In response to your name check request dated July 19, 1977, it will be noted the FBIis presently conducting an investigation of alleged violations of Federal statutes involving members and former members of the captioned organization. As you are aware, as a result of Federal search warrants being executed at the properties of the Church of Scientology in Washington, D. C. and in the Los Angeles, California, area, this case is public knowledge in the news media.
The investigation is progressing and there is presently pending in the Federal courts litigation involving the documents seized by the FBI on July 8 and July, 1977. Until this litigation is terminated and all documents reviewed, we are unable to comply with your request.
The FBI will cooperate with the Defense Investigation Service (DIS) in line with instructions issued by the appropriate United States Attorneys and the orders from the Federal courts.
NOTE TO SACs BALTIMORE, LOS ANGELES AND WASHINGTON FIELD
This pertains to Bureau special “Sitol,” […]