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Open Letter To Kay County Residents About Narconon

The Newkirk Herald Journal,
31 August 1989


August 25, 1989


In response to your packet and the numerous letters of protest concerning the Narconon Drug treatment facility to be located at the Chilocco Indian School complex, I want you to know that I, too, am extremely concerned and am doing everything I know to stop this development.

I have contacted and expressed my concerns to every individual and entity in state government that I felt might be of assistance in this matter and the process is continuing.

At my request, all notice of applications for certification, staff reports and board agendas concerning drug rehabilitation centers in North Central Oklahoma will be forwarded to certain community leaders. Before licensing or certification will take place, the citizens of Newkirk will have the opportunity to air their concerns at public hearings. I have been assured that certification does include a thorough review of rehabilitation methods.

The article in Friday's Oklahoman would be humorous if this situation weren't so serious. The Narconon group has hired a private investigator to identify those opposing "effective drug rehabilitation programs". I believe everyone in Kay County realizes this opposition has nothing to do with drug rehabilitation and everything to do with Scientology. From the responses I have received, I believe Narconon could much more quickly get a list of those opposing them by xeroxing a Newkirk phone book and marking off those few that might be employed by them or are otherwise connected.

For those who may be reading about this for the first time, the Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard originally was a science fiction writer before starting his Church of Scientology. A quote later attributed to him was "Why write science fiction for a penny a word? If you want a million dollars, start a religion." A former Scientologist, who has since escaped the church, has given some insight into the secret "O.T. Levels of Scientology". "O.T." stands for "operating thetan". A "thetan" is supposedly a spirit or being that controls behavior.

The "O.T. Levels of Scientology" are based on the story of "Xenu", ruler of the 90-planet Galactic Confederation about 75-million years ago. According to closely guarded Scientology materials, "Xenu" trapped selected beings in volcanoes on Earth, then dripped powerful H-bombs, thus killing their physical bodies. He then implanted their "remaining spirits", so they would produce abnormal conduct in all future generations of the Haman Race. According to the story, only Scientology can remove the "thetans" and end aberrant behavior.

I believe the primary objective of Narconon is Scientology recruitment. Newkirk City officials sent information concerning the treatments at Narconon to a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma and to a Medical Doctor, specializing in Internal Medicine and practicing In Ponca City, Oklahoma. One called the program "pure unadulterated cow pies", while the other said the program was "without merit".

What we must do is start a public awareness campaign to educate everyone about the Narconon Drug Treatment facility and what appears to be their suspect activities. The methods used in Newkirk closely parallel their methods used in every city they have entered. Just reading ahead to the next chapter, I envision those in Newkirk, who are leading the charge in "uncovering" them, being set up and accused of some sort of criminal activity which will be uncovered by Narconon's private investigators. Hopefully, by disclosing what has happened in other cities, we can take the air out of their sails in advance.

I encourage everyone to become aware of these people and spread the word. If you would like to know more or receive a packet of information conceming this organization, you may contact me.

While the people of Newkirk are relatively aware of this situation, this letter is being sent to all Kay County media to assist you in your efforts.


Jim Reese
State Representative
District 38