OFFICE OF SPECIAL AFFAIRS
1 September 2006
OSA Network Order No. 541
Invest Execs Only
INFORMATION AND CONTROL
(Excerpted from a briefing given on 1 July 1968.)
They tried to knock out the FBI about a year ago. Hoover was under fire, even Johnson was going to remove him. They tried to pull the rug right from underneath the FBI, get Hoover dismissed and the whole unit smashed. It was done via the White House and State Department—heavy brass. Mr. Hoover, being an old intelligence man from a way back, had the name, rank and serial number of every one of their crimes. I imagine he made a couple of quiet phone calls and said, “Well, Lyndon, life is interesting because if anything happens to the FBI or I am removed from the FBI, ‘You’re…waff-waff, waffle-waffle, waffle-waffle’ will be my first public statement.” Because the heat came off in a matter of an hour.
We can take a clue from that. If we don’t have prosecution-type data we are not safe.
You can study this political scene and see which way it moves and gradually get some coordinated factor. There may be only one single body on this planet which is disturbing it. There may be not more than a few guys bringing about the totality of its unrest and economic duress.
It’s easy to say incompetence will do this. But people, if left alone, will normally settle down. We try to isolate who is creating the unrest and giving the orders. But even while we’re doing that, we try to collect “protective materials.” Archaeological and scientific and social studies might very well result in disclosing Mr. De Gaulle’s peculiar liaison with Hitler. That’s protective material.
All of a sudden somebody is jumping all over us in “Wango-bingo” and all it would take would be a quiet phone call. That’s one way to keep order. That is an intelligence method of handling things. It’s not blackmail, because blackmail is demanding money and that has nothing to do with it. “You jump on us, you’re dead”— that type of material.
It follows this way: We start to expand an area and we instantly and immediately want protective information in that area. We may be able to coordinate who causes the unrest of the world against the channels that they would have in that area. And that tells us the most favorable protective information.
That is the formula. And the more we study the general scene, the more we can coordinate, how do these birds do it? And then we will find what lines they use and get protective information on the lines they use.
So, Mr. Big decides to knock us flat in Bongville. All of a sudden it cools by the simple reason that we already know that the head of the public health service at Bongville has three wives. What you normally do is leak it to him. Somebody goes out and has dinner with his daughter as a perfect stranger and says “You know, I would be awfully careful of jumping on those Scientologists in Bongville if I were you. You know somebody ought to tell your Daddy that there’s some wild rumor—of course, we don’t know what the truth of it is—that actually you have three mothers. And they know that over there.”
Our general world study tells us what we look into to find protective information.
If we keep this up it will eventually lead us straight to the top which will give us humanitarian control.
Information is the keynote.
L. RON HUBBARD
J. Edgar Hoover
OFFICE OF SPECIAL AFFAIRS
1 September 2006
OSA Network Order No. 401
COMMUNISM AND THE US GOVERNMENT
(Excerpted from a response to a compilation of
materials provided on 25 July 1975.)
Sometime probably December of 1950, the Board of Directors of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation in New Jersey, probably at the instigation of Parker Morgan (a former FBI and OSS agent, at that time a member of the Board), visited J. Edgar Hoover in relation to the unreasonable attacks which were occurring on the HDRF. Mr. Hoover’s assistant apparently inferred that these attacks must be of communist origin and referred the existing Board and in person conducted them to the head of the Communist Activities Division. He appeared very withholdy and confused by this sudden advent of the Board but he gave the Board to understand that it probably was of communist origin. The Board of Directors made a bargain with the FBI to turn over to them the names of all staff members in all the existing orgs at that time and the FBI made a bargain in return to return to them those names which were not communist. There were one thousand names on the list. Two hundred and fifty-two of these names had been deleted by the FBI. The FBI said that it could not tell them directly that these people or anyone was a communist but it used this method of singling out the communists connected with the organization.
In this fashion a spirit of cooperation was built by the FBI directly to hunt down communists who were knocking apart the organization. Through 1952 the FBI was also reportedly active trying to locate certain communists who supposedly had joined the organization.
It was however the FBI which planted the idea with the HDRF and with me that all our trouble was stemming from the communists. We were in fact under this direct impression throughout 1950 and until the outright attack by the United States government in ‘62. This matter, then, was directly caused by government propaganda. I never believed there was any particular conspiracy against the organizations and did not take any particular action until the early ‘60s at which time I put on my own intelligence officer hat and did an appreciation of the general scene. That appreciation took it straight out of the communist line of think and more or less accurately described the scene which we have been running down since that date. My prediction in the matter was true. That of the Justice Department and federal government was knowingly false.
During the time that the Justice Department and other government agencies were propagandizing the American people and us to believe that communist infiltration was the cause of all these strange dirty tricks which were occurring, the federal government was itself engaging in various dirty tricks against its own people. Intelligence files have demonstrated that there were various circulations against me and Scientologists occurring in the early ‘50s. During that period of time the Justice Department must have been well aware of that and yet continued to pose as a protector. All that I can make out of this at this writing and without further study of the matter is that this was a government ploy.
It is highly probable that every approach to me on the subject of going to Russia from 1948 on was a direct instigation by the federal government agencies.
Had I at any time accepted such a suggestion they could have arrested me and destroyed me.
It looks like a case at first glance here of police provocation.
At this writing, and purely for propaganda purposes, I would estimate that the late ‘40s and ‘50s communist infiltration scares, including those of McCarthy, were direct instigations of federal government agencies to bring about various purposes best known to themselves. They had the Korean War promoted. They had the Vietnamese War promoted and I wonder how much actual communist infiltration ever occurred. And I also wonder how much share of blame for the cold war the United States bears. During the ‘50s they had every church and social organization believing that it was being attacked and infiltrated by communists. We now know from the “Enemies List” and from various revelations that the federal government itself was engaged in dirty tricks against social and cultural groups in America. And in this instance particularly they certainly were at pains to make the early Dianetics and Scientology
organizations believe that they were being victimized by the communists and we know very well that it was the federal government itself which was keeping the organizations upset.
The matter is neither actionable nor libelous toward me as in each case of “communist” approach, I gave a very thorough “no.”
These files are valuable in that they disclose the fact that somewhere there may be an operations file or memo or plan to provoke me into accepting a discreditable invitation.
The entire atmosphere that was built around myself and organizations in the ‘50s was that communists were seeing we were being hit in America so that we would be driven to collaboration with Russia. It appears that this structure was probably a fabrication by US agencies to bring about some sort of incrimination.
Whoever originated such a plan or whoever originated the attacks and prevailed upon the federal government to engage upon them remains of vast interest to us. As these approaches after the war could be considered as covert or intelligence approaches, it is highly unlikely that the persons making them would go to any great effort to identify themselves or impinge upon one’s memory. Intelligence has a habit of employing people who are non-descript and who are not easily remembered. Furthermore, it is highly probable that the persons were not even using their right names.
The value of the information provided has been to expose a possibility of a much earlier conspiracy and perhaps even a criminal police provocation which was pulled not only on us but upon many, many people to make them believe that activities of the US government in the order of “dirty tricks” were communist in origin so as to stimulate some war enthusiasm or for some other discreditable reason.
L. RON HUBBARD
HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
THE CRIMINAL MIND
Definition: A criminal is one who is motivated by evil intentions and who has committed so many harmful overt acts that he considers such activities ordinary.
There is a datum of value in detecting overts and withholds in criminal individuals:
THE CRIMINAL ACCUSES OTHERS OF THINGS WHICH HE HIMSELF IS DOING.
As an example, the psychiatrist accuses others engaged in mental practice of harming others or worsening their condition, yet the majority of psychiatrists maim and kill their patients and by record, in all history, have only worsened mental conditions. After all, that’s what they seem to be paid to do by the government.
The psychologist accuses others of misrepresenting what they do and lobbies in legislature continually to outlaw others on the accusation of misrepresenting but there is no psychologist who doesn’t know that he himself is a fake, can accomplish nothing of value and that his certificates aren’t even worth the printing ink. The psychologist goes further: He educates little children in all the schools to believe all men are soulless animals and criminals so that when the possible day of reckoning comes and the psychologist is exposed for what he is, the population will not be the least bit surprised and will consider the psychologist is “normal.”
The psychologist accuses others of sexual irregularities when this is, actually, his entire profession.
Jack the Ripper of English fame who gruesomely murdered prostitutes now turns out to have been a medical doctor and was undoubtedly of enormous assistance to the police in pointing out “the real murderer.”
The FBI agent or executive accuses others of graft and even sets up “Abscams” to manufacture the crime. But an FBI agent regularly pockets money supposed to be paid to informers and then screams to protect informer sources that do not exist.
The FBI agent is terrified of being infiltrated and accuses others of it when, as standard practice, he infiltrates groups, manufactures evidence and then gets others charged for crimes his own plants have committed.
The FBI acts like a terrorist group posing as law enforcement officers. Their targets seem to be legislators and Congress and public individuals who might someday have power over public opinion, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
From all this we get another datum: THE CRIMINAL MIND RELENTLESSLY SEEKS TO DESTROY ANYONE IT IMAGINES MIGHT EXPOSE IT.
You have to be very alert when criminals are around.
J. Edgar Hoover, who organized the present FBI and is still deified by it—they have his name in huge brass letters on Washington, DCs biggest thoroughfare—and that town doesn’t even have the names of former presidents up in lights—has been shown by subsequent records to have been a blackmailer and traitor to his country. He carefully, personally, sat on the information for four months that Pearl Harbor was going to happen. Right up to the US entrance into World War II he was autographing his photo for pals in the deadly German SS. He even sacked an FBI agent (Tureau) who dared to catch some German spies.
Doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and the government form a tight clique. Only the government would support such people as the public hates them.
From all this we get another datum:
INDIVIDUALS WITH CRIMINAL MINDS TEND TO BAND TOGETHER SINCE THE PRESENCE OF OTHER CRIMINALS ABOUT THEM TENDS TO PROVE THEIR OWN DISTORTED IDEAS OF MAN IN GENERAL.
It is not true that where any person accuses another of a crime the accuser is always guilty of the crime or that type of crime. But it is true that when a criminal is doing the accusing it is more than probable that the criminal is disclosing his own type of crime.
Apparently they add it up this way: “If I accuse him of robbing, then it would be assumed by others that I have not robbed a bank.” By loudly voicing a condemnation of a crime, the criminal, with a crooked think, supposes people will now suppose he is above bank robbery and won’t suspect him.
Groups like psychologists who declare as fact that all men are criminals are of course just dramatizing their own inclinations.
People assume that others have their own case. The psychologist pushes his own case off on the whole world.
Anyone researching in the mind should be very aware of this point and be sure not to do it. Subjective reality seems to them to be the only reality there is, for such people are too introverted to really know the minds and motivations of others.
When working with the criminal, one can get a very good idea of that person’s own mental state by getting him to say what other people want and do or are guilty of.
It is inconceivable to the criminal that anyone could possibly be decent or honest or do a selfless act. It would do no good whatever to try to convince him for he knows all men are like himself.
Thus, one gets another datum of value:
THE CRIMINAL ONLY SEES OTHERS AS HE HIMSELF IS.
One of the reasons he does this, of course, is to justify injuring others. Because everyone else is useless, worthless, criminal, an animal and insane, why then, he reasons, it is perfectly all right to injure them.
Thus, we come to another datum:
THE CRIMINAL IS NOT MUCH BENEFITED BY THE GIVING OFF OF CURRENT WITHHOLDS AND IS NOT LIKELY TO REFORM BECAUSE OF THIS.
One, therefore, has to get down to the basic evil intentions as in Expanded Dianetics.
There is another approach in that same area of technology which is finding what act the person really can take responsibility for. It is a gradient approach.
The criminal is basically so subjective that an auditor will find, in the short run, that improving the reality of such a person is needful before any effective, overall improvement is obtained through pulling withholds.
Thus, TRs and 8-C and even ARC Straightwire are indicated as first steps. If these are done, and as responsibility rises, expect that overts could begin to pop up almost of their own accord.
It is interesting that if a criminal were to face up suddenly to the enormity of his crimes he would go into degradation and self-destruction. Thus a gradient scale is definitely indicated.
As the person has more R (reality), he can take more responsibility and only then with pulling withholds can he have any real benefit.
This HCOB is simply some data on the criminal mind that might help.
At the very least it should give some understanding of why some individuals insist with such apparent conviction that all men are evil, why all men are insane, why all men are criminals.
And it also tells you how silly it is to try to argue with them. Who’s there?
The criminal mind is a bitter and unsavory subject. The percentage of criminals is relatively small but the majority of grief and turmoil in the world caused by criminals is a majority percent. Thus, the criminal mind is a subject one cannot avoid in research as it is a major factor in the distortion of a culture.
It is a mind like any other mind but it has gone wrong. It is motivated by evil intentions which, even if idiotic, are greater than the possessor’s ability to reason. The criminal, even when he seems most clever, is really very, very stupid. The evil intentions get dramatized by senseless overt acts which are then withheld and the final result is a person who is more dead than alive and who faces a future so agonizing that any person would shudder at it. The criminal, in fact, has forfeited his life and any meaning to it even when he remains “uncaught” and “unpunished,” for in the long run, he has caught himself and punishes himself for all eternity. No common judge can give a sentence as stiff as that. They know down deep that this is true and that is why they scream with such ferocity that men have no souls. They can’t confront the smallest part of what awaits them.
When you understand what the criminal mind consists of you can also understand how ghastly must be the feelings or lack of them with which the criminal has to live within himself and for all his days forever. He is more to be pitied than punished. Neither bold nor brave, for all his pretense, he is really just a panicky, whimpering coward inside. When he bares his breast against the bullets, he does so with the actual hope that he will be killed. But of course that doesn’t save him. He’s got an eternity of it left to go. And his scoff of any such data hides the whimper, for he knows, deep down, it’s true.
Thus, we have another datum:
THE CRIMINAL, NO MATTER WHAT HARM HE IS DOING TO OTHERS, IS ALSO SEEKING TO DESTROY HIMSELF. HE IS IN PROTEST AGAINST HIS OWN SURVIVAL.
If you have to work with criminals in pastoring, recognize what you are working with. He can be helped—if he will let you near him.
Fortunately, there are still a lot of decent people left in the world.
L. Ron Hubbard
LRH CONFERENCE WITH THE INVESTIGATORS
17th August, 19661
This is 17th of August, and I will just make a record here for you own private information, 1966, and I suppose there are some questions you would like to ask me on this and that.
Before you do, I would just like to give a rundown on the situation.
I myself am not unfamiliar with your line of country. I myself was a D-3 office[r] of Naval Intelligence with the US Navy as Intelligence Officer in the Asiatic fleet at the beginning of the World War II, served previously around Washington and New York.
In the spring of 1942, they however found they had great scarcity of Master Mariners and so on and the FBI took over the complete entirety of Naval Intelligence at that time and so those of us who were qualified as Deck Officers were transferred over to the line and I went from there. Nevertheless, I was in this line of country for some time — well this doesn’t make me a “bug” on the situation — makes me familiar with it.2
In 1950, I’ll give you some background history on this, I started a Foundation. I didn’t have control of this Foundation; it was started by a number of business men who were in who believed in human betterment, and they began a Foundation called the Hubbard Research Foundation, Elizabeth, N.J.
At that time I wasn’t ever owning up to having done the research. I had written a book and it had become a bestseller, and they had taken over, and the Foundation, to continue the researches. I was actually at that time backing out of the whole thing and I was scheduled to take an expedition. I’ve been a member of the Explorer’s Club for many years, and have commanded several expeditions. I was going down to the [Dandecaues], and there was a ship down there that was full of Greek statuary which had been wrecked in Roman times and they had aerial photographs of it, and I had a job to look at this. And I was just backing out very gorgeously, you see, and they pleaded with me not to go. Things were becoming very busy, popularity of this work exceeded anything they had ever dreamed of.
It was riding the top of the Best Seller list throughout the summer of 1950, it was a sellout all over the place and so I said all right I’d give them a hand until July, and then I would have to go on and do something that was more in my line of country, you see.
By July I found out that people were doing things with this technology which had been released which were not necessarily harmful just terribly off beat, messed up, and I saw that it was all about to go down the river, and the Board at that time begged me to stress the fact that I had done the research, and the work was basically mine, and that I should take some administrative control for this. Well, so I took some administrative control.
Well, if you ever saw a shambles it had begun right at that moment, not because I was in administrative control but just shambles. It was so bad there were about four people killed out in California. There was an effort to kidnap me, which only my somewhat hard won knowledge of Judo and so forth got me out of — I put two blokes in the hospital — very very adventurous.
A woman sued me for divorce to whom I was not married3; she was the mistress of a scientist, an atomic scientist, and he had been my friend, and he had died4. Well anyway, to make a long story short, she haunted me — and it was just too thick — offices were being robbed and, oh my goodness.
By this time there were five of these branch offices to the Foundation — I still had no administrative control over this and the Boards would pass all sorts of resolutions and spend money in all different directions – I had no control over this.
But I did have control over the fact that we were being knocked around badly, so I went down and saw a friend of mine who was an assistant of Hoover’s, J. Edgar Hoover, and he said, “Well, Ron, I can’t do anything for you by telling you anything about your staff, but if you give me a list of all of your staff members of all of these Foundations, I will give you back a list which will startle you, and tell you which ones of them are not members of the Communist Party. I’ll give you back that list”.
That was news to me, what was this? So I gave him that list that included a thousand staff members in these five organizations, and he gave me back a list and it had two hundred fifty-seven names missing off it. Well, he wised me up just to this point, “Communists”, he said, “are under orders to infiltrate all sorts of organizations, and you are just getting more than your share of popularity and if they can bend this activity over to their own uses they would be very excited about it, and so forth.”
Well, I slogged through the remainder of 1951 and eventually…I had no control of these organizations at all and they, through mismanagement and so forth by their existing Boards, they folded up and I went off down to Phoenix, Arizona, and I started a Scientology organization.
The name of the earlier subject was Dianetics, and you will find that is still in useful practice, but it was basically a healing subject. We got in bad with the healing professions because the publisher and a medical doctor, not me, said that any two people could use it and get well instantly, and it was Walter Winchell no less who said it was a greater development than the wheel and arch. That wasn’t me. Now these people staring attributing these statements to me.5
Well, I parted company with this field because I did not want to be mixed up with a healing activity because this was a philosophic line of research and I ran into Scientology and the basic subject from which Dianetics was derived, and I went on with this development down in Phoenix, Arizona, and I got the earliest Scientology Organization put together and I had control of that and it ran pretty well, and it has been prospering ever since.
I came over here to England — there were several groups over here in England that were at swords with each other — and they requested me to come over and make peace amongst them — so I made a branch of the American Office in London and let these groups contribute their activity to it and its gone on from 1952 in England.
Now at the time, had it not been for responsibility to other people and so forth, I would actually very happily have pulled foot from all the administrative actions and so forth in regard to this, because it is a tumultuous field to end all tumultuous fields. You see me right now gazing longingly and casting sheep’s eyes at a yacht I am getting surveyed up at Hull right now and you see me going out to Rhodesia and slogging around and trying to get a connection with some of my own finances and so forth for a change, and it is a tough, tough line. And if it weren’t for my responsibility to other people in this matter, I myself would not have very much to do with it. That is the truth of the matter.
But now that I have taken responsibility along this line, I am very dedicated to certain propositions, and that is, first and foremost, the ethical application of the technology, it must be done right. It must be used properly. It mustn’t be used to hurt or harm people, and so on. Hence you see our Ethics activity.
Now in 1954, I got my first clue — and this is where you start coming in — I got my first clue as to the actual type of personality that gave us a slugging around.
Earlier, in doing research on the mind, and so on, I had become a special officer of the Los Angeles force. For a while I was down there having […] time. My beat was South Main and Alvarado and that is the toughest district there is down there. And I got a little insight into the criminal intelligence, and then I began to find out that I didn’t run across Communists who didn’t have a slightly or largely tainted criminal background. This was the big discovery to me — possibly it is very well known to the police, but the criminal seems to move over into that particular field.
Well, I’m not hepped up on this subject of communism. As a writer, before the War, and so on, I rubbed elbows with communists and socialists and extreme rightists and any other breed — I got along with all of them.
The Communists used to say to me, “Ron, you are on the wrong side of the fence. You should join us now because we are taking over the world,” and so forth, and I said, “You just go along and take over the world and let me get on with what I’m doing.”
There was no emotional [?] with this, and as time has gone on, I have gotten a deeper and deeper insight into the type of personality which raises the devil with this type of work, and it isn’t 90% of the human race, it is a figure as small as 20%. Of that 20%, only 2 ½ % of the 100, the other being 17 ½ %, the 2 ½% are really institutional cases. They are utterly mad.
Now they themselves — for various reasons, they cannot confront their own past. It would be entirely too painful to them. Therefore they cannot conceive of anyone else confronting his past, so they are opposed to anybody who tries to make people do this. And then in addition to this, they are terrified that something will be found out about them, because there is something to find out. And even if there isn’t, they are still afraid that something will be found out.
Now, it is this type of personality.
Now when I found out that they are in the minority I began to investigate whenever we started to take a shellacking. Whenever we started to be beaten around, I would get a private investigator in the area and have a look around and see who was at this and that activity.
Is [it] the suits, no, but that activity of investigation is the only thing which has tamed down attacks on Scientology. Not even a punitive action after the investigation was concluded but just the fact of investigation.
Now what happens — apparently the mechanism of is this — this chap here is of a self-betterment group. He hears that somebody is doing something about the mind. Well, he is ably aided and assisted with the fact that newspapers in all the years I’ve been around have never bothered to interview me — they just go off and write what occurs to them, you see. And when we have a win, or we sue somebody and we win, they never report this. We just get the total opposite picture.
You see it in the Council up here. Every time the Council turns down planning permission, they used to publish, “Doctor Hubbard receives a turn-down vote at Saint Hill,” and whenever they granted one, if it appeared at all, it would be at the bottom of the page in fine type.
The truth of the matter is that we’ve got more planning permission than anybody in the whole district. But this false picture continues to present itself, and if you go back in the newspaper files and clippings, you find this flood of stuff.
Now you take the Australian Enquiry which is giving us trouble right now. That Enquiry proceeded under executives who since have really been shot from guns by us, who would take no order of any kind. They did whatever they pleased, and they were operating apparently under a law code which was invented by a bunch of criminals to begin with.
Now this Australian Enquiry forbade — its got so many legal points — that it forbade me to appear. It said it couldn’t guarantee my personal safety if I appeared and testified there. They refused completely to do this — we are getting a booklet out in which all that evidence is authenticated. Now English law says that if a newspaper publishes something that happened to somebody abroad, it must have been testimony in a fair trial. And of course that was an unfair trial. And it wasn’t a trial really. And so it makes it actionable as it was republished in England. What we are getting out is reprintings of this sort of thing.
We get all sorts of weird things happening like this fellow Filson, he grabbed some papers which are not public issue papers but which are research materials. He sells them to a newspaper. The newspaper comes out and gives all sorts of weird, out of context reporting of this sort of thing. Well now then this kind of thing mounts up and we get an hostile environment as a result thereof.
Now you are running down somebody who apparently is one of this original type personality I was talking about. They are terrified and they push it forward.
What has actually happened in Scientology is that we have a technology which has been developed, which for instance permitted a fighter squadron in the United States to go over a whole year without a single clipped wing tip. They didn’t have an accident of any kind whatsoever.
Well, you can raise people’s IQ, you can half their reaction time, you can identify something about the nature of man which carries more truth or weight with him.
You are not doing anything which is criminal, don’t you see. There is no such action involved, but the fact that you are bettering him terrifies such people. They only approve of activities which kill man. Now this is the background in which we are operating.
Now you in your activities undoubtedly are responsible at this moment for far more damping out than you probably know. For instance, when I got back here, a letter had been written to me from the Ministry of Health in England, saying — I thanked them for turning down the Enquiry — and it was now, “Don’t be too sure that we are not going [to] inquire into Scientology after all,” you see. Not a threatening letter. I got it when I returned a few weeks ago. It had been sitting in my files all that time, waiting for me to see it. But you know, there hasn’t been anything of that, and they didn’t proceed [along] that line.
We had an enthusiasm on the part of The Daily Mail for trying to kick things around. Now writs were issued a week ago against The Daily Mail. They will be followed up by very good evidence and it is a very good suit, and they will undoubtedly settle this thing out of Court, and it will not appear in the press again.
Their man, by the way, Peter Younghusband, that they used to pull off this coup in Rhodesia, I now find out from Tony Hitchman, the Radio Rhodesian television, that isn’t his name. His name is something like Von der Staden or something, and he is a South African, and he operates under an assumed name and he is still kicking around Rhodesia.
Now Truth Magazine, which was about to be under suit by us, but once more our legal was not quick enough off the launching pad. We had an action there, not only against the government, but also against Truth Newspaper being let in from Canberra, not from Melbourne. And apparently they wrote Smith about the Enquiry. And Smith, the fool, wrote them back and said yes he would then have me investigated or words to that effect. And this was the source of Smith’s statement. Truth Newspaper of Melbourne. And a little clipping came through the other day, forwarded through by a student, which gave somewhat the gist of this. I am sure there were other stories, but you had better recover that clipping and show it to them.
Now the whole weight of my activity has very little to do with punishing people, but I think that by the time we run some of this down, and isolate it, some of it, I think that we will find that we are dealing with very few personalities. Now we can be completely certain that the few personalities with whom we are dealing have unsavory pasts. Now that is not not necessarily one which an intelligence officer would be expected to jump the gap of, because that is one which I have found out over the years.
There will be something wrong with the man’s past. Balniel, who advanced that question in Parliament, for instance, has a psychotic wife. Well, we don’t know that that is a bad background, but what’s she doing psychotic? What kind of a home atmosphere is this? What goes on in that vicinity, you see.
Now we ask such questions and there are answers. Now right here, locally on the Council, there are three members — I can’t call them off by name, I did have their names a few months ago — on Town and Country Planning, who are in actual fact complete mad dogs out of a committee of, I don’t know how many men on that committee, but those men are all bright, smiling cheerful. But these three mad dogs are being mad dogs. What makes them so mad dog?[End of Tape Side 1]
If a Town and Country Planning were engaged in criminal activity, we would worry them frantic.
There is something going on here in terms of land speculation. It is only in this direction that the town can conceivably expand and it would expand normally in this particular direction. We are sitting on a lot of that land.
But more important than this, I spotted some time ago that as long as a planning permission existed as a rarity on certain pieces of property, that piece of property was up in the stars. But if other planning permissions were granted in that vicinity, then the price of that property deteriorated.
Now the one who runs this council up here, or did a year or two ago, was Lady Dudley Gordon, a very heavy property holder in this immediate vicinity. She considers, I am sure, that I am just pure and simple poison.
Whenever a planning permission is granted, there is always a tendency to reduce the price of property on which permissions are held. For instance, there was an old rag of a house down the road here by the reservoir, that was the awfullest piece of junk you ever looked at. Just a few uprights holding up a ragged roof, and it went for £8000 (eight thousand pounds) because it had a planning permission.
Now there is probably in the various property speculations individuals — people who engage in that type of thing very often do not have clean hands. Now it is the individual, then, whose deeds at the moment I feel you will find a very fruitful line. I just wanted to give you a fast rundown., and outline of how I looked at it, and what the score was with regard to it, and now[Discussion here re type of crime found in Country Councils.]
And now I want you to tell me anything I can do to help you out in your jobs.[Concerning the Minister of Health]
Yesterday we saw a Scientologist Pat Webster at London HASI whose brother Tony Webster has been causing some trouble, and this brother is in an executive position in a big import and export corporation in London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and he has got a down on Scientology. I thought it was purely because of the sister.
However, I spoke to him on the telephone last night and told him I was part of a small organization that were wanting to oust Scientology, and wondered if we could meet. He said that he was going back to Malaysia tomorrow on the 2:45 plane from London Airport, and we have got a luncheon appointment with him for 12:30.
He said that he has seen Kenneth Robinson, the Minister of Health, he has been trying to do things against Scientology for ages and he will not stop. This is what he told me on the telephone. His name is WEBSTER. He is married to, his wife is a G.P., I suppose practicing in Malaysia. They have been on leave in this country for the last two months. And well, we primed him up quite well, and I think that we will get quite a lot of details from him tomorrow.
He has got a copy of the Victoria Report. He said, “Have you read the Victoria Report on Scientology?”
So I said, “No” and he said, “Well I’ve got a report,” he said, “Well I was in the House of Commons last week” and he said, “and it is shocking.”
He really is confident of himself, and that bothers me, so we have primed the job up, and we are going to London Airport to meet him for lunch, and you will have the report on Friday. But rest assured that we will find out as much as we can.
There was a slight indication that he might have been to the press. Yes, he did mention this last night, I forgot. He had go press cuttings, etc. Therefore we think that there might be a press contact, and we will try to establish who it is.
I feel it must be The Mail (Daily Mail) from the way he spoke, but he has very definitely been to the Government. (The House of Commons.)
LRH: Now in that man’s background there are a few bodies under culverts and things, I learned that the hard way.
His sister said he is a very, very — he is an extremist as far as Christianity is concerned, so there may well be — something could easily be out a lot.
LRH: Well, very good. Very good. Now what can I do for you?
This brings us into the general field of pursuing this type of thing. We naturally got together — it would be stupid if we didn’t — and of course we have come from three varied backgrounds — I have an Intelligence Security background, another police, and another with the MET. We have discussed our approach to this type of thing. We are wondering whether we shouldn’t put it on a more or less professionally covert background, because there does seem to be a dedicated opposition against you in many ways.
We are rather inclined to believe that the main hostility comes from the one particular paper, The Daily Mail Newspaper. We havn’t penetrated it enough, but as you will see from what we have written, there have been two penetrations, and I favour the direct intro using cover, if it is possible. Of course it is always fraught with difficulty, and very simple things could blow us.
LRH: Well, I took that up and I will try to give you as much cover as possible.
In this particular line of course, we wanted to make it quite clear that we were operating under a cover, and we would like to know if that meets with your approval.
We are not operating as from Scientology, as that would blow us right away, because we are up against it right away.
LRH: You would be.
Well actually, we wondered originally when the application was in The Telegraph for investigators, we’ve discussed obviously we are going to get vast amounts of wrong types applying for a job, which you did, Filson and Brady for instance. Now the thing is:
About making loud investigations, is it not better to do the investigation on the quiet and then when somebody comes up with something, shoot him back down with the information we have got about them, rather than do the investigation loud after the event. Let them jog along nice and quiet while the investigation is in progress, and then when we’ve got sufficient, then give them a broadside.
We found too, that to gather information about the local sie of things rather than at the top. We rather favour starting a little bit below the top, for example these Harmsworths and Northcliffe are running this NEWSIGHT thing, the man who is putting on the pressure is the head of the editorial feature department. He is the one fellow we have to uncover for example, Whitehead, you see?
You can’t go wrong there.
We rather feel that latitude given to the editorial men, as long as it conforms with the general policy of the paper, and God knows what we could uncover about Whitehead. He might be a complete alcoholic, etc., etc. We rather favour, although we have had projects given us of Carr, King, and Cudlipp, of the three we rather fancy Cudlipp more, we rather feel that starting a little bit below the top level would probably produce more results.
LRH: Well, I should think that your operation and the policy governing your operation should be arranged amongst yourselves. All I am asking is a result.
That is what we thought. Now that is what we want to do now. We cottoned on very quickly to your note, and that your interest in these matters are taboo, not to be divulged in any way. We would like to work beneath the surface a little bit, under cover if you like.
LRH: I heartily agree with you. Why don’t you organize the Bide-a-wee Detective Agency or Enquiry Agency?
Just what we wanted.
LRH:Why don’t you organize this and get this as a very, very separate organization.
Before you came today, [?], I mentioned to Nancy that apart from becoming completely divorced from this place we are becoming too stereotyped in our activities. We come in here on Wednesday and put our reports in and our expenses. We come in here on Friday and put further reports in and we pick up our pay and expenses as usual. We may be on the premises two hours sometimes, and we may be, as we were last Friday, for about fourteen hours. Now the point is is, that whilst we are so stereotyped, should there be anyone keeping observation on this place, it is the easiest thing to pick us out coming in regularly on a Wednesday or a Friday.
LRH: Too predictable.
Again, should there be anyone in this place — and nobody knows this for certain, and we have a hint that there is an informant inside Saint Hill — Filson hinted this to both Ron and myself when we went down to interview him a few weeks ago. When he tried to get in touch with us and we went down, and we came and reported fully to Monica all about this interview. And if this is so, and I for one am not prepared to overlook that this is true, then it is the easiest thing for any informer to say, “You can see them come here every Wednesday and Friday.” And as long as this continues, Mr. Hubbard, then we are in jeopardy. Whilst we are in jeopardy, you are in jeopardy.
It is more serious than that. It is a matter of safety as well as a matter of security, and if any type of arrangement that you can make in that way, go ahead and do so. I don’t know what it takes to license an agency.
Nothing. No license required.
I believe that some of our SPs, and undoubtedly this is one of the best ones we have had yet — (Chorus: “I agree”). And although Pat says he has only been interested in Scientology for the last month, that phone call last night indicated to me that he had been interested in Scientology for many more months, and he didn’t even know his sister was in the organization until a month ago.
His own mother is in Australia (I.e., Mrs. Webster). She is residing with the sister of Pat Webster. She is residing in Perth. Now if you got anyone who is disgruntled with any job or anything he is doing, like he is an SP from Scientology–
Say “Joe Bloggs” from London HASI, he goes off to his house in London and there is obviously some news interest in Scientology all the time, so the odd reporter goes around to “Joe Bloggs” and says, “Can you give me a statement?” “No.” “No…” “And so and so…” “But see old Jim Smith…”
And sooner or later he (the reporter) is getting a little bit of information from each one and building up the story and consequently will indicate to us that there is one big SP behind it. The SP, I think, is about the level of an editor, rather than Cudlipp, or King. I don’t think King is interested as long as his money is coming in to be quite blunt about it. I don’t think he would be interested in anything, as long as his finances are okay.
As long as the papers keep selling, he doesn’t care.
Providing the paper doesn’t print anything that would step on the toes of his associates in business, and I believe–
Here’s something astonishing with regard to men with money. I finally got a rundown on no less a person than Harry Oppenheimer6 I was looking for who was kicking over the traces down in South Africa because they are starting investigations concerning the organization for blasphemy.
So I took a small amount of my time I spent in Rhodesia to as a few questions about this, and you know this fellow Oppenheimer controls The Rhodesian Herald in Salisbury, controls the Argus Press, controls these various press activities down there. And what is more important is that he himself is so far on the outs with the Nationalist Party of South Africa that he has started at one time a party called The Progressive Party, which was able to elect exactly one MP, that was as far as it got. And he has been violently against “white supremacy.” Whether that is good, bad, or indifferent is besides the point. This man has been making his money out of the country and yet he is violently opposed to this. And his copper mines up in Zambia are being clobbered by the Zambian government, and yet this fellow is going right straight along just as pretty as you please, with people who are cutting his throat from ear to ear. And yet he is busy cutting the throat of the people who are trying to give him the law and order in which to operate in South Africa.
Now this is a very, very interesting picture. I will just give you my “think” on it, not an authoritative think, but I concede usually that the fellow has done something and when he does something this irrational, he is told to do it from somewhere. And when I see key figures all over the world make the same utterance simultaneously, I always get rather alert, and say, “Well, who’d have what on where?”
Now a theory is only as good as it works out, and if that theory doesn’t work out, well it doesn’t work out. But it is utterly mad to suppose that Harry Oppenheimer of all people would be favouring and buttering up the Zambian government which is destroying Anglo-American interests, and he is in actual fact fighting the existence of the Rhodesian government, which gives him carte blanche to mine anything in the country. And if there is a take-over in Rhodesia he will lose that carte blanche right away.Why is this man going contrary to his own interests? That is the only question. It isn’t that one favours one side over the other.
Because I was down there urging ‘one man one vote’ as far as that was concerned, which did me no good whatsoever. But just the same these people such as Oppenheimer have no reason on God’s green earth to act the way they do. Their conduct is irrational. Now I wondered if there wasn’t a contact between King and Oppenheimer, because King is also on the Board of Directors of the Bank of England, isn’t he?
This man King is a great seeker after power internationally. He has a lust for power, there is no doubt about that. You see it written through the whole of his history. His big disappointment must be his not having a knighthood.
I would bring up his papers apart from The People, just a scandal sheet on Sundays anyway, his newspaper group hasn’t printed a thing against Scientology.
This is true.
LRH: But he is a director with Carr of the NPA, which has banned our advertisement, and come in through the back door, so to say. It could tie in.
When I did an extrapolation of this, if it were a conspiracy, it led to somebody who had interest in mental healing, the press and high finance. Because they were able uniformly to influence income tax and treasury departments, and influenced the Ministry of Health, and influenced the policy papers. And it was so uniform and the patter was so uniform — the attack is a pattern, same pattern every time — that I wondered who this bloke, or blokes, or group could possibly be. So anyway, that is the project on which you are working. Is there anything else I can do…
We would like to know how far you would like to go as far as things like —[End of Tape Side 2]
- Document studied on Confidential GO Intelligence Course. PDF format. Text formatted for ease of reading. Other minor edits were also made in the transcript. ↩
- See FOIA response letters re: Hubbard’s US Navy service record. Hubbard’s OMPF here. ↩
- Sara Northrup, whom Hubbard married bigamously. ↩
- John Whiteside Parsons (October 2, 1914 – June 17, 1952) ↩
- The Synopsis in Dianetics: Modern Science of Mental Health begins: “The creation of dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and arch.” (Synopsis, pp. ix-xx. Paperback edition first published October 1968. Twentieth-fifth printing, June 1981.) Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc. ↩
- Wikipedia: Harry Frederick Oppenheimer. ↩