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A note from the Director of Citizens Against Corruption

When we launched our first advertisement a few weeks ago, our aim was to expose the connection between Scientology and the National Foundation of Women Legislators. Just hours after the ad was posted in The Hill, our server was hit with a massive Denial of Service attack, which made our pages temporarily unavailable. This past week, the server was hacked, and our site was down again. We can't help but wonder who is behind these attacks. We don't think these tactics are consistant with the National Foundation of Women Legislators. It makes us wonder, who else has an interest in suppressing critical information?
Barbara Graham
Director, Citizens Against Corruption

In our first website, we outlined how NFWL members have been promoting Scientology's detox programs to unwitting legislative bodies. Arizona and Nevada legislatures rejected these programs as unscientific and dangerous. However, the state of Utah hasn't yet made up its mind.

From the Deseret News:

"Giving schoolchildren nutritional supplements to boost academic performance. Detoxifying alternative high school students through exercise in saunas. Teaching study skills to struggling students under a program created by L. Ron Hubbard, whose philosophies founded the Church of Scientology. Some lawmakers think these could be good ways to improve public schools."

State legislatures are not the only venue used to sell Scientology's Narconon and Second Chance programs. The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a series of articles exposing a Narconon program in public schools. The latest article states,

"California's top educator said Wednesday that he has ordered the state Department of Education to investigate an antidrug program used by schools around the state whose teachings have been linked with the Church of Scientology. State schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell said the investigation could lead to an order barring schools from using the program, called Narconon Drug Prevention and Education."

This is significant, as such an investigation will document Narconon's scientific shortcomings. Such documentation will aid both schools and governing bodies in making decisions about Scientology front groups seeking access to children and state or federal funding.

These programs have one more agenda; public relations. In the Chronicle article linked above, the following points this out well.

"Narconon uses charismatic lecturers to deliver its school presentations, and many teachers and students have praised the program. Instruction usually is financed by small businesses run by Scientologists. In exchange for the free program, Narconon asks students and teachers to write letters of thanks to the businesses and uses the letters in its promotional materials."

And what better PR can there be than a high profile movie star and rescue workers of the World Trade Center tragedy?

This article in the Anton News reveals yet another attempt to get Scientology's detox program accepted.

"Tom Cruise, the well-known actor, has consistently pledged his support to the many rescue workers who are suffering the effects of the toxic assault on the nervous system, and lungs associated with the cleanup of Ground Zero as a result of the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11 on the World Trade Center. Cruise, working with many of the doctors involved in the project, and along with firefigher Joe Higgins, opened a facility in New York that utilizes one of the only treatments that has had a positive effect on these victims that is helping to restore them to their former lifestyle. It is a treatment devised by L. Ron Hubbard and described in the book Clean Body, Clear Mind. The treatment consists of a medically monitored regimen of exercise, sauna sweat-out, vitamins and minerals, and heavy doses of Niacin, to cleanse the body of toxic residues and a heart healthy diet.
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Should rescue workers be exposed to this program? Scientology's "purification rundown," the mainstay of the Narconon and Second Chance programs, involves several practices which are considered potentially dangerous. From 'Is Narconon Safe?', a webpage run by Professor David Touretzky at Carnegie Mellon University

"Sauna periods are far beyond what is recommended as safe. Ordinarily, one is strongly advised not to stay in a sauna for longer than about 15-30 minutes. Narconon's clients stay in the sauna for up to five hours at temperatures of up to 80C (170F), ten times longer than the recommended maximum. This poses major risks for health; such a lengthy period of extreme heat can easily lead to hyperthermia, heat exhaustion, salt or potassium depletion, heat stroke and breathing difficulties, which could prove highly dangerous for asthma sufferers."

Regarding Niacin toxicity, from the same page,

"At doses of over 50mg, niacin (nicotinic acid) may cause transient itching, flushing, tingling, or headache. Niacinamide in the form that occurs naturally in the body (nicotinamide) is free of these effects. Large doses of niacin may cause nausea and may aggravate a peptic ulcer. Side effects may be reduced by taking the drug on a full stomach. At doses of over 2g daily (which have been used to treat hyperlipidaemia) there is a risk of gout, liver damage, and high blood sugar levels, leading to extreme thirst. [John A. Henry, British Medical Association New Guide to Medicines and Drugs, 2000 edition]"

The Hubbard program administers 100-5,000 mg per session. Practitioners are told that the flush and tingling are toxins leaving the body. Other vitamins are also administered at dangerously high levels. These include Vitamins A, C, D, and E, all which have potentially disastrous side affects.

We feel that it is the duty of elected officials to protect their constituents from the dangerous practices of programs like Narconon and Second Chance. One need only look beyond the slick promotional material offered by these groups to learn that these programs are full of inaccuracies, fabrications, and falsehoods.

This opportunistic and predatory exploitation of vulnerable people and school children must come to a stop.

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics." --Robert A. Heinlein,

"Someday, someone, will say this is illegal.. let's make sure that by that time we are the ones who say what is legal or not." L Ron Hubbard

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