FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI #131
[This posting dedicated to Keith Henson and Grady Ward]
L. RON HUBBARD, D.D, PH.D.
Silver Spring, Md.
July 29, 1955
TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Communist Activities Division
Ref - my earlier correspondence.
Having gotten on a somewhat more even keel after the collapse of the
organization in Phoenix, Arizona (the HASI) and having begun operation in
the East with more public success and enthusiasm than I am used to, I have
a better perspective on what occurred in Phoenix.
The attack on the HASI, like the attacks on the 1950 Hubbard Dianetic
Research Foundation found psychiatry and Communist connected personnel
very much in evidence and both active with defamation and very
unreasonable - and unsuccessful - attack.
But something has now occurred which seems strange at this juncture and
entirely too pat. I have received from an unimpeachable source an
invitation to go to Russia. I have been told that this would be as easy
as taking a taxi to the airport.
But the oddity of this invitation is that the person extending it,
evidently on behalf of the Russian government, would not know anything
about the trouble in Phoenix. He obviously has no connection with
anything or anyone in Phoenix. Further, he knows little or nothing of
Dianetics and Scientology and their organizational history and would not
know, by any usual means, what occurred in Phoenix. Out of the blue, on
an acquaintance with me from many, many years ago he locates me here, is
very quiet and casual and then gradually works into the Russian situation
and finally, with a burst of enthusiasm confides in me that in view of the
state of my organizations in the United States (about which he would
really know nothing in fact) and in view of the fact that I "am a cinch to
be ruined by all the people who hate me in Internal Revenue" there is
"really nothing left for it but to accept this Russian offer."
L. RON HUBBARD, D.D., PH.D.
In the greatest spirit of friendship and comeraderie [sic] it seems that I
can go to Russia as an advisor or a consultant and have my own
laboratories and receive very high fees. And it is all so easy because it
has already been ascertained that I could get my passport extended for
Russia and all I had to do was go to Paris and there a Russian plane would
pick me up and that would be that.
Indeed I suppose that that would be that.
This is my third invitation to go to Russia. The first was extended to me
by a member of Amtorg in New York in 1938 who knew of my work in the field
of the mind. The second occurred less directly in 1948 after some
personal difficulty. This third has come when the Phoenix organization
has been collapsed and it would not be known that it did not influence my
own affairs as much as it might be thought.
With this some of the personnel connected with the recent Phoenix trouble
has now drifted into Washington. Shukrie Marinus, the girl connected with
Jackins in Seattle has arrived here. Wm. Burke Belknap, although an
officer in Phoenix seems either the effect of that activity or assisted it
and is here, busy on the phone eight hours a day with local calls in an
area where he has never lived. Carol Hadley Bryans, also an officer in
Phoenix, has likewise arrived and is likewise busy on the phone but
neither of these last two seem prone to do any work but are very busy
spreading disquiet amongst the personnel connected with me here. Two
young men, also strangely connected arrived here and were sent home by me
quickly - Bernard McKnown and Jim Henry both formerly of Hollywood - they
arrived anxious to discredit the better people in the organization. One
Jack Horner has come here and has many rumors with which to upset
Washington personnel - Horner will be recalled as the minister recently
deported from England by the Home Secretary; I have just stopped Horner
from further defiance of English law on behalf of his "fiance" in London
and further discrediting of Scientology in the English papers.
In short I have my hands a little full but unless such people actually can
stir up great trouble we will survive easily and well. I am trying to
disperse them from the area.
I suppose when the Russian-inclined "friend" finds that
L. RON HUBBARD, D.D., PH.D.
my desires to travel in and work in Russia do not exist, I can expect more
I have not given you the name of this contact because he is a little too
highly placed on the Hill and because it _may_ be that he is acting in an
entirely friendly way and it _may_ be, as I sometimes learn, that the fate
of Scientology and its adventures has good word of mouth. I would not
submit you an irresponsible report which then might find me under the TV
cameras telling one of this man's committees why I reported him as a
Communist because I do not know that he is - I only know that he and his
influence has been quite liberal and in all the smoke of the Summit he may
be carried away with enthusiasm. But he _did_ know, when no possible
reasonable way existed for him to know too much about the activities of a
subject about which he professes to know nothing and he has made several
allusions to my possible fate in the United States, rather benign threats.
[signed] L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard