association of CHIEF POLIb t
and NORTHERN IRELAND
0 81, OPM
A C. P. 0. Office,
New Scotland Yard.
Tel.: 01-230 2456
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30th September, 1 975.
Church of Scientology
Referring to my letter of 19th September, 1975, forwarding a copy of the Agenda for the A.C.P.O.
Council (Preliminary) Keeting of 9th October, 1975,
for your information I forward herewith a C0N?ID31iTIAL Home Office Paper on the above subject which will be
included as Item No. 8 of the Council Agenda.
A C P O.
Regional Secretaries (Scotland)
Honif! Ofl'ice item
CDiMWiL CCIIiriJitflOfi 01, CHIEF CONSTABLES
Paper bji tho Department of Health cmd Social Security
The Department of Health and Social Security wish to
cxchargc: information with chitf offiocrr; of palioe.
about the activities of Scientologists- in Misland and
WalcS. JliiX£i P~ .J
l.uO Dop*«Z wi'lCOI' C "C.lviOIVÿ
for coiiccin ever tho present situation*
llio Uep"rtMcut v.'i*i I attend th«- Cont-deroc vhen the papor 3 c c5iccuf;;;oee
Jwÿ jy" toj2.
tho then Governnont, ha.,ing conoJudod
that the practice of Scientology vus so objcctionahlethal they should take nil f.-tepc in their power to
discourage its further growth, imposed ccrtain cor.tro?
that could be op?rated within exit;tine law.
f aliens seeking to study or work at
Scientology establishments were refused entry into th:\
country and Cor.ttonwaalth citizens were lefueed work pc-ronits for that purpose.
In 19ÿ tho then Secretary of Stale for Sericl 9
Services appointed Sir John Foster to cany out a
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ono-mon im-o.'.vijvition into the cult*
Tac iro in
rccoiiinendaliOiiG in £ir Jc,sn,ti report, published in
Dcecrabor 1371 (1IC52), wcro that tho roctrictiona on the
entry of foreign ccioiitologirjtB should bo relaxed, but
that thorn should bo legislation enabling the practice
of psychotherapy for reward to ba restricted to suitably
Connultationc with professional
organisation?; about tlii.c latter locoruueudation wore
begun shortly c.fter publication of the report, end it emerged tbut there vould bo great practical difficulties- . in restrlct5.»g the practice of psychotherapy for rov.'ord
to suitably qualified peisorri, notably in defining
psychotherapy! rad that this would not bo cf nr.ich uco
in control],ing Scientology.
At the tirrc the rcntrictions vorc imposed 5n 1960.
police forcer. arc understood to have been awuro cf rw
individual allegations of possibly c) iiiiinal activities
by the organisation - which hu<? itc centre at Saint Hi.V*
lienor, Loot Grinstcad .. but so fnr as is known, there
were no r>rorecuti'*ns« TV.*:- l:* nd of allegations of
undesirable activity, not all of a criminal nati.x?, whic
crunc to notice at that tine are set out in the appendix.
llore recently, the Observer 011 29 July 1973 alleged that
a nur.ber of burglaries had ccc.irrcd in which vat rir.l
relating to ecicntolegy had b-.-cn relieved free premises or organisations who had been investigating the povcuent
and there had been other harassment including issue of
/Current actiyi tieji
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cientology in an
rctivj t.ir s
Basically tho Church of
organisation designed to make money, and perhaps alco
to gain power.
Ito natural targets are "the anxious,
tho lonely, the inadequate, the credulous and the
(Fuului* Koport, paragraph oS>)» ..*.mc£. tfto y\AJ l>t>flOT1950 ,ViSNÿ ws fSvfCTi .*ÿ&£!*-! W
tho movement appears
unfavourah.le publicity lording to the
<\Uÿ fc«=-£ r~Sr
to have modified its tactics in order to reduce public
complaint; and it scorns alco to have adopted a strategy for expansion of its "humhers hud influence by choosing fields of operation which arc judged to offer good
prospects, and cot ling up "front" organisations with a
ci..rorg f.pvcal to the particular groups. In so;.>
the connection vrith sci er.tc".ogy has been played down;
tho case of Narecncii, for example (the organisation
dealing with drug addicts) it was at one time clai.med
that the only confection was that the material studio;
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and practical exorcists were derived from Scientology
Such organisations ore now operating in the fields of
education, drugs, police reform,] the aged, mental
health and alcoholism.
There is alGO a pop group to
attract young people.
(tr rÿ A> . y %J Jf 1-1 jlfl J>A'*rCiV |Vn-Jioÿ
IV is cwt«. Ih,
ratters for dirct,ssion
u(Iw«fcr J ÿ ('"Vy f;Vj Ji
Tlic Government io now reviewing the restrictioi
ftjÿ . f wcU
imposed on the Scientology movement in 1968.
be helpful to know whether chief officers of police
have any ovirlonco about. the effect of thcno rratrictit
on tho r-Ciile ox® naturo of the cciontolosictn. activity
It would ilno by helpful to lcnovr whether tho
infornvation available to chief officora rupport.s what
A r» rn 4 /I £ .r
ÿ tibove, «nn/uo nave
comment." on tho situation Generally.
If chief officc:
agree that t-here in cc u 3 for concern over the
novemont1a activities- jo there ccope for clorer _ , t K* k I ' t\ cc-ofr;il J I
co-operation between the police and
Uoulri it help if the
I>opartr?e»lj; pissed on to tho appropriate police force
11 Korj.oa'; complrijitro i cccived from no inborn of tho
public who hnvo cc.no into contact with odontology?
Deportnent of Health and Social Security
Evidence fathered by Departments in some car.es supported by the
scientologists, own documents indicates that:,
a. The scientologists accepted as students at Saint Hill young
English persons who had a history of mental illness and at the
time they were accepted were receiving treatment at hospitals
for mental illness.
Fees paid were £450 and £500.
persons whilst students at Saint Hill had complete mental break-
They were classified as troublemakers and put out into
All attenpts made failed to persuade one such person to
the streets at East Grinstead where they were picked up by the
accept recognised mental treatment at a hospital and he
subsequently committed suicide.
and Commonwealth nationals with previous histories of
mental illness in their own countries were admitted to Sainc Hill
In one case it is alleged that a lady paid 50,000
,..,hilst undergoing the course a
dollars to the scientologists,
nuinbor had complete mental breakdowns and were discharged from
Saint Hill without assets or moans of support.
One lady, a New
Zealander who had paid £300 for fees, was found by the police
living in the oven in Ashdown Forest.
She had been there for six These patient;:
days and when found had only 7d in her possession.
were taken to mental hospitals and doctors found difficulty in
getting them to accept recognised medical treatment as they had
been told by scientologists that psychic try was
c. The teachings of Scientology create family discord and break up
In fact members are ordered to disconnect from their
A child of six years of age was declared a "suppressive,
because she would not disconnect from her mother.
The punishments imposed by the scientologists on members for trivial neglect of duty are vicious and barbaric. Members have been sentenced to work on menial jots for 48 hours without any sleep, during the period getting a 15-minute break every six
hours for food and to relieve nature. !.!eabers liave been
imprisoned for 48 hours in a hatch which was too small to allow
then to lie down or stand up, and a water-hose was frequently
turned on them; they have been ordered to work for 48 hours in
the bowels of a Chip in darkness chipping rust off the side of
the ship with a 15-minute break every six hours
e. Members are instructed to carry out a noisy investigation on any
person who criticises them (see Foster Report page 144).
i* . A "PPTROn who ip cl
i fi pel hv rp i onInl nn1! r t s
pri ,,pnoTm'" * V
He may be deprived of his property by any means be
tricked, sued or lied to or be destroyed
(See Lord Justice Megan,£
observations on this aspect in the case of Hubbard & Anor. v.
703007ÿ &. Anor. 1972 ?Q.P.P.84 he said: "Here was an organisation
which laid down a criminal code of its own. Although the provisions
of "Fair Game" had been removed from the 1970 edition of Mr Hubbard1s book, Mr Caplan [Counsel for the Defendants] was more
than abundantly justified when he said that there was evidence
that the i laintiffs were or had been protecting their secrets by
deplorable means and so did not come to Court with clean hands".
In the same case the Master of the Rolls said that "there was
a big risk of danger to the mental health of people who undertook
the course" and concurrcd with Mr Caplan that the books indicated medical quackery of the type which might be dangerous if practised
behind closed doors and that the public interest demanded t> it
people should know what was going on; "if what Mr Vosper says is
true it is only right thnt the dangers oi* this cult should be
An ex-scientologist who was declared an "enemy" was prosecuted by
a junior staff member at Saint Hill [now Secretary of the Church <->£ Scientology of California] on a charge of stealing clothing
charge was dismissed and the scientologists subsequently paid
damages for malicious prosecution.
During the course of the proceedings referred to in g. a witness
was shown a forged subpoena to ccmpel his attendance at Court.
Witnesses have leen intimated by the scientologists to prevent
then attending Court.
The threat cade v.as that their children
In one case the child had a history of cental
illness, as had the witness.
ie scientologists issue vjritft to stop criticism of their
The writs are served and no further steps are taken
in the action.
This is an abuse of the process of the Court. (See
observations on this conduct in
the Master of the Holls,
Vallorstoiner v. Moir (3 974) "SALLR 217) .
To date at least 33 writs
have been issued for libel and slander; only one has proceeded
to trial, viz. the Johnson-Smith case which the scientologists lost
An English girl on boiU.d the vessel
The Royal Scotsman (part of
the "Sea Org" in the Mediterranean) asked for permission to com?
back to England to see her father who was critically ill.
was processed for three hours and when the processing was
finished married the processor with whom she had not previously
had any association.
by the husband.
The husband then accompanied her home sc that
any influences the parents might wish to exert were counteracted
Some time after this her husband and herself were
dumped from the vessel in a Moroccan port penniless.
conditions under which scientclog tats live in East Grinstead
are like those in a policc state.
m. The scientologists tried to take over the national Association for
Mental Health in 19ÿ 9.
n. Any person who gives evidence as a hostile witness against
Scientology or votes for any legislation directed towards tne
suppression of Scientology, or reports or threatens to report Scientology or scientologists to civil authorities in an effort
suppress the practice of Scientology, is a
who ;.s "Fair Game"
o. The scientologists hold their own civil Courts for deterci-ing
disputes - "marriages, separations, settlements, child care, money
owed, that sort of thing