Buried in US archives, a stunning indictment of Scientology and prediction of the future - 2018-10-05
It's another red-letter day here in the Underground Bunker, thanks to the tireless work of researcher R.M. Seibert. After years of persistence, she coaxed another eye-opening release out of the US government about Scientology, in this case a collection of documents from the US Justice Department that have never been made public before.
They capture a moment in 1983 when several US government agencies were considering a legal settlement with Scientology over a lawsuit that had gone on for six years. Some agencies were in favor of the proposed settlement, others were bitterly opposed to it. One memo in particular, written by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Stanley S. Harris, stands out as a stunning indictment of Scientology after years of litigation over its dirty tricks against the government. We knew you'd want to see it, and we have Harris's memo in full below. We've also taken out some choice excerpts from it that should be framed and put on government office walls for future reference.
But before we get into those details, we shared the release with historian Chris Owen, who was good enough to provide this background on these documents to help us all understand their significance. We'll also point out that much of this background is spelled out in our book about these years, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely. Take it away, Chris…