African Queen: The Man L. Ron Hubbard Thought He Was - 2013-04-20
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
JON: By the mid-1960s, Hubbard was desperate to find a "safe point" — a country that would accept him, and from which he could "invade the territory of SMERSH [the Russian intelligence agency, made famous in the James Bond novels], run it better, make tons of money in it, to purify the mental health field," and "contact and make friends with and organize all minority groups until we have the biggest group on the planet. By ... making friends with the biggest enemies of the West, we will be able to avert Fascism now taking over in the West," as he explained in a directive ( Flag Order 1890, 26 March 1969, Confidential — Zones of Action).