Scientology drug rehab facility to be shut down

30 12 2008

Cross-posted at Counterknowledge.com

A drug rehabilitation facility run by the “Church” of Scientology front group Narconon in Alberquerque, New Mexico, had its lease agreement terminated for violating its terms. Second Chance was only intended to house non-violent criminals from the local county jail. However, the facility housed violent criminals as well – and covered it up. According to police officer Peter Dinelli, 11 inmates of the total population of 46 had committed crimes such as “aggravated battery, robbery, battery, assault on a household member, armed robbery, kidnapping”. Second Chance has 30 days to somehow salvage their lease, or it will be kicked out of its current premises.

Mayor Martin Chavez insists that this eviction notice comes only because of the violation of the terms of the lease, not because of its affiliation with the “Church” of Scientology. Perhaps he and other public officials in Alberquerque, and the state of New Mexico, need more education on the pseudoscience of the “Church” of Scientology’s so-called drug rehabilitation treatment. I touched upon Narconon briefly in a recent article about Scientology front groups. The treatment used in Narconon facilities is called the Purification (or Purif for short) Rundown, which is given to Scientologists who want to get rid of any traces of drugs supposedly still in their system. However, in this internal memo from L. Ron Hubbard in 1982, the Purif Rundown is also intended to be used to “bridge masses of people into Scientology”. Like many patients at Narconon facilities, the inmates at Second Chance are treated to high doses of niacin and long hours in a sauna. Long hours in a sauna can cause dehydration, and high doses of niacin can cause liver damage.

The quackery of this drug detoxification “treatment” is bad enough. What makes it worse is the “Church”’s useful idiots in public office who unwittingly push for Narconon facilities to be built in their communities.

Second Chance was started by two prominent Scientologists named Joy Westrum and Rick Pendery in Tijuana, Mexico. After bringing a New Mexico state legislator named Anna Crook to see the Tijuana facility, they got the support needed to bring Second Chance to Alberquerque. According to this suspiciously positive article about the so-called success rate of Second Chance (authored by Kris Nickerson), recidivism has been reduced by 90 percent thanks to the “wisdom” of L. Ron Hubbard.

As is the case with all Scientology front groups, the only thing accomplished is the recruitment of more fresh blood into Scientology’s ranks. Even military recruiters are more ethical than this. Kim Gawlick, a former patient at a Narconon facility in Vista Bay, California, says Narconon staff members pushed her to join the “Church” of Scientology (see page 5). As a result, she left after one month, fearing for her life. This point is sadly lost in Mayor Chavez’s decision to evict Second Chance: Second Chance has done more than just house violent criminals. It has taken advantage of people at their most vulnerable and given them a new drug, worse than any other: Scientology.





Anonymous declared “hate group” in Santa Clara County, California

3 09 2008

Some very disturbing news has popped up recently from the South Bay Area in California. Anonymous, the internet based collective that is currently fighting the cult of Scientology, has been declared a hate group by Santa Clara County officials. A county organization called Network for a Hate Free Community has started putting fliers on people’s cars warning them about Anonymous. Here is a copy of one flyer in question:

Local Anonymous are already taking care of this by talking directly to county officials, the mayor of San Jose, and others. But this is very disturbing in many ways. Yes, using the “hate group” smear has been a modus operandi of the cult of Scientology for many years, so in that sense, this news is not disturbing. But it shows how easily influenced our government is. Scientologists contacted them first and the Network For a Hate Free Community did not bother looking at the other side. Many of them mean well, but the accusation of hate crimes is damning enough in their eyes that they didn’t feel the need to look deeper.

It’s best to stop at that before I rant against the folly of government anti-hate committees and human rights commissions. But I hope the local Anonymous are able to change minds about Anonymous. If they still keep on putting fliers like the one above even after talking to Anonymous and ex-Scientologists, well then that will be sad.





Guess who is running Barack Obama’s South Texas campaign branch?

2 09 2008

Mark, also known as Marty, Rathbun.  Who is this guy, you might ask.  Marty Rathbun used to be a high ranking member of the Church of Scientology, the pernicious criminal cult that passes itself off as a religion.  Here is his blog page at myBarackObama.com: SouthTexasforObama.

Rathbun has been responsible for many slimy attacks on critics of Scientology during the time he was in. Why, just take a look at this timeline of Marty Rathbun’s career in the ranks of corporate Scientology. Here is entry from the Rathbun timeline:

November, 1985

Position: Unknown post, Author Services Inc (ASI)
Notable activities:
During a meeting at ASI, Rathbun participates in the decision to file Wollersheim II case

From the declaration of lawyer Graham Berry in Wollersheim case (May, 1997)

Although RTC and CSI would be its plaintiffs, the decision to file the
Wollersheim II case was made by, among others, Sea Org officers David
Miscavige, Norman Starkey, and Marty Rathbun — all of whom were then
associated with ASI, a purportedly separate corporation! SS-50, 58. Also
participating in this decision was RTC officer Vicki Aznaran. SS-58.

From Fishman Affidavit, November 3, 1993:

During that meeting, I overheard Deborah Truax tell John Stachelrodt that the Office of Special Affairs had assigned an agent to work in the law office of Charles O’Reilly as a typist/clerk/receptionist, The typist, whose name I do not recall or may not have been privy to, was placed there by OSA for two purposes, or major operating targets. I do, however, recall what these targets were. I was then informed by Mark Rathbun, then Miscavige’s legal executive in ASI that Ingram bribed Tamimi in order to get Michael Flynn charged crim Affairs.

Another one:

September, 1993 – Going Hollywood

Position: IG Ethics for RTC, President of RTC
Notable activities
Rathbun participated in the fair-gaming of Hana Eltringham, who came under fire for her association with magazine writer John Richardson, who wrote an article about scientology for Premiere Magazine.

From the declaration of Hana Eltringham Whittfield, April 4, 1994

In September 1993, I learned of further “Fair Game” and harassing tactics
initiated by CSI and RTC against me because I am a Scientology critic. John
Richardson (“Richardson”) of Premiere Magazine, wrote that Marty Rathbun, RTC
Inspector General for Ethics, and Heber Jentzsch, CSI President, claimed I was
an accomplice in the tragic murder of my father 30 years ago, attached hereto
as Exhibit 52 of September 1993, page 91. This is blatantly and completely
false.

Catch a Rising Star, news article by John Richardson, Premiere Magazine,
September 1993:

The current leaders of Scientology insist that the acts of Mary Hubbard and
her coconspirators represent a dark side of Scientology that is all in the
past. They dismantled the unit that was responsible for these activities, and
attack a reporter as “a bigot” for raising the issue. But they admit without
hesitation that they still use private detectives to investigate their
enemies, including Bowers – they even provided documentation of
Scientology detectives videotaping a sting operation against a hostile former
church member. “I have no problem with that,” says Martin Rathbun, president
of the church’s Religious Technology Center.

Rathbun is also quoted as a spokesman for “Scientology California” (possibly the Church of Scientology of California) in a New York Times article on IRS agreement published in September, 1993

There are no entries from 2000 onwards because around that time, he fell out of favor with Scientology’s top leader David Miscavige and left the church altogether. At least that is what members of the message board Operation Clambake have said. Recently, actor Jason Beghe, who started speaking out against the cult of Scientology this year, posted that Marty Rathbun is out and doing well (LINK), and from there, Operation Clambake members found that he is now a local organizer for the Obama presidential campaign.

Now, from the looks of it, he’s only a local organizer. But the possibility remains that he could use his small position to get closer to Barack Obama and influence him in a bad way. Some people say Marty Rathbun has left the cult, but others say he hasn’t. This article for the new site We the People shows that he is still a Scientologist: Associated Content-Simple Ways For Improving Relationships. Now, he could be what is called a Freezone Scientologist, meaning a Scientologist who follows L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings but is sick of the cult’s heavy-handed leaders. But no one knows that.

Marty Rathbun has also not gone to federal agents regarding the cult of Scientology’s illegal practices over the years, so that also casts a cloud of suspicion over him. Barack Obama should demand accountability from each campaign office he has around the country. And with his own list of dubious associations, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, and Chicago slumlord Tony Rezko, he really doesn’t need this one.

This is definitely something to look into.

Further reading and intel gathering:

Scientologists for Obama? (Enturbulation)
In B4 Corruption-Presidential Candidates (Enturbulation)
Marty Rathbun is alive! (Operation Clambake)