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

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

[Return address redacted.]

Lawton Chiles
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Chiles,

As a voting American citizen, I am demanding an investigation into the illegal and unconstitutional COINTELPRO-style tactics that have been and continue to be taken against the Church of Scientology.

Such tactics as are currently being carried out by agencies and officials of the U.S. government, including the FBI and the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), are illegal and were exposed by Congress in the 1970’s as such, yet they continue against the Church of Scientology.

I believe that this lawless COINTELPRO campaign, exposed by Freedom News Journal in its April/May 1985 special edition story, “Videotapes of Federal Informant Reveal Bizarre Government Plot to Destroy Church,”2 poses the greatest threat in our nation’s history to the rights and freedoms guaranteed to every American.

You have it in your hands to do something about this. Call for a thorough and public investigation into the illegal COINTELPRO-style activities.


[name redacted]

Member of the International Association of Scientologists


  1. This document in PDF format.
  2. See Freedom April/May 1985 Special Edition