In our Weekend Narconon News Roundup, we’ll be bringing you highlights of the week’s events related to Narconon, especially those that Narconon would rather you not hear about. So, without further delay, let’s get started.
Glistening, Quivering Underbelly:
Our friend Miss Fortune, of Glistening, Quivering Underbelly, reports from Michigan. This week, she told everyone reading her blog about A Forever Recovery’s new employee, Michael Daunora. She’s dug up his arrest records and dished the dirt on him. Miss Fortune has some photos of him, too – oh, yeah, he looks like someone who can help your addicted child or loved one learn to lead a good life. Not!
Last weekend on Sunday, we let you know about about the pressure being put on Luke Catton to shut him up and stop the bloodletting Narconon is experiencing due to his adept exposure of the Narconon program and its deceitful game. If you missed that, you can catch up on it here: Narconon Hurts a Little Girl. Bless Luke for standing strong.
The Underground Bunker:
A class action lawsuit against Narconon of Georgia, Narconon International, Association of Better Living (ABLE), and Religious Technology Center (RTC) was filed in June and has been moved from the State Court to Federal Court. If you’re not familiar with this case, you can see the initial reports by Pete Combs of WSB Radio and Jodie Fleischer of WSB Television, along with an article by Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more information. Now, motions have been made by all defendants that the case should be dismissed, and Jeff Harris of Harris, Penn, Lowry has loaded the court with exhibits to prove that the scam goes right to the top of the Scientology ladder. Tony Ortega has those exhibits on his blog at The Underground Bunker, with a synopsis. Hope Harris and his team are reading the comments section for tips! We at Narconon Reviews think the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) should be included as a defendant also. And the first judge assigned to the case has recused himself, and a new one appointed, Judge Steve C. Jones.
Reaching for the Tipping Point:
On our sister forum, Reaching for the Tipping Point, a new member posted a plea for help in getting the family’s money back from Narconon Fresh Start and Narconon Warner Springs (aka Sunshine Summit Lodge). The family had gotten a referral from an “independent counseling service”, and the family member who went to the Narconon facility called home after 5 days and said “they were trying to brainwash him and making him read L. Ron Hubbard books.” The family was shocked to find out about the Scientology affiliation! They retrieved him and enrolled him in a non-Narconon program. However, Fresh Start was dragging their feet about providing a refund. Armed with information from the Former Clients section of Narconon Reviews, they sent a letter to Narconon Fresh Start’s lawyer, Bruce Haddrill, and we have it on good authority that a Full Refund Agreement was made post-haste. That’s $30,000 less in Narconon’s coffers, and one more silenced but now-happier former client, and it all happened in record time!
Jonny Jacobsen has written about Heribert Pfaff, who died of an epileptic seizure in Clearwater Florida in 1988, while trying to use Scientology to wean himself off his medication. While not directly about Narconon, this story is related to another one Jonny did some weeks back about the similar and unfortunate death of Jocelyne Dorfmann in 1984, who went to a Narconon in France to withdraw from her epilepsy medication. Within 4 hours, Ms. Dorfmann had 2 serious seizures, which the staff wrote off as withdrawal symptoms; and within 12 hours, she was dead. Jonny has done a series of posts on Narconon and the Scientology connection, and also covered Narconon Zutphen, which has recently been put under tighter scrutiny by the Dutch officials. His articles, Dutch put Narconon on Warning and The Dutch Narconon Debate make good reading too, as do the comments.
Narconon in Holland had apparently gotten lucky a while back when the Narconon in the UK was closed, and clients were being sent to various other facilities, with Holland being the closest. To verify the closure, “Bartholomew Salt” (fake name) began an email conversation with one of the remaining employees of the UK facility, James Fish (real name?) whose job it was to make sure any potential incoming clients went to another Narconon, and not somewhere else. Although the email leaks have been trickling out on forums for some time, a new site has been created to combine the entire set. Have a read at Narconon Fishing.
Meanwhile, Narconon Freedom Center issued another press release, apparently in an attempt to counter all the bad press. This one says that they have opened a new website – as if they need another one; there are only, like what, over 9000 of them, if you count the fake referral sites too? Oh, yeah, here it is, but watch out for that embedded Narconon website on the press release page – it will send your IP address and browser details straight to Narconon’s server: Narconon Freedom Center Michigan Gets New Drug Rehab Website
Have we missed anything that happened with Narconon this past week? Tell us about it in the comments section.