Documents Released by Judge Reveal Scientology Church's Intention to Infiltrate AMA

Documents Released by Judge Reveal Scientology Church's Intention to Infiltrate AMA

L. Ron Hubbard, 1960

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Documents released by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey reveal that leaders of the Church of Scientology regard both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Institute of Mental Health enemies and so made attempts to infiltrate the AMA in order to discredit it. As for the NIMH, Scientology leaders intended to infiltrate and take it over.

All the documents are part of a large batch seized in an FBI raid of two Los Angeles Scientology offices in 1977.

Kenneth Whitman, president of the Church of Scientology, says:

"We have said we do not condone violations of law or established church creed by our own members, but by these same standards we deplore the cover-up and nonprosecution of government agency criminal acts and conspiracy against our church and others who have been on 'government enemies lists.'"

Another group of documents reveals that the Church of Scientology plans to take over the government of the city of Clearwater, Florida. Former mayor Gabriel Cazares says:

"My request for a master plan finally came out, from Judge Richey. This is only the tip of the iceberg. If the real story is ever known, it will boggle the mind. This cult poses the clearest threat to American society and institutions that exists. ... Until recently, the Scientologists had won the battle over the minds and hearts of Clearwater residents."

Bob Snyder, a talk show host who was fired for criticizing the Church of Scientology, says:

"My first thought was, 'I told you so.' The most they could do to me now is kill me, but that is the only thing they can do to stop me. They won’t sue me because they know when they sue me they will make me a hero, a star, and get me on coast-to-coast television. ... I believe they have infiltrated the media, government and business. You (the news media) are cleaning up their act; you make them look like a bona fide organization."
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