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New Scientology financial disclosures reflect the dire state of its chief drug rehab

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(Note: This article was originally published at Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and is reposted here for informational and archival purposes)

Contributor Jeffrey Augustine keeps a close eye on Scientology’s financial documents. And he has some new information today that backs up what we’ve been told anecdotally by our other sources — that Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead, is in serious trouble. Take it away, Jeffrey…

Here in the US, religious groups do not have to file tax returns. The only exception is if they have “unrelated business income.” If they do, thanks to a 2006 law change, religious groups must file an IRS form “990-T.” And even then, we don’t have much interest in the “unrelated” income that they report. The Church of Scientology, for example, owns a nine hole golf course at Gold Base that it rents out to local civic groups. The Flag Land Base in Clearwater and Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood each have ballrooms that they rent out. These tend to be trivial amounts and don’t tell us much about the real money they’re taking in for courses and donations.

However, the real value of the 990-T form is that it contains one really interesting question: It requires that the filer estimate the total “book value” of the organization. In other words, Scientology entities that submit these forms have to admit how much they’re worth.

And that’s forced several Scientology entities to admit to being worth a total of about $1.7 billion in assets. (And that’s only for the entities that report unrelated business income. Some of Scientology’s entities don’t submit 990-T forms, so we can only guess at their book value. But it would certainly mean that Scientology as a whole is worth billions more.)

Meanwhile, Scientology’s entities that can’t claim to be religious in nature — like the secular front groups, including the drug rehab companies under the Narconon umbrella — do submit annual tax returns (990 forms) if they have gross receipts of more than $200,000 or assets of $500,000 or more. There is typically a two year lag in getting 990s and 990-Ts. The forms Scientology submitted for the tax year 2014 are just now beginning to become available.

David Miscavige has always held out Narconon Arrowhead as the “flagship” of the drug rehab network. Located in Canadian, Oklahoma the facility has been rocked by a series of scandals and lawsuits – as have Narconon Georgia, Narconon in Canada, and several other Narconon centers.

The Underground Bunker has broken these stories to its international audience, and readers here have followed what seems to be the implosion of Narconon. Now, we can report that Narconon Arrowhead lost money in 2014 and has experienced a serious “stat crash.”

Narconon Arrowhead’s most recent 990 tax return, for 2014 (see below), paints a grim story.

Gross receipts that year were $4,117,845, a combination of gifts ($2,034,017) and sales of services ($2,044,407).

How did Narconon Arrowhead come up with $2 million in gifts? The answer is on another 990 tax form, the one submitted by Narconon’s Scientology umbrella organization, the Association for Better Living & Education (ABLE). In 2014, ABLE gave Arrowhead a “grant” of $1,879,286 for “general support.” Arrowhead’s remaining gift amount presumably came from other Scientology organizations. We can say that with some confidence based on precedent. In 2008, Scientology’s Social Betterment Properties International (SBPI) donated $180,000 to Narconon Arrowhead. Apparently, and for public relations reasons, David Miscavige cannot allow Narconon Arrowhead to become insolvent — it is, after all, the flagship of Narconon.

Arrowhead’s losses (revenues less expenses) for the year were $310,714. But that’s misleading. The real number, once you take away what was “gifted” to Arrowhead by ABLE to keep it afloat, is a real annual loss of at least $2,190,000. In other words, Scientology’s other groups had to prop up Narconon Arrowhead with $2 million in gifts so it would only show an annual loss of $310,714 in 2014. Of course, it is possible to work the numbers in different ways, but I am using very basic accounting. I welcome comments and analysis from the real numbers people here at the Bunker.

Even with Arrowhead’s lousy 2014 numbers, its losses in 2013 were even worse — a total of $3,713,907 in losses after subtracting operating costs from revenue. That might explain why Scientology found a couple of million to “gift” Arrowhead in 2014, which it didn’t do in 2013.

Meanwhile, ABLE wasn’t only propping up Arrowhead. It “gifted” plenty more to other Narconon entities that are struggling: Narconon International ($541,053), Narconon Fresh Start ($866,739), Narconon Pacific Coast ($15,561), Narconon Freedom Center ($34,047), International Academy of Detox Specialists ($30,762), and Narconon Georgia ($33,620).

For decades, Narconon was a reliable moneymaker for ABLE and the Church of Scientology. Now, after Narconon became a nightmare of lawsuits and scandals, Scientology is having to fork out serious money to keep it from collapsing.

Narconon Arrowhead’s financial decline is particularly stark. After its income rose to a peak of $12 million in 2012, it fell off a cliff after, that year, three patients died in a nine-month period:

2010: $8,793,476
2011: $11,091,425
2012: $12,333,912
2013: $4,332,483
2014: $2,044,407

As Tony Ortega reported recently, he’s heard from his sources that Arrowhead, which was designed to house more than 200 patients, is reportedly now down to ten staff and only three patients. If Miscavige is going to continue to prop up his flagship drug rehab, he’s going to have to keep giving it “gifts” in the millions.

Narconon IRS Form 990 for 2014

https://www.scribd.com/document/321652476/Narconon-Arrowhead-2014-IRS-990

What Scientology “Social Betterment” Groups are Really All About

At Scientology.org, the Church’s “social betterment & humanitarian” programs, the so-called “secular programs” are listed:

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These eight secular groups are:
1. The Way to Happiness
2. Applied Scholastics
3. Criminon
4. Narconon
5. The Truth About Drugs Education Campaign
6. United for Human Rights
7. Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR)
8. Freedom Magazine

In this article we briefly examine each of these groups and show what they are actually about. The first thing to know is that the Church’s so-called secular social betterment groups is that they are all licensed by the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). The Church says of ABLE and its relationship to the social betterment groups:

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Where is ABLE in the Church of Scientology International (CSI) food chain? According to a diagram the Church gave the IRS, ABLE is one of the ten core “sectors” of CSI. I have placed a red star next to ABLE in the CSI sector diagram:

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To digress, we note that the legally nonexistent Sea Org is also shown as one the core sectors of Scientology. We leave this discrepancy for another time and place. The point is that ABLE is a core sector of CSI whose purpose is to license and manage Scientology’s secular social betterment groups.

The ostensible purpose of the secular social betterment groups is to put LRH technology into the world. In actual practice, these groups have five main purposes:

• To serve as additional Church profit centers charged with selling Scientology products and services into nonreligious markets.

• To make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology.

• To recruit new members into the Church of Scientology.

• To generate PSA’s, photo ops, and PR value for the Church.

• To sell incredibly overpriced booklets, DVD’s, and courses.

The social betterment groups are nonprofit licensees of ABLE, and, ABLE is licensed by CSI. Thus, whatever monies these groups collect is tax-free and a percentage is paid each week uplines to CSI, RTC, and CST.

Narconon is the big moneymaker in the social betterment groups. While some disagree with my figures, my estimate of Narconon’s gross income is $100,000,000 based upon 2012 numbers. Of course, it is easy to project this figure to decrease significantly based upon lawsuits and increasing public exposure of the direct connection between Scientology and Narconon. For instance, Dr. Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics LLC of Compton, California operated under license from Narconon and we can now see how this worked out for the good doctor.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World is a Scientology nonprofit that gives out free educational kits to educators. However there is a catch: Educators must agree to allow the Church of Scientology to use their classrooms and students for PR purposes. Educators must also track statistics and report them to the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

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Critics have said that the Foundation for a Drug Free World is a crypto-Narconon recruiting vehicle. This allegation arises because the Foundation’s materials present Hubbard’s theories that drugs are stored in fat cells. I agree with these criticisms because the Foundation for a Drug Free World is operated by Scientologists whose task is to target educators in public schools who teach to children eleven years of age and older. The goal of the Foundation is to get into public schools and make presentations to teachers and students. Once these Scientologists are close to at risk youth they can easily target kids and troubled parents with the message of Narconon and its astounding success rate.

Narconon is well-known and well documented. The remaining entities in the social betterment groups are not. Nevertheless, once one examines the respective websites of each of these lesser known social betterment groups it readily becomes clear that their sole purpose is to sell booklets and DVD’s that have a gigantic profit margin.

We begin with Youth for Human Rights (YHRI). This group was founded in 2001 by Scientologist Mary Shuttleworth in coordination with the CSI’s so-called Human Rights Office. In 2008, YHRI was subsumed into a parent group called United for Human Rights (UHR). The purpose of UHR, YHRI, and their dozen or so spin-offs are to promote public awareness of the UN’s 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The extraordinary hypocrisy of a Scientology group promoting human rights aside, UHR is a non-statistically significant factor in Scientology given its 2013 gross receipts of $84,345.00. The headquarters of United for Human Rights/Youth for Human Rights is a post office box in a shipping and postage retail store in Los Feliz, California.

Let us assume a hypothetical Youth for Human Rights event where 2,000 booklets and 200 DVD’s are distributed. What would that cost us? The shopping cart informs us of the prices:

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The Way to Happiness has the same pricing structure:

• Sell booklets for $1.50 each
• Sell DVD’s for $15.00 each

Keep in mind that Scientology is a commission-based sales organization so many people are taking a cut of the action when social betterment booklets and DVD’s are sold. Seen from this perspective, Scientology is just Amway with engrams.

The Way to Happiness sells its booklets – which likely cost less than fifteen cents each to produce – in bundles of twelve for $18.00. Let us suppose you were an OT in a lower ethics condition. OSA might suggest that you donate for 1,000 bundles for a total of 12,000 booklets plus 200 DVD’s. In this scenario, you would be looking at a wallet-destroying bill for $15,700:

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Applied Scholastics International sells Hubbard-based learning materials that emphasize phonics and the use of dictionaries. This is how I learned to read in Los Angeles public schools way back in the Mesozoic era. Indeed, Noah Webster published his first dictionary to help people “word clear” in 1828. But let us allow Applied Scholastics its conceit that we are all hopelessly stupid and cannot “learn how to learn” without its help. Based upon this premise, it is going to cost money to learn how to learn. Applied Scholastics is associated with Scientology-based private schools, or “academies” as the Church fancies them. Gross receipts were about four million dollars for Applied Scholastics in 2013.

Just for the sake of talking, let us suppose you were a Scientology-friendly movie star who opened a Scientology “academy” and needed to buy 100 copies each of eight of the many books offered by Applied Scholastics. This would be a $42,285.00 bite:

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In addition to the shopping list above, your academy would need to shell out more money to ABLE to pay for licensing fees, teacher training, and far more books and dictionaries than shown in the shopping list above. And the parents of the students have to pay tuition. It is easy to see how you, as a movie star, would pull the plug on your money-losing academy after your kids became fully and mystically self-actualized and no longer needed, say, a conventional wog college education.

The Reverend Doctor Alfreddie Johnson’s now defunct World Literacy Crusade operated under license to Applied Scholastics and we can also now see how this worked out for him.

Oddly enough, Galaxy Press – which sells Hubbard’s fictional works – has its own literacy campaign and offers a literacy book for $1.00. In a future story I will reveal how a prominent WISE group also sponsors a literacy campaign, inveigles its members into donating funds for this program, and the uses this program for disingenuous, misleading, and self-serving PR. It is all very cynical and Alfreddie Johnson is in the mix.

We next enter Crazy Town aka the viciously anti-psychiatry Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. CCHR basically produces and sells DVD’s that expose the menace of psychiatry and Big Pharma. In my next hypothetical example, I am a high-minded Scientology whale who wants my staff to do a mass-mailer to 1,200 opinion leaders in in Congress, the arts, education, and private industry. I order 1,200 copies of the my three favorite CCHR DVD’s and write a check for $113,940.00:

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Criminon, a Scientology group that appears to be on the wane and receives virtually no coverage even with the Church, sells $85.00 courses to inmates. If one were to donate 100 courses it would be $8500:

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Referring back to an earlier point, the social betterment programs also make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology. A collage of such claims:

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Clockwise from top left: The Way to Happiness, Narconon Fresh Start, World Literacy Crusade, Applied Scholastics, Applied Scholastics

The irony of these claims is that if any of them were true then no one would actually need Scientology auditing because the much less expensive social betterment programs could handle the major problems of drugs, crime, violence, and illiteracy by simply having people read booklets or watch DVD’s. There would be no need for the $360,000 per person Church cure.

If, as World Literacy Crusade claimed, 87% of participants gave up gangs and drugs after learning how to read, then the world’s answer to street crime would be to have courts order gang members and drug users into the World Literacy Crusade franchises after they were arrested. There, they would read books, clear up misunderstood words, and then give up their lives of drugs and gang-banging. This is patently absurd to the point of derision. Likewise, The Way to Happiness’ claim that it reduced crime in Colombia by 50% is an outright lie.

Scientology’s social betterment programs often simplistic and Scientology-centered solutions to complex problems – and they do so in order to make obscene profit margins from booklets, DVD’s, and courses. As with everything in the Church of Scientology system, it is all deceptive and misleading.

The actual “End Phenomenon” of Scientology’s social betterment programs is simply a series of online shopping carts where one purchases incredibly overpriced products that have little or no efficacy.

Scientology-Based Compton scam rehab and ‘literacy crusade’ have vanished since raid

(Note: authored by Jeffrey Augustine this piece was originally published on the Underground Bunker and is reposted here for archival purposes)


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[Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) tells an audience about becoming the international spokesman for the World Literacy Crusade] 

Tony Ortega: “We could not have broken the big story of felony charges against Scientologists operating a Scientology drug rehab clinic in Compton without the help of our sources. We’ve had invaluable help here in New York with the Underground Bunker’s man on the scene, Jeffrey Augustine, who lives in Los Angeles.”

This week, he volunteered to get some looks at the venues we’ve been talking about. The story we revealed on Thursday was that several Scientologists are accused of running a Narconon clinic out of the World Literacy Crusade, a longtime Scientology front in Compton. Arrangements were made with three prominent local educators (since fired) to provide high school kids to the “clinic,” where they were put through Scientology exercises, and the clinic then billed Medi-Cal as if the students had been treated for drug addictions. According to court documents, this scam was running at least from 2010 to 2013 (but we found evidence that it had been using foster children as early as 2005). The clinic was raided by a state law enforcement agency in March 2014. But what’s happened to the clinic, and the World Literacy Crusade, since then? Jeffrey Augustine is our man on the scene.”


With the news of Dr. Hanan Islam being criminally charged for Medi-Cal fraud, I decided to drive over to Compton to visit the two Scientology-related entities where she worked, with Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. (who has not been arrested or charged with a crime): World Literacy Crusade (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B) and American Health and Education Clinics (3209 N. Alameda St, Suite B, sometimes listed as Suite C).

3209 N. Alameda Street is located in a well-maintained, single-story industrial park. Designed for light manufacturing, industrial distribution, or service and repair companies, this is not a location one would associate with a rehab clinic, church, or literacy crusade. I mention this point because, as a sales engineer, I called on manufacturers and distributors for 30 years and had many small clients in these sorts of industrial parks in Los Angeles. The choice of location seemed odd to me. It is what Scientologists would call an “out point.” Adding to this out point is the fact that Rev. Johnson’s “True Faith Christian Center” is also, according to online records, located in Suite B. However, in 2013 the Reverend Johnson announced on Facebook that he had moved his church to the Hubbard Dianetics Community Center attached to the new Scientology “Ideal Org” in Inglewood:
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Despite being listed at the N. Alameda address in Internet searches, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade is also no longer located at the Compton address. The California Secretary of State website shows World Literacy Crusade to be a suspended entity:

Alfreddie2A search of IRS 990 forms shows that the World Literacy Crusade today is a “doing business as” (dba) of Scientologist Holly Haggerty’s nonprofit Community Learning Center Inc. located in Clearwater, Florida (EIN 59-3521809).

At some point, Rev. Johnson’s World Literacy Crusade was subsumed into the Community Learning Center Inc. But in that organization’s latest tax return, for 2014, there is no mention of Rev. Johnson or the Crusade.

World Literacy Crusade has essentially vanished legally. Despite this, the official Church of Scientology website makes this claim for Johnson’s group:

Today, World Literacy Crusade operates programs in schools, community tutoring centers and juvenile detention facilities. It has grown into an international movement, with volunteers from lands as far-flung as Australia, Greece and Africa providing individuals with the basic tools to become literate, responsible, self-sufficient and employable. After completing the literacy program, 87 percent of teens involved in gangs and drug use made the decision to relinquish their former lifestyle and embark on a productive and ethical path.

While Scientology makes that confident claim about Rev. Johnson’s Crusade, the reverend himself has apparently moved on to a new enterprise — doing business in the United Arab Emirates:

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While World Literacy Crusade has vanished from Compton, I also found, on my visit, that Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics is no longer located at the N. Alameda facility. I spoke to the gentleman who today rents Suite B. He is an industrial distributor who moved in about six months ago and told me Suite B was unoccupied when he moved in. I have blurred the name of his company in this photo of Suite B:
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Suite C, which also was listed as an address for American Health and Education Clinics, is empty and the signage has been removed.

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A peek inside the window at the former location of American Health and Education Clinics reveals nothing more than a lonely wall socket:
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As with most things Scientology, the seedy reality belies the PR: Behold the former global headquarters of the World Literacy Crusade and American Health and Education Clinics:
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And here’s what it looked like in better times, from a WLC video…

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American Health and Education Clinics’ website has also been taken down, and the California Secretary of State website shows American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation whose California status is, apparently, forfeited:
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The California data reveals American Health and Education Clinics LLC to be a Delaware corporation with a very impressive address in prestigious Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. This Chadds Ford address is also that of The Brandywine Companies, a real estate brokerage and financial services company. Brandywine’s “People” webpage shows the founder, chairman, and the CEO of Brandywine to be Scientologist Bruce E. Moore; Moore’s Scientology service completions are extensive. Moore and his Brandywine Company are listed as members of Scientology’s business front, WISE, in 2001 and 2004.

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What is Bruce Moore’s tie to Hanan Islam? It’s not clear. One thing is certain when dealing with the Church of Scientology: Things are never as they seem.

The Real Truth of Scientology’s Narconon Drug Treatment Program is Body Thetans

(Note: This article is based upon my Narconon article originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker. I have added additional content in this version).

We discuss the real secret of Narconon in this article. We will show you what L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology, and Narconon are withholding from prospective Narconon customers and the public at large.

The material we present is of significant and timely interest given the wave of lawsuits against Narconon. Essentially, Narconon represents its program as having a scientific basis. In this essay we show the real secret of Narconon. This goes to Narconon misrepresenting what it actually based upon and what the Narconon “treatment program” is actually doing according to L. Ron Hubbard.


Hubbard’s publicly stated premise for the Purification Rundown is this: Drug residues stored in the body “chronically restimulate” stored mental image pictures and thus cause clouded thinking, mood swings, feelings of being drugged, lethargy, and many other adverse physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of distress. By flushing out drug residues in the Purification Rundown, Hubbard avers, a person attains a clear body and a clear mind. Here is the essential description of the Purification Rundown as articulated by Hubbard in his book Clear Body Clear Mind:

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Let’s clay demo this with an image I created:

Purif.2According to Hubbard, if one flushes the drug residues from their body then the mental image pictures become inert and cannot negatively affect a person.

Below: This low quality Church of Scientology illustration (circa 1990) shows the basic Purification Rundown concept: A deficiency of B complex and niacin are created by taking drugs. The solution is to remedy the B complex and niacin deficiency. Niacin, B1, exercise, and sweating for five hours a day in a sauna will allow a person to flush the toxic drug residues lodged in their body fat:

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I have created another diagram below to show a drug residue as a molecular structure – which is what any drug residue would have to actually exist as if the body were not able to metabolize it and break it down. Hence:

Purif.4Given the diagram above, any scientific researcher can ask nine basic physiological questions:

  1. What is a “mental image picture” and where is it physically located in the body?
  2. What is the exact physical structure of a mental image picture?
  3. In and of itself, how can the molecular structure of a “drug residue” stored in the body chronically restimulate a mental image picture?
  4. Hubbard states that drug residues are stored in the fat tissues of the body. Therefore are Hubbard’s posited mental image pictures also physical structures stored in fat tissues in proximity to the molecular drug residues? In other words, by what physical mechanism do the molecular structures of drug residues signal mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them? One could assume there would be a chemical signaling mechanism.
  5. Alternately, rather than chemical signaling, are molecular drug residues able to selectively bind to mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them? Do mental image pictures have receptors for molecular drug residues?
  6. How do molecular drug residues have sufficient stored chemical energy to signal, or otherwise bind to, mental image pictures in order to chronically restimulate them?
  7. By what biochemical process is niacin able to selectively target molecular drug residues and purge them from the body via the sweat glands?
  8. What is physiological pathway and mechanisms by which niacin bound to drug residues exits the body via the sweat glands?
  9. Do molecular drug residues have niacin receptors? If so, when bound to niacin, these molecular drug residues are somehow transported out of the body via the sweat glands.

For illustrative purposes, I created the image below to show a niacin molecule bound to a drug reside molecule exiting the body. I used a large red X to show how the mental image picture has become inert, or inactive, as a result of the niacin flushing the drug residue from the body. This is what Hubbard publicly claims is happening on the Purification Rundown:

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Beyond this simplistic explanation, the physiological mechanisms of the Purification Rundown are left unexplained by Hubbard.

This is just as well for the real and publicly undisclosed secret of Narconon is this: The Purification Rundown component of the Narconon program is designed to address the body thetans (BT’s) that are being chronically restimulated by the mental image pictures caused by drug residues. The “Purif” is actually handling BT’s, Hubbard, Narconon, and the Church of Scientology have never publicly disclosed this fact – and this is why we are disclosing here on the Scientology Money Project.

Let’s have Mr. Hubbard himself tell you himself from the OT IV materials posted online.

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Knowing that BT’s and BT clusters are affected by drugs, we can finally approach the Holy of Holies in the Scientology Purification Rundown, and here we speak of the megadoses of niacin. As a point of reference, a person must reach the level of OT III in Scientology learn about Body Thetan’s (BT’s). Thus, in the OT IV materials Hubbard states that persons below OT III case level will not understand that  Niacin and B1 knock body thetans out of chronic restimulation.  and BT’s in the OT 4 course pack.

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This then is the secret of the Purification Rundown that only OT III’s and above can understand: Niacin and B1 causes BT’s to drop out restimulation. Per Hubbard, “This too brings about an improvement in the case condition of the person.”

Again, let’s clay demo what Hubbard said is really going on in the Purification Rundown. I created the illustration below we show a “drug engram” in which BT’s are in chronic restimulation as a result of being “stuck to” mental image pictures that are held in place by drug residues:

Purif.9Let’s look once again at what Hubbard wrote on OT IV:

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We can now see Hubbard’s emphasis on megadoses of niacin in the Purification Rundown. Hubbard said that niacin and B1 flush the drug residues from the body and thus allow BT’s to drop out of the drug engrams and resultant chronic restimulation in which they are stuck. This causes the BT’s to cease mocking up the drug engrams.

After completing the Purification Rundown, Hubbard expected to see “destimulated” BT’s that had dropped out of drug engrams. As a result, there would be inert mental image pictures. This is why Hubbard said the Purification Rundown would bring about an improvement in the case condition of the person.

Given Hubbard’s claims about the Purif and how it handles BT’s explains why the Church of Scientology is backed into a corner and has never funded any scientific peer-reviewed testing. The Church does not care to disclose to any scientific researchers Hubbard’s metaphysical basis for the Purification Rundown. However, we do so here at the Underground Bunker.


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Based upon the evidence in OT IV, Narconon is demonstrably crypto-Scientology delivered under the guise of a “secular drug treatment program based upon the works of L. Ron Hubbard” — and yet this none of this is disclosed to prospective Narconon clients. The inescapable fact is that the theory and application of Narconon is inextricably linked to Scientology’s OT levels, Xenu, and BT’s.

To participate in the Narconon program is to be surreptitiously pulled by Scientology into its core Xenu cosmology. The covert, hidden, and secret goal of Narconon is to handle a person’s BT’s and clusters of BT’s by getting them to blow by use of megadoses of niacin. This will make a person feel better according to Hubbard. More importantly, it just might make Narconon graduates amenable to becoming Scientologists or Narconon staff members.

Narconon has long been viewed as both a Scientology money-maker and a Scientology recruitment portal. According to Mark Ebner’s 2011 article about Narconon in The Fix, the real goal of Narconon is to turn customers into Scientologists:

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The Narconon Exposed flow chart showing the instruction to route Narconon graduates to the nearest Org can be found here.

One key question remains: Is a person who completes the Narconon program truly and fully free of BT’s and their deleterious effects?

The answer is no.

In the confidential OT IV course pack, Hubbard candidly admitted that the Purification Rundown doesn’t handle all of the BT’s and BT clusters:

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Hubbard admits that a person who completes the Purification Rundown is “not completely and entirely handled on the subject of drugs.” And yet Narconon charges $30,000 – $40,000 (or more) for a program in which a person, per L. Ron Hubbard, is “not completely and entirely handled on the subject of drugs.” This is downright scandalous.

What is the best that Hubbard — and therefore Narconon — can claim for the Purification Rundown? It is this:

From a Scientology “technical” perspective, then, the best result a Narconon customer could expect to receive for their money is a some “partial destimulation” of drug engrams and BT’s that even Hubbard himself could not quantify. All Hubbard could say is that the Purification Rundown puts a person into better case shape.

In my opinion, Narconon is intentionally selling a mislabeled and misbranded product: Narconon is covertly and inherently based upon Hubbard’s BT theory. Narconon is not secular in any way whatsoever. Narconon intentionally fails to disclose the Body Thetan theory to which Hubbard ascribes and credits the claimed results of the Purification Rundown.

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From a legal perspective, it seems that Narconon should fully disclose the actual Scientology BT basis of Narconon. Such informed consent would allow prospective Narconon clients, or their families, to have the full facts that Narconon is metaphysical in nature and is not scientific. The public and prospective Narconon clients are entitled to know that Narconon is based upon Hubbard’s secret teaching that body thetans — and clusters of body thetans – are being handled on the Narconon program.

OT 4 is called the “OT Drug Rundown.” What this tells us is that even if a person does the Purification Rundown they still must handle more BT’s and more BT drug effects up on OT 4. The public and prospective Narconon clients should be informed that Narconon, according to Hubbard himself, cannot fully handle the effects of drugs.

Narconon should also be required to disclose the leaked internal memo written by Claudia Arcabascio, Narconon International’s Legal Affairs Director. In this memo, Ms. Arcabascio concedes that there is no scientific evidence for Narconon’s claimed success rates (spelling errors in the original e-mail):

From: Claudia Arcabascio
Subject: Re: Wolverton BBB complaint and suggested response
To: XXXXXX
Cc: “PRODUCTION NNI” , “John Walser A/ED NN FC”
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 4:36 PM

Dear XXXXXX,

Thanks for sent me this. I don’t have a copy of the letter received from the BBB which makes difficult for me to see if the answer is appropiate.

However, I see the letter okay less than the comment of “hearsay”. It is a generality.

I cannot reach Helena today to review this. Instead, I recommend the following:

1. Correct the letter (more ARC in the letter and change the expression of “hearsay” for specifics and do not say that we have 70% success (we do not have scientific evidence of it).

2. Send a copy of the letter received from BBB to Mike Toth along with the proposed answer (corrected by you).

3. Get okay from the attorney

4. Send the letter (preferably by certified mail return receipt request). Check out this point with Mike Toth first.

If you send to Mike Toth the complete data, it should not take for him more than 10 minutes of his time.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

ML,

Claudia

Despite Ms. Arcabascio’s internal memo, Narconon Fresh Start and Narconon Spring Hill claim a 76% success rate:

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Despite these astounding success claims the actual contract clients must sign makes it clear that Narconon offers no guarantee:

Purif.20The Narconon “No Guarantee” clause is cut from the same shabby cloth as all the other Church of Scientology contracts: “The Tech produces miraculous results! However, your results may differ. “ We saw this recently with the Scientology Policy Directive “Statements by Staff Members.”

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L. Ron Hubbard did not promise anything, and, Narconon guarantees nothing. The apple does not fall from the tree.

And just like the rest of the companies in the Scientology bad faith business empire, all Narconon contracts require customers to sign away their legal rights to sue Narconon and agree to arbitration:

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Law Firm Using Television Ads to Target Scientology’s Deceptive Narconon Drug Treatment Centers

Law firms are beginning to take notice of Church of Scientology-licensed and owned Narconon:

As I have documented, The Church of Scientology had >$1.7 billion in 990-T 2012 book value. There is perhaps two billion dollars more that Scientology does not have to file 990’s on.

US Narconons reported ~$60,000,000 in 2012 revenues. My guesstimate is that Narconon globally takes in $100,000,000 per ear.

Scientology-Narconon has deep pockets, and, Narconon International’s Legal Affairs Director stated in an e-mail that there is no scientific basis for Narconon’s claim of a 70% success rate. Tony Ortega broke this bombshell story:

LEAK: Narconon’s Legal Affairs Director Admits No Scientific Basis for Advertised Success Rates

From: Claudia Arcabascio
Subject: Re: Wolverton BBB complaint and suggested response
To: XXXXXX
Cc: “PRODUCTION NNI” , “John Walser A/ED NN FC”
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 4:36 PM
Dear XXXXXX,

Thanks for sent me this. I don’t have a copy of the letter received from the BBB which makes difficult for me to see if the answer is appropiate.

However, I see the letter okay less than the comment of “hearsay”. It is a generality.

I cannot reach Helena today to review this. Instead, I recommend the following:

1. Correct the letter (more ARC in the letter and change the expression of “hearsay” for specifics and do not say that we have 70% success (we do not have scientific evidence of it).

2. Send a copy of the letter received from BBB to Mike Toth along with the proposed answer (corrected by you).

3. Get okay from the attorney

4. Send the letter (preferably by certified mail return receipt request). Check out this point with Mike Toth first.

If you send to Mike Toth the complete data, it should not take for him more than 10 minutes of his time.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

ML,

Claudia

To the best of my knowledge, there is no peer-reviewed hard-science study of the efficacy of Narconon. Although the Church of Scientology can easily afford to fund such a study it has chosen not to do so.

Following 911, Tom Cruise funded a special Narconon center for first-responders. This center was called the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.  Both Cruise and Scientology used the center for PR and to fundraise for the Church. From the Wikipedia entry:

Tom Cruise explained his motivation for setting up the project in a Scientology promotional video that leaked onto the internet in January 2008.[10] The Environmental Protection Agency had stated after the World Trade Center attack that the air was safe to breathe. The video narration contradicted this, saying, “The devastation had spread an unprecedented combination of toxins through the air — and it was lethal.”[11] Cruise is seen dismissing the EPA’s all-clear:[10]

“Of course, as a Scientologist, you go, that’s a lie. Outright lie. Liar. Fine. Finally you say, dammit, just go there and do it. Put it there, let’s go, here’s the money, let’s go. Let’s just get one person treated. I can’t sleep another night.”

In an appearance on CNN‘s Larry King Live, Cruise said that he founded the project out of concern that 9/11 survivors would suffer leukemia, parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis or cancer as a result of toxins in their fatty tissue. He advocated Hubbard’s “research” as the only way to deal with these problems, claiming, “Doctors do not know how to diagnose chemical exposures […] You go to a doctor and now he’s going to put you on more and more drugs, steroids and things that are ineffective.”[12]

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Narconon is presently being sued for conspiring to misuse counseling credentials.

Narconon is also being sued for wrongful death and fraud in at least two dozen separate lawsuits.

Classed as a nonprofit Scientology “social-betterment” group, Narconon is a “licensee” of the Church of Scientology. This licensing is meaningless as Narconon is wholly controlled by the Church of Scientology. Sea Org members hold key positions and report to the Church of Scientology.

Narconon pays the Church hefty licensing fees and other fees in exchange for the use of Scientology’s copyrighted “drug treatment technology.” Some of the highest paid people in the entire Church of Scientology syndicate are Narconon salespeople and directors. Salaries for these people are typically >$100,000 per year. In 2012, one husband-wife team pulled in $500,000+ working for Narconon, this according to 990-T’s.

This “technology” uses megadoses of niacin and puts people into a sauna for many hours everyday until the “end phenomenon” is reached. The concept is that toxins are stored in fat and that megadoses of niacin and long hours in a sauna cause a person to “sweat out” toxins. Narconon variously claims this procedure is anywhere from 70-95% effective in treating drug addiction.

The “Purification Rundown” is self-referential; a person stays on the program until they feel purified. A person then “attests” to completing the Purification Rundown and writes a success story. If a person later sues the Church, such “success stories” may be used against them in court to argue that they were satisfied and had a succesful experience.

Scientology’s Demented Version of Social Engineering

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In this article we explore “spiritual technology” as Scientology’s code word for the psychological manipulation and fascist social engineering program at the core of the Scientology Master Race ideology.

SCIENTOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION, AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Before the advent of computers, the concept of social engineering was concerned with a government using various means to psychologically control and manipulate the thinking and behavior of its populace. This was to be achieved by controlling the flow of information and the skilled use of propaganda, disinformation, and symbols. The purpose of psychological manipulation and social engineering was to achieve a government’s ideological supremacy over the people while criminalizing freedom of thought, freedom or speech, freedom of press, and destroying all contrary ideologies.

Controlling the flow of information in the newspapers, radio, and television was a central part of social engineering. Controlling and regulating the educational system, churches, prices, and the economy was also essential to achieving the goals of social engineering.

In the 21st century, social engineering has taken on a different context. From Wikipedia:

Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional “con” in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme.

The term “social engineering” as an act of psychological manipulation is also associated with the social sciences, but its usage has caught on among computer and information security professionals.

L. Ron Hubbard’s design purpose for the Church of Scientology’s social engineering program was cloaked in his unique Orwellian codespeak:

“A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.”

To better  carry out the goal of Scientology world domination — hidden behind Hubbard’s stated pseudo-utopian ideals — Hubbard chose to call his form of psychological manipulation and social engineering “spiritual technology.” In the sense of information security, then, we can see that auditing, as delivered in the Church of Scientology, aims to psychologically manipulate people into “divulging confidential information”and is therefore a form of social engineering.

While the divulging of secrets to an auditor in session can be cathartic — and can sometimes even express itself in terms of the alleviation of psychosomatic ills — the Church of Scientology nevertheless gains the ability to manipulate and control all persons who have divulged confidential information in session.

As a Scientologist is unburdened in auditing from their subjective psychological and spiritual  travails, they feel a sense of freedom and relief. However, they also incur a psychological dependence upon the auditing experience as delivered within the confines of a Scientology Org. This dependence inevitably brings about the state of obedience the Church needs to begin its program of indoctrination. In other words, the wins of auditing are explicitly converted by the Church into an enforced identity called “a Scientologist in good standing who is willing and able to do whatever is needed and wanted to help clear the planet.” Many Scientologists join Scientology’s paramilitary Sea Organization as a concrete expression of their willingness to help clear the planet.

Coincident with instilling a sense of absolute obedience into its members, the Church also inculcates into its members a staggering sense of overwhelming superiority. “Wogs” are held to be filthy degraded beings who are far, far, far below Scientologists in ability, intelligence, and spiritual enlightenment. This is why Tom Cruise declared that Scientologists were the authorities, the experts on the mind, and were the only ones who could help.

Scientology’s “spiritual technology” is a form of psychological manipulation and social engineering intended to control people and the world itself. On the dark side, and in actual practice, the Church uses confidential preclear confessional folder information in an effort to smear people who leave the Church and speak out. This form of psycho-social terrorism is entirely criminal, and yet it so characteristic given the fascist nature of the Church. Indeed, as shown in our previous article, L. Ron Hubbard embedded genocide into Scientology as the final solution to handling those who stood in the way of Scientology’s goal of world domination.

The Church of Scientology imposes heavy censorship and thought-stopping techniques on its own members. The Church also attempts to control, or at least to blunt, the negative coverage about itself in the media and online. The Church of Scientology’s current attempts to smear Alex Gibney and HBO are an expression of the ongoing psychological manipulation of Scientologists and the larger social engineering program in which the Church is engaged.

THE MONEY

People must pay enormous sums of money for auditing in the Church of Scientology because, as a Master Race Cult, the Church of Scientology is self-financed. Hubbard wanted to remedy the serious limitations of self-financing by tapping into what he considered to be the staggering amounts of money spent each year on mental health treatment by the governments of the world.

Hubbard saw psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies as competitors for the lucrative mental health market. To use a Scientology term, the Church of Scientology has “dead-agented” psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies for decades only because it wants a monopoly on the mental health market.

The Church of Scientology has made perhaps $2.5 billion USD selling auditing and believes that Scientology auditing is superior in every way to Psychiatry and pharmaceutical drugs. Thus, Scientology considers that it rightfully deserves a monopoly on mental health by virtue of the innate superiority of its so-called spiritual technology. That Narconon brings about one hundred million dollars per year into Scientology’s coffers, and this is tax-exempt money, reinforces the Church’s belief that hundreds of billions of dollars await it if Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs were outlawed.  To this end, Scientology’s CCHR front group devotes much efforts to “depopularizing” Psychiatry by promoting horror stories and lobbying for stern laws controlling psychiatric drugs.

If Hubbard’s goal of taking over the fields of mental health and education were realized, Scientology would take in hundreds of billions of dollars per year. This amount of money coupled with tax exempt status and religious protections would make the Church of Scientology incredibly dangerous and capable of great violence. And yet this lust for world domination via a program of social engineering and genocide is exactly what Hubbard wanted and it is what the Church of Scientology is actively working towards today.

What has emerged, however, is a nightmarish and dysfunctional Scientology dystopia led by David Miscavige. Nevertheless, the intentions and capabilities of the Church of Scientology should never be underestimated. The Church of Scientology’s notorious Office of Special Affairs works based upon the orders written by L. Ron Hubbard. These programs outline what the Church of Scientology must do to meet its goals as a Master Race.

One of the more blatant pieces authored by Hubbard is his infamous 1969 HCO PL entitled Targets, Defense. This HCO PL speaks to the psychological manipulation and fascist social engineering program that is at the core of the Scientology Master Race ideology.

 TARGETS, DEFENSE

HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

HCO POLICY LETTER OF 16 FEBRUARY, 1969

Cen O Con
Guardians Offices
Intelligence
PRO

Issue IV

Confidential

TARGETS, DEFENSE

It is quite obvious that Scientology has to maintain a defense perimeter. In 19 years of continual attacks it is obvious that Dianetics then Scientology must have lain across some concerted plan by another older group to do something else.

To analyze what the others intended, it is only necessary to review what Dianetics and Scientology intended to do and assume the reverse.

Experience has shown that defense is only effective when one sorties or attacks.

When we did not give a lot of time and energy and funds to knocking out real enemies we came close to losing the lot.

The errors we have made have been

1. Defending only.

2. Defending on Scn ground.

3. Being reasonable and assigning mild motives to the enemy.

4. Failing to attack early and hard.

5. Undervaluing the broad social value of Scn.

6. Individuating from other similar organizations.

7. Not learning enemy tactics and using and bettering them.

8. Failing to heavily contest for public opinion and public media.

9. Failing to identify the enemy early and hit him hard.

A. Our best defense is that we are sincere, that we are effective and that we commit no crimes.

B. Our next best defense line was being sure the public knew we were a Church.

C. Our next best was being quick and able and using very fast comm lines.

We must not repeat the errors of 1 to 9.

And we must reinforce A, B and C.

TARGETS

The vital targets on which we must invest most of our time are:

T1. Depopularizing the enemy to a point of total obliteration.

T2. Taking over the control or allegiance of the heads or proprietors of all news media.

T3. Taking over the control or allegiance of key political figures.

T4. Taking over the control or allegiance of those who monitor international finance and shifting them to a less precarious finance standard.

T5. Generally revitalizing the societies in which we are operating.

T6. Winning overwhelming public support.

T7. Use all other similar groups as allies.

These, of course, are very long range targets. But it is what must be done to continue the longevity of our organizations.

Our only justification for doing these things is that Scientology is the only game where everyone wins.

The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are:

1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine).

2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.

3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education.

4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations would make us unable to function.

5. The cold war is being fought on home ground and has an apparent target of degrading western society to a point where we are finding it difficult to operate; a degraded society can be swallowed up easily by an enemy.

6. The public is somewhat sympathetic already but in a democracy trials are by public opinion. To win all the way, the bulk of public opinion must be at the level of love us … hate the enemy.

7. Many groups exist with similar aims. They need organizing and uniting.

At first glance the targets T1 to T7 are a pretty big handful. But we have to start somewhere. And we might as well start in the direction of the total target as per T1 – T7.

Nearly everything we are doing is already tending in that direction T1 – T7.

We have the advantage of new vital technology and a monopoly on it. New technologies are the things which made progress.

We do not have a Utopian dream or a planned society. We are trying to survive. Our theory is that if individuals become more honest and less harassed they will be capable of building a better society.

The fact is we would have gone along happily minding our own business. But these fantastic and continuing attacks have pushed us more and more into developing a technology and direction of defense.

We now have a lot of experience. We have been hurt, we have been held back. It has cost us millions. Normal channels of the society have let us down. Therefore we are on our own. Obviously. To our actual and factual view, the West is prostrate and near helpless and the rest of the world is a big slave camp.

If we don’t do anything about it we and everyone else are gone

So we may as well have a go.

If we unite all groups into an interplay and use all forces extant and channel them we have a very big chance of winning.

Therefore from an appreciation of all data to hand and experience it seems that T1 to T7 is beneficial. Things that don’t are a relative waste of time.

If we, doing our jobs, doing no wrong, breaking no laws, are having trouble operating, what about the rest of the West? We’re not the only ones in hot water. In fact we are probably in far better shape than many many other groups and for sure in better shape than other individuals.

So we can and must take the lead.

And we ourselves must develop many leaders.

We may as well start now and push all we are doing in defensive actions into T1 to T7.

L. RON HUBBARD
Founder

LRH:bw

Copyright (c) 1969
by L. Ron Hubbard
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Hamtaro’s Outstanding Analysis of Narconon’s Legal Situation

As reported today by Tony Ortega, Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed his sixteenth lawsuit against Narconon, the disreputable and highly controversial Church of Scientology licensed drug rehab center. Hamtaro, a member of the Underground Bunker commenting community, posted what I think is an outstanding analysis of Narconon’s legal situation. I am reposting here in its entirety:

 

  • “We’re told that this is a standard procedure in this particular court, and that there’s a good chance this lawsuit could be settled at that meeting.”

    This one time, I have to respectfully disagree. I believe there is zero chance of a negotiated settlement at this juncture. In the 20+ years I’ve been reading Scn court documents, this is never Scn’s strategy. It is always to delay the proceedings as long as possible, to get the best understanding of their potential overall liability, and to put both the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorneys through a grueling war of attrition.

    Already there are 16 suits. There could eventually be 100, 500 or 2000 suits. Therefore, to ensure the survival of Narconon, Scn will have to accomplish (at least one or two of the following) three things before even one suit can be settled:
    A. Convince Hamilton to agree to not file any additional suits, ever, or have Narconon establish some variation of a “global settlement fund” that would include a maximum dollar liability that all Scn related entities will have to pay to all current and future Narconon plaintiffs, similar to the BP oil spill or Union Carbide at Bhopal.

    B. Narconon, Scn and their liability insurer(s) must already be in serious conflict because not only can the insurer(s) see the probability of lots of additional future suits, Narconon continues to incur additional liability every day by continuing the fraudulent practices. Therefore, no sane insurer is going to go forward without limiting their eventual liability by one of several methods, each of which is far too complex to go into here. Obviously, these negotiations will take place outside the view of the plaintiffs, but they will be lengthy and you can damn well bet that this issue will be resolved before DM ever considers putting his stamp of approval on any settlement.

    C. I fully believe Scn will never settle until one or more courts rule (presumably during pretrial motion practice) on the issue of liability for Narconon Inc and ABLE. On the remote chance that liability can be limited to the local Narconon/Fresh Start corporations, Scn will then adopt the tactic of stripping out assets and attempting to prove that each is individually insolvent, or close to it, and work towards settling the suits for nuisance values, say $50,000 a piece. This is a tried and true Scn legal strategy that worked to delay, for example, final resolution of the Wollersheim suit for well over a decade.

    I agree with Tony that Scn will do virtually anything to avoid having one of these cases go to trial. I just also believe that their legal strategy (as it is ultimately determined by DM) will not allow even one case to settle until they have determined the broad strokes of their global exit strategy for this entire fiasco. To do otherwise would be to effectively allow Narconon to be put out of business.

    Like most critics, my personal preference is to see a test case go to trial. I certainly hope that if that ever happens, the first thing Ryan Hamilton does when it’s his turn to speak in open court is to turn to the table full of Narconon/Scn attorneys and say “Good morning, gentlemen, this is the session.”