In 1969, the London Sunday Times ran an article on L. Ron Hubbard’s early involvement with magick.1 The Church of Scientology protested, and in return the paper printed verbatim the Church’s statement concerning Hubbard’s involvement with Parsons:2
Hubbard broke up black magic in America: Dr. Jack Parsons of Pasadena, California, was America’s Number One solid fuel rocket expert. He was involved with the infamous english black magician Aleister Crowley who called himself ‘The Beast 666.’ Crowley ran an organization called the Order of Templars Orientalis over the world which had savage and bestial rites. Dr. Parsons was head of the American branch located at 100 Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California. This was a huge old house which had paying guests who were the U.A.S. nuclear physicists working at Cal. tech. Certain agencies objected to nuclear physicists being housed under the same roof.3
L. Ron Hubbard was still an officer of the U.S. Navy [and] because he was well known as a writer and philosopher and had friends among the physicists, he was sent in to handle the situation. He went to live at the house and investigated the black magic rites and the general situation and found them very bad.
Parsons wrote to Crowley in England about Hubbard. Crowley “the Beast 666” evidently detected an enemy and warned Parsons. This was all proven by the correspondence unearthed by the [London] Sunday Times. Hubbard’s mission was successful far beyond anyone’s expectations. The house was torn down. Hubbard rescued a girl they were using. The black magic group was dispersed and never recovered. The physicists included many of the sixty-four top U.S. scientists who were later declared insecure and dismissed from government service with so much publicity.
Publisher’s Note: After hearing that Feral House was issuing a biography of John Parsons, The Church of Scientology became interested in seeing how L. Ron Hubbard would be depicted within. After contacting Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs in Los Angeles for information they were said to have concerning Hubbard’s involvement with Naval Intelligence, Feral House was sent, in June 1999, a copy of a certificate given Hubbard for attending and completing “the prescribed course in training for military government” at the Naval School of Military Government, Princeton University. Scientology’s package also contained a 19-page document by L. Fletcher Prouty, a former Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, author of The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, and perhaps best known as being the mysterious character played by Donald Sutherland in Oliver Stone’s J.F.K.. Prouty’s affidavit discusses the probability that Hubbard’s Naval Records have been altered and “sheep-dipped.”4