FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 300B
[continued from FBI FILE 300]
"Life" magazine, issue of November 15, 1968 contains an article on
Scientology and states, "A growing cult reaches dangerously into the
A publication entitled "Reality" dated May, 1960, is self-described as the
official publication of Dianetics and Scientology in California and the
western United States. The founder is listed as L. RON HUBBARD. On page
3 of this publication it states, "In the hands of the intelligent,
Scientology, by altering human energy, has duplicated any miracle of
yesteryear in healing. But it is far more than a science of healing. By
it and by it alone could be determined the quality of those who govern
man. By Scientology one can know and predict his fellows, he can heal and
secure the future of his children, he can evaluate tomorrow and learn to
rule today...In a few hours Scientology can make the lame walk, the blind
L. RON HUBBARD has been associated with a number of organizations having
their headquarters in Washington, D.C. Among those organizations are the
Hubbard Association of Scientologists International, Hubbard Dianetic
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Foundation, and Academy of Scientology. His organizations allegedly
advance a new method of curing mental illness known as Dianetics.
The April 24, 1952, issue of the "Times Herald" newspaper, Washington,
D.C., revealed that HUBBARD's wife charged in a divorice suit that he was
"hopelessly insane" and subjected her to "scientific torture experiments."
According to the article, competent medical advisors recommended HUBBARD
be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and
treatment for mental ailment known as "paranoid-schizophrenia."
In late 1962 investigators of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
executed a search warrant on the headquarters of L. RON HUBBARD in
Washington, D.C. The warrant was based on allegations that certain books
and publications authored by HUBBARD and his associates made false and
fraudelent claims for certain cures. He was also allegedly manufacturing
and selling a "wonder machine" which the Food and Drug Administration also
claimed had been misrepresented At that time HUBBARD was in England and
no arrests were made.
On February 20, 1960, one Dr. L. RON HUBBARD, JR. came to Michigan City,
Indiana, and rented a suite of rooms
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in the Spaulding Hotel. He represented himself as a doctor of Dianetics
and Scientology. HUBBARD claimed he was superior to psychiatrists and
could audit people's minds, taking them back to the time they were in
their mother's womb. For a series of five visits, Dr. HUBBARD charged
$500. In spite of the fee HUBBARD was obtaining patients and doing a good
business much to the consternation of the local medical society who
believed he was a fraud.
On approximately March 20, 1960, Dr. HUBBARD was joined by a woman named
Mrs. NINA WEST, a co-practitioner of Dr. HUBBARD. WEST did not represent
herself as a doctor but claimed proficiency in the auditing of people's
minds. She indicated she was from England and had a ten year old daughter
in a private school in England.
According to articles appearing in Los Angeles newspapers in April of 1951
HUBBARD was accused of kidnaping his wife by force and imprisoning their
13 month old daughter.
The Founding Church of Scientology is self-described as follows:
The Founding Church of Scientology is a legally constituted Church,
domiciled in the District of Columbia.
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It has branches in other states, and has many correspondents and members
of its sister religious felowship in all parts of the world.
The Church of Scientology is dedicated to the freedom of the Spirit. The
entirety of the activities of the Church of Scientology are dedicated to
this end, to the freeing of the Spirit of Man.
Scientology believes that the Spirit of Man is Man himself, not his body.
Scientology believes that the Spirit of Man can be saved from the burden
of past sins, by the counseling and aiding of the Spirit.
Our ends are purely spiritual, not secular.
By the means of Scientology, we believe, Man can be made free and pure,
free of the taint of past sins and free to do good to himself and his
Scientology believes in religious freedom as guaranteed by the
Constitution of the United States of America.
Scientology will extend the hand of friendship to all who are believers in
Man as a Spirit.
Scientology is a deadly enemy of secular teachings as stated by such
latter day philosophers as Marx and others of that ilk.
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Scientology believes that the United States of America and the World as a
whole requires religious freedom to Survive.
The following is a statement by the Founding Church of Scientology dated
January 5, 1963, concerning the seizure of property by the Food and Drug
Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare:
"The seizure of the property and records of our religious organization,
the Founding Church of Scientology, at the instigation of the Food and
Drug Administration of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and
Welfare, is a shocking example of government bureaucracy gone mad.
It is a direct and frightening attack upon the Constitutional rights of
freedom of religion, freedom of press, and freedom of speech.
Without any prior warning, or opportunity for officials of the Church to
appear in Court for a hearing, a large force of United States Marshals
entered Church premises and seized property and pamphlets used in the
religious work of the Church.
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There is no criticism of the Court which issued the seizure warrant,
because it is not apparent from the warrant that the Court was advised by
the government department that the premises and property of a church were
to be entered and seized. Nor is it clear that the United States
Attorney's office was advised by the Department officials that a church
owned or possessed the property and literature that was seized.
More than two months ago, the Food and Drug Administration interfered with
the delivery of the Church and its affiliated organizations of the
imported scientific instruments which are used in connection with certain
phases of the Church's religious activities. Protest was made with the
Baltimore office of the Food and Drug Administration, and ample evidence
was submitted showing that the detention of the property was in violation
of the law and the Constitution of the United States. But up to this time
the Church and its attorney have received no administrative ruling, which
could be appealed either within the Department of Health, Education, and
Welfare, or to the Courts.
Instead, there has been a subsequent seizure of property, without notice
or prior Court hearing for the
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Church, such as might have occured under Stalin or Kruschev in Russia.
If the legimate work and activities of one religious organization can be
ruthlessly attacked and violated by one branch of the United States
Government, no other religious organization is safe from similar or like
illegal intrusion and attack. The question directly raised is: "Are we in
America today living under a Godless government which intends ultimately
to destroy all religions and religious organizations?"
There is nothing in the so-called warrant that was issued to indicate that
the Court was informed...as it should have been...that civil
administrative proceedings were pending and had not been decided. The
facts are that the District Office of the Food and Drug Administration in
Chicago had previously ruled against the seizure or detention of property
such as was seized by request of the same government agency in Washington
on January 4th. And previously another government agency, the Customs
Bureau, had made a definite ruling that is in direct conflict with the
basic contention of the Food and Drug Administration on which its seizure
of the Church's property was founded."
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"The Auditor", monthly journal of Scientology contains an advertisement
for the Mark V E-Meter which reads as follows"
"The Hubbard Mark V E-Meter (Electrometer) is a unique electronic
achievement perfected by L. RON HUBBARD after years of intensive research.
"The E-Meter is used to disclose truth to the individual who is being
processed and thus free him spiritually.
"The mark V E-Meter is an extremely valuable and vital auditing tool which
each student on the Road to Clear must own.
"Buy your Mark V E-Meter and learn how to use it as an essential part of
your academy training at your nearest local Organization. Prepare for the
Saint Hill Special Briefing Course now.
"Price for your Mark V E-Meter, in its fine mahogany case and complete
with full instructions on its care and maintenance, is $140.00."
The following is a statement by L.RON HUBBARD, Founder, Church of
Scientology, dated January 6, 1963:
"Toward the end of August 62 I offered President KENNEDY my assistance and
the help of Scientology in
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narrowing the gap in the space race.
"Twice in recent years the White House has specifically requested from us
a presentation of Scientology to see what it could do to help the general
effort. We responded with a mass of information.
"As Scientology can raise men's ability through the Church's processing
procedures it could be of benefit in improving American scientists in
their work on technical problems. However, as Scientology fell in the
realm of the spirit and refused to consider Man an animal sprung from mud,
the help was not accepted.
"In August when KENNEDY had been President awhile I thought it only
courteous to make the gesture again. I did not realize that there were
lesser officials of the government who were evidently imbued with ideas of
"I would greatly like to have a conference with Mr. KENNEDY on this
subject. I am sure we could come to some amicable understanding on
religious matters. Extreme measures such as attacking churches and
burning philosophical texts are not going to solve anything. It puts
America no further ahead in the space race. Religion should
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not be a factor in these matters.
"If Scientolgoy can make smarter scientists I don't think we should forego
this national victory just because of some point of religious difference.
If we can make better pilots and astronauts without injuring their faith,
I don't see why we can't forego the idea that Man is an animal for a bit.
The matter should not rise to the heights of religious persecution.
Religious bigotry has no place in national victory. Unless we do
something to give America an edge over her enemies she will continue to be
bled white by the tax collectors to support some stupid and costly
science. If by making smarter scientists (and we have many cases that say
we can) we can save America money and give her victory. Religious
persecution should not be used to keep us from doing it.
"However, if President KENNEDY did grant me an audience to discuss this
matter that is so embarrassing to the government at home and abroad, I
would have to have some guarantee of safety of person.
"As all of books have been seized for burning, it looks as though I will
have to get busy and write another book."
L. RON HUBBARD
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The "Life" magazine mentioned above makes the following observations
"Among believers, Scientology and its Founder are beyond frivolous
question: Scientology is the Truth, it is the path to "a civilization
without insanity, without criminals and without war..." and "for the first
time in all ages there is something that ... delivers the answers to the
eternal questions and delivers immortality as well."
"So much of a credo might be regarded as harmless--practically
indistinguishable from any number of minority schemes for the improvement
of Man. But Scientology is scary--becuase of its size and growth, and
becuase of the potentially disastrous techniques it so casually makes use
of. To attain the Truth, a Scientologist surrenders himself to
"auditing," a crude form of psychoanalysis. In the best medical
circumstances this is a delicate procedure, but in Scientology it is
undertaken by an "auditor" who is simply another Scientologist in
training, who uses an "E-meter," which resembles a lie detector. A
government report, made to the parliament of the state of Victoria in
Australia three years ago, called Scientology "the world's largest
organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous
techniques which masquerade as mental therapy."
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