Tony Ortega: Leaked Scientology scripts direct the unsuspecting to Narconon

Discussion in 'Narconon' started by The Wrong Guy, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    On Facebook this morning, Tony posted this:

    LEAKED: Former Narconon employees tell us that the Scientology drug rehab network begins its deceptions with generic-looking websites that lead the unsuspecting to telephone operators who pose as impartial sources of information. But those employees follow scripts that help them push callers to the Scientology facilities. We now have those scripts, and they are as blatantly deceiving as you would imagine.

    Scientology Scripts Direct the Unsuspecting to Narconon | The Underground Bunker

    Some remarkable documents hit the Internet yesterday. They appear to be actual scripts used by employees who answer the phone numbers listed at drug rehab information websites with generic-sounding names.

    The websites claim to deliver impartial advice about drug rehabilitation programs, but many of them are in fact front operations for Scientology’s rehab network, Narconon. According to the scripts — as well as confirmation by several former employees — the people who answer these phone calls are instructed to do everything they can to convince a family to send a potential patient to a Narconon center (and they earn a large bounty for doing so).

    It’s the first step in Narconon’s deceptive business model, which has come under intense scrutiny in the past year because of deaths at centers in Oklahoma and Georgia. Before patients arrive at the centers, however, they must be convinced to go there. And that’s where these scripts come in.

    Researcher Mary McConnell obtained the scripts from a source inside the Southern California Narconon network — known as “Narconon Fresh Start” — and posted them to a Scribd account and to the Reaching for the Tipping Point Forum, which keeps a close eye on Scientology’s drug rehab program.

    While it’s not unusual for businesses to provide scripts to their telephone operators, particularly in telemarketing firms, the Narconon scripts are remarkable for how plainly they spell out Scientology’s total influence over the process and the deceptive methods used to answer the questions of callers.

    As we’ve reported numerous times previously, the Narconon network insists to reporters that it is not connected to the Church of Scientology. In fact, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard tasked his Guardian’s Office — the church’s legal and intelligence wing, which was replaced by the Office of Special Affairs — to use Narconon and other front groups as a way to improve Scientology’s image. Today, church leader David Miscavige touts Narconon’s statistics at big annual church events, and only members of Scientology’s inner hardcore, the “Sea Org,” can staff the Association for Better Living and Education, the umbrella corporation that licenses Narconon International.

    Narconon is a Scientology enterprise. And that’s quite obvious from the telephone scripts.

    With jargon like “build ARC,” “dead agent material,” “reg cycle,” “out rudiments,” “PTS,” “stable datum,” and more, it’s clear that these scripts are written by Scientologists for Scientologists.

    In fact, several of them are signed by Chris Bauge, Narconon Fresh Start’s deputy executive director, who has a history of Scientology involvement. Tax records show that Bauge was paid $256,543 in salary and $11,015 in other compensation by Narconon Fresh Start in 2011, the last year the organization’s records are available.

    We called Narconon Fresh Start yesterday, explained why we were calling to the person who answered the phone, but were then told to call Narconon International — Narconon Fresh Start’s licensing body. We did as we were told and left a message. We’re still waiting for a reply.

    McConnell posted several different scripts that tend to have much in common. They instruct a Narconon employee, when he or she receives a call, to spend some time getting basic information about how the caller is connected to the potential patient, and gather more data about the full family situation, which seems prudent. But then, the operator is instructed to convince the caller that things are worse than he or she may have believed.

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  2. Random guy Member

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  3. Glad to see this being addressed. I've actually had to warn a co-worker about this shit when the need for a rehab for a family member arose.

    Those who would prey on the desparate and unsuspecting need to be alerted on and taken down by the closing of legal loopholes that allow such parasites to exist..
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  4. Anonymous Member

    It's just win after win after win after win
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    How Google is getting gamed in the fight both for and against the Church of Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, June 28, 2016


    Bryan Seely contacted us recently saying that he’d found some really interesting things about the way Google Maps was being manipulated to benefit Scientology’s drug rehab program, Narconon. Bryan is a fascinating character. He’s a “white hat” hacker, who uses his hacking abilities to help corporations understand where they’re vulnerable. And his work on Google Maps is well known — he showed how gaming Google Maps could be used to intercept calls intended for the FBI. Wow.

    Anyway, he told us that he’d happened on what looked like a major scam — shady websites were being used to send the unsuspecting to Narconon when they were looking for drug rehabs.

    We told him that at least part of that story has been around a long time. Four years ago, for example, we revealed that Lucas Catton, a former president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead, had decided to come forward to expose Narconon’s deceptive business practices. And those practices included fake referral websites preying on unsuspecting parents desperate to find a rehab for their son or daughter, often on the orders of a criminal court.

    Catton said he knew about how those websites operated, because he’d operated several himself:

    The websites are designed to be as generic as possible, saying nothing about Scientology, and they are created to capture people searching online for information about rehab centers. Convincing people who call in for more information to send someone to a Narconon center then earns that referrer a commission, typically ten percent of the $30,000 Narconon centers charge.

    “I had a couple of dozen websites, some people have many more than that,” he says. “They’re basically unbranded websites for attracting people looking for some kind of drug treatment help. We had people manning the phone lines. And the whole pitch was to get them over to Narconon.”

    He adds that he would help people find non-Scientology treatment programs as well. “Did I make most of my money for Narconon? Yes, of course I did.”

    The people behind such websites have scripts all written out for them that help them push people to Narconon. We published examples from those scripts after some of them managed to get leaked out.

    Now, what Seely, the ethical hacker, has added to that story, and which was explained beautifully at an excellent post by Brian Krebs at his Krebs on Security website, is that Google Maps is being gamed with fake customer reviews in order to direct as many people as possible to those bogus Narconon referral websites.

    Seely and Krebs managed to flush out a Hawaiian operator named John Harvey who had posted bogus 5-star reviews at Google Maps for 82 phantom drug centers in an attempt to direct people to Narconon referral websites. Once he was contacted by Krebs, Harvey yanked them all down.

    Seely was really invigorated by his investigation, and tells us he’s going to continue to look into ways that Scientology or its front groups are manipulating Google with fake reviews.

    We look forward to seeing what he comes up with. On the other hand, however, Scientology’s critics have also found a way to game Google Maps for their battle.

    William Drummond, a former Scientologist who lives in England, has been working hard to make the public in Plymouth, the coastal city in England, aware that Scientology is trying to raise funds for an Ideal Org there. And as part of his protest, he discovered something really amusing about Google Maps.

    Drummond tells us he noticed that a user can post images to Google Maps. Usually, this results in tourists, for example, posting their photos of local attractions for those using Google to find out what a place is like. Drummond, however, decided to try posting some images critical of Scientology to the Google Maps listing for the local Church of Scientology in Plymouth.

    To his surprise, he found that the images he posted soon dominated the Google Maps listing.

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  6. TorontosRoot Member

    Now it's up to viliganties like us to wipe the cult off. ;)
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  7. Tony Ortega, Bryan Seely and co., thanks so much for your relentless pursuit in exposing this extremely dangerous, disgusting continuation of Scientology's Narconon scam by these criminals. They 'Know' it doesn't work and have to disguise the Scientology connections to sell it. There are no properly trained medical personnel involved in physical treatment or drug rehab counseling, none, zero.
    Shame on Google for allowing this manipulation of their site for dangerous misleading advertising.

    I've known of Lucas Catton's involvement in this horrendous scam for quite some time, he was one of the biggest and worst conmen involved. I applaud him for coming forward if he's finally left Scientology and Narconon for good and wish him the best in overcoming the LRH mindfuck. It's fantastic to see him come forward though and many thanks to the Underground Bunker, WWP, and others for providing providing the forums to help expose the brutal abuses of Scientology.

    Their absurd Narconon program is responsible for many deaths and countless physical, emotional and financial damage done to thousands of addicts at 25 to 30 thousand apiece for nothing more than repackaged 100% Scientology courses, LRH 5 hour sweating rundowns in a sauna and medically dangerous LRH vitamin and mineral concoctions that he pulled out of his ass including toxic levels of niacin.

    Desperate people read these promotions of 75% success rates not knowing it's all Scientology horseshit that does absolutely nothing, nothing to cure drug addiction.

    If Narconon actually did succeed as they claim in their scam promotions, they wouldn't have to hide anything, it's a big lie, an enormous unconscionable scam and all participating in this massive fraud should be arrested and prosecuted especially the biggest beneficiary of all, David Miscavige.

    Google or YouTube: David Love and Colin Henderson
    Loads of information exposing the horrendous Narconon scam.
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  9. ZeroC Member

    Glad to see the Brian Krebs article has already been posted/mentioned.

    Hope the various people who are still around these parts are well. Keep up the good fight.
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  10. Thanks for the well wishes. Maybe it's time for you to return to the good fight, with a new and improved handle? Or maybe you're just here for a cameo? Good to see you again, regardless.
  11. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Lucas has been out for years. CBA to dig up the threads.
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  12. The first time he left, he continued on for years making money from Narconon. Time flies, he could be a few years railing against it for real now. I remember he was bad news for a long time with Arrowhead and Narconon.

    He wasn't far out enough after he left his position as President of Narconon Arrowhead many years ago(I think around 2005) that he continued to sell Narconon for 6 or 7 years making about 200 grand a year through 2011 with many $3,000.00 per addict in commisssions for the dangerous $30,0000.00 Narconon program that does absolutely nothing to treat drug addiction. He participated for a long time in the scam.

    Lucas sold the 75% success rate making loads of cash for himself long after leaving post, pretty despicable character during that time (Scientology has that affect on too many members). It's nice to see that he finally changed his ways, it's awesome that he exposes it all now, he's well on his way to making reparations, I hope.
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Lucas Catton: ‘Narconon and the Church of Scientology are committing fraud daily’

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, January 26, 2019


    In 2013, Lucas Catton self-published ‘Have You Told All,’ a remarkable book about his experience as the president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead. He also appeared in an episode of the former investigative news program Rock Center, and he showed up here at the Bunker in several stories. Since then, he pulled his book from sale and has largely gone quiet. But he knew we were interested in excerpting his book for our Scientology Lit series, and he sent us a statement, which we’ve included after the excerpt.

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