Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


[extremely poor-quality xerox]

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September [?]1, 1956



Reference is made to your letter dated August [?] 1956, bearing your stamp number [?]580, wherein you requested that you be furnished information available in the files of this Bureau regarding "The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation" and the American citizens who are connected with that organization.

According to the records of the Bureau, "The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc.," was incorporated on June 1, 1950, in the State of New Jersey for the alleged purpose of furthering the work of La Fayette [sic] Ron Hubbard, an author whose book, "Dianetics," ha[?] been published in 1948. In 1951 the organization moved to Wichita, Kansas, later to Phoenix, Arizona, and within the recent past to Silver Spring, Maryland. The foundation has reportedly encountered difficulty with the police authorities in New Jersey, Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., for allegedly conducting a school in these areas, in which school a branch of medicine and surgery was taught without a license.

In regard to Hubbard himself an inquiry was initiated by this Bureau on February 26, 1951, after information was received that he had been taken into custody in Chicago, Illinois, for kidnapping his wife and daughter and taking them out of the State of California. No investigation of this alleged violation was conducted, however, since United States Attorney at Los Angeles, California, state[?] that this was a family matter and did not warrant invest-[?]


[?] - Foreign Liaison Unit (detached)



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Letter to [BLACKED OUT]

The Los Angeles, California, "Times Herald" in its issue of April 24, 1951, related that Hubbard's wife accused him of subjecting her to scientific torture experiments. The news story reported that Mrs. Hubbard, in a divorce suite, claimed that he was hopelessly" insane. Her complaint stated in part that the Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation did more than a million dollars worth of business in 1950.

No information is available in the records of this Bureau to indicate that the booklet entitled "Brainwashing" has at any time been banned or restricted in the United States. Actually the authenticity of the booklet appears to be of a doubtful nature since its lacks documentation of source material and contains no quotations from well-known communist works which would normally be used in a synthesis of communist writings. In addition the alleged author of the publication admits he cannot vouch for the authenticity of the booklet.

No data identifiable with [BLACKED OUT] was located in the files of this Bureau.

Sincerely yours,

John Edgar Hoover

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