FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 306
_FALSE REPORT CORRECTION_:
Statements Made by The F. B. I.
re The Church of Scientology
and L. Ron Hubbard, Founder
Compiled by the National Offices
Church of Scientology
Los Angeles, California 90028
(enclosed with letter to Director Kelley
dated May 11, 1975, from Rev. Vaughn Young)
I. Falsehoods Regarding L. Ron Hubbard Reported by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Followed by Complete Documentation to the Contrary.
A. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported the following
falsehoods about L. Ron Hubbard:
a. "According to a report from the FBI in Washington, Hubbard was
sentenced to a $25 fine on the 17th of August 1948 in San Luis, Obispo,
[sic] California, for theft ..."
b. That he was declared bankrupt on 16 December 1952 in Philadelphia,
c. "On December 1950 there appeared an article in the magazine Look' with
the title "Dianetics - Science or Hoax" from which it became evident that
Hubbard is an insignificant writer of pseudo-scientific dime novels."
d. In March 1951, the medical examination board of the State of New
Jersey brought charges against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation on
account of medical and surgical instruction without a license.
e. On 24 April 1951, the "Washington Times Herald" published an article
in which Hubbard's wife, in bringing her divorce charges, designated him
as hopelessly insane." According to the information in this article, a
recommendation was made by competent medical consultants to admit Hubbard
to a private sanitorium with a view to psychiatric observation and
treatment of a mental illness known as paranoid schizophrenia.'
f. That "in November 1958, having been the object of a seizure of 20,000
pills of Dianazene', by the Food and Drug Administration, he was indicted
for possession of dangerous substances.
B. _COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION TO THE CONTRARY RE: L. RON HUBBARD FALSEHOODS_:
A. ATTACHED IS THE SWORN STATEMENT OF RUTH WARNKEN, COUNTY CLERK OF THE
COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, IN WHICH SHE STATES THAT THERE ARE NO RECORDS
OF L. RON HUBBARD AS A DEFENDANT IN ANY CRIMINAL ACTION DURING THE YEARS
1948-49. (SEE DOCUMENT 1).
B. THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS IN QUESTION HERE WERE FILED BY THE HUBBARD
DIANETIC FOUNDATION, INC. OF WICHITA, KANSAS. MR. HUBBARD'S ONLY
CONNECTION WITH THIS CONCERNS A CONTRACT WHICH HE MADE WITH ITS PRESIDENT,
DON PURCELL, ALLOWING HIM TO USE THE WORD "DIANETICS" AND DISTRIBUTE HIS
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DURING BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS, L. RON HUBBARD WAS IN PHILADELPHIA GIVING A
SERIES OF LECTURES. HE WAS SUBPOENAED TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN THE
PROCEEDINGS. IN THE COURSE OF SERVING THE SUBPOENA, THE TWO DEPUTY U.S.
MARSHALS WHO HAD THAT DUTY MANAGED TO UPSET THREE OF THE STUDENTS WHO WERE
ATTENDING MR. HUBBARD'S LECTURES. THERE WAS A SCUFFLE, AND THE THREE
STUDENTS WERE ARRESTED. FOLLOWING THIS INCIDENT, MR. HUBBARD HIMSELF
ACCOMPANIED THE U.S. MARSHALS TO THE POLICE STATION, BOTH AS A WITNESS TO
THE SCUFFLE AND AS A WITNESS IN THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS. WHILE AT THE
POLICE STATION, HE HAD HIS FINGERPRINTS TAKEN, ON THE ABOVE DATE (16
SEE MEMO FROM THE BUSINESS PROTECTIVE BUREAU, WICHITA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
C. MR. HUBBARD'S LONG AND HIGHLY RESPECTED CAREER AS AN AUTHOR IS
ATTESTED TO IN THE ATTACHED STATEMENT BY SAM MOSKOWITZ, EDITOR OF SCIENCE
FICTION IN THE 1950'S.
"DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH" HAS BEEN A BEST SELLER
FOR OVER 25 YEARS. THE VERY FACT THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH EXCELLENT ACADEMIC
CREDENTIALS, SUCH AS DR. FRANK GERBODE, FIND CONCRETE SUBSTANCE IN MR.
HUBBARD'S WORKS BELIES THE NOTION THAT ONE WHO WRITES SCIENCE FICTION
CANNOT ALSO ENGAGE IN SERIOUS PHILOSOPHIC OR SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. (SEE
DOCUMENTS 3 AND 4).
D. THERE IS NO RECORD OF SUCH CHARGES BEING MADE IN NEW JERSEY. SEE THE
ATTACHED TESTIMONY OF COURT CLERK MORTIMER G. NEWMAN, JR. (DOCUMENTS [sic]
E. SUCH CHARGES WERE PUBLICLY RETRACTED BY SARA HUBBARD ON JUNE 11, 1951.
(SEE DOCUMENT 6).
F. DIANAZENE WAS A VITAMIN TABLET CONSISTING OF VITAMIN B, NICOTINIC
ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, REDUCED IRON, PANTOTHENIC ACID.
NONE OF THESE SUBSTANCES, SEPARATELY OR IN COMBINATION ARE DANGEROUS. THE
FORMULA OF THE TABLETS HAD BEEN APPROVED AS SAFE BY THE FOOD AND DRUG
THE DISTRIBUTION CENTRE, INC., OF SILVER SPRINGS [sic], MARYLAND, ORDERED
A QUANTITY OF DIANAZENE FROM DELMAR PHARMACAL, INC., A NEW YORK
CORPORATION. THE U.S. F.D.A ANALYZED A SAMPLE OF THESE TABLETS AND FOUND
THEM TO CONTAIN SMALLER QUANTITIES OF THE VITAMINS THAN WERE LISTED ON THE
LABEL. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION THEREUPON SEIZED THE ENTIRE
SHIPMENT UNDER 21 UNITED STATES CODE WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE SEIZURE OF ANY
DRUG WHICH IS MISBRANDED. UNDER THE UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG LAWS, THE
"SUBJECT" OF A SEIZURE CAN ONLY BE THE ARTICLES ACTUALLY SEIZED.
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THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER, INC. IS A CORPORATION WHICH, FOR MANY YEARS, HAD
DISTRIBUTED SCIENTOLOGY BOOKS AND E-METERS AND TO THAT EXTENT ONLY WAS
CONNECTED WITH SCIENTOLOGY. MR. HUBBARD WAS NEVER A DIRECTOR OR
SHAREHOLDER OF THE CORPORATION. (SEE DOCUMENTS 7 AND 8).
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II. Falsehoods Regarding the Church of Scientology Reported by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation Followed by Complete Documentation to the
A. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has Reported the Following
Falsehoods about the Church of Scientology:
a. In January 1963, on the instructions of the Ministry of Health, (sic)
(Food and Drug Administration) a house search was carried out in the
Academy of Scientology in Washington, D.C., in the course of which
machines which were used by the Academy in the performance of Scientology
were secured. It was assumed that these machines, known as Hubbard
Electrometers', were advertised with intent to defraud, in that they were
declared effective in the treatment of various illnesses.
B. _COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION TO THE CONTRARY RE: CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
A. THE E-METER HAS NEVER CURED ANYTHING NOR HAVE SCIENTOLOGISTS MADE
CLAIMS TO THIS EFFECT. IN 1971, A FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT JUDGE IN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RULED THAT THE E-METERS WERE RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS AND
HE ORDERED THE FDA TO RETURN THEM. THE RETURN OF THE CHURCH'S RELIGIOUS
ITEMS OCCURRED IN OCTOBER OF 1973. (SEE DOCUMENT 9).
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III. Additional Falsehood Regarding L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of
Scientology Followed by Complete Documentation to the Contrary.
A. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has Reported the Following
Falsehoods about L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of Scientology:
a. "The Police of Phoenix (Arizona) indicate that Hubbard arrived in this
town in 1952 accompanied by his son and he there established the "Hubbard
Association of Scientologists Incorporated." It was made, in 1952, the
object of a control operation for having awarded diplomas to persons
frequenting his establishment for only 5 months and for having received
donations for his "Church." However, he was not prosecuted."
B. _COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION TO THE CONTRARY RE: L. RON HUBBARD, FOUNDER OF
A. THE CHURCH HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY FORM OF "CONTROL OPERATION" BEING
MOUNTED. THE "HUBBARD ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTOLOGISTS INCORPORATED" WAS AN
EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT APPROVED BY THE ARIZONA STATE CORPORATION
COMMISSION, WHICH HELD CLASSES IN SCIENTOLOGY MINISTRY. ATTACHED ARE THE
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE HUBBARD ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTOLOGISTS
INCORPORATED WHICH SHOW IT TO BE A VALID ARIZONA CORPORATION. ALSO
ATTACHED IS THE SWORN STATEMENT OF WILSON D. PALMER, CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR
COURT OF MARICOPA COUNTY, STATE OF ARIZONA WHICH STATES THAT THERE IS NO
RECORD OF ANY CRIMINAL ACTION FOR LAFAYETTE RONALD HUBBARD FILED IN THE
OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT ...FROM OCTOBER 1949 TO DECEMBER
1959. (SEE DOCUMENTS DC 10 AND DC 11).