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NARCONON Chilocco, 1989 - 1993 summary
Written by Tilman Hausherr
Fairly long table in document; may take some time to load and display


Here's a summary about the articles about Narconon Chilocco in Oklahoma, from the FACTNet file.

It started with a series of articles and editorials by Bob Lobsinger, owner and editor of The Newkirk Herald Journal. The editorials were extremely cool and funny - Bob would make a good a.r.s. poster, and somewhat reminds me of "The Squirrelle".

At the beginning, Narconon had said that they have no ties with the Co$, and A.B.L.E. showed up as an "independent" group praising Narconon. They obviously thought that people out there were dumb.

They made one mistake: not "investigating" the local library. Bob Lobsinger went there, found out that NARCONON is bullshit, and wrote it.

I have never seen so much scientologists lying in one file. (OK, it was 750K big)

Not everything is by Bob Lobsinger: other newspapers also reported.

I do not have information after 1993. Everything is welcome !

European date format because that's the way I like it.

27.4.1989 "Narconon-Chilocco Drug Treatment Plant May Be Part Of Notorious Religious Cult", by Bob Lobsinger

This article pictures basically explains what scientology is about, also tells that the arrests in Spain were because of the Narconon scams.

"Backwater Cowboys":
"Their own propaganda says their treatments 'cannot be construed as a recommendation of medical treatment or medication and it is undertaken or delivered by anyone on his own responsibility.' In other words, if it don't work, tough cookies."
He calls them
"mental messiahs with forked tongues"
and
"The Oklahoma Health Planning Commission, which must have had its head plugged into an E-meter not to discover the true nature of this malignity."
Sounds to me like Bob is inspired by "Bob" !

(he apologizes for this publicly later)
11.5.1989 "State Boys Say Chilocco Is A Done Deal"

A meeting with city officials doesn't change anything.

"If It Looks Like A Duck, Don't Overlook the Obvious"

another funny editorial:
"Narconon, it rams out, is a wonderful program after all:
They said so."
Lobsinger also says that the head of Mr. Miles is not hooked to an e-meter.
18.5.1989 "Planned Newkirk Drug Clinic May Be World's Biggest"
By Michael McNutt, Enid Bureau
"Harold Miles, with the State Department of Health and a member of the Health Planning Commission which approved a certificate of need license for Narconon in January, said no one opposed the organization then and now it is too late to appeal the state decision. Narconon still must get a license and be certified by the state, Miles said. "
8.6.1989 A press release issued Monday by Hogarth [from A.B.L.E.] said that Narconon has obtained a Certificate of Need from the Oklahoma State Planning Commission to establish a 75-bed facility at Chilocco for drug and alcohol abusers. Opening of the facility is now scheduled for September, according to Hogarth.

The journal also reprinted articles from the SP Times (and you bet those articles were not favorable for scientology)
27.6.1989 Mail From Everywhere...
Newkirk Mayor Launches Narconon Inquiry After Receiving Adverse Reports From At Least Five Other States
17.8.1989 Commission, Chamber, School Board City Leaders Call For State Review Of Narconon Program At Chilocco Indian School North Of Town
31.8.1989 Narconon Researches Opposition
Scientology Group Hires Investigator, Buys Ad
14.9.1989 State Worker Linked To Narconon Promoter
Mental Health Staffer's Activities Probed
As an employee of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, Leroy Bridges "actively lobbied" his colleagues in support of Narconon International's proposed drug treatment center near Newkirk, a memo states.
12.9.1989 Newkirk biz club unanimously votes to writes letter of commendation to Bob Lobsinger
2.11.1989 Ponca [tribe] Question Legality Of Chilocco Lease Agreement
(without date) About a year ago, Narconon said they would be completely under Oklahoma jurisdiction and would comply with Oklahoma health Department requirements and all other state laws. Saturday, on KFOR-TV, Narconon told the world that they are on Indian Land, and not subject to Oklahoma rules and laws.

Surprise, surprise. More lies, more lies.
28.6.1990 The National National Chilocco Alumni Association Unanimously Passes Resolution And Position Statement Opposing Narconon
5.7.1990 John Carraro is Narconon Patient Says Center Treating Mostly Non-Indians

(still unlicensed and uncertified)
2.8.1990 State [health department] Asks Court For Injunction To Halt Narconon Operation At Chilocco
13.9.1990 Judge Gives Narconon 30 Days To Comply With State Law
A judge on Friday ordered the Oklahoma Department of Mental health to determine by next month whether a substance abuse center operating without state approval should be certified to remain open. In the meantime, the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center will be allowed to operate, but is prohibited from accepting new patients, according to an order issued by District Judge Neat Beckman.

[And who is Narconon's lawyer ? Tim Bowles !]

Narconon last month applied to have its program certified by the Mental Health Department. An agency spokeswoman said then that Narconon's program could not be inspected sooner than November and that the State Mental Health Board would not act until January.

If Narconon wins certification from the Mental Health Department, it still must be licensed by the Health Department.
13.9.1990 Seems that NARCONON is not paying their bills to the local businesspeople. Bob's comment:
"Funny how they can find the money to pay for the smoke and mirror show but can't find the money for the hardware behind it."
27.9.1990 Fires starting on Indian land will no longer be extinguisched by the Newkirk Fire Department.

Reason: an unpaid $1,400 bill sent to Narconon for fighting a wild trash fire, and an outstanding $300.00 bill for a fire run to Chilocco several years ago before Narconon
9.10.1990 Narconon did take a patient anyway: Darrell Ayoub of CA.
11.10.199 Meeting of both parties
8.11.1990 State Mental Health And Substance Abuse Board To Consider Narconon Certification At Today's Meeting
Early last week, according to sources, a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts was to have visited the facility, but was denied access by Narconon officials. The panel was to have been headed by Jerrold Jaffe, a drug abuse and treatment expert with the federal government; Dr. L.J. West, professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles; and David Dietch, who has served as chief executive of a large chain of drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S.

Last Thursday, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department officials completed and released to Narconon it's recommendation that the facility not be certified.

Narconon managed to get Judge Leaman Freeman to toss out the State Mental Health Department staff reconunendation against the certification of Narconon. "Biased", he said.
20.12.1990
A state agency barred by a court order from inspecting a Kay county substance abuse center named a Tulsa man Thursday to evaluate the facility. Dr. John Chelf, a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in addiction, will make the review and report to the State Mental health Board, said Rosemary Brown, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.

The Kaw Tribe has approved a resolution calling for the termination of the lease between the Chilocco Development Authority and Narconon International, Inc.

Reason: they are not paying their lease regularly, and are suspected to dump solid waste on Indian property.
(no dates) Narconon "somehow" gets Bob's subscriber mailing list.

Bob and two Oklahoma journalists will be speaking at a CAN conference on Nov. 1st. Usual threats by phone are reported.

Lobsinger gets CAN's Leo Ryan award.
6.5.1991 TIME magazine prints "The cult of greed", which is reprinted in Bob's paper.
24.10.1991 Narconon Granted Further Licensing Delay By State Board Of Mental Health

One testimony:
"Ms. Alley, who said she broke her cocaine habit after undergoing a Narconon program in Los Angeles, advised the board members not to worry about details and to certify Narconon because the treatment works."

Another:
Dr. Forrest Tennant: "Does it work? Beats me. There's no scientific evidence that it does. What's important is they apparently don't hurt."

Bob's comment:
"It appears that if you offer a drug treatment program that consists of standing on your head, eating mashed potatoes, and reciting Alice in Wonderland while chewing bubble gum, you have a fair chance of getting certified as legitimate health care in Oklahoma. As long as it "doesn't hurt anyone." All you need is a TV barmaid to swear it worked for her."
xx.11.1991: Judge Freeman last November grants a stay for Narconon Chilocco that allowed the facility to remain open and to accept new patients while it went through the state licensing process.
10.12.1991 Good Inspection Won't Ensure Narconon Permit
A controversial drug and alcohol treatment center seeking state certification received high scores on a recent state inspection, but that is no guarantee of certification, a state official said Monday.
19.12.1991 State Mental Health Board Denies Narconon Certification Bid
26.12.1991 Freeman Gets Narconon Appeal

The article describes Narconon's "Judge shopping" tactics: from Kay County to Oklahoma County. Narconon has appealed the state mental health board's denial of certification for the facility.
9.1.1992 Narconon Denied Request to Accept Former Patient

Judge Freeman denies wish to accept a former patient.
16.1.1992 Narconon Files Appeal To Operate Center

The article decribes that Narconon filed a petition for a judicial review in the Ponca City division of Kay County District Court. [more judge shopping ?!]
2.2.1992 Narconon Loses Bid To Stay

Oklahoma County district Judge Freeman denied a request from Narconon Chilocco New Life Center to remain open and accept new patients because the facility never has been licensed.
6.2.1992 Narconon Ordered To Move Patients, End Treatments
Narconon Chilocco New Life Center was ordered Friday (Jan. 31) to move its patients out and stop providing drug and alcohol abuse treatment in 10 days. Oklahoma County District Judge John Amick set the Feb. 10 deadline after he denied another request from the unlicensed facility to remain open and admit new patients.
5.3.1992 Narconon Tries Defense On Indian Sovereignty
Lawyers for an unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment center argued Thursday that it is exempt from state regulations under the cloak of Indian sovereignty.

But state lawyers, in a hearing in which the Oklahoma State Department of Health is seeking a court injunction to shut down Narconon Chilocco, said the facility' s location is not enough to claim Indian sovereignty. Narconon Chilocco is a non-Indian entity that treats non-Indians, Robert Cole, a lawyer for the health department said.
12.3.1992 Narconon To Ignore BIA Order To Close Chilocco Facility
An unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment center on Indian land will continue to treat patients despite receiving notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs that it should close because it violated terms of its lease, the facility's president said.
9.4.1992 Narconon, Critics Spar as Hearing Nears
With a crucial court date coming up next month, representatives of Narconon Chilocco New Life Center are trying to silence their most vocal critics.

Narconon lawyers sought telephone records and Lobsinger's files on the center because Lobsinger sent state officials articles about Narconon International, the center' s parent organization, and the Church of Scientology, which has ties with Naconon. Lobsinger eventually complied with a court order last month to answer questions about his correspondence with state officials, but he was not required to turn over his records. However, he may be charged court costs, which could reach about $3,000 with attorney fees.

The center has issued a news release quoting Oklahoma County District Judge Freeman describing Lobsinger as "an obnoxious smart alec so and so." Freeman, who excused himself from the case after receiving mail from Lobsinger said he refused to answer him because "I wouldn' t put myself in the gutter with him."

In refusing to release his records, Lobsinger sought protection under state shield laws that protect news reporters.

Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens ordered Lobsinger to answer their questions.

"I'm adamantly opposed to newspaper people using their newspaper as a club and a shield and basically saying they can do anything they want because they are affiliated with the newspaper, and this is what is happening in this case," Owens said. "This was not a newsman working on a story, but a newsman on a personal crusade."
11.6.92 Commission Ignores Narconon Request For Newkirk Fire, Ambulance Protection

... because Narconon is not paying their bills.
about 4.7.92 In the meantime:
Narconon then went back to court to try to collect $7,000.00 in costs and fees because of the "delay" I had caused them by refusing to answer. Judge Owens agreed, but only allowed them $2,150.00. The decision was made not to pay; however citizens in Newkirk are holding fund-raisers to collect the money, which will be sent directly to Judge Owens.

The Tonkawa Tribe, one of the five who own Chilocco, has decided to go into the Health Regulation business and set up their own Health Department (probably courtesy of Narconon lawyers) which immediately certified Narconon.

Narconon also applied to CARF (Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities) out of Tuscon, AZ., for accreditation. CARF sent several investigators to Narconon, which immediately hired two of them as "consultants". CARF granted Narconon a one year accreditation.

Narconon has asked for another hearing before the Mental Health Board, hoping to receive an "exception" to the state law requiring state certification because they are accredited by CARF. That hearing is supposed to be in July.
13.6.92 A Resolution Duly Adopted by the Membership of the Chilocco National Alumni Association condemning the Narconon actions toward the Newkirk Herald-Journal
(no date) Narconon has also asked for a new trial in Kay County Court since Oklahoma County Court refused to overturn the Mental Health Board's decision not to license them. And in addition, they have asked the Mental Health Board to consider giving them an "exemption" from state law since they have obtained C.A.R.F. accreditation.
20.8.92 State Board OKs Exemption For Narconon
The Oklahoma Board of Mental health and Substance Abuse Services voted unanimously Friday to exempt the facility from a requirement to be certified by the state.

Narconon Chilocco still must be licensed by the state Health Department. The state licensing would be based primarily on whether a facility's buildings, which were the old Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk, meet fire and safety codes.

The health department could rule the center does not need a state license, harry Woods, a lawyer for Narconon Chilocco, said. "I expect that the department of health will recognize that with this exemption from certification, Narconon can lawfully operate in Oklahoma," Woods said. "The form of the action would either be a license, or a decision by them that we don't need a license ."
27.10.92 Narconon granted license from state health agency
The Oklahoma State Department of Health issued a license Monday to the drug and alcohol abuse center, marking the first time since it opened for business more than two years ago that it officially can be called legal.

The license issued Monday dealt with the structures and buildings making up Narconon Chilocco, located on the campus of the old Chilocco Indian school about six miles north of Newkirk. The license is good for a year and can be renewed.

State licensing makes it easier for Narconon Chilocco or its patients to get reimbursement for its services through insurance companies.
(no date) Meanwhile...

Lobsinger receives call that staff are not paid timely.
29.10.1992 Late Narconon Pay, Tie to Scientology Hit
Several former employees of Narconon Chilocco New Life Center criticized the facility Wednesday for failing to promptly pay their salaries and overtime, and claimed that the recently licensed drug and alcohol abuse facility is a front for the Church of Scientology.
(no date) TIME's Richard Behar receives CAN's Leo Ryan award; Lobsinger got it in 1991.
25.2.93 Narconon's State Taxes Overdue; Warrant Filed
27.2.93 Narconon Chilocco Pays Taxes
Feb. 1993 Bob Lobsinger Wins Beachy Musselman Award from the Oklahoma Press Accociation For Research of Narconon Facility Near Newkirk
6.3.1993 Narconon's Trash Service Halted
An official of a sanitation company said Friday the firm has stopped trash and garbage pickup service for a drug and alcohol abuse center because it failed to pay its bill. Gary Davis, owner of Davis Sanitation of Tonkawa, said Narconon Chilocco New Life Center has not paid its trash service bill in more than four months.
25.3.1993 Indian Leaders Want Narconon Chilocco Audit
Payments the tribes receive from Narconon Chilocco usually are tardy. "They haven't paid us with a payment since last September,"
14.2.93 Addendum (don't know authored by who)
In spite of their own opinion of the Narconon treatment program, the Oklahoma State Board of Mental Health in August 1992 granted Narconon-Chilocco an exemption from the requirement of state certification because they had shown evidence of obtaining certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF).

In exchange, Narconon agreed to drop a number of lawsuits against the department, the state, and the individuals on the board.

Documents exist that show Narconon hired the first two "inspectors" CARF sent to Narconon Chilocco to evaluate their program. One of them reportedly married the Narconon director of Education recently in a Scientology ceremony performed by a Scientology "minister."

Rumors abound that CARF has been infiltrated by the Narconon organization, and that one Ken McGreggor serves as an official on both boards. This has yet to be independently substantiated, however.

The Mental Health Board of the State of Oklahoma pointed out that the exemption granted to Narconon was entirely based on state statute that allows for such exemption. The board's attorney, Patrick Ryan, said, "That's different from certifying them. The board has not ever, and did not by today's action, give a stamp of approval of NARCONON".

Narconon-Chilocco (the largest drug rehabilitation program in the world, according to Narconon propaganda) today has about 15 staff people and 12 patients by recent report, (all previous graduates of the program who obviously were not cured of anything or they wouldn't be back again), and some foreign "trainees" who pay them to work there.

Narconon Chilocco has been forced, within the last month, to pay something in excess of $15,000.00 to former employees in settlements.


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