Two instances have come to the Bureau’s attention which provide sufficient basis to believe that The Founding Church of Scientology (COS) may have attempted to infiltrate the FBI. [Rest of paragraph redacted; next paragraph redacted]
In view of the possible consequences of such infiltration, you are to insure that adequate security is provided to files and communications within your office. Should it come to your attention that an employee is a member of or associated with COS or its members, absent any evidence of wrongdoing, the employee must be reminded of his/her obligation to the FBI to report any knowledge of a criminal act or attempted criminal act, i.e., unauthorized disclosure or reproduction of documents from FBI files, and that any such violation will be vigorously pursued for prosecution. Advise FBIHQ of pertinent developments.
Applicants for Bureau employment are not to be questioned concerning membership in or association with COS unless such information is volunteered by the applicant. If, during subsequent processing such information is developed indicating membership in or association with COS, determine the degree of association and extent of influence and notify FBIHQ immediately. Complete your background investigation and submit results in report form.
As this matter involves sensitive information, it is to be handled on a need-to-know basis. Insure that your Applicant Coordinator, key personnel handling applicant matters, and supervisory personnel are informed of the contents of this airtel.
NOTE: Based on memorandum S. R. Burns to Mr. Long, dated 7/ /77 [redacted] captioned “SITOL – Office Security, Bureau Applicant program.”
File/Ref. No.: 47-56689-203X
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