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

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

10 May 1985

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

Dear Mr. Chiles,

As a citizen of the United States and living in your area of responsibility, I want you to know that I want an investigation into the affairs of the various agencies attacking the Church of Scientology.

This is a disgrace and wasteful of our country’s money. I cannot stand aside and allow this blatant violation of the Church and my own first amendment rights. It’s more disgusting than the Watergate incident and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to allow First Amendment rights to be trampled upon by your neglect.

Sincerely,

[Name redacted]

Church of Scientology

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

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

LAWTON CHILES
US SENATE, WASH, D.C.
20510

DEAR SENATOR CHILES,

I’M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT COINTELPRO TYPE ACTIVITIES STILL BEING CONDUCTED BY THE JUSTICE DEPT. AGAINST US CITIZENS.

RECENTLY REPORTED WAS AN INCIDENT WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES, AND CBS NEWS LA SHOWED A VIDEO TAPE (TAKEN CANDIDLY) OF AN FBI/IRS OPERATIVE TELLING A CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY EMPLOYEE HOW HE COULD COUNTER-FIT AND INSERT DISRUPTING DOCUMENTS INTO THE CHURCH.

I DO HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL PERCEIVE THE EROSION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS THIS REPRESENTS AND DILIGENTLY REFIRM OUR PRECIOUS FOUNDING DOCUMENTS.

[Name redacted]

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Letter from Scientologist to Paula Hawkins; Senators Lawton Chiles, Orrin Hatch; Reps Don Edwards, Jake J. Pickle (May 10, 1985)

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

Mr. Chiles – I ask you to support this also.

10 May 1985

Paula Hawkins
Washington, D. C.

Dear Paula:

There is a matter I’m gravely concerned about that threatens the constitutional rights of all American citizens.

Newspapers, radio, etc., including the N.Y. Times have been reporting harassment by the IRS & FBI of groups and persons involved in Central American activities.

There are reports that federal undercover agents are engaging in actions similar to actions run by the FBI in the 60’s & 70’s, that is, the discredited COINTELPRO operations.

Now, there is a videotape available showing a former Scientology church employee, now turned government agent, who outlines a multi-agency plan to disrupt the Church and replace the Church management with persons under control of the government agents involved.

I understand counter-intelligence operations are legal as long as approved by the National Headquarters, but no one thought the IRS Criminal Investigations Div. would run covert operations against American citizens and groups as seems to be the case in the Scientology matter and the Central American group’s harassment.

What we want, I and my friends, is for you to support a call for investigation and hearings into agency domestic intelligence operations.

Also, I ask that you get in touch with the IRS and FBI and demand they explain the cases mentioned above and given an accounting (in full) of all the current domestic intelligence activities.

I trust you will make America a safe place for its’ honest citizens!

Very truly yours,

[Name redacted]

cc: Rep. Don Edwards (San Jose, Ca)
Rep. Jake J. Pickle (Austin, Tx.)Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Lawton Chiles

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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.

Sincerely,

[name redacted]

Member of the International Association of Scientologists

Notes

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

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

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

10 May 1985

Senator Chiles
US Senate
Washington, D.C.
20510

Dear Senator Chiles,

There is a very serious matter occurring right now in America that I feel you should put some attention on. Currently there are domestic intelligence operations being carried on by the IRS and FBI which threaten the Constitutional rights of American citizens. The New York Times and other newspapers have had stories revealing harassment of citizens who have been involved in Central American activities. Also an agent of various government groups attempted to disrupt the Church of Scientology and overthrow its leaders. This was shown on videotapes released by the Church. Supposedly these kinds of activities were stopped in the early 1970’s, however we see them now occurring again and threatening to destroy the freedoms that America is founded on.

I feel that you should investigate these activities and demand an explanation and correction by the IRS and FBI and work to prevent these covert activities from continuing and harming the Constitution.

Thank you,

[name redacted]

Notes

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

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

May 10, 1985

[Return address redacted]

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

Dear Sir:

There is a situation of grave threat to the constitutional rights of United States citizens which I wish to bring to your attention. Recent investigations have uncovered the fact that there are currently modern day domestic intelligence operations being carried out by both the IRS and the FBI with cooperation from individuals within the Department of Justice.

It was recently reported in the New York Times and other media that the IRS and FBI were involved in harassing certain individuals and groups involved in Central American activities. It has been alleged that federal undercover agents are engaged in disruptive actions similar to those conducted in the now discredited COINTELPRO operations directed by the FBI in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

More recently, the Church of Scientology has revealed videotapes of an undercover “sting” operation involving a disaffected ex-employee of the Church. In the tapes it is obviously seen that there is a multi-agency plan to disrupt the Church internally with hopes of getting rid of current Church management and replacing it with individuals under the control of the government agents involved.

The FBI falsely claimed in 1971 that it had ceased all COINTELPRO operations. However, the Bureau allowed that counter-intelligence operations could be approved by National Headquarters. No one seems to have thought that the IRS Criminal Investigations Divisions would run covert operations against American citizens as seems to be the situation in the Scientology matter and has been alleged in the Central American group’s harassment.

I strongly urge you to support a call for hearings into agency domestic intelligence operations. I don’t want us to go back to the days of recklessly destructive agency actions taken against American citizens and groups for ideological purposes. Please write the IRS and FBI and demand an explanation of the cases cited above and for a full accounting of all their current domestic intelligence activities.

Sincerely yours,

[name redacted]

Notes

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Letter from Scientologist to US Senator (May 10, 1985)

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

U.S. SENATE
WASHINGTON D.C.
20510

Dear Senator,

I am writing to you to bring to your attention a matter of grave threat to the constitutional rights of American citizens and groups.

Recent events have undercovered the existance of modern day domestic intelligence operations being conducted by both the I.R.S. and F.B.I. with apparent cooperation of certain individuals within the Department of Justice.

For example, on the New York Times, we had harassment reported of citizens and groups by the F.B.I. and I.R.S. We heard recently of outlines a multi-agency plan to disrupt the Church of Scientology internally and replacing of church management with individuals under the control of the government.

I can’t conceive and afford to return to the days of Agency actions taken against American citizens and groups for ideological actions.

I ask you by this letter to write the I.R.S. and the F.B.I. to have an explanation of the case and for accounting of these domestic intelligence activities.

[name redacted]

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Letter from Scientologist to Senator Pete Wilson; US Reps Vic Fazio, Robert Matsui, Don Edwards (ca. May 10, 1985)

FBI File No.: 62-116151-71

U.S. Senator Pete Wilson
U.S. Rep Vic Fazio
U.S. Rep Robert Matsui
U.S. Rep Don Edwards

Dear Sir:

I am writing to you stating that I am sincerely shocked and very much alarmed after viewing the film & reading the story exposed by Freedom News Journal entitled “Videotapes of Federal Informant Reveal Bizarre Government Plot, to Destroy Church” 2 whereby it is very clear that the lawless Cointelpro campaign supposedly exposed & stopped by Congress in the 1980s proves to be alive & well. I am urging you as a representative of the American people to maintain our constitutional rights by holding a thorough & searching investigation which will once and for all, get rid of such atrocities which threaten our freedom much more so than the Communist bloc as these atrocities are internal to our own system & way of life & much more easily tear apart lives.

Please help!

Thank you.

[name redacted]

Notes

 

  1. This document in PDF format.
  2. See Freedom April/May 1985 “Videotapes of Federal Informant Reveal Bizarre Government Plot to Destroy Church

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]

Notes

  1. This document in PDF format.

Letter from Scientologist to Senator Lawton Chiles (ca. 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 ass 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 Church2,” 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.

Sincerely,

[name redacted]

Member of the International Association of Scientologists

Notes

  1. This file in PDF format.
  2. See Freedom April/May 1985 special edition.