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Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee

Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee

Marc Vallieres, inset above, the operator of several Church of Scientology ‘facilities’ in Tennessee, has been charged with multiple felony counts of kidnapping.

Vallieres, according to this report, was arrested in Cannon County and faces two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping. Two others involved with the alleged kidnapping are Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder Lytle, who have both pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment.

Vallieres runs a number of facilities in Woodbury, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville. His goal at the centres is to take in teenagers who struggle with mental issues or drug and alcohol addiction and treat them with his longstanding Scientology-based therapy programme.

The arrests followed a raid by police on a collection of cabins and a double-wide trailer, concealed in the wilderness and heavily secured. This collection of cabins in Woodbury belong to the Life Center for a New Tomorrow, which is owned by Vallieres. It says on its website:

The Center was created to provide a safe environment for people who have conditions difficult to deal with. The Life Center is not a medical or treatment facility. The main focus is to provide an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, destimulate, gradually calm down, regain their senses and with some help perhaps recover the social skills necessary to function successfully in life.

No mention is made on the site about the Church of Scientology, but Vallieres indicated his involvement with the Life Centre on his Facebook page. Last August he said he was looking for staff for the Life Center.

A Global News report said the authorities had found out about the cabins when a man inside managed to call 911. When police arrived the captive was “looking out through a Plexiglas window”.

The unidentified man told police that he had been held in the facility against his will for nine months, and had been treated with unknown medications. According to officers who witnessed the scene, it was impossible for the man to leave the cabin, and all he was provided was a single bed with a single sheet and a tiny bathroom, which was the “only room with a light”.

After assessing the scene, the man was taken to an emergency room at a local hospital for care. When police later returned to the cabin and trailer armed with a search warrant, they discovered people hastily packing up and moving out all contents of the facilities.

Later, when the police searched another reported Scientology location, they discovered yet another “patient,” this time a female. She too was transported to a local hospital and her family notified.

The authorities ordered an immediately shut-down of the cult’s facilities. A statement released by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department said:

We would like to make the general public of [the] county aware that the Scientology facilities are closed and [no longer] operating.

Well-known Scientology reporter Tony Ortega has been sounding the horn on these covert facilities for some time, citing examples of other people who have allegedly been held against their will – including severely mentally ill Scientologists – and who have  suffered mental breakdowns in similar rural Tennessee facilities. On his website Ortega, in reporting this week’s police operation, said:

In 2015, we told you the shocking story of a woman with severe mental health issues who was “treated” with Scientology’s pseudoscientific techniques at the Woodbury, Tennessee facility that Vallieres called Life Center for a New Tomorrow. The woman was later moved to the basement of a house in Arkansas, where she had to be rescued by local authorities.

Anne Vallieres: Photo: Church of Scientology International

A Church of Scientology press release dating back to 2012 said that Marc Vallieres and his wife Anne had embarked on a crusade to:

Create a drug-free Tennessee after they began to notice heavy drug abuse in their own small town of Woodbury.

They began the campaign in 2009 and since then have conducted drug education seminars in schools, reaching thousands of children in 30 counties around the state. They intend to bring the program to all remaining counties and make drug prevention part of every child’s education in Tennessee.

The release added:

The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports.

Hat Tip: Trevor Blake

25 responses to “Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee”

  1. Robster says:

    The investigators were mistaken, the patients were actually Scientologists, regular (as possible) Scientologists. The mistake was made when investigators were unable to differentiate between the actual patients and congregants.

  2. Newspaniard says:

    I read somewhere that this dangerous cult was the same who were denied charitable status by the Charities Commission and then sued. When they lost, they sued again and continued to do so until the commission’s funds ran out after which, the charitable status was granted. I find the story a little strange as I thought that if you lost a case in the UK, you were liable for all costs and therefore the Commission should have retrieved their costs. Clarification from those who know, please.

  3. 1859 says:

    All scientology adherents must have mental health problems if they believe in ‘thetans’ (spelling a guess) who roam the galaxies seeding alien worlds. How can such loopy people be allowed to ‘care’ – let alone ‘treat’ – other people who are genuinely mentally sick? Their hearts might be in the right place but their minds certainly are’t.

  4. remigius says:

    Newspaniard. What you read is wrong. See this…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_status_by_country

    Under United Kingdom it states – ‘The Church’s application for charity status in England and Wales was rejected in 1999, and the Church has not exercised its right of appeal.’

  5. Brian Jordan says:

    Scientology is different from other religions. Usually, they invent supernatural entities and then build the religion round them. Hubbard invented the religion and then made up supernatural entities with which to furnish it.

  6. Newspaniard says:

    @remigius. Thanks for that. Despite all the rulings, I still believe that it is an evil cult.

  7. Jenn says:

    Sounds like how they treat the Sea Org members; perhaps this was facility for completely unethical and non scientific “Dianetics research”.
    And of course, the news in Canada had first reported it was a Scientology facility and right away the “Church” shut that down, with Global news editing their story and apologizing. The PR for the church are quite aggressive in the way they deal with any negative media regarding Scientology practices. No wonder, they are a cult after all.

  8. John says:

    It was in the USA that the Scientologists effectively out-spent the budget of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) in pursuit of charitable tax status.
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_status_of_Scientology_in_the_United_States.

  9. John the Drunkard says:

    Scientologists don’t get exposed to the ‘Thetan’ bullshit untill they’ve been well indoctrinated, and fleeced of substantial sums.

    That’s the chief reason the internet has been such a scourge for them. They’ve fought tooth and nail to conceal their crazier beliefs so that they can keep pulling in suckers with bland ‘e-meter’ sessions and ‘personality tests.’

  10. Gui says:

    Would Vallieres go now run to hide in Stan’s closet?

    And, Jenna, is not only their PR: the Scientology Church is well known for suing peoples in order to shut up criticism against the cult.

  11. barriejohn says:

    They’re awash with money. In Los Angeles, they took over the striking Art-Deco former building of the Cedars-Sinai Hospital:

    http://harvardpolitics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Scientology_building_east_hollywood_los_angeles.jpg

  12. John says:

    My understanding is that while they own many large buildings, most of them stand empty all year round.
    They are unable to attract sufficient numbers of followers to use the buildings in any sensible way.
    The buildings may also represent a hedge/pension fund for the leaders in case they decide to cut their losses and shut down the organisation in due course.

  13. remigius says:

    barriejohn, there are an unusual, and in my opinion unnecessary, amount of wires in that picture. Do you know what they are all for?

    And why does that tree next to the weirdly tall wire-pole look so odd. No wonder the Scientologists are viewed with suspicion.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Remigius: I am informed that the wires belong to the new-fangled “telegraph”, which is the very latest means of communication, though I doubt very much that its speed will match the optimistic claims made for it. Someone will likely be electrocuted by it and that will be the last that we will hear of it. The trees look a little bit like olives, but perhaps an American contributor can enlighten us further. The thing that bothers me is that the Scientologists felt it necessary to paint such an iconic building in that ghastly shade of blue!

  15. remigius says:

    barriejohn. I know what the telegraph is – I just find it unsettling.

    That tree doesn’t look like an olive, or even an olive tree. It looks more like something that started off as an oak, then changed its mind and became a birch. That shouldn’t be happening – not even in Los Angeles.

    However, I can offer an explanation as to the blue hue. There is another Scientology building of the same colour. They obviously had some paint left over, so they painted the old hospital. Simples.

    https://lacitypix.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/scientology-headquarters.jpg

  16. remigius says:

    barriejohn. I’ve just had a thought. What if all those wires are what Tom Cruise dangled from when he was painting the building – like in that film when he was lowered into the secret room to steal the thing.

  17. barriejohn says:

    Remigius: The trunks do look more like birches, but they ARE odd.

    BTW I think you’ll find that your pic is of the same building in Wilshere Boulevard but round the back, so no wonder then that they used the same paint!

    http://www.scientology-losangeles.org/inside-our-church/grand-opening.html

  18. barriejohn says:

    According to this article, the colour blue represents the unconscious in Scientology. You need to be fairly unconscious to swallow Old Brother Hubbard’s nonsense.

    http://carolineletkeman.org/propaganda/pillars1.html

    I’m used to all that type of symbolism from my time as a fundamentalist Christian. They love it!

  19. remigius says:

    barriejohn. Your new pic of Scientology HQ shows a distinct lack of wires. I find it rather strange. How did Tom paint the back of the building?

  20. barriejohn says:

    I think the building was spray-painted by another famous Scientologist, John Travolta, using one of his many aeroplanes. This may have given rise to the myth of “chemtrails”.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/mzc60zl70Gk/hqdefault.jpg

  21. remigius says:

    barriejohn. I do agree that John Travolta is involved in the colourful endeavour, but his role is merely one of logistics rather than actual hands-on painting. My research has concluded that Tom Cruise is single-handedly responsible for that.

    I have been up all night looking into the matter, and my findings shed new light onto the so-called ‘cult’ of Scientology. Rather than a sinister enterprise I believe there is a more mundane reason for its existence – simple human error.

    Supposing in the early 1950’s L. Ron Hubbard decided to paint his bathroom. He measured the walls and ordered what he thought was the correct quantity of paint (a nice duck egg blue, to match the curtains). But instead of ordering 12 tins he accidentally ordered 12 tons.

    Once the error became apparent he did what anyone would do in such a situation. To cover his embarrassment he simply invented a religion based on a galactic overlord called Xenu. He then used this religion as a front to buy multiple properties on which to use up his surplus paint.

    Of course only those high up in the organisation are aware of the true paint based origins of the religion (i.e Tom Cruise) – the rest are fobbed off with tales of Thetans and E-meters.

    It transpires that the Scientology HQ in LA isn’t actually their headquarters. They have a secret lair in California called Gold Base. That’s where they keep the paint.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Gold_Base_north_side_management_buildings.jpg

    As you can see, pretty much every building is painted blue. Tom Cruise is known to have spent a great deal of time there – with his paint brush, no doubt.

    In fact everywhere that my researched placed Tom Cruise I was able to find blue buildings. He has been very busy.

  22. remigius says:

    Ah, coincidence, you might say. But no. I deliberately looked for the most obscure, remote destination I could place Tom Cruise. I came up with Jaipur, in India.

    http://thoughtfulindia.com/2011/02/tom-cruise-and-salma-hayek-to-shoot-in-jaipur/

  23. remigius says:

    I then looked to see if there were any blue buildings in the vicinity of Jaipur. This is what I found…

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c5/8f/4c/c58f4c333764e94ba9585cb54736670b.jpg

    There is no doubt in my mind that Tom Cruise is travelling the globe offloading L. Ron Hubbard’s surplus paint. John Travolta is probably using his jumbo jets to facilitate transportation. And the whole thing is being covered up under the guise of a ‘sinister cult’.

    The truth is out there, barriejohn – you only have to look.

  24. barriejohn says:

    Remigius: I ran your findings past a friend of mine called Bob, and he said that it all seems perfectly reasonable.

  25. Jenn says:

    Remigius: I am glad I stayed a part of this thread via email. The blue paint tale was worth it.