L. Ron Hubbard - Church of Scientology
2,826 pages of FBI files covering L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology.
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, also known as L. Ron Hubbard, was born on March 13, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska. Hubbard attended George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He studied civil engineering from 1930 to 1932. He left the university to pursue his writing career. He wrote mostly science fiction articles for pulp magazines and novellas. In the late 1930's, he wrote the novel "Final Blackout" which told the story of Europe engulfed in war. L. Ron Hubbard joined the United States Navy in June 1941. He was eventually given the command of USS YP-422 based in the Atlantic, then the subchaser USS PC-815 based in the pacific. In 1945 USS PC-815 was involved in an incident involving shells being launched at an island, which turned out to be inhabited and a part of Mexico. Hubbard was relieved of his command of both vessels. L. Ron Hubbard in June of 1950 published, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health." Hubbard expanded Dianetics into a secular philosophy which he called Scientology. Hubbard soon declared Scientology a religion and founded the first Church of Scientology in 1953. The Church of Scientology is considered by the United States Internal Revene Service (IRS) to be a tax-exempt religious nonprofit organization. In the 1980's L. Ron Hubbard was again writing science fiction, publishing "Battlefield Earth" and "Mission Earth." L. Ron Hubbard died on January 24, 1986.
Files date from 1943 to 1993. Among the material in the files:
A memo of a 1951 FBI interview with L. Ron Hubbard, in which Hubbard expresses concern that communists were undermining his organization, Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, Inc. Memos concerning a 1963 raid of church offices by United States Marshals and the USDA to seize Church of Scientology "E-meters." Attempts by the Church of Scientology to established as part of the files the FBI maintains on it, it's contention that much of the information in the files are falsehoods about L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. Information regarding a 1975 civil action brought by the Church of Scientology, claiming that the FBI had wiretapped its phones. Allegations made by the Church of Scientology that the FBI broke into its offices in Champagne, Illinois in 1976. Documents dealing with a 1977 search of Church of Scientology properties in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles conducted by hundreds of FBI agents. An FBI investigation into allegations that Church of Scientology members and former church members broke into IRS offices. FBI response to allegations of misconduct by its agents during the 1977 raids. An FBI memo stating concern of that Church of Scientology members might be trying to join the FBI and that for the time being, "no appointments will be extended to any applicant identified as being a member of the Church of Scientology." Correspondences between the FBI and members of Congress concerning the raid and possible civil rights violations. Letters from the FBI and the Department of Justice defending their raid and investigation of the Church of Scientoogy. Documents pertaining to the 1978 indictment of 12 members of the Church of Scientology, including L.Ron Hubbard's wife Mary Sue, on charges of conspiracy, theft of government property, aiding and abetting, and interception of oral communications.