FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI #190
February 26, 1968
Mrs. Mildred Stegall
The White House
Dear Mrs. Stegall:
Reference is made to your name check request regarding the Academy of
Scientology, Washington, D.C.
The Academy of Scientology, also known as the Founding Church of
Scientology and the Hubbard Scientology Organization, 1812 19th Street,
Washington, D.C., was founded by Lafayette Ron Hubbard. Neither Hubbard
nor the organization headed by him has been investigated by the FBI. He
has been described as being "hopelessly insane" by his wife in connection
with divorce proceedings several years ago. Hubbard's theory of
Scientology is an alleged science which instills self-confidence and
assists individuals in removing mental problems. In August, 1966, the
Department of Justice requested information concerning the Founding Church
of Scientology as its Tax Division was involved in litigation as to
whether or not the alleged Church of Scientology was exempt from Federal
income taxation as a religious organization.
According to FBI files, in 1962, Food and Drug Administration officials
raided the Washington, D.C., Headquarters of the Academy of Scientology in
connection with alleged misrepresentations regarding "E-meter" devices
used by Hubbard's organization. (62-94080)
Attached is a copy of FBI Identification Record Number 244 210 B which
may be identical with Hubbard.
A copy of this communication has not been sent to the Attorney General.
1 - Mr. DeLoach (sent direct)
1 - Mr. Gale (sent direct)