When the FDA interviewed L. Ron Hubbard's first family about Scientology - 2015-06-09
Over the last few months, we've been publishing documents that a researcher has been able to pry out of the Food and Drug Administration regarding its 1960s investigation of L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.
Using the MuckRock website, researcher R.M. Seibert has tracked down some real gems for us, including the first glimpse of Hubbard's high school grades. (They weren't good.)
In the late 1950s, the FDA became suspicious about health claims being made about the Scientology E-meter. (Back then, the FDA actually took medical quacks more seriously. Now they get shows on TV.) So the agency infiltrated the DC Scientology church and then raided it in January 1963, seizing copies of the machines. The FDA then spent several years in litigation with the church until a 1971 settlement. During that time, the agency continued to investigate all aspects of Hubbard's life and looked for witnesses they might call in court.