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FBI Summary on Hubbard

February 3, 1953: An FBI document summarizes some information about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. It mentions two US Marshalls attempting to serve a bench warrant on LRH while he was lecturing to the Association of Scientologists. It says "Allegations have been made that organizations he was affiliated with were of particular interest to perverts, hypochondriacs and curiosity seekers. In 1951 the State of New Jersey reported it had a case against him for teaching medicine without a license and in 1952 the Post Office was investigating him for mail fraud."

Congressman Ferguson Letter

February 26, 1953: Congressman Homer Ferguson writes to Louis B. Nichols at the FBI regarding a letter he had received from one of his constituents about Hubbard's "Handbook for Preclears." The constituent's letter said, in part, "Frankly I don't like the trend of it and some of my parishioners have it."

FBI Letter

February 3, 1956: A letter is written to the FBI, possibly by officials of the Church of Christian Science. The letter says, "Recently we received in the mail a copy of the pamphlet entitled _Brain-Washing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics._ This was sent to us by an organization entitled The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation ... According to a letter received from the same organization, a copy of the pamphlet had been sent to the FBI, and this resulted in an urgent "governmental request" that all copies of the pamphlet be recalled. A subsequent letter stated that "authorization" had now been received to release the book to "trusted members" for "research purposes." ... It occurs to us that, since the name of your organization has been invoked by the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, you might wish to have the above information."

FBI Letter

February 10, 1956: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover responds to a letter sent to the FBI mentioning that Hubbard was distributing the brainwashing manual with a cover letter implying that the FBI had authorized him to do so. Hoover directs an agent to get a copy of Hubbard's letter containing the unauthorized use of the FBI's name. The memo also notes, "In regard to Hubbard himself, an inquiry was initiated on February 26, 1951, after information was received that he had been arrested in Chicago for kidnaping his wife and daughter and taking them out of the State of California. The U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, instructed that no investigation should be undertaken."

FBI Memo

February 20, 1956: An FBI agent sends a memo to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover stating that he had completed the tasks assigned him. After someone wrote the FBI to inform them that Hubbard was distributing the brainwashing manual with a letter implying that the FBI had authorized him to do so, Hoover had directed the agent to get a copy of Hubbard's letter containing the unauthorized use of the FBI's name.

Senator Letter

February 22, 1957: Senator Styles Bridges writes to Louis Nichols, assistant to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, enclosing a letter fro a constituent about Scientology. The letter says, in part, "His methods are now being given thru the guise of sort of "religious" ideas - they even send their co-called [sic] students diplomas indicating they are some sort of "Divinity students" ......gosh, I am not sure what they think they are doing, but they even try healing methods, and that sort of thing - and work on the minds of their clientele - which I think is terribly wrong!!"

FBI Letter

February 28, 1957: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover replies to an inquiry from Senator Styles Bridges. Hoover's letter says, in part, " ... the FBI has received numerous inquiries concerning Lafayette Ron Hubbard and the system of "dianetics" which he apparently originated, but no allegation of a violation within the jurisdiction of this Bureau has been received and, consequently, no investigation of this matter has been conducted by the FBI. [Dianetics organizations have] encountered difficulty with police authorities in New Jersey, Michigan and Washington, D.C., for allegedly conducting schools in those areas, in which a branch of medicine and surgery was taught without a license. ... " Hoover also mentions a newspaper article carrying Sara Hubbard's allegations that LRH had subjected her to "scientific torture experiments."

FBI Report

February 3, 1959: In response to a request for an FBI file check, a report is written on L. Ron Hubbard and the Hubbard Dianetic Auditors School in New Jersey. The report says that the FBI hasn't investigated either one, but mentions the Look magazine article (including the claim that dianetics "is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch" and the claims that it can cure everything from eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, and colds). It also mentions the divorce suit and the bit about "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."

FBI Letter

February 17, 1960: A woman writes to the FBI requesting information about Scientology; her cousin in England has sent her information about "Dr." Hubbard.

GO Memo

December 4, 1975: A Scientology memo summarizes the contents of some "LA Intel Files," including information about Scientology links to the Process, references to the "Scientology murders" (Doreen Gaul and James Sharp, teenage Scientologists who were murdered, possibly by the Zodiac killer or someone associated with Charles Manson), an allusion to LRH being arrested in 1968 for counterfeiting, and FBI information on Scientology.

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December 4, 1975GO Memo A Scientology memo summarizes the contents of some "LA Intel Files," including information about Scientology links to the Process, references to the "Scientology murders" (Doreen Gaul and James Sharp, teenage Scientologists who were murdered, possibly by the Zodiac killer or someone associated with Charles Manson), an allusion to LRH being arrested in 1968 for counterfeiting, and FBI information on Scientology.
February 17, 1960FBI Letter A woman writes to the FBI requesting information about Scientology; her cousin in England has sent her information about "Dr." Hubbard.
February 3, 1959FBI Report In response to a request for an FBI file check, a report is written on L. Ron Hubbard and the Hubbard Dianetic Auditors School in New Jersey. The report says that the FBI hasn't investigated either one, but mentions the Look magazine article (including the claim that dianetics "is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch" and the claims that it can cure everything from eye trouble, bursitis, ulcers, and colds). It also mentions the divorce suit and the bit about "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."
February 28, 1957FBI Letter FBI director J. Edgar Hoover replies to an inquiry from Senator Styles Bridges. Hoover's letter says, in part, " ... the FBI has received numerous inquiries concerning Lafayette Ron Hubbard and the system of "dianetics" which he apparently originated, but no allegation of a violation within the jurisdiction of this Bureau has been received and, consequently, no investigation of this matter has been conducted by the FBI. [Dianetics organizations have] encountered difficulty with police authorities in New Jersey, Michigan and Washington, D.C., for allegedly conducting schools in those areas, in which a branch of medicine and surgery was taught without a license. ... " Hoover also mentions a newspaper article carrying Sara Hubbard's allegations that LRH had subjected her to "scientific torture experiments."
February 22, 1957Senator Letter Senator Styles Bridges writes to Louis Nichols, assistant to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, enclosing a letter fro a constituent about Scientology. The letter says, in part, "His methods are now being given thru the guise of sort of "religious" ideas - they even send their co-called [sic] students diplomas indicating they are some sort of "Divinity students" ......gosh, I am not sure what they think they are doing, but they even try healing methods, and that sort of thing - and work on the minds of their clientele - which I think is terribly wrong!!"
February 20, 1956FBI Memo An FBI agent sends a memo to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover stating that he had completed the tasks assigned him. After someone wrote the FBI to inform them that Hubbard was distributing the brainwashing manual with a letter implying that the FBI had authorized him to do so, Hoover had directed the agent to get a copy of Hubbard's letter containing the unauthorized use of the FBI's name.
February 10, 1956FBI Letter FBI director J. Edgar Hoover responds to a letter sent to the FBI mentioning that Hubbard was distributing the brainwashing manual with a cover letter implying that the FBI had authorized him to do so. Hoover directs an agent to get a copy of Hubbard's letter containing the unauthorized use of the FBI's name. The memo also notes, "In regard to Hubbard himself, an inquiry was initiated on February 26, 1951, after information was received that he had been arrested in Chicago for kidnaping his wife and daughter and taking them out of the State of California. The U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, instructed that no investigation should be undertaken."
February 3, 1956FBI Letter A letter is written to the FBI, possibly by officials of the Church of Christian Science. The letter says, "Recently we received in the mail a copy of the pamphlet entitled _Brain-Washing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics._ This was sent to us by an organization entitled The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation ... According to a letter received from the same organization, a copy of the pamphlet had been sent to the FBI, and this resulted in an urgent "governmental request" that all copies of the pamphlet be recalled. A subsequent letter stated that "authorization" had now been received to release the book to "trusted members" for "research purposes." ... It occurs to us that, since the name of your organization has been invoked by the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, you might wish to have the above information."
February 26, 1953Congressman Ferguson Letter Congressman Homer Ferguson writes to Louis B. Nichols at the FBI regarding a letter he had received from one of his constituents about Hubbard's "Handbook for Preclears." The constituent's letter said, in part, "Frankly I don't like the trend of it and some of my parishioners have it."
February 3, 1953FBI Summary on Hubbard An FBI document summarizes some information about L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. It mentions two US Marshalls attempting to serve a bench warrant on LRH while he was lecturing to the Association of Scientologists. It says "Allegations have been made that organizations he was affiliated with were of particular interest to perverts, hypochondriacs and curiosity seekers. In 1951 the State of New Jersey reported it had a case against him for teaching medicine without a license and in 1952 the Post Office was investigating him for mail fraud."