We’ve got a lot of news to cover this weekend, and the weekend’s almost over, so the individual coverage will be brief. We’ll start with the biggest news first.
Landemeier v. Narconon Arrowhead
Jeanne LeFlore reports in the McAlester News:
A judge is set to rule this week if Narconon Arrowhead will have to produce documents related to incidents of drug and alcohol use by its staff, according to court documents.
A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court in the lawsuit against Narconon filed on behalf of a Narconon graduate now in a vegetative state after overdosing on heroin and oxycontin.
Jeanne does a great job of giving the news and the background information, so we’ll let you find out all about it from her story. If I’m not mistaken, I believe we have some of the lawsuit documents, but haven’t had a chance to get them up, so we’ll try to do that for you ASAP and post an update linking to them soon.
Disappearing Narconon References
One of the web-savvy posters to Reaching for the Tipping Point has pointed out that the word “Narconon” seems to be disappearing from Narconon sites that formerly bore the name. He(?) suggests the new plan to combat Narconon’s bad PR may be to:
1) Buy a url that doesn’t mention Narconon in the title.
2) Shrink or hide any reference to narconon, william benitez, and L. Ron Hubbard.
3) Refer all clients who call in to the site that doesn’t mention Narconon at all.
4) Buy another couple of urls that do include the word narconon in the title.
5) Hope that all the anti-scientology/narconon people focus all their energies on the narconon based sites and ignore the ones that exclude it.
Which will be the lucky Narconons that get to keep the name?
Seems there’s a rumor going around that Narconon may be planning to open a center in Cambridge, Ontario. The Cambridge Times did a story – “Is Narconon coming to Cambridge? Signs point to yes … and no.” This might make sense, after they were foiled in their plans to open in Hockley Valley, and the “church” of scientology has an “Ideal Org” in Cambridge, however there seems to be little to support this theory. The story opens with, “A controversial drug rehabilitation company with links to Scientology is purporting to serve Cambridge residents. That has some people believing company officials could be planning to open a clinic here in the city, or that it already has.”
A Kitchener-based physician, Dr. Terry Polevoy, who exposes fraudulent health schemes and has been following Narconon since the 1990s, told the Cambridge Times, “Their own website leads you to believe that they’re doing something (in Cambridge).”
But Narconon purports to serve everywhere. On their sites, they always have links to cities other than the ones in which Narconon exists. Any city name you search on along with the term “drug rehab” will have Narconon sites come up. So what’s behind the story? Was it a slow news day at the Times?
Toward the end of the article, there’s a hint:
In an email to the Star, Narconon International president Clark Carr said Narconon is interested in opening another facility in Canada and is continuing to explore opportunities to do so.
Several sources suggest Cambridge is being considered, but so far the region’s public health department and the city’s commissioner of planning services are unaware of such an operation or proposal.
We looked for the sources, and found them at The Examiner, Scientology leader David Miscavige Narconon Canada battles continue; and in a Wire Service – Canadian Free Press Release & Media Distribution Service, Media Release: Scientology Narconon facing another battle in Ontario. Both articles cite an unnamed source: “One concerned citizen in Ontario says, “Scientology are heavily trying to infiltrate the community, going so far as advertising on buses, and going door to door trying to gain community support,” said one source earlier today.”
Well, of course they’re trying to gain support; they have an expensive new Ideal Org there to fill, but that doesn’t mean they plan to open a Narconon there. The author of the two articles may have some info we don’t, and it wouldn’t be the first time, but this skeptical writer will hold off on making any bold statements till there’s more evidence available.
Bye-Bye Miss Scientology Pie
We were alerted by Eric Tenorio on Tipping Point that Kathy Thomas, a former Senior Case Supervisor for Narconon International, has retired from Narconon and left Scientology. In a post to her blog, Bye-Bye Miss Scientology Pie, she asks, “Where did our love go?” and tells us why she left the “Church” of Scientology. As of today, though, she still has a post from August 29, called Narconon Saves Lives, in which she lauds the Narconon program, and blasts a couple of our buddies, Luke and Eric:
Recently a couple of former Narconon employees have been badmouthing the organization. Aside from sour grapes they have something else in common: they both got off drugs on the Narconon Program.
Our opinion: There’s still some eye-opening and truth-confronting for you to do, Kathy. Don’t worry, though, you’ll get there eventually, just like you did with Scientology.
Narconon International President to Write the Book on Ending Addiction
And finally for this week, AnonLover brings us this exciting news. In AnonLover’s words:
After Clark Carr failed miserably to handle Hockley Valley outrage at a new Narconon facility coming into their community, the cult PR machine kicked in to salvage his public image. This bs presser came out fawning all over a new “book” project Carr is supposed to be releasing online in installments called “Ending Addiction” (/facepalm)
I reckon this “book” will be nothing more than recycled promo crap and bogus claims that we have all seen before. But I thought it might be useful for further discrediting Clark Carr and exploited as a means of laying blame in his lap publicly as more Narconon scandals unfold. Thus, making him the constant target of media inquiries because after all… he wrote the “book” on Narconon’s approach to “ending addiction”
Ye, gads, AnonLover, you said it better than I could have. We might oughta put you on staff here at Narconon Reviews!
That’s it for this week, guys. Comments welcome, as always.