Freed files: Scenes from a government investigation of Scientology - 2018-07-02
In 1958, the Food and Drug Administration raided Scientology's Washington DC org in an investigation of health claims that the church was making with its "E-meter." Over the next several years, the FDA conducted an intense and widespread investigation of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology before ultimately settling the matter in 1971.
Our dogged researcher R.M. Seibert has been pulling amazing documents out of the FDA files for us, and in them we found such things as L. Ron Hubbard's high school grades, which had never been published before, as well as a lot of other gems.
There was so much in the pile, we literally haven't had time to get to it all. Today, we're going to present some brief snapshots from the investigation that we didn't want to get overlooked. After going through them, we're struck by how much the FDA inspectors of the 1960s were running into the same things we're seeing emerge today, on Leah Remini's series, for example.