Why is the press so timid about outing Scientology’s many front groups?

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology in Santa Clarita

    By Melissa Lampert, Santa Clarita Gazette, August 6, 2015

    A new drug education program for teens set to be launched by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in September was created by a nonprofit organization with alleged links to the Church of Scientology.

    Called the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the organization has repeatedly been linked with the drug rehabilitation center Narconon International, which was created based on the beliefs of the Church of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

    While there are no known claims about the youth program, called “The Truth About Drugs,” including any elements of scientology, past anti-drug programs and pamphlets affiliated with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World have allegedly been tied to Narconon International.

    For example, the foundation’s “Drug-Free Marshal” program was pulled from five elementary schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2008 after it was allegedly discovered that a copyright notice on the pamphlets named two Scientology-sponsored organizations – including Narconon International – alongside the foundation, Las Cruces Sun News reported.

    The Santa Ana Police Department in California also reportedly stopped distributing anti-drug pamphlets provided by the foundation after an OC Weekly reporter claimed he was directed to Narconon when he called the number on the pamphlet asking where to get help for drug abuse.

    Prior to the creation of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a free Narconon anti-drug education program hosted in at least 39 California school districts between 2000 and 2005 was pulled from schools after a state evaluation found that its curriculum offered “inaccurate and unscientific information,” according to the news/media website SF Gate.

    The evaluation was allegedly requested by former State Superintendent Jack O’Connell following reports from The San Francisco Chronicle that the Narconon program had introduced students to beliefs and methods of scientology without their knowledge.

    While there are no explicit ties between the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and the Church of Scientology on the foundation’s website, a description of the foundation can be found on the church’s website, In addition, Richard Henley, a foundation representative, reportedly told the Las Cruces Sun News that the connection between the Church of Scientology and the Foundation for a Drug-Free World is “acknowledged” in foundation videos.


    “The Truth About Drugs” classes are set to begin in Santa Clarita the second week of September and conclude in November.

    SCV Sheriff’s Station officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment Wednesday.

    The full article with comments is here:

    Why is the press so timid about outing Scientology’s many front groups?

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, August 8, 2015

    We’re very happy to see a small publication like the Santa Clarita Express in Southern California expose a Scientology front group for what it is. Reporter Melissa Lampert revealed in her Thursday story that the local branch of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office will be offering a class put on by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World for teens in September. We hope that kind of pressure makes the Sheriff’s Office think about whether it really wants to get into bed with Scientology. But we felt for Lampert as we saw her strain to make the case that there is some kind of connection between Foundation for a Drug-Free World and Scientology:

    Called the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the organization has repeatedly been linked with the drug rehabilitation center Narconon International, which was created based on the beliefs of the Church of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

    Wow, that sounds tenuous, doesn’t it? Some guy named Hubbard who was behind Scientology also created a drug program which has been “linked” to Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

    We see reporters get into this problem again and again when just a phone call to someone like Mike Rinder or Marc or Claire Headley or any number of other former important Scientology executives could confirm that Foundation for a Drug-Free World, its “Truth About Drugs” campaign, Narconon, and a dozen other front groups are not just “affiliated” with Scientology but are Scientology, and they don’t do a thing without the approval of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

    It’s Miscavige, after all, who stands up at annual events and says outright that these groups are the leading edge of Scientology’s “advancement.” Plenty of clips of him saying that already abound on the web, you don’t have to take our word for it.

    And how about a photograph to help make the case? A very telling photo can be found on Scientology’s own website in an article boasting about its new “Scientology Dissemination & Distribution Center,” which opened a few years ago in Los Angeles.

    Note that that’s not the “Scientology-Affiliated Dissemination & Distribution Center” or the “Scientology-Related Dissemination & Distribution Center.” No, it’s the “Scientology Dissemination & Distribution Center.”


    Glamorous Meghan Fialkoff in New York and other Foundation members around the world pretend that they’re not working for Scientology as they hand out this stuff by the truckload, doing their best to make the public think L. Ron Hubbard was some kind of anti-drug genius, part of a broader campaign to get people interested in Scientology itself. And only when a disillusioned Scientologist finally leaves do they learn that Hubbard was a drug addict who didn’t understand the first thing about drug rehabilitation.

    But go ahead, LA Sheriff’s office, feel good about helping Scientology get its hooks into some teens in your neighborhood.

    The full article with comments is here:
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  2. Random guy Member

    Splendid! The front groups need moar exposure!
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  6. fishypants Moderator

    They're afraid of legal action.
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    This post is also in the What people are saying about Scientology on YouTube thread, here:

    Scientology Infiltration into Society: Front Groups

    Published by Chris Shelton on November 19, 2015

    The Church of Scientology does not just draw people in through its various churches and missions, but also has a worldwide network of front groups. The "social betterment groups" are not obviously connected to Scientology and even deny any direct connection, yet do nothing but use 100% Scientology methods.

    This is the first of a series of videos I'm making to expose these front groups so people are not fooled by them.
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