FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 192
1 - Mr. B.A. Wells
Director, FBI (62-94080)
IS - MISCELLANEOUS
The Bureau has not investigated Scientology. It was founded by Lafayette
Ron Hubbard who created it for the purpose of furthering his theory of
"Scientology," an alleged science which instills self-confidence and
assists individuals in removing mental problems.
The April 24 , 1951 issue of the Washington Times Herald" carried an
article indicating that Hubbard's wife in suing him for divorce, had
claimed that he was "hopelessly insane." According to this article,
"competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a
private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental
ailment known as "paranoid schizophrenia."
In January, 1963, the Food and Drug Administration directed a raid against
the Academy of Scientology in Washington, D.C., in which machines used by
the Academy in the practice of Scientology were seized. It was alleged
that these machines, known as "Hubbard Electrometers," were falsely
advertised as being effective in treating various types of illnesses.
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