Letter from Scientologist to Senator Lawton Chiles (ca. May 10, 1985)

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

[Return name and address redacted]

Lawton Chiles – U.S. Senator
U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chiles,

As a staff member of the Church of Scientology I have been briefed concerning the recent undercover attempts by U.S. Government agencies to covertly undermine our Church’s operations. This is the video taped surveillance of Gerry Armstrong advising how to plant false documents into our Church’s staff information system. He is wanting to get into our computer system to make it unworkable, to put phoney staff memos on our lines to confuse staff and mislead them concerning the stability of the Church’s current leadership and thereby perform some kind of take over. This is extremely wild, and extremely illegal.

Religious freedom is a basic ingredient of the American society and why the country was started in the first place. It is the basis of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. So, of course, when a Church gets Government attempts to do away with it one can only start to wonder who is protecting the Constitution.

Scientology deals directly every day with what every religion has throughout history. And that is the spirituality of man. Every single day and every hour throughout the world Scientology is advancing and helping man attain higher and higher understanding of his spiritual nature. By doing this man becomes happier, saner and more productive.

I need your help in taking this issue up and seeing to it that this kind of Government abuse of the Constitution and Bill of Rights ceases.

Thank you very much.

[name redacted]


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