonkawas and Otoe-Missourias.

Ponca leaders have decided to get a legal opinion on the lease. "We think the lease is invalid since this has occurred," Cole said. Cole also said his committee is unsure if the Tonkawas had signed the Narconon lease.

Narconon recently announced that the BIA has approved their master renovation plan and that they intended to proceed with the project.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 07 December 1989

Oklahoma 'Cult'-ural Center Of Universe?

Oklahoma is becoming the CULT-ural Center of the Country, it would appear.

With the announcement in last Friday's Daily Oklahoman that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi plans to build a 640 acre "City of the Immortals" west of Tulsa, and Scientology already trying to set up shop on Chilocco Indian Land, maybe it's time our legislators looked into whatever it is that makes Oklahoma appear to be such fertile ground for every wierdo bunch that falls off a lotus leaf.

Yogi, in case you don't remember, is the guru of TM - Transcendental Meditation - to whom the Beatles once pledged allegiance. It's another authoritarian cult which relies on the four techniques of Mind Control. Yogi controls his followers physical environment, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sources of information. No different than our own problem up north.

Yogi has a sense of humor about him, however. He calls his followers by an endearing ancient Sanskrit term, which, when translated, means "Jackasses."

Like Scientology, TM has it's assortment of celebrities they parade about in public relations dog and pony shows. Some of them include Joe Namath, Carol Burnett, and the Rolling Stones.

Like Scientology, TM has a variety of front organizations, including Students International Meditation Society, World Plan Executive Council, American Foundation for Creative Intelligence, American Meditation Society, and the Institute for Fitness and Athletic Excellence, all designed to recruit new members.

Unlike Scientology, the leader of TM has a real college degree in physics.

TM's purpose is to relieve tension and stress, increase productivity, heighten creativity and intelligence. Sound familiar?

The techniques include a few extensive and expensive lectures on the basic methods of meditation, and upon graduation, each student receives his own secret and personal mantra or chant syllable to be repeated privately for twenty minutes each morning and evening to "clear" his mind and relax his body.

Adherents find it astounding that if they become disillusioned with one TM teacher and quickly switch to another, the new teacher will quite often issue a second personal mantra that is identical to the first one issued. How insightful TM truly is!

The true insight is that there were only 16 mantras ever issued, based on the age of the seeker. A secret personal mantra will change only if the seeker has celebrated a particular birthday since the issuance of his last mantra. How simply deluding cults can be.

Graduation includes submission to the Puja ceremony, including repeated bowing and worship of a picture of Guru Dev, the Maharishi's main source of inspiration, who was an Indian Hindu religious leader who died in 1953.

TM is camouflaged Hinduism, and few TM devotees in the West realize they are paying for an ancient Eastern religion in a new package.

Hindus believe there are seven levels of growth from "sleep" up through "unity consciousness", where a student breaks free from the need of passing through reincarnations and reaches oneness with god.

Maharishi says that through his methods a person can learn to float or levitate and pass through walls.

We hope our legislators are successful in finding a way to make them pass through Oklahoma.

In the meantime, our Scientology friends from up north have re-emerged from obscurity and have spent every afternoon from last Wednesday to Saturday out "surveying" Newkirk citizens in front of the Post Office, at EZ Mart, and near the cafe. They don't tell you who they are unless you ask.

They want to know what you like and dislike about Newkirk; who you like and dislike in Newkirk; and what a "new group" would have to do to become "accepted" in Newkirk.

You, of course, have no obligation whatever to participate in this silly little exhibition... even if they run over and write down your license plate number. They are desperately trying to find someone in town who will support their activities...

For the most part, they are sincere, dedicated, albeit misguided low level Scientologists who think they are saving the world. If you've read all I've printed on the subject, you know more about Scientology than they do.

Essay On Destructive Cults


07 December 1989


Webster's New World Dictionary defines a "Cult" as a group of followers. Which means all of us are cult members to some degree. All of us belong to something, or follow some line of thinking or belief.

Where two are gathered together, any one of three things may happen: If both are leaders, a state of war develops. If both are followers, a state of confusion develops. But if one is a leader and one a follower, a new cult develops.

And so, cults are nothing to be unduly concerned about.

But according to author Steve Hassan, when cults develop and grow by implementing components that result in total control of their members' minds, the cult is said to be destructive. Hassan, who holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College, is the author of "Combatting Cult Mind Control", and a former member of the Moonies. Much of the information in this editorial is extracted from his book.

Mind control is not brainwashing. Brainwashing is coercive. The victim knows from the start that he is in the hands of an enemy, and usually complies only to gain relief from some type of oppression, and then attempts to justify the compliance by changing his beliefs to fit his action. The effect is usually not lasting, and disappears once the threatening force is gone.

Mind control is more sophisticated and subtle. Victims are manipulated and deceived instead of being directly threatened. They respond to prescribed choices and never realize what is happening to them. Mind control is more permanent and more devastating than brainwashing.

There are four recognized components of Mind Control, according to Hassan: control of behavior, control of thoughts, control of emotions, and control of information. All destructive cults employ these four components in order to gain "voluntary" compliance from their members.

Once a leader can regulate a person's physical reality (control behavior), including where he lives, what he wears, when he sleeps, or what jobs he does... then that person begins to think that what is happening to him is what is supposed to be happening to him. Bingo... control of thought is automatic.

Thought control in most destructive cults is reinforced by the foundation of a new language system and an absolute doctrine that allows no gray area, but develops a bipolar attitude about reality. Everything is "in or out", "black or white", "us or them".

Thought-stopping rituals are employed by most destructive cults to block out negative thoughts. After all, if the leader is perfect, and the doctrine is perfect, then any negative thought about them must be a defect in the follower. So he puts the thought out of his head. Before he starts feeling guilty about thinking it...

Because if he does, he's sucked into the next level of Mind Control... emotional control. Since the leader is perfect and the doctrine is perfect, a destructive cult member feels guilty if he doubts. And he fears that his doubts will become exposed and earn the wrath of the group. He also fears that if he doesn't live up to the group's expectations, he will be the cause of their failure, and subject to whatever bogeyman the group has devised to punish such failure.

Finally, if a destructive cult member has no access to external information, he has nothing by which to judge his situation. Many cult members shun external information sources, because the leader and the doctrine are perfect... so why bother with anything else? Often, even information about the cult itself is controlled from within. The higher levels are confidential, or the inner circles are unknown to those in the outer circles. A destructive cult prospect doesn't know what all he is buying until he's trapped. If it were all laid out to start with, nobody would join. That's why information control is necessary to the success of destructive cults.

By this point, a recruit is deep into the quagmire of Mind Control and will protest vehemently that he is not a victim of "brainwashing." And he's right, nobody brainwashed him. But the results are the same, and they last longer.

Destructive cults actively recruit new members, often through deceptive "front" organizations.

Destructive cults claim to offer absolute Truth. Their teachings are not (to them) mere theory or speculation. The most effective cult doctrines are those which are unverifiable and unevaluable.

Destructive cults reduce everything to a bi-polar attitude: "for us, or against us."

Destructive cults generate some kind of external "pet devil" with which to threaten their members if they should doubt, or fail, or ever leave the group.

Destructive cults lead their members to believe they are somehow superior to all other humans on the earth.

Destructive cults put the will of the group above the will of the individual. This is often reinforced with simplistic games or rituals of some type designed to make the individual subservient to the group.

Destructive cults teach that the end justifies the means.

Destructive cults teach strict obedience to superiors and encourage the development of behavior patterns that are similar to those of the leader.

Destructive cults offer acceptance by the group for good performance, and conversely, withhold it for poor performance.

In destructive cults, fear is a major motivator. Guilt is a close second, and shame is third. Only the cult leader is perfect, so everyone below is fearful that those above will find out their shortcomings. Cult members feel constantly guilty for having those real or imagined shortcomings, and are ashamed that they haven't worked harder to get rid of them.

Destructive cult members swing from emotional highs, to emotional lows regularly. Lows are not long tolerated, and result in more indoctrination, or even ejection from the group if they last too long.

Destructive cults tend to re-write their members' past, manipulate their present, and distort their future. Disrupting time orientation is an honored technique of all such cults.

And, finally, there is never a legitimate reason for leaving a destructive cult. The only reason members leave a perfect system, is because they are imperfect in some respect, and will be punished for it.

No matter which destructive cult you choose, the above 13 items will almost universally apply.

Study the methods of est, LaRouche, Transcendental Meditation, Truth Station, Nichiren Soshu (Soka Gakkai), The Way International, Children of God, Temple of Set, Synanon, Scientology, The Peoples Temple, Unification Church, Hare Krishnas, House of Judah, Ramtha, Garbage Eaters, Rajneesh, ECK, Church Universal and Triumphant, Elan Vital, Posse Comitatus, or any of the others.... they use the same techniques, even though each of them claims unique and absolute ownership of the "truth."

You'll notice that not all destructive cults are religious in nature. There are, in fact, destructive cults in several arenas: Religious, of course, but also Political, Psychotherapy / Educational, and even Commercial. Still, the overriding principles of their success are the same thirteen items above. The more faithfully they adhere to those principles, the more successful they become.

See how easily the 13 techniques of Mind Control are implemented with regard to our current problem in this area:

Scientology has it's many front orgs (Narconon, Criminon, Concerned Businessmen of America, Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Education, and most recently the Save Our Society campaign, among many, many others.) all recruiting for the cause.

Scientology's doctrine is absolute truth to Scientologists. It is also extraordinarily unverifiable and unevaluable, often confusing inscrutability with wisdom.

Scientology reduces reality to the bi-polar "us against them" attitude: Persons opposed to their drug treatment program are obviously (to them) drug pushers.

Scientology tells it's members that it is the "Road to Total Freedom" and without their training, persons are doomed to life after aberrated life with no hope of freeing the Operating Thetan (god) trapped in this parade of physical bodies throughout eternity.

Scientology teaches its members that they are the most superior humans on the planet. Members have an arrogance, a truculence about them that belies this training, and insulates them from the reasonable world.

Scientology teaches that the goal and purpose of its existence is to "Clear the Planet." Everyone in Scientology is working for the goal of the group. Group dependency is developed through the early training steps called TR's and similar repeated drills throughout a member's career in Scientology.

Scientology's history of break-ins, frame-ups, harassment, and intimidation confirms that anything that furthers the ends of Scientology is an acceptable means.

Scientology requires strict obedience without question by all its members, and has developed a complicated structure of enforcement agencies to insure compliance, such as the Ethics Office, Finance Police, Guardian's Office (now the Office of Special Affairs), Religious Technology Center, and others.

Scientology pays it's staff members based on production. The more recruits, the more they get paid. Performance is rewarded, failure to perform up to "stats" might result in a stint on the "Rehabilitation Project Force" doing laundry or chipping paint.

Scientologists fear reprisals from their superiors, but recognize it only as their own failure to come up to expectations of the group. They think there is something wrong with them if they can't produce the expected result, which fosters guilt and shame. They also fear being thrown out and facing an eternity of reincarnation without ever attaining "Total Freedom". To a believer, this is a worse fate than any offered by "outside" beliefs.

Scientologists have been dumped when they became ill, or were otherwise unable to perform for the group. Others are routinely RPF'd to menial tasks when they have an attitude problem. Low attitude is not tolerated for long without some kind of official sanction being taken. Highs are reinforced through constant "auditing" to produce "wins" for the members. Hassan compares this process to post hypnotic suggestion.

Just about every recruit into Scientology in the past 30 years has been told that with his or her help, Scientology could "Clear The Planet" in this decade. But the decades have come and gone, and the older ones are still telling the younger ones the same thing. Members view their pre-Scientology life as unbelievably bad, and see the future outside of Scientology as unbearable, all reinforced with continual "auditing".

The only right way to leave Scientology is to become "Totally Free" like founder L. Ron Hubbard, who, they say, "causatively" left his body to go to a higher plane of existence. "Causatively" means he was in charge of his body and determined when he wanted it to die.
In simpler terminology, he was the cause of his own death.

Can we assume, then, that suicide is at the end of the "Road to Total Freedom"?

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 04 January 1990

God Didn't Quite Get It Right...

God, it appears, didn't do it right.

It took the omnipotent and very late Operating Thetan L. Ron Hubbub to get the 10 Commandments written up proper for us aberrated humans.

Only there are 19 of 'em instead of 10.

That's something God would have known if He'd only consulted with L-Boy a bit sooner and not been in such a hurry to get them written in stone.

But you know better, now.

If you subscribe to the esteemed journal from our south, you now know that "The Way To Happiness" has been plotted out for you by his eminence, LRH, and delivered to you in booklet form, courtesy of Narconon-Chilocco.

Forget God.

Forget your upbringing and your traditional values.

They are all figments of your aberrated human condition. Only L. Ron Hubbub knows the way to your salvation.

In its simplistic manner, "The Way To Happiness" looks suspiciously like it has been crudely translated from stone tablets found near Mount Sinai, without giving credit to the Original Author. Hubbard, instead, wants all the credit for guiding the world's morality.

"The Way To Happiness" is produced by The Way To Happiness Foundation, a substructure of the cult of Scientology. It is distributed by The Concerned Businessmen's Association Of America, another substructure of the cult of Scientology. (which incidentally, is the outfit that first seduced our Indian tribes to Clearwater, Florida, where they were sold the bill of bads known as Narconon, which is yet another substructure of the cult of Scientology) It is published by a Scientology controlled firm called Bridge Publications, Inc., whose sole purpose is the promulgation of the works of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and self-proclaimed Source of all true wisdom and knowledge in the universe.
And all of it is designed to get you to go "up the Bridge to Total Freedom."

"The Way To Happiness" is an innocuous piece of prose. Had there not been a much earlier version, written on Greater Authority and in a more consolidated form - there might have even been a need for such a document.


We refer Mr. Hubbard to section 13 of his little booklet. "Do not Steal." He tells us that stealing is an admission that one can not come by something honestly. Or that one is suffering from a flash of insanity. It's one or the other, he tells us.

From which was he suffering when he hit upon the unscrupulous idea of taking credit for a paraphrased version of the Ten Commandments?

From which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of taking credit for Abreaction Therapy (a part of Dianetics that works), when that type of treatment was fully described years earlier (1923) in the book "Mneme" by Richard Simon?

From which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of taking credit for the science of General Semantics (the study of differentiation, another part that works) which was formulated in 1933 by noted Polish mathematician Count Alfred Korzybski and expounded upon in his book "Science and Sanity"?

From which was he suffering when he hit upon the idea of rehashing and incorporating into his "technology" some of the strange and occult works of Aleister Crowley (who signed himself "The Beast 666), and other practitioners of "Black Magick"?

Plagiarism, according to an old journalistic wit, is stealing from one source. Research, on the other hand, is stealing from many sources.

In this regard, and this regard alone, Elron appears to have been a true "researcher."

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 11 January 1990

It's time for your lesson on the way to get happy. Today we will discuss Chapter 9, "Don't Do Anything Illegal." So go dig your little book out of the trash and study along with the rest of us.

The Father of World Morality, who wrote the book, tells us that an illegal act is an act which can result in retribution by the state and courts.

Like, for instance, infiltrating government and private offices to steal documents and inserting disinformation in particular files. Those are illegal acts.

As he prepared to sentence the top Scientology Guardian's Officer and wife of the "Source" of the Way to Happiness for her part in instigating and carrying out such schemes, US District Judge Charles R. Ritchey told Mrs. L. Ron (Mary Sue) Hubbard that "we have a precious system of government in the United States... For anyone to use the benefits of those laws or to seek under the guise of those laws to destroy the very foundation of the government is totally wrong and cannot be condoned by any responsible citizen." She got 5 years and $10,000 in fines.

Nine Scientologists were convicted, including none other than a Scientology Guardian's Office deputy named Henning Heldt.

Henning Heldt is also one of the three original founding directors of Narconon. The other two are Scientology "Reverend" Arthur Marin, who has seen his own troubles with the law, and William Benitez, who was already in jail when he was lured into Scientology. All three signatures are clearly visible on the original incorporation papers dated 16 May, 1970, and filed with the Secretary of the State of California on 20 May, 1970.

Mrs. Hubbard's husband, that omnipotent Operating Thetan of the highest order, most knowledgeable and aware person on the planet... or in the universe for that matter... didn't know any of this illegal stuff was going on.

"I learned about it like everyone else, after the fact and could only shake my head in dismay..." he is quoted as saying with a naivete that seems inappropriate to his OT status. Elron was, in fact, labelled an "Unindicted Co-Conspirator" by the FBI.

This is the type of person we are to entrust with our morality? With our mental health? With our eternity?

Put the book back in the trash.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 08 March 1990

Premonitions...

Since last we visited on the subject, Narconon and it's progenitor, Scientology, have been staying out of our spotlight. This week, however, they have resurfaced with predictions that they will be open in a couple of months.

So, to bring you up to date on what's been happening in the wierd world of Operating Thetans, here are bits of a few of the tales we've uncovered recently:

We have talked with several former Narconon employees who all tell of being required to study Elron's Organization Executive Course material... and when they elected not to, were somehow discredited and fired within a few weeks. The Organization Executive Course is a massive collection of "Official Policies of the Church of Scientology." It says so on every page.

One individual tells of being ordered to set beer cans inside the living quarters of another employee whom they wished to find a reason to terminate. He was later terminated himself amid a flurry of police activity that resulted in lots of intimidation but no charges being filed because all of the allegations against him were so obviously phony. He was not drunk. There was no hostage. The gun was his .22 rifle that was unloaded in the gun rack in his vehicle where it had been since he went to work there months earlier. Police released him immediately, and within a half hour, he was trying to contact me to tell his harrowing story.

Another former employee says he found himself on the way from his assigned living quarters at Chilocco to jail in Pawnee on what he says were trumped up charges... and they obviously were, because he is out free now with nothing filed and no court date. Just released. And told not to set foot on Chilocco again. I don't think they let you out that easy if you've really pulled a knife on someone and threatened their life, and that's what he tells me they were accusing him of.

It appears that if you don't want to study the policies of the Church of Scientology, you won't have a job for long at Chilocco. Even subcontractors working out there have been encouraged to take their courses.

On a broader scale, Scientology made news again in California in January, where police found a Scientologist who was "treating" his mentally ill wife according to the tenants of his "religion" by keeping her locked up in her bedroom with only a mattress on the floor. The windows were boarded up, according to the news report, and she was fed through a slot in the door. No charges filed. Police were studying the tenants of the "religion" at last report. The wife, however, was reported to be recovering nicely in a real hospital.

Scientologists in Clearwater, Fla. who run a currency exchange and gold bullion business were busted by federal agents in the middle of December for allegedly operating a money laundering scheme. No word on whether they think Scientology is suspected of being directly involved or not. Hard to tell the bad apples from the bad apples, I guess.

American Airlines received so many complaints that it announced in December that it would no longer carry Scientology ads in its monthly in-flight magazine, American Way. The ads were apparently part of a huge PR campaign by Scientology that is running in such magazines as House and Garden, Discover, Business Week, and Newsweek. Over $300,000.00 has been spent on Newsweek alone, according to published reports.

The IRS suspects that the Church of Scientology of Clearwater, Fla. has violated it's tax-exempt status, and wants to study 47 categories of Scientology documents for the years 1985 thru 1987, according to a January report.

About a week ago, a former Scientology lawyer, Joseph A. Yanny, who left the organization after allegedly being asked to perform illegal tasks for the cult, won a $154,000.00 judgement. A jury felt he had been a victim of Scientology's "Fair Game" policy which allows Scientologists to trick, sue, lie to, or destroy their enemies. The judgement was the largest the judge would allow. Scientology had sued Yanny for allegedly padding his bills to them while he was still in the cult, but the jury found no evidence of that whatsoever.

On March 23 of this year, a former Scientologist named Lawrence Wollersheim will have his day before the Supreme Court of the United States. Wollersheim was also a victim of the "Fair Game" policy according to a jury which was so outraged that it awarded him a $30,000,000.00 verdict. That's $30 million. The award was reduced on appeal to $2,500,000.00, which is still a tremendous amount of money.

Wollersheim contends that Scientology makes a mockery or counterfeit of religion by such tactics as the "Fair Game" policy, and should be once and for all exposed and the abuses ended. His appeal before the Supreme Court may accomplish that.

Scientology doesn't want the case to go that far. They have offered, in writing, to pay him off with $4 million rather than go to the Supreme Court. When he refused that, they made him a verbal offer of $6 million to settle. Which he also refused. This man must have gone thru terrors unknown to turn down $6 million dollars just to take a chance on a court decision.

In another pending case, a former very high level Scientologist is accusing the organization of ordering her to a "Rehabilitation Project Force" where she was forced to run around an orange telephone pole every day from 7 am until 9:30 pm for about 120 days, with minimal break periods. Her husband, during one period of his tenure with the "church", says he also fell into disfavor because his construction project was not proceeding fast enough, and was forced to work without pay from 9 am to 12 midnight without any days off, to sleep outdoors, and to eat only rice and beans.

These are premonitions of just some of the things to come if Narconon is allowed to open at Chilocco and Scientology is allowed to get a foothold in our state. Send this column to Secretary of State Hannah D. Atkins, Room 101, State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, Ok 73105, and ask her to see to it that there is a Public Hearing in Newkirk before Narconon is licensed to operate in Oklahoma.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 24 May 1990

New Law Will Help...

Thanks to your enduring help, the Oklahoma State Legislature has passed (91 to 0 in the House and similar in the Senate), and Governor Henry Bellmon has signed a law which should insure that Oklahoma will certify only legitimate, medically safe drug and alcohol treatment facilities for operation in our state. Practitioners of Body Thetan exorcism and other hocus pocus won't cut it.

The law requires that drug abuse treatment providers be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or be in compliance with approved medical and professional standards as determined by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of the State of Oklahoma.

It requires a pre-certification review of any new applications that appear to use nontraditional methods of treatment, and allows the certification board to select an independent, recognized authority in Oklahoma to review such programs and to make recommendations to the board as to the validity of the proposed program.

It also mandates that all claims made by such organizations, including but not limited to patient count and success rates, must be documented and verifiable by the Board.

Narconon is not and has never been accredited by anyone, anywhere, except other Scientology organizations.

Narconon's "treatment" approach is at the very best "nontraditional", and should require intensive review by independent (read "non-Scientology"), recognized Oklahoma authorities.

Narconon has publicized outrageous patient count figures and ridiculous "cure rates" that simply cannot be documented and verified to anyone's satisfaction except other gullible Rondroids.

Failure to comply with these provisions of Oklahoma Law will result in the withholding or withdrawal of Certification in the State. Operation without Certification is a misdemeanor. Punishable, my lawyer says, by up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine. Per day.

Further, without State Certification, Narconon-Chilocco will not be an eligible facility for use by persons with insurance coverage. Nor will it be eligible to apply for state or federal programs that pay for treatments.

Narconon's Certificate of Need - which foolishly allowed them to set up shop at Chilocco in the first place - expires June 30, 1990. Narconon is supposed to apply for state licensing and certification before then. As of Monday, May 21, they have not done so.

The State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Department requires that a provider apply for a "temporary certification" before they begin delivering treatment. Once they are in operation, they must apply for "permanent" or 12 Month Renewable Certification. In order to apply for either, the provider must have a valid Certificate of Need..

Two things come to mind:

First, if the Great Xenu Zappers intend to become Certified in the State of Oklahoma, they must apply before June 30, or their Certificate of Need goes Ka-Poofy.

Second, they haven't even applied for their temporary certification yet, but they're already bragging all over California about how many people have gone through their treatment program at Chilocco. The Attorney General has copies of their brochures telling all about it. He probably had a Rock Slam when he found out.

Of course, there is always the possibility that Scientology has no intention of complying with state law. Which comes as no surprise, either. Never before has Scientology spent anywhere near this much money on a Narconon unit. Usually, the big money is used for major headquarters establishments like Clearwater, FL., or St. Hill in Sussex, England. Chilocco is larger, more isolated, and much more insulated from government scrutiny than any of their other establishments. Jumpin' BTs, that's a spooky thought...

But Narconon continues to blunder forward at Chilocco, as always, ignoring the real issues and planning their grand opening for June 29. They're selling $2,000.00 apiece tickets to this public relations gimmick, which will feature a recognition ceremony for dupes who have donated money to the project. (Scientology never spends its own money), a reception with "opinion leaders, celebrities, politicians and Native American leaders from around the United States," tours, an Indian Pow Wow, and Western barbeque. It's all designed, the flyer says, to "help establish overwhelming public popularity for LRH."

Overwhelming the public with phony publicity stunts is a Scientology hallmark. It is interesting to take note of the following Church of Scientology Board Policy Letter of 12 January 1973, Reissued 29 June 1975, entitled "The Safe Point" (Paraphrased, of course, to avoid copyright infringement):

Public Relations actions to be taken in a new location can proceed so far as to create a whole new history and future for the planned organization. The Organization can be made to appear long-lived, entrenched, permanent, dependable, competent, prolific, and expanding all before it even gets started.

Public Relations people plant in advance everything that is associated with the new organization except the product it is to produce. Once public relations in a new area is under control, the new organization can start up without any waves and will be considered totally ordinary and satisfactory.

In other words, mock it up. Which is what they did, and is why they should never be given any status as a legitimate organization in our state. This new state law will go far towards accomplishing that end. Our State government is listening to us. They might like to receive a thank-you note for sticking their political necks out for us.

By the way, tickets to the big bash are limited to the first thousand sold, but I wouldn't get in any hurry to buy one. I don't think they are refundable.

Harold's Journal
Editorial Opinion By RWL - 07 June 1990

About a year ago, Narconon said they would be completely under Oklahoma jurisdiction and would comply with Oklahoma health Department requirements and all other state laws. Saturday, on KFOR-TV, Narconon told the world that they are on Indian Land, and not subject to Oklahoma rules and laws.

Surprise, surprise. More lies, more lies.

Add it to the collection...

1. There's no connection between Narconon and Scientology.
Fact: Narconon was founded by Scientologists, is run by Scientology, is staffed by Scientologists, and uses Scientology "technology" exclusively in it's programs.

2. ABLE (Association for Better Living and Education) is a philanthropic organization that has studied Narconon and found it worthy of a $200,000.00 "seed money" donation to get Narconon started at Chilocco.
Fact: ABLE is on the Command Chart of Scientology, it was founded by Scientologists, is run by Scientology, is staffed by Scientologists, and it owns Narconon, among other Scientology fronts, which it operates solely for the purpose of "pushing LRH's (L. Ron Hubbard, founder) Tech out into society." That's cult recruiting.

3. Narconon does not recruit for Scientology.
Fact: A person doing the "Narconon Technical Line-Up" is doing the exact same things he would be doing if he walked in the front door of a Scientology organization and signed up. Whether he was a drug addict or not. Whether he knows it or not. And usually, he doesn't. That's cult recruiting.

4. Narconon has worldwide success and acceptance.
Fact: Narconon has only one small in-patient facility in the US, and a few "offices" around the country. More Narconon programs have been shut down across the country than are currently in operation. Usually, they shut down when their corporate and government funding sources find out they are a fraud... not because they have cured all the drug addicts in the area!

5. Narconon has an 86% "cure rate".
Right! And I sell 100,000 papers each week. I can't document that claim, and neither can they. Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.

6. Scientology helps people in a troubled world...
Fact: It helps separate them from their money. It takes control of their mind and does their thinking for them. It demands their total commitment and ability. And finally, it throws them away when they finally figure out they've been conned. And if they object or protest, they are declared "Suppressive Persons", subject to any evil any other Scientologist can dream up to harass and ruin them. Documented proof? Courts have ordered Scientology to pay millions to the victims of such "fair game" tactics.

7. Scientology enhances one's appreciation of his own Christian religion.
Fact: In the "confidential" upper level of Scientology known as OT III, Hubbard categorically informs his thoroughly brain-baked followers that "there is no Christ."

There isn't enough room to continue. Scientology is a lie. Narconon is a part of Scientology. Narconon has lied to the people of Oklahoma since it first cast greedy eyes on the Chilocco complex. Saturday's television announcement is only the latest confirmation that they intended to deceive us from the beginning.

An organization that teachers "Truth is what is true for you" admits it doesn't know the difference. An organization that allows the end to justify the means admits to its own immorality. An organization that requires the total commitment of its followers before they can be trusted with its secret upper levels is paranoid. And an organization which does all of those things is a destructive mind controlling cult.

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