Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


November 20, 1966

Mr. J . Edgar Hoover
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Hoover:

As a private citizen I do not know whether or not it is permissible to ask you for information. If so, I would like to so impose upon you if I may. If not, please disregard.

My particular concern pertains to a man by the name of "Ron Hubbard." He is an originator of something called "Scientology." As head of such an organization or whatever you may call it, he once directed this practice from Washington, D.C. Some time ago, however, after some sort of "claimed investigation" by the Food and Drug Administration, he changed his headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Kent, England. Since I have close relatives (California state) involved in this practice and, based on my observations from them of its theories, the belief that it is not all that it proclaims to be, I suspicion his reasons for leaving Washington, D.C. Also, I question the "miracles" of this practice from the standpoint that if it is all it claims to be and in this length of time has had ample opportunity to prove its greatness, why hasn't a recognizable organization or institution adopted its theories? Therefore, would you mind to tell me what you know, if any, on this man and this organization. I realize you are very busy, but if not too great an imposition, it would do me a lot of good to know.

Your cooperation will be very much appreciated.



November 28, 1966


Your letter of November 20th has been received.

In response to your inquiry, I would like to point out that information in our files must be maintained as confidential pursuant to regulations of the Department of Justice. I am sure you will understand why I cannot furnish the information you desire, and I hope you will not infer either that we do or do not have material in our files relating to the individual or organization you mentioned.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

NOTE: Bufiles contain no record identifiable with correspondent. L. Ron Hubbard is the subject of Bufile 62-94080. This individual is the founder and president of Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc., which was established for the purpose of furthering Hubbard's Theory of Scientology, an alleged science which instills self-confidence and assists individuals in removing mental problems and obtaining human ability. He has been described as being "hopelessly insane" by his wife in suing for divorce, and the Washington Times Herald of 4-24-51 in mentioning the divorce proceeding stated that "competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia."



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