Author Topic: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints  (Read 1465 times)

Offline AnonLover

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So I dumped a massive FTC dox drop on Narconon from my ongoing FOIA crusader project, and wrote a lil sumthin sumthin about it here:

http://narcononreviews.net/narconon/foia-request-reveals-ftc-flooded-with-narconon-complaints/

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Evidence of these controversies has been piling up so fast in recent years; we are now seeing a nationwide trend of dropping the usual “Narconon” or “Fresh Start” brand names on new rehabs. Meanwhile, the Scientologists running these centers are also renaming existing Narconon facilities with cushy, feel-good fictitious business names like Emerald Pines Rehab, Riverbend Retreat and Tranquility Detox. This deceptive rebranding conveniently allows the embattled ABLE franchise of Scientology-based drug and alcohol treatment centers to distance their facilities from the long, sordid history of damning media coverage, rip-off reports and lawsuits associated with the Narconon brand.

This trend inspired me to join forces with the Narconon Reviews team and take up their call to arms for filing more record requests. I also opted to bring the power of MuckRock News service to the table so that we could commence to doxing one of the Church of Scientology’s biggest revenue streams en bloc. During the past few months, we have received so much documentation via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) releases and record requests, it will likely take us until this time next year to compile and publish it all on this website and elsewhere. To get that party started, we have decided to begin with releasing a cache of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaints for fraud and deceptive business practices spanning 15 different Narconon corporations.

See link for moar!

Offline BigBeard

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2015, 12:37 »
Considering their referal sites deal interstate, international if you include Canada in the mix, and customers come from out of state at almost all of them, the real question in my mind is why has there been no Federal action against narCONon to date?
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Offline DeathHamster

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2015, 14:46 »
Narconon Newport Beach was supposed to have closed in February 2010, and yet there's a October 10, 2012 complaint. Lots of back and forth before it got to the FTC?

Offline AnonLover

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 14:54 »
Narconon Newport Beach was supposed to have closed in February 2010, and yet there's a October 10, 2012 complaint. Lots of back and forth before it got to the FTC?

Yeah I wondered about that as well.

Offline AnonLover

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2015, 11:01 »
A few snippets of the better complaints that I put together for social media blasts...

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Offline Sunshine

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 20:33 »
In the second FTC complaint the client mentions detoxing at a facility in Los Angeles inner city with highly unsafe conditions and goes on to describe property being stolen and a director letting her baby crawl out into the street.
Does anyone know the name of this facility?

Offline BigBeard

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2015, 23:33 »
In the LA area there would be NN of West Hollywood, and NN Fresh Start (was NN Sou CA) in Glendale. I have no idea what the neighborhoods were like at the time around either location.
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Offline Sunshine

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2015, 14:50 »
Not sure the date of the complaint but it looks to be within the past few years, and I don't believe Narconon has had a licensed detox facility in LA. 

Offline mefree

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Re: FOIA Request Reveals FTC Flooded with Narconon Complaints
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2015, 17:30 »
Not sure the date of the complaint but it looks to be within the past few years, and I don't believe Narconon has had a licensed detox facility in LA.

April 23, 2012
http://narcononreviews.net/formal-complaints/ftc-complaint-narconon-rainbow-canyon-retreat-april-23-2012/
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