Re: Letter from Herbert J. Miller Jr. to [?] re Hubbard E-Meter devices.
Your letter of January 22, 1963 and its enclosures have been received. […]
NOTE: […] a New Orleans attorney, requests investigation into alleged denial of the religious freedom based on seizure of “E-meters” by Food and Drug Administration officers who recently raided the Founding Church of Scientology, Washington, D. C. He enclosed a letter addressed to the Director over the signature of […] of the church, which also requests Bureau assistance, and other data including a press release dated 1/5/63, by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the church. Hubbard alleges the White House has specifically requested a presentation of scientology and that he has offered the President his assistance in narrowing the gap in the space race.
In 1953, we investigated and convictions ensued concerning an incident wherein three of L. Ron Hubbard’s associates assaulted U. S. Marshals attempting to serve a bench warrant on Hubbard in connection with a bankruptcy proceeding in which he was a witness. […] was one of the subjects convicted and her brother advised that although she had been closely associated with Hubbard, she broke off relations with him because she concluded that he is only anxious to accumulate wealth by any means. A former wife has allegedly described Hubbard as hopelessly insane.
According to local newspaper stories, the Food and Drug Administration seized the “E-meters” which were described as lie detectors, on the grounds that they are allegedly promoted as being capable of curing various diseases. No identifiable information concerning […] located in Bureau files.
Written on “Law Offices” letterhead:
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.
Attention Legal Attache: Recent newspaper clippings have indicated that Food and Drug Administration officials recently raided the Washington, D. C. headquarters of Ron Hubbard to whom correspondent refers, inasmuch as his club was misrepresenting claims as to what their “machine” could do. Hubbard runs the Academy of Scientology, and he 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 the 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. At the time FDA was confiscating books and these wonder “machines” found in Hubbard’s headquarters, he was allegedly in England. No arrests were made. Correspondent is not identifiable in Bufiles.
Re: Investigation of Scientologists
A news item on a Toronto radio station came on the air last Saturday Jan 5th, with an item of interest to me. I am at the present time in the process of getting some Washington papers to read about this particular item, which mentioned at the time, that The Scientologists, who are located in Washington and elsewhere, are being investigated and have their machines taken from them and this news item went on to say that they claimed they could cure people, and that Ron Hubbard, who is at the head of this crackpot organization was not available for comment at that time.