Operation Clambake presents:

The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


[handwritten letter]

Nov. 18, 1970

Mr. J. Edgar Hoover
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Hoover,

My sister is going through a dreadful emotional crisis because of her divorce, and is badly in need of a psychiatrist.

Unfortunately, my aunt and uncle, [BLACKED OUT] referred her to scientology.

Not only do I believe it [sic] quackery, but I'm afraid scientology is out to bilk her for what little money she has.

My other aunt [BLACKED OUT] was married to [BLACKED OUT] and is high in scientology herself as are my two cousins, [BLACKED OUT] and [BLACKED OUT], so you see,

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my poor sister hasn't a chance.

She is already fanatical about it, which shocks me, for she has such a high intelligence quotient, and an M.A. in Fine Arts.

I don't understand this thing that can turn a loyal family member into abandoning her family ties, loyalties, and aspirations, in pursuit of fanatical cultivism.

Please forward any information that you may have, regarding this organization, and any advice you can give me.

Thank you. Sincerely,


November 25, 1970



Although I would like to be of assistance in reply to your letter received on November 23rd, this Bureau is strictly an investigative agency of the Federal Government and, as such, neither makes evaluations nor draws conclusions as to the character or integrity of any organization, publication or individual. I hope you will not infer either that we do or do not have material in our files relating to Scientology.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

John Edgar Hoover

NOTE: Correspondent is not identifiably 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 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.

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