FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 197
[newspaper clipping, from "NEWS OF THE WORLD", London England, 2/25/68,
submitting office: London; xerox is in poor condition and partially
SCIENTOLOGISTS TO BE SUED
THE Church of Scientology of California, the British-based mind-training
cult founded by a former science-fiction writer from America, is being for
[pounds]1,190 by a Londoner who says that he took their instruction
courses for five years.
Mr. Robert Michael Bay[?]ord, of Belsize Park Gardens, Hampstead, has
issued a High Court writ claiming the sum which, he alleges, he paid to
the organisation for "a consideration which has wholly failed."
Scientology was founded by Lafayette Ron Hubbard and has its headquarters
at Saint Hill Manor, a Georgian mansion near East Grinstead, Sussex.
Followers from many parts of the world go there to take courses.
The cult claims to be "the road to total freedom." An organisation
brochure calls it "an applied philosophy dealing with the study of
knowledge which through [?] application of his technology, can bring about
desirable changes in [?] conditions." [illegible line] [pounds]131 for a
Hubbard Professional Auditor course, which is said to qualify people to
apply Scientology processes to others.
For a Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, which according to the brochure
provides the professional auditor with the "facilities, precision and
velocity necessary to progress further in Scientology," he claims
For the Power Processing Grade V course he claims [pounds]180. This
course is meant to "release a person from deeply occluded areas of hidden
problems and produce a being who can be truly aware of power and who can
handle life and livingness at a much higher cause level than before."
Lastly, Mr Bayford claims [pounds]75 for Mark IV and Mark V meters and
electrodes. Hubbard E-meters are electronic aids "for measuring the
mental state and change of state of individuals."
No date has been set for the hearing.
Mr. Hubbard is believed to be at sea in one of a flotilla of ships he has
bought in the last few years to make up what he calls his "sea org."