Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


SAC, Anchorage

June 16, 1959


On June 12, 1959, the above-captioned individual, accompanied by his son, stopped at the Bureau and inquired if any information could be furnished him concerning the Academy of Scientology, 1812 19th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., or its founder L. Ron Hubbard. [BLACKED OUT] explained considerable literature about the Academy is being disseminated in Alaska and said inquiries have been made of the State Police regarding the Academy. He explained a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, [BLACKED OUT] told him the Academy is one of the worst legal frauds that Department has ever encountered. No information was promised to [BLACKED OUT] however, he was advised if any data could be furnished him it would be supplied through your office. [BLACKED OUT] were conducted on a special tour of the Bureau, for which they were most appreciative.

Bufiles show we have conducted no investigation regarding Hubbard or the Academy of Scientology, however, contain public source data which is set out below. You should furnish this information confidentially either to [BLACKED OUT] or one of his superior officers. For your information, [BLACKED OUT] [illegible word] he will return to Anchorage in about two weeks.

L. Ron Hubbard was the founder and president of the Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation, Inc. (HDRF), which was incorporated in New Jersey during April, 1950. (62-94080)

The December 5, 1950 issue of "Look" magazine contained an article entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" which reflected that L. Ron Hubbard was an obscure writer of pseudoscientific pulp fiction prior to the publishing of his book entitled "Dianetics." Hubbard's book asserts that "the creation of dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch...the intelligent layman can successfully and invariably treat all psychosomatic ills and inorganic aberration, according to Hubbard. "These psychosomatic ills, uniformly [illegible][illegible]

NOTE: See Jones to DeLoach memo dated 6-15-59, captioned [BLACKED OUT]

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therapy, include such varied maladies as eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, some heart difficulties, migraine headaches and the common cold." According to the article, Hubbard's book has "outraged scores of psychiatrists, biochemists, psychologists, physicians and just-plain-ordinary scientists, who look upon the astounding claims and the growing commercial success of this strange new phenomenon with awe, fear and a deep disgusts...Hubbard's greatest attraction to the troubled is that his ersatz psychiatry is available to all. It's cheap. It's accessible. It's a public festival to be played at clubs and parties." (62-94080)

During March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners, State of New Jersey, had a case against the HDRF scheduled for trial on the grounds that the organization was conducting a school, teaching a branch of medicine and surgery, without a license. (62-94080)

In 1951 the HDRF established national headquarters at Wichita, Kansas, and sponsored the Allied Scientists of the World, which organization has as its avowed purpose "to construct and stock a library ... in an atomic proof area where the culture and technology of the United States could be stored in a state of use by science and preserve it in case of attack." (62-95972)

The April 24, 1951, issue of the "Times Herald," Washington, D.C., reflected that Hubbard's wife charged in a divorce suit that "competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia." (62-94080)

Allegedly during 1952, Hubbard formed the Hubbard Association of Scientologists, an Arizona corporation, and reverted "dianetics" back to its original name, "scientology." Thereafter, offices were opened in New Jersey and London, England. (62-94080)

During the early part of 1956, HDRF, Silver Spring, Maryland, was circulating a pamphlet entitled "Brain-Washing, A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics." According to the book, psychopolitics is the "art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through mental health.'"

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