Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


1 - Mr. Brown

December 14, 1960



No investigation has been conducted concerning either Hubbard or [BLACKED OUT] Our files contain no information identifiable with [BLACKED OUT] however, our files do reveal the following information which may relate to L. Ron Hubbard.

The December 5, 1950, issue of "Look" magazine contained an article entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" which revealed 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 aberrations," according to Hubbard. "These psychosomatic ills, uniformly cured by dianetic therapy, include such varied maladies as eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, some heart difficulties, migraine headaches and the common cold." According 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 disgust. 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."

Request Received: 12/8/60

This document contains neither recommendations nor conclusions of the FBI. It is the property of the FBI, and is loaned to your agency; it and its contents are not to be distributed outside your agency. This is in answer to your request for a check of FBI files.

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L. Ron Hubbard

The April 24, 1951, issue of the "Washington Times Herald" contained an article with a date line Los Angeles, California, indicating that Hubbard's wife, in suing for divorce, claimed he was "hopelessly insane" and had subjected her to "scientific torture experiments." According to the article, "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." It was alleged in this article that the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International was one of the organizations headed by Hubbard. He was also President and founder of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc. (HDRF). The article further related that the HDRF dealt with a "medical science of mental health" and did more than a million dollars business in 1950.

Individuals who have been connected with the organizations headed by Hubbard or who have had contact with him and the organizations, have indicated the Hubbard is a "crackpot" and of "doubtful mental background."


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