Breaking news yesterday of Judge Stacey Hydrick sanctioning Narconon of Georgia received cheers from far and wide. Narconon Executive Director Mary Rieser was caught lying under oath in as many as ten depositions. Judge Hydrick concluded that, when she asked Riser on the stand about the omissions and false declarations, Narconon’s leader was simply not credible in her responses – – failing to tell the truth.
Attorney Jeff Harris, representing the family of Patrick Desmond who died in 2008 while enrolled at Narconon of Georgia, says the ruling for sanctions is so strong; lawyers often refer to it as the civil-case version of the death penalty.
This case will now be heard by the jury uncontested and it is unlikely Judge Hydrick will permit another delay in the Desmond trial so that an appeal can be heard in a higher court. Scientology has a lengthy history of their disdain for the rule of law and harsh rebukes from prominent Judges – – declarations such as “schizophrenic and paranoid” – – “no individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds” – – “Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…”
“It is an organization with medical, social and ethical practices that are dangerous and harmful,” Judge Constandia Angelaki wrote in her [December 1996] ruling. “It claims to act freely so as to draw members who subsequently undergo brainwashing by dictated ways of thinking that limit reaction capabilities.”
Scientology is now facing as many as ten civil cases in the USA and Canada stemming from their Narconon rehab deaths, negligence and human rights abuses. Three recent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead and the death of Patrick Desmond at Narconon of Georgia, have initiated investigations by Health, Sheriff, and other governing authorities, including Senator Ivister in Oklahoma.
It is clear to many, that these deaths are not isolated incidents, as Scientology so often claims when being investigated. In fact, there is a recorded history of fifteen patient deaths while attending Narconons around the globe dating back to 1984 in France, and subsequent years in Germany, Italy, Holland, and three deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, Oklahoma in 2012.
“Why are these patients dying while being treated inside Narconon”, I heard from a concerned citizen this morning. “How can this be happening in the United States?” Many are dumfounded as to why the health and government authorities allow such dangerous, negligent practices.
It appears that victims, media, and the public, are no longer in fear of Scientology’s harassment and overt intimidation of those who speak out and report the atrocities inside the secret cult rehab centers. Scientology is now facing exposure in present time – – in the public courtyards of justice, with apparently no end in sight.
L. Ron Hubbard declared in January 1966 Policy Letter “Somebody someday will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.” And in August 1960, a Hubbard Policy Letter states “”If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.”
Perhaps Hubbard’s followers, the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, and their infamous “Intelligence Section”, Office of Special Affairs (OSA), should heed the wisdom of Australia Senator Xenophon “In Australia there are no limits on what you can believe, but there are limits on how you can behave – it’s called the law and no one is above it.” And the wisdom of President Theodore Roosevelt “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”
Additional Court Documents – Patrick Desmond Case at Reaching for the Tipping Point:
David Edgar Love