FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI #76
January 22, 1963
Honorable J. Edgar Hoover
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Department of Justice
Washington 25, D.C.
Dear Mr. Hoover:
I am writing to invite your attention to an un-American
situation, which has arisen concerning my religion, which is that
of the Church of Scientology.
Enclosed herewith are statements and other literature which
state what happened in the Founding Church of Scientology in
Washington, D.C., on January 4, 1963, when it was raided by United
This activity on the part of U.S. government agents is an
unconstitutional violation of our rights to freedom of religion.
These machines, known as "E-meters", which were seized by the
Marshals are vitally necessary to us in our religious activities,
particularly our Confessional.
How can religious persecution by the United States government
agents take place now, in our country, against myself and other
Americans who are affiliated with the Churches of Scientology? It
has always been my belief that our government and her agents exist,
_inter alia_, to protect at least those rights of her citizens
which are expressly guaranteed us in the United States
One reason you have always been one of my heroes is the
wonderful work you did, reorganizing the F.B.I., and keeping it the
most ethical and efficient law enforcement organization in the
Your active interest in this matter will be appreciated by the
writer and by all others who are in favor of protecting freedom of
religion in the United States of America.
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