FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI #55
September 28, 1961
[ADDRESS BLOCK BLACKED OUT]
Dear [BLACKED OUT]
Your letter dated September 24, 1961, has been received.
Although I would like very much to help you, the functions of
the FBI as strictly an investigative agency of the Federal
Government do not extend to furnishing evaluations or drawing
conclusions as to the character or integrity of any organization,
publication or individual. It is suggested, however, that you may
wish to contact the Better Business Bureau of Washington, D.C.,
Inc., Perpetual Building, Washington, D.C., for what information it
can furnish you.
I am forwarding a copy of your letter to the Commissioner,
Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare,
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest, Washington, D.C.,
who may be in a position to aid.
John Edgar Hoover
NOTE: The Academy of Scientology, run by L. Ron Hubbard, is
well-known to the Bureau. Hubbard is the founder and president of
the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc., for the purpose of
furthering Hubbard's theory of Scientology, an alleged science
which instills self-confidence and assists individuals in removing
mental problems and obtaining human ability. Hubbard has been
described as being "hopelessly insane" by his wife in suing for
divorce and the "Washington Time Herald" of 4-24-51, in mentioning
this divorce proceeding, stated 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." (105-5501-5) Copy of incoming sent by form
to Office of Education.