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WHO WAS L. RON HUBBARD, REALLY??

 
U.S. Judge found Hubbard lied about achievements

Boston Herald/March 1, 1998
By Joseph Mallia

The Church of Scientology's late founder, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, left behind a $ 640 million fortune, and an estimated 25 million words in books and lectures that form the spiritual core of his controversial religion.But some of those words are a legacy of exaggerations, half-truths and outright lies, according to Hubbard's son, court records and critics.


"The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be reflective of its founder LRH," wrote California Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge during a top Scientology defector's court suit against the church.


"The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements," said Breckenridge, who ruled for defector Gerry Armstrong in the 1984 case.


       Some claims by L. Ron Hubbard are hard to refute, like his ideas about past lives. He said he was the reincarnation of Buddha, and of British adventurer Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the former Rhodesia.Other assertions are transparent. Hubbard - who died in 1986 - claimed to be a nuclear physicist who traveled into outer space without his body to explore the Earth's Van Allen radiation belt. But his two-year stay at George Washington University in 1931-32 shows that he flunked his only course in nuclear physics.

     One of Hubbard's key declarations - that by mental powers alone he healed combat wounds he received as a World War II Navy hero - formed the basis of Scientology in the 1950s.

      While recovering from war injuries, he "developed techniques which made possible not only his own recovery from injury, but helped other servicemen to regain their health," the Church of Scientology claims in a 1992 edition of Hubbard's book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

      As a Navy lieutenant, Hubbard commanded at least three ships during the war, including one in the Atlantic - a converted fishing boat, the YP-422, refitted during several months in 1942-43 at the Boston Navy Yard, Navy records show.


       In early Scientology biographies it was claimed that Hubbard fought German submarines in the Atlantic. And as recently as January, the Church of Scientology's official Internet site said Hubbard "saw action" in the North Atlantic during the war.


But, in an interview with the Herald, a sailor who served on Hubbard's ship contradicted that claim.


"The YP-422 never saw combat," said former Navy fireman Eugene LaMere, 78, an upstate New York native who now lives in Maryland.


The YP-422 was refitted as a freighter armed with only a 3-inch gun and two .30-caliber machine guns, said LaMere, the first former crewman with direct knowledge of the ship's activities to publicly dispute Hubbard's claim to have seen combat as commander of the YP-422.


       And Hubbard's claim of combat, or war wounds, is definitively ruled out by Navy records, according to published reports in Time and Forbes magazines, the Los Angeles Times, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and books by critics and defectors Jon Atack, Russell Miller and Bent Corydon.


      Hubbard was relieved of his command of the YP-422 soon after it set out from the Neponset River on a 27-hour shakedown voyage in September 1942, the reports say.


       "Lt. L.R. Hubbard . . . is not temperamentally fitted for independent command. It is therefore urgently requested that he be detached," the commandant of the Boston Navy Yard wrote in October 1942 to the vice chief of naval operations, the reports said.


According to a court affidavit written by his son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr., the elder Hubbard was "relieved of (military) duty on several occasions," including once in the Pacific in 1944 when he "apparently concealed a gasoline bomb on board the USS Algol in order to avoid combat."


The affidavit - obtained by the Herald - is on file in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with a 1991 suit filed by Scientology against the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI's Boston office. The church had sued under the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to government documents.


And there were other incidents that marred Hubbard's Navy career. He once ordered a depth-charge "battle" against nonexistent Japanese submarines off the Oregon coast, and he illegally fired on Mexican territory, according to published reports.


An admiral wrote in 1943 that Hubbard was "lacking in the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and cooperation," and the U.S. naval attache to Australia wrote in 1942, "He is garrulous and tries to give impressions of his importance," the reports said.


The court affidavit by Hubbard's son also describes some of his father's postwar activities. Hubbard practiced Satanic sexual rituals in the late 1940s in southern California, and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, the son said.


"Drug addiction, venereal disease and impotency, wife beating, bizarre 'black magic' occult practices, forgery, writing bad checks, and miscellaneous fraudulent activities including bigamy" preoccupied Hubbard after his Navy discharge, said Hubbard's oldest child - by the first of Hubbard's three wives - who was trying to gain control of his father's estate.


During the late 1940s, while Hubbard struggled to make a living as a writer, he told a group of science fiction writers of his plans to get rich, Pennsylvania writer Lloyd Eshbach wrote in his book "Over My Shoulder."


"I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is," Hubbard said in 1948, according to Eshbach.


Born in Nebraska in 1911 to a career Navy officer, Hubbard was described by friends as quick-witted, with great personal charisma and a gift for writing pulp science fiction.


He had a lifelong affinity for the nautical life and within Scientology he created his own paramilitary version of the Navy, wearing a white uniform with ribbons and gold braid, and appointing himself commodore over thousands of devotees.



By the summer of 1962, Hubbard felt confident enough to urgently request a meeting with President Kennedy, to discuss "his study known as 'Scientology' which he feels vital in space race," according to a White House memo on file at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester.


"Such an office as yours receives a flood of letters from fakes, crackpots and would-be wonderworkers. This is not such a letter," Hubbard wrote to Kennedy. He offered to counsel U.S. astronauts for $ 25 an hour, saying he could increase their IQs and stamina.


Hubbard did not get the warm welcome he hoped for from Kennedy. Apparently believing that Hubbard might pose a security threat to the president, a White House aide wrote a January 1963 memo saying, "Final disposition: respectfully referred to the protective research section" of the U.S. Secret Service, said Maura Porter a Kennedy Library staff member.


Kennedy later sent an indirect answer, Hubbard believed, when the Food and Drug Administration raided the Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., and seized all its "E-Meters" - a device like a lie detector used by church counselors.


IS SCIENTOLOGY A RELIGION?

Not according to ex-members! ( this article was copied from http://www.lermanet.com/LRonHubbard2.htm)

Having watched with mine own eyes in 1969 as "PRE-CLEAR FOLDER ADMIN" turned into "CONFESSIONAL FORMULARY", we were asked to wear white "collars" and watched as a cross was dragged into the building through the front door... WHILE ALL THE STAFF WATCHED AND KNEW IT WAS MERELY A "JOKE" AT THE TIME TO FOOL THE US GOVERNMENT which I later, much later learned was IN THIS CASE:

"An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter was said to reach the intended goal of "clear" and was led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false -- in short, a fraud. " Federal District Judge Gesell 333 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S. Dist.  I was there, so was Joe Harrington, so was Gordon Bell, so was Alan Walters...


"I attest this to be exactly the truth." says Roger Gonnet - Ex-director of Scientology in Paris We joined an "applied philosophy" based upon "scientific" principles. (sure ...)
Claiming Scientology is a religion WAS and IS a LIE!
The Religious Cloaking described above was invoked by a Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, issued 12 February 1969 , on page 119 of the 1969 version of Volume 6 of the Hubbard Organization Executive Course

"All Orgs are now Churches" and "Stationary is to reflect fact than orgs are churches" and "All public literature must state that Scn is religious" It also states "This may or may not be publicly acceptable. This is NOT the point. It is a requisite defense."

"I trained Scientology Public Relations [staff] .... how to [ make scientology] appear to be a religion." said Ex-Scientology Executive Robert Vaughn Young in November-December 1993 Issue of Quill Magazine Scientology from the Inside Out,
"To me the 'Church' was a joke! For me it was never a 'Church.'" John McMaster ("Clear #1) in "Whatever Happened to Number One?" by Tom Joyce in The Saxon-Hamilton Journal, September 1985, page 26

    "The preponderance of the evidence indicates that the religion claim is merely a tax-evasion ruse and a fig leaf for a hugely profitable enterprise, where the logic of profitability and profit-making dictates all actions. Scientology is in reality a holding company, a business empire earning profits from a variety of subsidiaries. It is guided by considerations of economic consequences and benefits, a strict business strategy."

Marbourg Journal of Religion
Scientology: Religion or racket?
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi
University of Haifa
Haifa 31905 ISRAEL
From, "Scientology Religion or Racket?"
 

 " The Church of Scientology is a rich and vengeful religious cult, or as one critic puts it, 'a cross between the Moonies and the Mafia.' "
 
 
Son Of Scientology


This story was first printed in the The News-Herald
 
 
He's the son of the founder of the controversial church he now calls a dangerous cult. For a look inside Scientology see the story below. July 7 - July 13, 1982 by Dennis Wheeler He's been called the Son of Scientology His name has been changed from L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., to Ron deWolf, and he's the firstborn son of the former science fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology.
 
It's been 23 years since he's seen his father, and he suspects that the founder of what many people call a destructive cult may, in truth, be dead. To be perfectly frank, my life's been pretty much of a disaster and a miserable mess because of Scientology  and you can quote me on that." he told the News-Herald recently in an exclusive interview. At the age of 48, DeWolf still has the startling red hair that characterized his father. He lives with his wife and youngest son in Carson City, Nevada; five other children are grown and live elsewhere.
 
His version of his father's life, in fact, is radically different from that painted by the Church. Scientology publications portray the senior Hubbard as an idealistic young man who traveled the world in search of truth  an explorer, writer, filmmaker, soldier, and humanitarian, highly educated and eager to eliminate the ills of modern society. But DeWolfe flatly says: "Better than 90 percent of what my father has written about himself is untrue." He tells harrowing tales of his own childhood, recalling how during World War II "my father used to mix phenobarbital with bubble gum and give it to me and my sister  I remember the darn stuff was very bitter. Then he would tell us stories, great stories, but I could never remember him finishing a lot of them.

He would feed us bubble gum, and then try to put us in hypnotic trances in order to create what he called a moonchild. This, says DeWolf, stemmed from his father's continual interest in black magic and the occult.
 
DeWolf himself was born prematurely, weighing two pounds, two ounces, and he now tells people, " I wasn't exactly born, I was aborted. He was trying to do an abortion bit on me. He had one of those insane things, especially during the '30s, of trying to invoke the devil for power and practices. My mother told me about him trying out all kinds of various incantations, drugs and hypnosis...His initials for it were PDH : pain, drugs, hypnosis. The use of PDH, coupled with black magic, was an effective for of brainwashing or mind control. You'll see throughout early Scientology literature, PDH."

DeWolf also describes his father as a wife-beater. "He used to beat her up quite often. He had a violent, volcano-type temper, and he smacked her around quite a bit. I remember in 1946 or 1947 when he was beating up my mother one night. I had a .22 rifle and I sat on the stairway with him in my sights, and I almost blew his head off."
 
Then, in 1950 when DeWolf was 18, the senior Hubbard wrote the phenomenal best-selling book which gave birth to the Church of Scientology, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The Book, according to its publishers, documented the results of Hubbard's intensive research on roughly 280 "case histories."

But DeWolf says, "All were subcreated by Dad. None of them were case histories whatsoever; they were done strictly out of his mind, sitting at a typewriter in a few weeks times." Nevertheless, soon after the book's publication, "Dianetics Foundations" were set up in order to allow people to buy "dianetic auditing," or counseling. DeWolf received auditing in Seattle, but his father refused to let him tell his auditors his true identity -- which, DeWolf points out with a laugh, "makes it rather impossible to receive any auditing if it's being done under an assumed name and you can't reveal 99 percent of your past...One day I got tired of it, and told one of the auditors who I was. You would have thought the poor girl went into cardiac arrest...That was my first taste of being what later I used to refer laughingly as "the great red godlet".
 
Hubbard's relation to his father allowed him to rise rapidly in the world of Dianetics, and he was one of the original incorporators of the very first Church of Scientology in New Jersey in 1954. Later he became the chief instructor of advanced clinical courses both in England and the United States, delivering many of his lectures, he says, off the top of his head while stoned on drugs. "Also later on, I became Executive Secretary, which meant that I was the head of Scientology in the United States."

DeWolf says he was present at the 1954 convention of Scientologists in Arizona at which his father fired a pistol into the floor, thus allegedly demonstrating the process called "R2-45"  shooting a "Supressive Person" in the head. "I thought he was kidding and that it was a blank, but it wasn't; there was a hole in the floor. It was for real; he meant it."

During the '50s, DeWolf continues, he conned people out of their money, used black magic, distributed drugs, and took advantage of the church's female followers, participating in private orgies with his father and three or four women. "His theory was that one has to open or crack a woman's soul in order for the satanic power to pour through it and into him,"

Dewolf said in a recent magazine interview. "It got kind of far out, culminating in a variety of sex acts. Dad also had an incredibly violent temper. He was into S&M and would beat his mistresses and shoot them full of drugs." His father used amphetamines and cocaine, DeWolf says, plus some hallucinogens. The women serving L. Ron Hubbard, says his son, "were very good at doing the dirty work, at running money or drugs back and forth. They were very good in any of the dirty tricks-department, because they had absolutely totally slavish devotion to L. Ron Hubbard.
 
Current members of Scientology may be horrified at these stories of the early days of their church, especially since the tales are told by the actual son of the sect's founder. And DeWolf himself admits that the drug abuse and black magic rites "weren't necessarily in the Scientology hierarchy, not at the top of the pyramid but more like side-by-side with it. You could be a Scientology leader and not know anything about it".
 
In 1959, DeWolf abruptly left the Church. The defection, he says, was prompted by his wife Henrietta, whom he'd always shielded from Scientology. "She's terribly patient and loses her temper maybe once every five years, and if she ever does, the whole universe shakes." says DeWolf with a grin. "Anyhow, she just flatly said to me one day, "Make your choice, me or Scientology," and she really meant it. Perhaps because of my own childhood, my family was very important to me. So one weekend I just threw a letter in the mailbox and left, to drive cross country to Los Angeles. Then on January 3, 1960, my father sent me a telegram saying that he was going to have me arrested for theft of a mailing list and money , that he was going to "crush" me, and that I'd better run and hide or he would "find me and destroy me." Later, however, father and son were more amiable and exchanged correspondence, although they never saw each other again.
 
Life outside Scientology was "terrible" at first says DeWolf: "I didn't know how to make a living except for being a god." since 1959, though, he's held a variety of jobs, currently as an apartment manager and before that in the security division of a casino/hotel. Scientology officials now sometimes claim that DeWolf denounces his father only to gain publicity for himself and to promote the book he's writing. DeWolf, however, claims, that in the past 23 years since leaving the cult, he received only $6,300 related to Scientology " from both sides of the fence."

And not all professionals in the "anti-cult" field trust DeWolf, either, Scientology officials, while reluctant to admit DeWolf's very existence, when faced with his accusations distribute a transcript of a videotape which DeWolf made in 1972. On tape, DeWolf says he had no personal knowledge of any wrong-doing or illegal acts or brutality against people by members of Scientology, and that he lied in earlier testimony.

DeWolf now says the tape was made "under duress...I did a lot of talking to a lot of people, and nobody believed me. They thought what I had to say was as far out as Scientology itself. But I can't expose L. Ron Hubbard without exposing myself. So I had to reach a point where I was ready, willing, and able to in actual fact let everything hang out. The whole ball of wax, the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly...It wasn't really until 1978, in fact, that I got out from under it. I didn't have all kinds of counselors or "deprogrammers."
 
The elder Hubbard, according to his son, "had a tremendous amount of charisma. His ability to sway people was really quite awesome. I saw people come in there angry as hell at him, and two seconds later they'd walk away happy  you'd wonder what happened. That's one of the reasons it was very difficult for me, and for many other people, to get away, to get out from under."

DeWolf's mother, he says, was divorced from his father and died an alcoholic in 1963, bitterly opposed to her ex-husband and the organization that he founded. To date, according to DeWolf, Hubbard is known to have had at least seven children by three wives. His current wife, Mary Sue, is one of nine top Scientology leaders convicted on charges of conspiracy, burglary, or theft of secret documents from federal offices in Washington, D.C. In 1975, DeWolf's half brother Quentin apparently committed suicide in Las Vegas; he was found in a car with a hose running into it from the exhaust pipe.
 
Is the founder of Scientology himself still alive? Probably not, says Dewolf, "although I haven't seen his body, or been to his funeral." Hubbard hasn't made any tape recordings to his followers for several years, and if he is alive, he's hiding, perhaps on a resort ranch in Southern California. As recently as a year ago DeWolf received a typewritten correspondence purportedly from Hubbard, but he claims the style of writing isn't his father's. The last documented time a non-Scientologist saw Hubbard, according to DeWolf, was in 1980. Scientology officials say the founder of their church is alive and well, still engaged in "research," although they claim he gave up his role in leadership in 1966.

In the Scientology mission in Santa Rosa ( as in most missions) is a mailbox emblazoned with Hubbard's "Standing Order," which states that any mail addressed to him will be received by him. And Hubbard's 850-page novel, Battlefield earth, will be released by St. Martin's Press in October  the book tells of interplanetary war and "intergalactic financial intrigue" between Earth and the "Psychlos."
 
The future of Scientology? DeWolf believes the entire superstructure is crumbling under the glare of publicity and incontrovertible, documented evidence that Hubbard repeatedly has lied about himself thus prompting even his most devoted followers to wonder if he's lied about other things as well. "The key to sorting someone's head out about Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard," says DeWolf, "He is source, cause, creator, and founder, Lay the true and actual man and his past out and the construct falls apart. There's no need to argue or even debate."

Infighting in Scientology at the moment is rampant, DeWolf believes. "Remember this basic thing  it's a money-and-power game, period. It's who's got all the money, who can step on whom to climb up higher, who can control the most number of people, who's got the best stats, meaning statistics. It's a mad scramble up the pyramid, and let's see who we can trample in the climb. "There's a lot of strong-arm stuff which of course the corporations of Scientology have always disavowed as being some misguided member doing something on his own initiative," DeWolf continues. "Or maybe they are changing. But the only problem is they've said that before  over and over and over again. About once a year they say that, and we always used to say that very same thing."

 END
 


 Related: Sworn testimony of Ron DeWolf in 1982 Clearwater Commission Hearings, and Affidavit of Ron DeWolf filed in Flynn Litigation:

"I, Ronald DeWolf, formerly L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., hereby do and state as follows under the penalties of perjury: 1) I have personal knowledge of the facts set forth in this affidavit. 2) I am the oldest son of L. Ron Hubbard, having been born on May 7, 1934 in Encinatas, California. Excerpt: "I personally know, relied specifically on my father's represented qualifications and credentials. The stated representations are all false. He never obtained degrees from those universities, or ever served in combat. He was relieved of duty three times as being unfit, and ended up in a psychiatric hospital at the end of the war. He is a fraud and has always been a fraud. 5) My father's fraudulent conduct is exemplified in the structure of his corporations including the Church of Scientology of California. In connection with each and every corporation which we created under general heading of 'the Church of Scientology', my father always required all of the Directors and Officers of all corporations to give him undated signed resignations in advance which he held. "
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