Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


2 - Origin [________] duplicate
1 - Yellow
1 - Liaison Section
1 - Mr. Fitzgerald


Date: January 8, 1958


From: John Edgar Hoover, Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation



Our files indicate considerable information concerning the captioned organization, its founder L. Ron Hubbard, whose full name is reflected in files of the Department of State as Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, and concerning several associated organizations. However, this Bureau has not conducted any investigation regarding Hubbard or the captioned organization.


1 - London

1 - Foreign Liaison Unit (detached)

JMF:pwf (7)

[page 2]



L. Ron Hubbard was the founder and president of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc. (HDRF), which was incorporated in New Jersey during April, 1950.

The December 5, 1950, issue of "Look" magazine contained as article entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" which reflected that L. Ron Hubbard was an obscure writer of pseudoscientific pulp fiction prior to the publishing of his book entitled "Dianetics." Hubbard's book asserts that "the creation of dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch...the intelligent layman can sucessfully [sic] and invariably treat all psychosomatic ills and inorganic aberrations," according to Hubbard. "These psychosomatic ills, uniformly cured by dianetic therapy, include such varied maladies as eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, some heart difficulties, migraine headaches and the common cold." According to the article, Hubbard's book has "outraged scores of psychiatrists, biochemists, psychologists, physicians and just-plain-ordinary scientists, who look upon the astounding claims and the growing commercial success of this strange new phenomenon with awe, fear and a deep disgust... Hubbard's greatest attraction to the troubled is that his ersatz psychiatry is available to all. It's cheap. It's accessible. It's a public festival to be played at clubs and parties."

During March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners, State of New Jersey, had a case against the HDRF scheduled for trial on the grounds that the organization was conducting a school, teaching a branch of medicine and surgery, without a license.

In 1951 the HDRF established national headquarters at Wichita, Kansas, and sponsored the Allied Scientists of the World, which organization had as its avowed purpose "to construct and stock a library...in an atomic proof area where

- 2 -

[page 3]


the culture and technology of the United States could be stored in a state of use by science and preserve it in case of attack." (62-95972)

The April 24, 1951, issue of the "Times Herald," Washington, D.C. reflected that Hubbard's wife charged in a divorce suit 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.

Allegedly during 1952, Hubbard formed the Hubbard Association of Scientologists, an Arizona corporation, and reverted "dianetics" back to it original name, "scientology." Thereafter, offices were opened in New Jersey and London, England.

During the early part of 1956, HDRF, Silver Spring, Maryland, was circulating a pamphlet entitled "Brain-Washing, A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics." According to the book, psychopolitics is the "art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy actions through mental health.'"

Hubbard has corresponded with this Bureau and the Department of Justice on several occasions for various reasons, including complaints about his wife and about alleged communists. In one lengthy letter in May, 1951, it is perhaps noteworthy that Hubbard stated that while he was in his apartment on February 23, 1951, about two or three o'clock in the morning his apartment was entered. He was knocked out. A needle was thrust into his heart to produce a coronary thrombosis and he was given an electric shock. He said his recollection of this incident was now very blurred, that he had no witnesses and that the only other person who had a key to the apartment was his wife.

Hubbard and various organizations with which he has been associated have been the subjects of numerous inquiries and complaints directed to this Bureau. He and

- 3 -

[page 4]


his organizations have operated in various parts of the country. Under date of October 8, 1957, we received a letter from Richard F. Steves, "Organizations Secretary" of "Scientology, United States, the Academy of Scientology," 1812 - 19th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. This letter requested that the Bureau investigate an individual allegedly representing himself as a "dianetic auditor" though not associated with any "Dianetic" or "Scientology" organization. The letter requested that this person be investigated as to communist activities. The letterhead listed seventeen associated organizations and publications including the captioned organization. Three of the associated organizations are purported churches of scientology. Also listed as associate groups are the Hubbard Guidance Center, Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Hubbard Research Foundation, and Hubbard Communications Office.



Brought to you by:
Operation Clambake