Proof of the FBI 2009 Scientology human trafficking investigation

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, May 3, 2017.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    For some background, these articles were published back in February of 2011:

    Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

    Scientology in The New Yorker: Lawrence Wright Buries L. Ron Hubbard For Good

    Wright also breaks news that the FBI has, reportedly, taken an interest in claims about trafficking involving young people who are asked to join Scientology's "Sea Org," which requires billion-year contracts and pays only about $50 a week for hellaciously long hours and menial labor. (Scientology put out a statement today vehemently denouncing the article, naturally, and also saying that there is no federal investigation.)

    FBI investigates Church of Scientology over claims of human trafficking, enslavement and violence

    This is from January of 2013:

    Did the Headleys And Their Lawsuit Torpedo the FBI Investigation of Scientology?

    These were published today:

    The Proof At Last: FBI Files Reveal Scientology ‘Human Trafficking’ Investigation

    Inside the top-secret 300-page report that could bring down the church!

    By Melissa Cronin, Radar Online, May 3, 2017


    The Church of Scientology and its celebrity members are about to be rocked with a scandal the likes of which the controversial organization has never seen.

    In an earth-shattering world exclusive, has uncovered a 300-page highly confidential FBI file that finally confirms that the federal government secretly launched an intensive nationwide investigation into the church over claims of “human trafficking”.

    The horrifying details of this probe – and why it was suddenly and mysteriously abandoned with no explanation – have been a kind of Holy Grail for critics of the church.

    Journalist Lawrence Wright first mentioned the investigation in a 2011 New Yorker article, but after that, the trail seemed to go cold.

    Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw insisted in 2013, “The church has no knowledge that this ‘examining’ ever occurred.” And at the time, the FBI, US Attorney’s Office, and Department of Justice ALL refused to confirm the investigation took place. But now, Radar finally has uncovered the proof – and it could bring down the church at last.

    “I don’t think the timing could be worse for Scientology,” journalist and noted Scientology expert Tony Ortega told Radar.

    On the heels of HBO’s Scientology documentary Going Clear, and Leah Remini‘s Scientology documentary series, Ortega, founder of The Underground Bunker said, “This is going to be devastating.”

    The federal investigation began in utter secrecy, with the filing of an FBI agent’s request “to open a sensitive investigative matter” on October 5, 2009, regarding the Church of Scientology and “human trafficking.

    The agent reported there were whispers of “underground labor camps that resemble ‘concentration camps,’ where [Scientologists] live and work in slave-like conditions around the clock” facing “severe limitations of civil liberties, including physical abuse, which has become mainstream.” (Scientology has always denied the existence of labor camps, as well as incidents of abuse within the church.)

    From there, the FBI quietly but diligently set about their work, seizing several items of relevant “property” and interviewing more than a dozen former Scientologists across the country.

    By January 2010, the FBI reported in a briefing that they were expecting “the likely indictment of multiple subjects.” In May of that year, the Assistant US Attorney filed a report with the title, “Grand Jury Investigation of Operations Overboard,” the probe’s new name.

    For the revelations from the explosive file, and why charges were never filed, stay with Radar!


    Confirmation of the 2009 FBI trafficking probe of Scientology that the church denied

    By Tony Ortega, May 3, 2017


    Melissa Cronin over at RadarOnline dropped a bomb this morning that she let us in on recently: The FBI had complied with her request for documents related to its 2009/2010 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology.

    She tells us that she received a 300-page file pursuant to her request, and she posted a few of the initial pages this morning just to show finally that yes, this investigation did occur, even though the church lied repeatedly, saying that it did not.

    “The church has no knowledge that this ‘examining’ ever occurred,” Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw said in 2013.

    It was Lawrence Wright, in his epic 2011 New Yorker story about Paul Haggis who first revealed that the FBI investigation had taken place, although as we showed later, by that time the probe had already been abandoned.

    Why the investigation ended was a complex situation that we wrote about at some length. Cronin tells us that the 300-page FBI file abruptly ends in May 2010, and sheds no new light on why it stopped.

    But now, at least, there’s no doubt that the FBI did take this investigation seriously, denoting it a “Sensitive Investigative Matter” as it looked into the way Scientology’s most hardcore members, who had signed billion-year contracts, were being treated, particularly at its secretive international management base near Hemet, California.

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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Documents detail FBI investigation of Scientology that never resulted in charges

    By Thomas C. Tobin, Tampa Bay Times, May 3, 2017


    The documents buttress a 2013 report by the Tampa Bay Times detailing a sustained and methodical FBI investigation of the church, with agents traveling to several states, questioning dozens of former Scientologists, obtaining surveillance video of the church's remote headquarters in the mountains east of Los Angeles, and even contemplating a raid of that facility.

    The Times based its report on interviews with 15 people who talked to FBI agents. But church officials dismissed the account, said they had no knowledge of such an investigation and questioned whether it ever occurred.

    The documents released Wednesday are the first official affirmation that the investigation took place.

    The church did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    News of the FBI investigation first surfaced in February 2011 when journalist Lawrence Wright mentioned it almost casually in a story he wrote for The New Yorker magazine about former Scientologist Paul Haggis, the film director.

    The Times reported that one of the agents became angry with a former Scientologist who had cooperated with the FBI but also helped Wright confirm the investigation. The leak had destroyed years of work, the agent complained.

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    Scientology FBI Files Abuse Allegations

    By Melissa Cronin, Radar Online, May 4, 2017


    It’s the unprecedented exposé that will shake the foundations of the Church of Scientology: has unearthed a never-before-published FBI case file filled with nearly 300 pages of explosive allegations against the controversial organization.

    From “underground labor camps that resemble concentration camps” to allegations of statutory rape, the claims in this case file are the most disturbing EVER leveled against the church.

    Click through to read the horrifying details.

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    Forced abortions, beatings, and sleep deprivation: The FBI on Scientology’s Sea Org

    By Tony Ortega, May 4, 2017


    Yesterday, we heard from several of the former Scientologists who spoke to the FBI for its 2009/2010 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology. The probe was stopped in 2010 without charges being filed, but now, some seven years later, the FBI has released a 300-page file of documents describing the investigation to Melissa Cronin of RadarOnline.

    Marc Headley, Lori Hodgson, Mat Pesch, and Jefferson Hawkins told us what it was like to speak to the FBI in 2009, and what it felt like now to finally speak about it openly. Headley told us he’s still uncomfortable talking about it on the record.

    But Cronin is releasing more allegations from the documents today, and she’s been sharing them with us as we also make our way through the file. As we pointed out yesterday, the FBI classified this as a Sensitive Investigative Matter, and took pains to protect the identities of the people they were talking to.

    In the initial pages of the file, the FBI explains which laws justified their investigation. They said they would be examining Scientology for violations of “Peonage, Slavery, and Trafficking in Persons.” In other words, they were looking at the conditions of forced labor which existed in the Sea Org, particularly at two locations: Scientology’s secretive Int Base near Hemet, California, and at PAC Base, the “Big Blue” complex in Los Angeles off Sunset Boulevard.

    The file specified that the investigation’s focus on forced labor “is not an attempt to discredit the religious belief held by Scientologists.”

    What the agents were looking for was evidence that the Sea Org convinced its workers they couldn’t rebel without suffering serious harm. The Sea Org managed this in a number of ways:

    — Paying less than $50 a week so its workers couldn’t live on the outside. “Sometimes workers were not paid for months or even years.”

    — Monitoring phone calls and mail.

    — Limiting access to medical and dental care, and forcing women to have abortions. “CSI viewed young children as having no work value and believed children would only interfere with the employment of their mothers.”

    — 16-hour work days, seven days a week, with no time off.

    — Confining workers and controlling their movement with the use of fences, cameras, and guards.

    — Strict daily rules.

    — Inhumane punishments.

    — The confiscation of passports.

    — The threat of disconnection. If a member rebelled, he or she might lose contact with family members and other loved ones.

    — The threat of Freeloader’s Bill. If a member left, they were saddled with bills for huge amounts, supposedly what they had received in classes.

    The FBI estimated that there might 1,000 victims of human trafficking in Scientology’s Sea Org.

    After introducing the scope of the investigation, agents got down to conducting interviews with individual former Sea Org workers. Among some of the allegations made by those witnesses that Cronin found after looking through the file:

    — So many forced abortions were occurring, a local clinic became “alarmed.”

    — One of the inhumane punishments was forcing members to jump into ponds of human excrement without protective gear.

    — Beatings were common, as were verbal assaults.

    — Other punishments were meant to humiliate. “Some people had to stand in the middle of the room with signs around their necks that said things like… ‘I’m a whore.'”

    — The most sleep a Sea Org member would get was four hours a night, and often they would go without sleep altogether.

    — Members were constantly aware that their movements were being watched, and escape was considered nearly impossible. “Members were so brainwashed into thinking that leaving was not an option, and they were too afraid that the COS would come after them if they tried to leave,” said a witness. “If a Sea Org member escaped … a ‘blow drill’ would be conducted in an effort to find that member.”

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  4. Incredulicide Member

    Where's the full 300 page PDF? Do we have to wait for reporters to finish a drawn-out series of articles on it before we get to see the whole thing?
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    This post from 2012 provides some more background:

    Tom Cruise’s Scientology Marriages: The Secret Wife-Auditioning Process Before Katie Holmes, Revealed | Vanity Fair

    Tom Betrayed: Secret Scientology Girlfriend Confesses To The FBI

    Inside her claims of ‘tempter tantrums’ & ‘violent tendencies.’

    By Melissa Cronin, May 10, 2017


    Tom Cruise is an unpredictable despot, prone to “temper tantrums” and “violent tendencies” that make life a living hell for the people around him!

    That’s the implication of a top-secret FBI file uncovered by, where the dark secrets of the actor’s rumored relationship with fellow Scientologist Nazanin Boniadi appear to be brought to light at last, in a long-buried FBI report that could be devastating for his public image.

    As Radar reported last week, a highly confidential FBI file reveals that the FBI launched a “human trafficking” investigation into the controversial church on October 5, 2009.

    As part of the ensuing investigation, agents crisscrossed the country seizing “property” and speaking to former and current Scientologists across the country.

    By all accounts, one of those witnesses was actress Nazanin Boniadi.

    Boniadi has never publicly confirmed her participation in the probe, but Vanity Fair, the Tampa Bay Times, and other Scientology critics have repeatedly cited sources saying that she did.

    And although all of the names in the FBI file obtained by Radar were redacted by the FBI before their release, their censors happened to miss one instance of Nazanin’s nickname, “NAZ,” in a witness report filled with contextual clues that all but confirm it was her – and that Scientology auditioned her to be Cruise’s girlfriend, leading her down a path to her worst nightmare.

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    Nazanin Boniadi’s FBI testimony: Cast as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend by Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, May 10, 2017


    In Alex Gibney’s 2015 documentary Going Clear, the director narrates the story of Scientologist actress Nazanin Boniadi, who was selected in late 2004 by the church for a special project: To be girlfriend to actor Tom Cruise. As he begins that narration, Gibney says that the story is backed up by FBI testimony.

    Now, we have that testimony.

    Or, at least a part of it, the portions that the FBI didn’t redact when it turned over a 285-page file about the agency’s 2009/2010 Church of Scientology human trafficking investigation to RadarOnline’s Melissa Cronin, who has shared it with the Underground Bunker.

    Today, we’re taking a look at the FBI’s interview of Boniadi, which took place on January 8, 2010 in Los Angeles. All names have been stripped from the FBI’s 5-page interview summary, except for one stray “Naz” that got through.

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  6. She's out now and calls herself a non practising Muslim. Whoopee for her.
    What I'm wondering is while she was in was she also doing her stint for Amnesty International USA as spokeswoman for prisoners of conscience ?
    That role does clash with being a Scientologist considering their attitude to the rights of human beings in particular those of Sea Org.

    Sorry Naz but who the fuck do you think you're kidding?
  7. The Internet Member

    Any Scientologist who gives info about Scientology's abuses to the FBI is a winner in my book.
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    DOX: The full FBI file from its 2009-2010 human trafficking investigation of Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, August 21, 2017


    Several weeks ago, we got access to the FBI’s file on its 2009-2010 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology when Melissa Cronin of RadarOnline shared her copy with us, with certain restrictions.

    Now we’ve received an additional copy of the file thanks to journalist Emma Best, who is suing the FBI over numerous document requests she has made. Our new copy comes without restrictions, and so today we’re making the entire file available for you to go through, page by page. (The Bunker’s own request, made more than two years ago, is taking longer and we are hoping that it means the release will be more comprehensive.)

    Lawrence Wright first revealed in his 2011 New Yorker article about Paul Haggis that the FBI was investigating Scientology for the way it treated its Sea Org workers. But as we explained later, by the time Wright made that public, the FBI had already ended its probe.

    As you’ll see in the file, for several months the FBI took very seriously its plunge into Sea Org life, which it code-named Operation Base Overboard. Former Sea Org officials like Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Marc and Claire Headley, Amy Scobee, Tom DeVocht, and John Brousseau were interviewed, though their names have been redacted in this release. We also recognized, beginning on page 142, the interview of former Scientology member Nazanin Boniadi, who was recruited to be the girlfriend of Tom Cruise.

    Based on the interviews, the FBI believed that Sea Org life amounted to labor trafficking:

    Based on interviews of former Sea org members (hereinafter Complainants), the Church of Scientology (COS) tricks young Scientologists into joining the Sea Org, promising good salaries, regular work hours, vacation and family visits. However, once Sea Org members begin their service, they are housed and held at secure locations where they work 15 hour days in various positions for Scientology-based companies. Sea Org members are given no days off, and are permitted only limited and monitored contact with anyone outside the camps where they live and work.

    We heard from numerous informants who cooperated in the investigation that the FBI was very close to raiding Scientology’s Int Base near Hemet. But that raid didn’t happen, and no charges were brought against the church. And there’s nothing in the file to indicate why the probe ended. What happened?

    Lawrence Wright, in the movie Going Clear, suggests that when a lawsuit for labor trafficking brought against the church by the Headleys failed in court, it convinced the FBI that it would also have a tough time with a prosecution. But we have another view, based on what Marc Headley and others told us.

    So anyway, here’s the entire file. We’re looking forward to hearing what strikes you as particularly interesting, or what gems we might have missed in it. Have at it!

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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    DOX: L. Ron Hubbard’s son called him a junkie and sex pervert in FBI’s Scientology files

    By Tony Ortega, August 30, 2017


    We have yet another FBI document release for you today, the result of a lawsuit by journalist Emma Best that has pried loose several interesting files from the law enforcement agency in recent weeks. Previously, we published a file about the FBI’s 2009 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology’s “Sea Org,” a 2008 investigation of the Anonymous movement, and a 1996 probe of a bogus bomb threat.

    Today, we have an FBI file on L. Ron Hubbard Jr., also known as “Nibs,” and as “Ron DeWolf.” And the best thing in it is the unsparing look that Nibs provides of his famous father, L. Ron Hubbard Sr.

    <snipped> are the two DeWolf filings from his probate lawsuit, which were in the FBI file, and that we don’t think have been online before.

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  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Recently released FBI files show L. Ron Hubbard offering to inform on his own organization

    Hubbard, blaming a bad breakup on Communists, pledged his services to fight the Red Menace, including the names and fingerprints of every member of his Scientology precursor

    By Emma Best, Muckrock, November 14, 2017


    Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that just over a year after L. Ron Hubbard created the the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, a precursor to the Church of Scientology, he offered to become an informant for the Bureau, and provide the FBI with a list of its members and copies of their fingerprints.

    While previously published books have mentioned part of this, significant details are disclosed in recently released FBI files as a result of a FOIA lawsuit jointly brought by the author along with Radar Online, represented pro bono by Dan Novack. While the books describe Hubbard’s willingness to throw certain members of his Dianetics Foundation under the bus, the FBI’s files show that his paranoia left him more than willing to provide the Bureau with information on every member of his foundation, including fingerprint cards. While this was ostensibly done in the name of fighting Communism and rooting out any supposed Communist subversives that had made their way into his group, the context leaves no doubt that it was in response to his wife leaving him and accusations that he had kidnapped and drugged her.
    While the initial letter from Hubbard only offered a handful of names, it promised that he would follow-up soon, mentioning that the Foundation had recently decided to fingerprint its members and require they sign an oath of loyalty to the U.S. Government, which COS would later infiltrate and attempt to undermine while stealing classified files and other government documents.
    According to an FBI memo dated March 7th, 1951, Hubbard alleged that one of the Communists had been “instrumental in driving Hubbard’s wife, Sara Elizabeth Northrup, to the point of insanity.” Insanity, to Hubbard, apparently meant attempting to leave him and terminate their marriage.

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    A day later, Radar Online has an "exclusive".

    Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Exposed His Own Followers To The FBI!

    Files show 'he was ratting out his own people in the most petty way.'

    By Radar Staff, November 15, 2017


    Already reeling from explosive claims of slave labor camps, the celebrity-studded cult Scientology is being rocked by its most damning revelation yet: Founder L. Ron Hubbard was an FBI snitch!

    Never-before-seen FBI files exclusively obtained by show Hubbard serving up fingerprints of his brainwashed followers directly to J. Edgar Hoover.

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  12. Lickit10Times Member

    Perhaps he was an agent
  13. Agent of whom, the CIA the FBI ,Illuminati or maybe even the Bilderberg group.
    Or how about the scouting movement , perhaps he was an agent of Mossad or a talent agent?
  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    DOX: Sworn testimony that a U.S. state was too afraid to take on the Church of Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, November 29, 2017


    What is it about the Church of Scientology that turns law enforcement and other government agencies into quivering cubes of human Jell-O?

    How many times have we seen it? In 2009, the FBI launched an investigation of allegations of human trafficking at Scientology’s Sea Org bases. But after gathering reams of evidence from dozens of former Sea Org members, that investigation was dropped in 2010 without explanation. (We have a theory as to why the Justice Department lost its nerve.)

    And in 2012, there seemed to be another golden opportunity for the government to take on Scientology. That July, a young woman named Stacy Murphy died at Narconon Arrowhead, Scientology’s drug rehab flagship operation, after the deaths of two other patients — Gabriel Graves and Hillary Holten — in a period of only nine months.

    Narconon had long before been exposed as a front for Scientology itself. The rehab network advertises that it offers personalized drug counseling in a safe environment with medical personnel. But litigation had clearly established the truth, that Narconon centers offer no drug counseling but instead train patients in Scientology. The facilities, far from safe, had repeatedly been sued because they were rife with drugs and allegations of sex for drugs traded with staff, who weren’t medical personnel but were low-paid recent graduates of the program.

    And now, even in a place like Oklahoma, the government could no longer turn a blind eye. With Narconon Arrowhead nominally licensed by the state’s lax Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the state sent in an inspector general named Kimberly Poff and two of her investigators, one named Michael DeLong, to find out what was happening at Narconon Arrowhead.

    What they found horrified them. Poff, according to testimony you’re about to see, realized that in the early 1990s the state never should have licensed Narconon to open for business there to begin with. And they found multiple violations of state laws and regulations, and expected the state to act on their report and shut the place down.

    But that’s not what happened. Poff was told by a superior to keep the report in “pending” status so that the state mental health agency wouldn’t have to make a decision on it. Why? Because the state was simply too afraid to take on Scientology, she testified.

    For four years, we’ve been trying to get our hands on that report by Poff and DeLong, which has been used in numerous lawsuits against Narconon, but under seal.

    Eleven months after Poff and DeLong submitted their report about Narconon Arrowhead, they were fired — at least in part, they believed, because they continued to be vocal about the Narconon report, which the state was sitting on. They then both sued the state for wrongful termination. By the time we learned about that and, along with the local Oklahoma press, wrote about it, Poff had started a new job at another state agency, the Department of Human Services. But after coverage of her lawsuit appeared, DHS fired her as well. And so she filed another lawsuit against that agency.

    Those first lawsuits by Poff and Delong were dismissed on technical grounds that had nothing to do with their report about Narconon. But Poff’s second lawsuit, against DHS, continues, and it has a December 5 trial date. In the court file for that lawsuit, there were several pages from a deposition that Poff sat for in May.

    Short of having Poff’s 2012 report on Narconon itself, this was a pretty good alternative. Poff has never given a press interview about what happened to her, but here was sworn testimony about what had happened to her and DeLong and their report. We knew you’d want to see it.

    We’ve pulled out the most important passages here, but we’ll also make the full court document available as well.

    We’ve highlighted statements that we find especially important — and especially egregious. Remember, Narconon Arrowhead is still in business, even after the deaths of Gabriel Graves, Hillary Holten, and Stacy Murphy.

    If Oklahoma doesn’t have the spine to do anything about it, who will?

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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Defeated in court, L. Ron Hubbard’s son boasted about spreading lies in new FBI document

    By Tony Ortega, December 13, 2017


    Journalist Emma Best, at the Muckrock website, has convinced the FBI to cough up even more documents about the Church of Scientology, and in the latest batch there’s a pretty interesting 15-page letter written by Ron DeWolf to the IRS in 1985.

    “Ron DeWolf” was the name that L. Ron Hubbard Jr. adopted in order to distance himself from his famous father after he turned away from the senior Hubbard and his Scientology movement. DeWolf’s family nickname was “Nibs,” and he was a fascinating and problematic figure in Scientology history.

    In 1952, Hubbard pulled his son out of high school to help as he was regrouping from a disastrous year of bankruptcy and divorce to start something he called “Scientology” after the failure of his “Dianetics” movement.

    For the next seven years, Nibs became a very important figure in early Scientology, but eventually he became disillusioned with it, in part because he was making so little money while his father was becoming so rich. In 1959, Nibs walked away, and over the rest of his life he alternated between denouncing his father and cooperating with government investigations of Scientology and then switching his allegiances, recanting what he’d testified to. We’ve documented previously about what a flip-flopper he was.

    In our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, we also described how, in the summer of 1972, he worked with Paulette to produce a really remarkable 63-page manuscript they titled “A Look Into Scientology, or 1/10 of 1 percent of Scientology.” In the essay Nibs calmly takes apart his father’s myths about himself and about Scientology. It’s a cogent and devastating takedown of L. Ron Hubbard, and we excerpted some of it in the name of Fair Use in our book. Unfortunately, Nibs signed over his copyrights to the Church of Scientology in a settlement later in his life, and so we can’t publish the entire document. But we can tell you that it has none of the more outlandish claims that characterized Nibs’ later attacks on his father, such as the really hard to credit things he said in a 1983 Penthouse interview, and some of the things he says in this 1985 letter to the IRS which we’re printing here in full.

    It’s also important to remember that Nibs was writing this letter after a bitter court fight. In 1982, Nibs and his attorney, Michael Flynn, became suspicious that a fraudulent attempt to steal money from an L. Ron Hubbard bank account they learned about suggested that Hubbard had actually died and someone was trying to cash in on it before that news became public.

    Convinced that Hubbard was either dead or incapacitated, Nibs filed a 1982 probate lawsuit in California that produced a massive amount of bad publicity for the Church of Scientology. In fact, Hubbard wasn’t dead, but was hiding out, and he produced a fingerprint and a letter that convinced the court that he was still alive and not incapacitated.

    After their very public defeat, Nibs was angry with Flynn and the other defendants Flynn was representing against the church. And it was at this point that he sent his letter to the IRS and its criminal investigations division.

    For more thoughts on what’s in the letter, we asked historian Chris Owen to look it over. Here’s what he sent us:

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    What L. Ron Hubbard’s son said about Scientology and the KGB

    Hubbard offered to sell his organization out to the FBI - but did he sell it out to the KGB?

    By Emma Best, MuckRock, December 13, 2017


    A recent FBI FOIA release prompted by the author’s lawsuit, represented pro-bono by Dan Novack and filed along with Radar Online, shows that in early 1985, L. Ron Hubbard’s son Ronald DeWolf wrote the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division a letter detailing a number of accusations - including Hubbard’s alleged, and unsubstantiated, KGB connection.

    One of the more interesting allegations against Hubbard, and one of the things that prompted the FOIA requests about the Church of Scientology as a whole, was the claim made by one of Hubbard’s children that the founder had sold the KGB access to Scientology records. Combined with Operation Snow White, which saw COS infiltrate large swathes of the government to influence policy and steal documents, the claim was alarming.

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    Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Unmasked As KGB Spy!

    Trove of files packed with details about celebrity-studded church.

    By Radar Staff


    Scientology revered founder has been unmasked as an FBI informant — and a double agent for the Russians! That’s the bombshell revelation contained in FBI documents obtained exclusively by that expose the cult’s leader, L. Ron Hubbard, as an underhanded KGB spy!

    A report from the FBI’s New Haven, Conn., field office on July 18, 1975, described how family members saw a brother’s personality change dramatically after he was “brainwashed or hypnotized” by the church.

    In 1989, Florida Sen. Connie Mack forwarded to federal authorities a letter to him from a constituent describing the terrifying experiences of those who tried to flee the cult, which believes space alien spirits infest the Earth.

    “Many are in hiding, fearing for their lives … and there are many more trapped in an incredible, science fiction mishmash of paranoid delusions imposed with the fiendishly clever brainwashing techniques devised by the founder of the Church,” the letter to Mack read.

    As Radar has revealed, Hubbard ratted to the FBI during the 1950s to expose Communists within his religion.

    The trove of newly released files is packed with explosive details about the celebrity-studded church and its traitorous kingpin.

    One document reports Hubbard allegedly adopted the dreaded Soviet terror tactics of brainwashing, drugging and hypnotism to control his followers.

    “No matter how historic these incidents are, Scientologists view Hubbard as a god and leader who can do no wrong,” a source said.


    “Even celebrity Scientologists like [Tom] Cruise or Kirstie Alley see Hubbard as pure. Now it seems everything they believe was built on a lie!”

    Scientology had long been accused of “brainwashing” members, but there has been little documentation to substantiate those charges — until now.

    In a letter dated Feb. 26, 1968, agents from the Naval Investigative Service in Dallas, Texas, reported Scientologists were studying “Russian brainwashing” techniques, and employing other chilling procedures.

    The report stated: “It was also alleged that an unidentified serum is administered to the members and that hypnosis is practiced during such meetings.”

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    L. Ron Hubbard’s son was troubled, but don’t discount him entirely: few knew his father better

    By Tony Ortega, December 16, 2017


    Earlier this week, we wrote about a 15-page 1985 letter written by Ron DeWolf to the IRS that was released by the FBI and became public for the first time. DeWolf was the name adopted by L. Ron Hubbard Jr., who was known as “Nibs” to the Hubbard family. We asked Jon Atack for his thoughts on Nibs and the new letter, and he sent us this piece.

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    In the early ‘90s, Scientology tried to dictate to the FBI what information could be released about them through FOIA

    Files released through a FOIA lawsuit show COS leadership demanding Bureau destroy their files and respond to records requests with Scientology pamphlets

    By Emma Best, MuckRock, December 18, 2017


    A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation FOIA release prompted by the author’s lawsuit, represented pro-bono by Dan Novack and filed along with Radar Online, shows that between 1990 and 1994, the President of the Church of Scientology International sent the FBI a series of letters instructing the Bureau on what records the Scientology felt the FBI was entitled to keep or to release through FOIA.

    According to Scientology’s leadership, the Bureau was guilty of “maintaining and disseminating inaccurate, misleading and derogatory information” about Scientology. As we’ve seen from previous FOIA releases, this information often consisted of reports from inside Scientology, public news articles, and letters written by Scientology’s leadership to the Bureau, including L. Ron Hubbard’s offer to act as an FBI informant.

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    When Scientology tried to convince the FBI that a college prof ran a cabal of critics

    By Tony Ortega, January 12, 2018


    Over the last several months, we’ve been posting numerous documents about Scientology that have been pried loose by journalist Emma Best as part of a lawsuit. She’s been kind enough to give us a crack at many of the items as they’ve come available, and that’s led to some really fun disclosures like a 1985 letter from Nibs that we got to see for the first time recently.

    There are so many new documents, some of them we have barely had time to skim, and, as with many government releases, some of it is not super exciting or revelatory. One file the FBI released, for example, was mostly about email threats the Church of Scientology was receiving circa 2006 from a determined and very angry person. It really wasn’t very interesting to us.

    However, one page in that file we did find pretty remarkable.

    As the FBI was looking into the person emailing the church, Scientology itself was of course very interested in the investigation, and wanted the FBI to use the opportunity to go after some of its longtime critics.

    So the church sent over a wonderful diagram, explaining how the critics of Scientology at that time were all part of a shadowy cabal being operated by … Dave Touretzky!

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    The FBI Redacted the Names of DC Comic Book Characters to Protect Their Non-Existent Privacy | Gizmodo


    Proving the old FBI proverb, “when in doubt, cross it out,” still permeates the bureau’s hallowed halls, the agency decided to redact the names of reporters for The Daily Planet—the fictional newspaper of record for the City of Metropolis in the DC universe—in records released in response to a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

    The records, which pertain to the Church of Scientology, contain the names of fictional DC comic book characters, which the FBI withheld citing two exemptions to the federal FOIA statute. The exemptions allow federal agencies to withhold information from the public if they believe disclosing it would “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” (For some reason, ace Planet photojournalist Jimmy Olsen’s name was not redacted.)

    Emma Best, an investigative journalist at MuckRock, sued the FBI last year after it denied her access to the bureau’s investigative files related to the Church of Scientology. In response to Best’s complaint, the FBI began releasing non-exempt records in June 2017.

    Best said the redactions signify the typical lack of due diligence on the FBI part when it comes to processing public records requests. “It’s easy to laugh at this, and it is laughable, but it also highlights how bad the FBI is when it comes to FOIA,” she said. “There are no explanations for this aside from gross incompetence, negligence, and/or bad faith.”

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