FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 223
March 14, 1969
[ADDRESS BLOCK BLACKED OUT]
Dear [BLACKED OUT]
I can certainly understand the concern which prompted your communication
received on March 10th.
The FBI has not sponsored a television program such as you mentioned, and
although I would like to be of service to you, based on the facts you
furnished, there has been no violation of Federal law coming within the
investigative jurisdiction of the FBI. I regret I am unable to be of help.
[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover
NOTE: Correspondent is not identifiable in Bufiles. Lafayette Ron Hubbard
and the Founding Church of Scientology have been known to the Bureau since
1951, and are the subject of Bufile 62-94080. Neither Hubbard nor his
organization has been investigated by the Bureau. He has been described
as "Hopelessly [sic] insane" by his wife in connection with divorce
proceedings. His theory of "Scientology" is an alleged science which
instills self-confidence and assistance in removing mental problems. In
August, 1966, the Department requested information concerning the Founding
Church of Scientology, inasmuch as the Tax Division was involved in
litigation as to whether or not this organization is exempted from Federal
income taxation as a religious organization. This organization has been
investigated by the Food and Drug Administration, Internal Revenue Service
and the Army.