Operation Clambake presents:

The H Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


2 May 1963

The Federal Bureau of Investigation

Washington 25, D.C.


In recent weeks I have become exposed to literature which I felt might bear further investigation as to its validity and connections. The subject matter is in connection with a science called Dianetics and Scientology founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

From what I have been able to gather the practices involved have not met with complete or approval of the American Medical Association. So called raids' on the headquarters in Washington, D. C. by the Food and Drug Administration were made to confiscate documents and literature pertaining to the processing of individuals taking part in the prescribed program.

I would like to know of any affiliation with the Communist Party on the part of the founder L. Ron Hubbard and or the science of Dianetics or Scientology. I would also like to know if there is any connection between the program prescribed by this science and brain washing or if this information is dangerous to the individual in any way.

The material stresses the think for yourself' idea but in some cases, leaves you little choice in conclusions. Constant vague accusations directed at the A.M.A. are included and the reasons for the A.M.A. not accepting the so called findings of this science are that its general acceptance by the public would hurt the medical business since fewer people would need professional help in fact, a relative few and then only those who were completely beyond help and would require institutionalizing.

It occurs to me that this is either the most fantastic and wonderful find in the field or the most damaging.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


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All publications to my knowledge come from

Hubbard Association of Scientologists
Box 242
Silver Spring, Maryland

Some examples of the publications are:

The Creation of Human Ability


Scientology: Its Contribution to Knowledge

Ability, a magazine of Dianetics and Scientology a monthly and bi-monthly publication

F.D.A.'s raid was on January 4, 1963 at 1812 19th Street, N.W. Washington 9, D.C.

May 8, 1963



Your letter of May 2nd has been received.

In response to your inquiry, I would like to point out that information in our files must be maintained as confidential pursuant to regulations of the Department of Justice. I regret I am unable to be of service and hope you will not infer either that we do or do not have this information in our files.

I am forwarding a copy of your letter to the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington 25, D.C., for whatever assistance he might be able to render.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

John Edgar Hoover

CJJ:cai (3)

NOTE: Correspondent is not identifiable in Bufiles. A copy of her letter was referred to the FDA. 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 Times 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." (105-55601-5)


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