On August 29, 1972, L. Ron Hubbard praised his Guardian’s Office (GO) of “running the Narconon Program over the world….in the competent hands of Guardian personal.” Some observers outside the Church have characterized the department as an intelligence agency, comparing it variously to the CIA, the Secret Service, and the KGB.
Although Scientology vehemently denies that Narconon is part of or controlled by their intelligence unit, Canada’s director of OSA, Yvette Shank, was at Narconon Trois-Rivieres shortly before the rehab was closed. A message sent to me on February 29th, confirmed “she [Yvette] was there.”
A government report received November 21, 2012, questioned the director of Narconon Trois-Rivieres why Jean Larivière, the director of Montreal’s OSA, was in communication with Narconon. “It is in the Church’s interest that Narconon continue operating because it promotes L. Ron Hubbard’s methodology….” replied the Narconon director.
The Office of Special Affairs or OSA (formerly the Guardian’s Office) is a department of the Church of Scientology responsible for directing legal affairs, public relations, pursuing investigations, publicizing the Church’s “social betterment works,” and “overseeing its’ social reform programs”.
The Guardian’s Office was established in 1966 to gather information on agencies and individuals deemed enemies of Scientology. The office functioned effectively as an Intelligence Bureau of the Church of Scientology, and planted members in key positions within federal government agencies, in order to obtain confidential material.
During the 1970’s, Operation Snow White was the Church of Scientology’s name for a conspiracy to purge unfavorable records about Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. This project included a series of infiltrations and thefts from 136 government agencies, foreign embassies and consulates, as well as private organizations critical of Scientology, carried out by Church members, in more than 30 countries; the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history with up to 5,000 covert agents.
Eleven highly-placed Church executives were eventually convicted of wiretapping, and theft of documents in government offices, most notably those of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Some media reporting still infers that Narconon is ‘linked’ to Scientology, but when documents are examined; Scientology drug rehabs are separate in corporate name only.
In a Narconon News, Volume 6, Issue 3, it’s clear that the drug rehab is L. Ron Hubbard’s pride and joy, stating: “Narconon helps get people up Ron’s Bridge to Freedom. Narconon is the Bridge to the Bridge.”
A Scientologist moves up The Bridge to Total Freedom, or simply “The Bridge”, to a state of Clear when one has freed oneself from the “reactive mind”. The Bridge is broken down into two parallel paths, Training and Processing.
Processing addresses the Scientology devotee’s “case” or how they function in life as influenced by their “aberrations”. The Training path teaches Hubbard’s theories on the nature of life and the universe and the techniques of auditing.
The Narconon program has these very same Scientology Training Routines and Auditing Sessions throughout the indoctrination process. Scientology volumes are used by the Scientologist Case Supervisor to assess each Narconon student’s ‘Case’.
Many Narconon student graduates are recruited onto staff and become Scientologists; continuing to work at the drug rehab – others relapse and repeat the program again. Some redo the program 2 and even up to 4 or more times.
For those who see the CON in Narconon and demand a refund or speak to media about being deceived or abused, Scientology is swift to ‘attack the attacker’ using their Office of Special Affairs staff to harass and intimidate.
Scientology/Narconon is the same yesterday, today, and will remain the same cult-indoctrination mechanism until government agencies step in and stop them. Quite simply, they couldn’t change the L. Ron Hubbard technology even if they wanted to. In Scientology, it’s a ‘High Crime’ to change or alter ANY of Hubbard’s ‘tech’.
With the dozens of lawsuits against Narconon right now, Scientology’s ‘Bridge to the Bridge’ is hovering over very ‘troubled waters’ with ex-staff member’s pending testimony sinking Scientology’s flag ship, Narconon Arrowhead and others.
David Edgar Love