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The H-Files

FBI files on L Ron Hubbard


[handwritten letter]

July 16, 1971

Mr. J. Edgar Hoover
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Hoover:

Initially, I would like to express my gratitude to you for the magnanimous service that you have rendered to the people of the United States for the many years you have been in office; we often have taken your work for granted for which I must apologize at this time.

Nevertheless, I am sorry to say that my letter is concerned with a despotic evil that has crept into the anti-spiritual atmosphere that has gripped this wonderful country of ours. I am refering to these so-called esoteric "religions" that have taken a foothold in America, more specifically Scientology Church.

A member of my family who once was a completely wholesome human being has returned from a stint in their L.A. center as a completely wrecked person. The brainwashing and subliminal psychology that was and are used on this person and all other members of this group rival the fiction of "Brave New World" and "1984."

I suppose I should begin with what I have learned of this group and its founder. Ronald Hubbard was a Midwesterner at the end of his tether when he started this. At [illegible word] it has become a method to extort

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money from m[?]bers (usually un[?]d children from t[?] homes of the nouveau riche; the rootless and the unstable) and develop a scope of influence for his avowedpurpose, gaining control of the world: members often say "We are taking over!" He hides beneath the tax _evasion_ of his so called "Church" when there is no dogma, there are no Deities and the warping of social behavior are involved. He maintains a ship wherein he docks in international wateres, presently the Mediterranean to escape the laws and justice of all countries. His organization is open only to those that can pay $15,000 or more for "auditing" which is actually psychoanalysis making every member that performs it guilty of medical malpractice.

I am certain that your organization would be able to uncover more of the evils perpetrated by this group - one that rivals the Nazi Youth Movement in form and the Nazi concentration camp in practice - and bring justice to this situation before the damage multiplies. I am also writing to others that I believe would take action against this plotted usurpation namely the attorney General and the House Unamerican Activities Commission

I thank you most sincerely for your services.

Most Sincerely Yours,


July 28, 1971



I received your letter on July 22nd and appreciate your kind remarks regarding my administration of this Bureau.

Although I would like to be of service in response to your request, based on the information you furnished, there has been no violation of Federal law coming within the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI. I am, however, referring a copy of your letter to the Surgeon General, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C., for whatever action deemed appropriate.

Sincerely yours,

[stamped] J. Edgar Hoover

1 - Los Angeles - Enclosure

NOTE: Bufiles indicate [BLACKED OUT] was interviewed 8-30-66 and furnished information in connection with a stolen car matter. Lafayette Ron Hubbard and his church, Founding Church of Scientology, have been know to the Bureau since 1951. Neither has been investigated by the Bureau. Internal Revenue Service, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of the Army have investigated the Church. Hubbard's theory of Scientology is an alleged science which instills self-confidence and assists individuals in removing mental problems and obtaining human ability. Hubbard's wife has described him as being "hopelessly insane" in a divorce action. A copy of his letter is being sent by form referral to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Internal Revenue Service.

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