In the past Hubbard has corresponded with this Bureau and Department of Justice on several occasions for various reasons, including complaints about his wife and about alleged communists. In one lengthy letter in May. 1951, it is perhaps noteworthy that Hubbard stated that while he was in his apartment on February 23, 1951, about two or three o’clock in the morning, his apartment was entered. He was knocked out. A needle was thrust into his heart to produce a coronary thrombosis and he was given an electric shock. He said his recollection of this incident was now very blurred, that he had no witnesses and that the only other person who had a key to the apartment was his wife.
January 4, 1963, representatives of the Food and Drug Administration seized “E-meter” devices from theDistrict of Columbiaheadquarters of Hubbard’s organization. The meters were seized on the grounds that they were misbranded.
The “Saturday Evening Post” thereafter carried an article regarding this seizure and Hubbard, and described Hubbard as having become wealthy from the proceeds of his church and stating that he received ten per cent of all fees generated through examinations conducted by persons trained in use of his “E-meter” machines.
In November of 1965, a citizen provided a copy of a pamphlet entitled “What Everyone Should Know About Scientology.” The citizen provided this pamphlet inasmuch as his granddaughter had become a member of the organization. Page four of this pamphlet has a caption “Scientology As A Religion,” which states as follows:
“Philosophy dealing with the individual as a spirit is normally classed as a religion. The same type of material as Scientology was attempted about [?-possibly 3],500 years ago by one Gautama Siddhartha and became the world’s oldest civilized religion, known as Buddhism. Laws of life, exteriorization and other materials of Buddhism are similar to Scientology. Scientology however, is able to achieve results even in early stages that Buddhism could not. This does not make Scientology Buddhism but it does place it firmly in the area of religion.
“Theosophy, organized as a body of knowledge similar in text to Scientology has been declared a religion by U.S. Federal Courts.
“Scientology is therefore a religion. The only question was whether or not its organizations should be formal churches and auditors ministers. Some Scientology Organizations have become Churches, some as inAustraliahave remained simply religious fellowships. There has never been any serious question of Scientology being a religion since by definition knowledge and study of man as a spiritual, rather than an animal, being is of course religious.”
In January of 1966, the Defense Communications Agency provided a copy of a memorandum submitted by Colonel Charles C. Mack of the United States Air Force after he had unintentionally attended the Scientology Congress at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Saturday, January 1, 1966. Colonel Mack advised that he had sat in on a film show of the leader giving a lecture. He advised that they stated or implied that they were against police authority, did not believe in any religion and said, among other things, that the Government’s sole responsibility was to kill people.
NOTE: Subject of radiogram from [BLACKED OUT] is probably L. Ron Hubbard, on whom the Bureau has received numerous inquiries and complaints concerning the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation Inc., the Hubbard Association of Scientology International and the Academy of Scientology, all organizations with which Hubbard has been connected. In a divorce suit in 1[?] his wife accused him of insanity and competent medical advisors recommended he be committed to a sanitarium for psychiatric observation and treatment of paranoid schizophrenia. Previous correspondence in this matter handled by Domestic Intelligence Division. (Bufile 62-94080) File in 62-94080 “Scientology”
REGARDING HUBBARD’S ARREST AT SAN LUIS OBISPOONAUGUST SEVENTEEN, NINETEEN FORTY EIGHT, ON CHARGE OF PETTY THEFT (CHECKS) THE CASE WAS DISPOSED OF IN SAN GABRIEL TOWNSHIP JUSTICE COURT ON AUGUST THIRTY ONE, NINETEEN FORTY EIGHT, WHEN HUBBARD PAID TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS FINE. LHM FOLLOWS.
Throughout his dianetic career Hubbard has displayed a fine talent for profiting personally although his firms and institutions generally fail. As indicated by his previous migratory nature there is every reason to believe that he will leave Philadelphia as soon as he has accomplished his ends, all of which is in utter contempt of the orders of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.