Archive for February 2007

Stone Hawk Responds

February 25, 2007

BROADCAST DATE: February 24th, 2007

What do you know? Stone Hawk posted a blog entry on their site about the Vince Daniels show. Turns out any patient who speaks out against Stone Hawk is a criminal. The patients are lying druggies and the parents are foolish enablers:

Many people enter a drug rehabilitation program to appease parents or the law and then deliberately leave or behave in a manner that gets them kicked out so they can continue to use drugs. Then, they turn around and say “Narconon stinks, they’re full of BS, they are only interested in taking our money, they are abusive…etc.” which is just justification for the addict to go out and use drugs. The addict then continues to get to do what they want to do guilt free because they tried, but Narconon failed. Parents are naturally enablers, and would oftentimes not want to put the blame on themselves or the addict, but turn to saying there is something wrong with what Stone Hawk did.

But what struck me most in the post was this section:

Although Narconon Stone Hawk is in no way associated with Scientology, the Narconon Program was created by L. Ron Hubbard, the same person who founded Scientology. This Vince Daniels, for whatever reason, has a problem with Scientologists. Because of his misconception that Narconon is associated with Scientology, he feels the need to attack it, too. Narconon does not teach or practice Scientology in it’s drug rehab program. Yet Vince Daniels goes to great lengths to degrade a drug rehab program that has saved the lives of thousands of people and families.

Wow. No connection to Scientology? Unbelievable. It is Scientology through and through. Listen to the last Vince Daniels show. The patients reveal that the same training routines are used, the same BS Hubbard policies of Ethics Officers and overts. I was stunned by all the Scientology jargon I heard from these former patients.

Listen, you want the truth? Turn to Professor Dave Touretzky. He’s done the research. Narconon is an official church program and designated as such in the church’s 1993 IRS agreement.

The social benefit and other public benefit entities discussed at pages 1-28 through 1-42 of the June [1992] submission [by CSI] along with all subsidiaries, subordinate chapters, subordinate organizations, or sub-licensees thereof (e.g., organizations that are permitted to use particular names, copyrights, service marks, and/or technologies) are Scientology-related entities. Thus, for example, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, Scientology Defense Fund Trust, Association for the Better Living and Education, Applied Scholastics Incorporated, Narconon International, The Way to Happiness Foundation, and the Foundation for Religious Freedom are Scientology-related entities.
[“Closing agreement on final determination covering specific matters”, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, 1 October 1993]

Still, Stone Hawk respects Vince Daniels rights:

We respect the rights of Vince Daniels to print and say whatever he chooses on his radio show and blog. This great nation was built on the rights to do as such. But, his biased and false beliefs prevent him from telling both sides of the story. Truth be told, Narconon Stonehawk has saved lives.

Truth be told, Narconon Stone Hawk can’t tell the truth.

UPDATE

A reader has caught Stone Hawk editing sections of their blog to remove the blatant lie that Narconon is not affiliated with Scientology. The section now reads:

Vince Daniels, for whatever reason, has a problem with scientologists. Because of his misconcepton that Narconon is teaches the religion of Scientology, he feels the need to attack it too. Narconon does not teach or practice scientology in it’s drug rehab program. Yet Vince daniels goes to great lengths to degrade a legitimate and effective drug treatment program that has saved the lives of thousands of people and families.

Well, I am once again at cause over Scientology. I have forced them to react to a mere wog. See how powerful a non-OT can be? We don’t need hours and hours of training routines and indoctrination in the ways of that tubby, lunatic charlatan L. Ron Hubbard. All we need to do is tell the truth and, believe me, that is so much easier than jumping through the hoops put up by Scientology management.

What makes these attacks unfair is he only seeks out people who are dissatisfied with the program to speak. At no time does he bring in the comments or letters of those who swear by it. His website and radio show are filled with people who have terrible things to say about Stone Hawk, but these are all people, or parents of people, who have not successfully made it throught the program to no fault of Stone Hawk.

Wait? More lies? At NO time does Vince bring in the comments of those who swear by Narconon? Can Vince help it that the people who say good things about Narconon are Scientologists, many of whom lie about it or their connection to Narconon? What about the Wickstrom’s appearance on the show?

What about Bob Adam’s appearance on the show when he was too frightened to sit in the same room with Tory Christman?

I believe that Vince has had an open invitation out to Clark Carr or whoever would come on and openly speak about the issues. Too tough for an OT, it seems. The mighty beings are really outside of Scientology.

FURTHER UPDATE:

Being shown to be the frauds they are, the Stone Hawk people have moved their blog entry to a new url so the link from this site would not find it. They also suddenly have many success stories popping up to refute the the charges leveled on the show.

Notice how they whine about Vinnie not letting anyone speak positively about Narconon on his radio show? Try posting an opposing view to their blog and see how they react.

Think for yourself. Leave Scientology now.

Beneath the Planet of Vince Daniels and Stone Hawk

February 24, 2007

BROADCAST DATE:  February 24th, 2007

The Many Moods of Vince Daniels

I always loved the title of the first Planet of the Apes sequel. Didn’t care that much for the movie but the name “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” still tickles me.

Anyway, Vince Daniels is doing a sequel to his show last week on Stone Hawk, the Battle Creek Narconon facility of Scientology. It’s a good thing that Vinnie is continuing to tackle the subject of StoneHawk and the alleged sub-par facilities and fraudulent nature of Scientology’s treatment.

In part one, Vinnie and his co-hosts read emails and take phone calls about last week’s show. One caller mentions “L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?” which I am re-reading right now. You can read the full book online or pick up a copy at Amazon. It’s a great book written by Bent Corydon who was a Scientology Mission Holder and had a great story to tell.

The caller says the book was written by L. Ron Hubbard Jr. which is inaccurate. He was a co-author of the book but withdrew his co-operation before the book was finished, amid pressure from Scientology. Hubbard accepted a settlement offer from Scientology and remained silent about the group afterwards but his prior assistance on the book was utilized and remained critical in making the book a success.

Vinne also reads an e-mail from Barbara Schwartz, a deeply troubled woman who spams the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology with her kooky rants about being the spawn of L. Ron Hubbard and Eisenhower. I never thought any radio show anywhere would ever utter her name but there you have it.

Segment two features features Kimberly Darr and Sheri Koenig from last week’s show. Kimberly’s fiancée, Dave Bowser, left Stonehawk recently. Sheri’s fiancée, Daryl, was kicked out of the the facility immediately after last week’s show aired. He was dropped off at a motel 20 miles away with a few dollars in his pocket. Sheri had to drive 11 hours through a snowstorm to pick him up.

Kim reports that Dave is in another non-Narconon program and doing better but traumatized by his experiences and facing trust-issues.

She has contact info for the authorities in Michigan. If you have complaints about the Narconon program, call John Wilhelmsen in charge of licensing for the State of Michigan at (517) 241-1970 and Jeannie Diver, the Quality Assurance Manager for the Mid-South Substance Abuse Commision at (517) 337-4406 extension 111.

Segment three continues to amaze as two more recent patients at Stone Hawk appear to corroborate the charges leveled in last week’s show. Doug from Indianapolis (not sure of the spelling of his last name “Kaneen”) was actually the roommate of Dave Bowser. Doug left the Stone Hawk program last weekend on the same day that Daryl was kicked out of the facility. Doug’s mother heard last week’s show and took Doug out of Stone Hawk immediately.

Cash Williams and his mother Theresa Nelson also appear. They talk not only about the conditions at Stone Hawk but also about settlement offers from Scientology. Theresa wants to warn other parents about sending their kids to Narconon.

The Scientology view of “Ethics” is discussed. Scientology ethics is nothing like what we in the wog world believe ethics to be. To be ethical in Scientology is to toe the party line and behave the way L. Ron Hubbard demanded. You are “Out-Ethics” if you disobey a Scientology order and are punished until you are brought back into line.

Segment four features phone calls from listeners. The first is Anna, a doctor who pushes another Scientology website for the detox program. She really, really believes in the program. Thank god, I was able to get through to Vinnie and let him know it was a Scientology site.

Why can’t Scientologists just be upfront? The doctor says “I don’t undersstand your question” when asked if it was a Narconon program she was involved with. That’s not that hard a question, whether English is your first language or not.

Bob from Glendale went through the program and praises it. He is a Scientologist and admits it. Good for you Bob. Be proud. By the way, Glendale is another stronghold of Scientology. I lived there for many years before I started researching the group. See how serendipitous life is?

Bob from Oklahoma calls in. Vinnie believed he was Per Wickstrom, which was a mistaken belief held by others who called in to warn Vinnie. After the first two callers, can you blame Vinnie from not trusting Bob. Turns out Bob’s son went through Narconon years ago…and the son is now a Scientologist. By the way, how many patients become Scientologists is the most important stat collected by Narconon.

A great show. Thanks again, Vinnie, for keeping on them and making a difference in so many people’s lives.

BBC Radio 1 Innoculates UK Youth

February 21, 2007

My sweet Magooski appeared in a radio documentary on BBC Radio1 today. Segment one starts with asking people in the street what they know about Scientology, then it’s on to an inside trip through St. Hill.

First lie from the official spokesperson from Scientology: George Orwell was the one who said “if you really want to make a fortune, start a religion,” not L. Ron Hubbard. Read more.

There’s talk of former lives and a denial of OTIII. Why do Scientologists lie to reporters? They are trained to.

Segment two has the host speaking to critics including Tory and Bonnie Woods. He gets the straight poop and then goes back to the Org. What happens next? Listen to the show and find out.

And Fair Game is fiction, just made up by someone? They’re right. It was made up by L. Ron Hubbard and used to destroy the lives of those who speak out about Scientology fraud and abuse.

Vinnie Has Stone Hawk Cornered

February 17, 2007

BROADCAST DATE: February 17th, 2007

The Many Moods of Vince Daniels Vince Daniels devoted the bulk of his radio show today to Scientology’s Narconon Stone Hawk drug rehab front group in Battlecreek, Michigan. It was a terrific show with people who were speaking out against their treatment at the facility for the first time. Vince even managed to get the executive director of the facility, Kate Wickstrom, and her husband, Per Wickstrom, on the show for a brief segment as well as Patty Pieniadz who ran Narconon Connecticut before leaving Scientology this past year.

Skip forward to about nine minutes in on this video to get to the start of the Scientology/Narconon material.

Here’s an earlier segment from the program featuring an expert from a non-scientology drug rehab program explaining how a non-abusive facility operates.

Segment one features Kimberly Darr and Sheri Koenig. Kimberly’s fiancée, Dave Bowser, left Stone Hawk recently but Sheri’s fiancée, Daryl, still remains in the Narconon program.

Part two features the comments of David Bowser who has been out of the program for a week and Melissa Kasey who left the Narconon program just hours before this show. Melissa’s mother, Lynn, also appears.

Part three is a little frustrating because they managed to get the Wickstroms on the show, including an angered Per who felt it important to pick up the extension suddenly and chime in, but there’s a bit more heat than information. It’s best to just get these Scientologist on the record answering questions than to take them on with heated exchanges. These are, after all, people who have been trained in bullbaiting.

The final segment is far too short. Patty Pieniadz talks about her experiences running Narconon Connecticut and working for Scientology’s dirty tricks division in the Office of Special Affairs. Hopefully she can be back for a full hour soon. She has a lot of info to share.

This was a great show and my thanks go out to Vinnie for continuing to tackle the subject. Already they have been digging up information on the guy and trying to smear him on the net. The frantic attempts to stop people from appearing on this show is a clear indication of how worried Scientology is about The Many Moods of Vince Daniels.

Here’s an earlier segment from the program featuring an expert from a non-scientology drug rehab program explaining how a non-abusive facility operates.

Keep it up, Vinnie. You’re helping a lot of people.

17 Days

February 11, 2007

Lisa McPhersonAs Kristi Wachter reminds us, this would have been Lisa McPherson’s 48th birthday had she not died while being held captive for 17 days in Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel.

This past week, I have been posting more video onto YouTube, including several important shows on Lisa.

This “48 Hours” episode was one of the earliest shows I made available on the web, back in 1998.  It predates the birth of my website XENU TV.   It is also one of the broadcasts which made me determined to speak out about the abusive nature of Scientology.

The following three shows from “Inside Edition” are also important. The show had a reputation of being tabloid and light-weight but these reports prove otherwise.  They stayed on Scientology’s ass and uncovered some important information, showing along the way how callously Scientology could treat one of their members and how casually they could lie to a reporter.

Lisa McPhersonKristi has updated her website on Lisa McPherson. It would be a good time to drop by her site, check out the information and drop Kristi a note of thanks for all she has done to research Scientology and document their fraud and abuse.

I also have many other shows on Lisa over at my website, along with links to Jeff Jacobsen’s site, court documents from the trials and more.

Back on Vince Daniels

February 3, 2007

BROADCAST DATE:  February 3rd, 2007

The Many Moods of Vince DanielsI returned to the Vince Daniels show today, this time by phone. It was a kind of painful program for me and you can hear it in my voice because I had to speak about a lot of painful topics. The first one being the arrest yesterday of Keith Henson.

It was a last minute addition to the show which I was hoping to go into at the open the show. Thankfully, Barb had emailed Vince Daniels about it before we went on air and he also wanted to address it right off the top.

I’ve met Keith several times. I like him. He’s a decent guy but he can do some dopey things that are not in his best interest. The bottom line is he doesn’t deserve to be in jail.

Keith was protesting Scientology in Hemet when Stacey Moxon died. Scientology tried to lure him away with a free breakfast before the police and medical crews arrived. They wanted to ensure that Keith wouldn’t discover something was wrong and start snapping pictures.

While Keith had been picketing, Stacey Moxon, the daughter of Scientology legal guru Kendrick Moxon, had been electrocuted in an underground electrical vault. At first, Scientology reported to the authorities a vehicle accident. Then it turned into a building fire before the reality of the situation was inescapable.

Scientology next said Stacey went below ground into the dangerous chamber to rescue a baby squirrel. After decades of shore stories (Scientology’s term for outright lies), who can tell what really happened other than a young girl, dedicated to her “religion” as a dutiful Sea Org member was dead.

Keith’s trial was a farce. The word Scientology was not allowed to be uttered. The attorney decided to put on NO defense. He rested, saying the state refused to prove their case. Keith was found guilty of interfering with a religion and sentenced to a year in jail. He fled to Canada, was denied political asylum and snuck back into the US. He will likely be extradited back to Riverside County and face more time.

He and his wife lost their home, lost their incomes and pretty much lost everything for standing up to Scientology. He made some mistakes and some BIG ones but this is still an injustice.

We spoke a bit about journalist Paulette Cooper who suffered mightily at the hands of Scientology’s Guardian’s Office. She spoke about the many covert ops they ran on her at the 1982 Clearwater Hearings:

Read her book, “The Scandal of Scientology” on-line. Check out her official website and drop her a line of thanks for all she’s done.

Then we turned to the topic of Bob Minton. Here’s some info on Bob I put together when I was working for him at the LMT in Clearwater Florida, including the Bob Minton Harassment Timeline. This is the Bob Minton I know and admire:

We ended up talking about the sad end of the Lisa McPherson civil case. The LMT was named for Lisa McPherson. I have a collection of material on Lisa at XENU TV including a link to all the court transcripts of the civil trial. I didn’t do the story justice, watching the closing minutes tick away, wondering how to condense years of legal wrangling into what time was left while not wanting to stir up crap on the net.

If you look at how much time I spent setting up the Keith Henson story when that was just supposed to be a couple minutes of airtime, you can see how long-winded I can get. I had a brutally honest co-worker years ago who would see me start to talk and and immediately say, “GET TO THE POINT!’

Anyway, all of these people were victims of Scientology’s Fair Game doctrine and that’s what I wanted to highlight today. I hope there was some nuggets of interesting material in the show and that I kept the sucking to a minimum. You be the judge. Yes, I’m looking at you, Shirley Jean Wilson.

I hope I did these people justice. It’s hard to say. I left the show feeling very drained. Hopefully I get a chance to cover some of the other aspects of Scientology’s fraud and abuse on another show. I would like that.