GA Letter to FBI (August 13, 1986)

Law Offices
FLYNN, JOYCE & SHERIDAN
400 ATLANTIC AVENUE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02210
———
(617)350-7200

MICHAEL J. FLYNN
ROBERT W. JOYCE, P.C.
WILLIAM A. SHERIDAN
MICHAEL A. TABB
August 13, 1986
 

Federal Bureau of Investigation
John F. Kennedy Building
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203

 

ga-ltr-fbi-1986-08-13

GA letter to FBI (August 13, 1986)

Re: Gerald Armstrong
Your file no. 47-4569

Dear Sir/Madam:

Enclosed please find a copy of a declaration I wrote regarding my contact with an individual named Mitra Hall who had in October 1985 filed a false complaint against me with the Boston FBI.1

I am aware that Assistant US Attorney Victor Wild, to whom the matter was referred at the time, stated that he would decline prosecution. Nevertheless, I wish to ensure that your file is complete, so I am forwarding this declaration.

Very truly yours,

[Signed] G. Armstrong
Gerald Armstrong

GA/
enclosure

Notes

  1. See Declaration of Gerald Armstrong (August 12, 1986)

Declaration of Gerald Armstrong (August 12, 1986)

DECLARATION OF GERALD ARMSTRONG

I, Gerald Armstrong, declare as follows:

1. On July 31 and August 1, 1986 my deposition was taken by attorney Eric Blumenson in the case of Michael Flynn v. Church of Scientology, et al., No. CV 85-4853-R(Mcx). During his questioning of me, Mr. Blumenson revealed that the individual who had filed the complaint against me with the FBI in Boston in October 1985 was a woman named Mitra Hall. Prior to that time I had never heard of Ms. Hall.

2. This morning I had business which brought me at approximately 10:00 a.m. to the MBTA Green Line Auditorium stop on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. As I was about to enter the station to take the train to work, I was approached by a woman who asked me if I would like to take a “free personality test.” The woman was  approximately 30 years old, about five feet four inches in height, dark haired, light brown skinned, and big-chested. She carried in her hand a bunch of cards with the words “personality test’ printed on them. Recalling that the complaint filed against me with the FBI had alleged that I had identified myself as an FBI agent to an individual handing out personality test cards at this same location, I asked the woman her name. She said, “Mitra Hall.”

3. I then asked Ms. Hall if she knew who I was. She said, “No.” I asked her if she had ever seen me before. She said, “No.” I asked her a number of times and in  different ways if she was absolutely sure she had never seen me before. She said, “No” to each question. It was clear that Ms. Hall had never seen me before. And I had never seen her before, and had never been to the Auditorium stop nor that part of Boston at any time before today.

4. I identified myself to Ms. Hall then questioned her about the incident which had allegedly occurred last October. She told me that she had been shown several photographs of me by someone, whom she would not name, in the legal department of the Boston Scientology organization, and had identified me as a result of being shown the photos. She stated that she had been accompanied by Scientology attorney Roger Geller when she went to the FBI to file the complaint.

5. I told Ms. Hall that she had filed a false complaint against me, and she stated she was justified “because (I was) trying to destroy (her) church.” She reiterated this charge, and the charge that my attorney Michael Flynn was trying to destroy her church, several times. It was clear from Ms. Hall’s failure to recognize me and from what she said that her complaint against me was false, but that she considered her action in filing the false complaint laudable because I was Scientology’s “enemy.” Following our conversation, which lasted about three minutes, I entered the train station and traveled to my workplace.

I declare under the penalty of perjury under the Laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.

Executed this 12th day of August, 1986 at Boston,

Massachusetts.

[Signed] Gerald Armstrong
Gerald Armstrong

Letter from FBI to GA (March 26, 1986)

Letter from FBI to GA (March 21, 1986)

Letter from FBI to GA (March 26, 1986)

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D. C. 20535

March 26, 1986

Mr. Gerald Armstrong
Flynn and Joyce
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

This is in response to your administrative appeal, number 85-1830, from denial of access by the Boston Field Office to records concerning you.

We have agreed with the Office of Information and Privacy, U.S. Department of Justice, to make the additional release of information contained in the attached records.

Regarding your December 9, 1985, request to correct the FD-302 report dated November 4, 1985, please be advised that your letter will be appended to this FD-302 as a matter of official record so that any future reader of this document will have the benefit of your comments and observations.

I hope the above meets with your satisfaction.

Sincerely yours,

[Signed] Emil P. Moschella

Emil P. Moschella, Chief
Freedom of Information-Privacy
Acts Section
Records Management Division

Enclosure

FBI/DOJ

Letter from DOJ to GA re FOIA appeal (March 21, 1986)

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Legal Policy

Office of Information and Privacy
Washington, D. C. 20530

[Stamped]
MAR 21 1986

Mr. Gerald Armstrong
Flynn & Joyce
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Re: Appeal No. 85-18301
RLH:FLP:MAP

Dear Mr. Armstrong:

You appealed from the action of the Boston Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on your request for access to records pertaining to yourself.

As a result of discussions between Bureau personnel and members of my staff, a supplemental release of records either has been or will soon be made to you directly by the F.B.I. In light of this fact and after careful consideration of your appeal, I have otherwise decided to affirm the action in this case. You are the subject of one Field Office main file–Impersonation. Certain information was properly withheld from you pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(C) and (7)(D). These provisions pertain to investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which would, respectively, constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties, in one instance by revealing an investigative interest in that person on the part of the F.B.I., and disclose the identities of confidential sources and confidential information furnished only by such sources. Names of Bureau agents were among the items excised on the basis of 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(C). None of the information being withheld is appropriate for discretionary release.

Please be advised that nine additional pages have been added to your file since the date of the Bureau’s response to you. Those documents were reviewed as part of this appeal and eight will be released to you directly by the Bureau. The ninth page is properly withheld pursuant to Exemptions 7(C) and 7(D), 5 U.S.C. §552(b)(7)(C) and (7)(D). In addition, please note that the Bureau incorrectly advised you that five pages were withheld in full. Actually, only four pages were so withheld. Finally, to the extent your appeal letter seeks correction or amendment of records, please be advised that Bureau Headquarters is handling that matter.

 – 2 –

Judicial review of my action on this appeal is available to you in the United States District Court for the judicial district in which you reside or have your principal place of business, or in the District of Columbia, or in the District of Massachusetts, which is where the records you seek are located.

Sincerely,

[Signed] Richard L. Huff

Richard L. Huff, Co- Director
Office of Information and Privacy

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GA Letter to FBI (Appeal from FOIA request denials) (December 9, 1985)

Law Offices
FLYNN & JOYCE
400 ATLANTIC AVENUE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02210
——
(617) 350-7200

MICHAEL J. FLYNN
ROBERT W. JOYCE, P.C.
ADAH ROSE BITTERBAUM
MICHAEL A. TABB

December 9, 1985

OF COUNSEL
WILLIAM A. SHERIDAN

 

Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legal Policy
United States Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530

ATTN: Office of Information and Privacy1

Dear Sir:

This is an appeal from the denials in the response to my Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts request directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Attached please find a copy of the following documents forwarded to me by the FBI in Boston pursuant to my request.
A. Letter of November 20, 1985 to me signed by Edward W. Ludemann, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, in response to my FOIA request.2

B. Letter of November 12, 1985 to William F. Weld, U.S. Attorney in Boston, from James W. Greenleaf, Special Agent in Charge, re: Gerry Armstrong – Impersonation.3

C. Letter of 10/25/85 from me to agent Timothy Leonard re: alleged impersonation.4

D. Letter of 10/23/85 from me to FBI Boston requesting documents under FOIA.5

E. Declaration of Gerald Armstrong dated 10/23/85 relating to alleged incident of impersonation.6

F. FD-302 FBI report dated 11/4/85 prepared following an interview of me by FBI agent Timothy Leonard on 10/23/85.7

G. Complaint form dated 10/17/85 referencing a complaint filed with the FBI in Boston by persons to me as yet unknown.8

Assistant Attorney General
December 9, 1985
Page 2

H. Letter of 12/9/85 from me to FBI Boston correcting errors in the 11/4/85 FD-302 report.9

The information which has been denied and which I am appealing to have provided to me is as follows:

1. The names of the individuals who appeared at the Boston FBI office on 10/17/85 and provided the FBI with an affidavit which accused me of impersonation of an FBI agent (Ref. G attached).

2. A copy of the affidavit provided by these individuals to the FBI on 10/17/85 (Ref. G attached).

3. A copy of the letter dated 10/22/85 (Ref. item 2 of B attached).

4. A copy of the letter dated 11/6/85 (Ref. item 5 of B attached).

5. Any additional correspondence between the complainant or other members of Scientology and the FBI regarding this operation against me.

6. Any other reports, investigation results or conclusions by the FBI relating to this alleged impersonation/frameup.

I am appealing because I believe it is my right to know who my accusers are, and it is an injustice for them to remain unknown to me, and for correspondence and reports about me to remain unanswered and uncorrected in Federal files.

It is already acknowledged that the complainant and the persons acting with him or her are agents of Scientology. I have been attacked by Scientology or persons acting for the organization since I left in 1981. I have been assaulted, driven into and attempts were made to involve me in a highway accident. I have been libeled and slandered. The Organization, using private investigators and intelligence operatives, has attempted to destroy my reputation, livelihood and life. This “impersonation” incident is clearly only another Scientology operation. It seems to me to be patently unjust that this organization should be able to subject me to more intimidation

Assistant Attorney General
December 9, 1985
Page 3

and harassment via Federal agencies and yet have agents remain unknown and the reports filed about me go unrebutted.

I am also enclosing with this letter and attachments a copy of the decision in the lawsuit the organization brought against me in 1982. The trial judge found the same facts I have stated in the preceding paragraph.

Thank you for your anticipated assistance.

Very truly yours,

Gerry Armstrong

[Signed] G. Armstrong

GA/led
Enclosures

cc: Richard Greenberg, Esquire
Department of Justice

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Suffolk, SS.           12/10/85

Then personally appeared before me and acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be his free act and deed.

Before me,

[Signed] Lorna E. Doherty
Lorna E. Doherty

My Commission Expires: 3/31/89

Notes

  1. This document in PDF format.
  2. See: Letter from FBI SA Edward W. Ludemann to GA (November 20, 1985)
  3. See: FBI SA James W. Greenleaf to U.S. Attorney William F. Weld. (November 12, 1985)
  4. See: GA letter to agent Timothy Leonard. (October 23 1985)
  5. See: GA letter to FBI Boston. (October 23 1985)
  6. See: Declaration of Gerry Armstrong (October 23, 1985).
  7. See: FBI report. (October 23, 1985)
  8. See: Complaint form. (October 17, 1985)
  9. See: GA letter to FBI Boston. (November 4, 1985)

GA Letter to FBI (December 9, 1985)

Law Offices
FLYNN & JOYCE
400 ATLANTIC AVENUE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02210
———
(617)350-7200

MICHAEL J. FLYNN
ROBERT W. JOYCE, P.C.
ADAH ROSE BITTERBAUM
MICHAEL A. TABB

December 9, 1985

OF COUNSEL
WILLIAM A. SHERIDAN

Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Building – Room 900
Boston, MA 02203

ga-ltr-fbi-1985-12-09

GA letter to FBI (December 9, 1985)

Re: Gerald Armstrong
Your Ref. No. 47-4569

Dear Sir/Madam:

The purpose of this letter is to correct the FD 302 Report of November 4, 1985 prepared by your office, a copy of which is attached hereto and provided for your reference.

Par. 2: I have been in the United States, except for Portland, Oregon. I have not resided in Vancouver, B.C. since 1970.

Par. 3: Change “C” organization to “Sea Organization.”

Par. 4: Add to the final sentence: “that he knew to be a representative of COS.”

Par. 5: The lawsuit was brought by COS in August 1982. My function regarding the biography to be done of L. Ron Hubbard was researcher. The biography was to be written by Omar V. Garrison. The counterclaim was not tried in 1984. COS’s suit against me was. The trial ended June 8, 1984 and the decision was issued by the Court on June 20, 1984. The counterclaim is scheduled for trial in September 1986.

Please insure that all agencies or files which received the original report of 11/4/85 are forwarded a copy of these corrections.

Thank you for your attention.
Very truly yours,
Gerald Armstrong
GA/led
Enclosure

Notes

Letter from FBI to GA (November 20, 1985)

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation

In Reply, Please Refer to
File No.
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
November 20, 1985
 

Gerald D. Armstrong
Law Offices of Flynn & Joyce
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Dear Mr. Armstrong:1

This is in further response to your Freedom of Information – Privacy Acts request for information concerning yourself.

A search of the indices to the central records system in the Boston Office of the FBI discloses one main investigative file responsive to your request. Enclosed are copies of fifteen pages from this file. Excisions have been made and five pages withheld in their entirety in order to protect material exempt from disclosure by Title 5, United States Code, Section 552 and/or 552a:

(j) (2) Material reporting investigative efforts pertaining to the enforcement of criminal law including efforts to prevent, control, or reduce crime or apprehand criminals, except records of arrest.

(b) (7) Investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes, the disclosure of which would:

(C) Constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of another person.

(D) Reveal the identity of an individual who has furnished information to the FBI under confidential circumstances or reveal information furnished only by such a person and not apparently known to the public or otherwise accessible to the FBI by overt means.

If you desire, you may submit an appeal from any denial contained

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herein. Appeals should be directed in writing to the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy (Attention: Office of Information and Privacy), United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530, within thirty days from receipt of this letter. The envelope and the letter should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Appeal.” Please cite the name of the office to which your original request was directed.

 

Very truly yours,

JAMES W. GREENLEAF
Special Agent in Charge

By: [Signed] Edward W. Ludemann
EDWARD W. LUDEMANN
Assistant Special Agent in Charge

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Letter from FBI to US Attorney re: Armstrong investigation (November 12, 1985)

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation

In Reply, Please Refer to
File No.
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, Massachusetts 02203

 November 12, 1985

Honorable William F. Weld
United States Attorney
John W. McCormack Post Office & Courthouse (Room 1107)
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Attention: Victor Wild
Assistant United States Attorney

Dear Sir:

RE: GERRY ARMSTRONG
IMPERSONATION1

This letter is to confirm conversation between you and Special Agent (SA) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX on October 30, 1985, during [handwritten: j2 b7c] which you were appraised of the facts of the above-captioned matter, and stated you would decline prosecution.

Enclosed are copies of the following:

1) A copy of complaint received at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Boston office from Complainant XXXXXXXXXX [handwritten: j2 b7c]

2) A copy of letter from XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX , XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX , to [handwritten: j2 b7c] XXXXXXXXXXXXX , dated October 22, 1985.

3) A copy of a self-explanatory FD-302 reflecting the interview of Gerald D. Armstrong on October 23, 1985.

4) A copy of a letter from Gerald Armstrong to SA Leonard, dated October 25, 1985, with an enclosed Declaration of Gerald Armstrong. [handwritten: j2 b7c]
[handwritten: Close (5) 11/13/85]

ENCLOSURES

1 – USA, Boston
1 – Boston (47-4569)
XXXXXX XXXXXXX [handwritten: j2 b7c]

[handwritten: j2 b7c] XXXXXXXXXXXX

5) A copy of a letter from XXXXXXXXXXX to SA XXXXXXXXX [handwritten: j2 b7c]
dated November 6, 1985.

The above enclosures are provided for your information.
This captioned matter is considered closed.

Sincerely,JAMES W. GREENLEAF
Special Agent in Charge

By: XXXXXXXXXX [handwritten: j2 b7c]
Supervisory Special Agent

2*

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Letter from Roger Geller to FBI (November 6, 1985)

Geller & Weinberg
ATTORNEYS AT LAW –
Eighty Boylston Street Suite 910
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617)482-5200

November 6, 1985

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Geller letter to FBI (November 6, 1985)

Tim Leonard, Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
JFK Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203

Re: Gerald Armstrong

Dear Mr. Leonard:

When you called my office on October 21, 1985 concerning the complaint of Mitra Hall about Gerald Armstrong you indicated to me that you would advise me after you had spoken to Mr. Armstrong.

It has now been more than two weeks since our call. Have you contacted Mr. Armstrong? Did he admit to his violation of the Federal statute? Was he told of the criminal consequences of his actions? Will he be prosecuted?

I look forward to your response to these questions.

Sincerely,
Roger Geller

RG/clm

ROGER GELLER * PHILIP M. WEINBERG * JUDY WHISNANT

FBI: Investigation of Gerald D. Armstrong (November 4, 1985)

FD-302 (Rev. 3-10-82)

1.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION1

Date of transcription 11/4/85

GERALD D. ARMSTRONG, Paralegal at FLYNN & JOYCE Law Offices, 400 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, telephone (617) 350-7200, was interviewed. ARMSTRONG was advised as to the official identity of the interviewing Agent, the nature of the interview, and subsequently provided infor-
mation as follows:

ARMSTRONG stated he recently arrived in the United States as a resident in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 5, 1985. He advised that prior to that he had resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a number of years.

He stated that he became a member of the CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY (COS) in early 1969 and remained an active member until the year 1981. He further advised that during this period he did extensive travelling while a member of the “C” organization within the church.

He stated that he has never identified himself to anyone as a Special Agent for the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI), nor has he identified himself as a Federal official to anyone since he has resided within the City of Boston. He stated he has had no contact with anyone from the COS since he arrived in Boston. However, he advised that approximately two weeks ago he accompanied Mr. FLYNN to an oral proceeding which took place at the Federal Courthouse, Boston, where there were a group of protesters that appeared to be representatives of the COS in the lobby. He advised he did not have any contact with the representatives of the Church that day. He further advised that no representative of the COS has approached him on the street since he has arrived in Boston.

ARMSTRONG stated that in the year 1981 the COS brought suit against him concerning papers that were found pertaining to L. RON HUBBARD, Founder of the COS, while he was in charge of HUBBARD’s holdings. He advised that after finding these papers he worked up a biography of HUBBARD. ARMSTRONG stated he left the COS on December 12, 1981. He further stated that he filed a countersuit against the COS,


Investigation on 10/23/85 at Boston, Massachusetts File # Boston 47-4569-3

by SA XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX [handwritten: j2b7c] Date dictated 10/29/85
[Stamped]
SEARCHED

SERIALIZED XXXXXX

INDEXED

FILED XXXXXX [handwritten: j2 b7c]

This document contains neither recommendations nor conclusions of the FBI. It is the property of the FBI and is loaned to your agency; it and its contents are not to be distributed outside your agency.

FD-302a (Rev. 11-15-83)

BS 47-4569

Continuation of FD-302 of GERALD D. ARMSTRONG, On 10/23/85, Page 2

 

which went to trial from April to June, 1984. He advised that the trial ended on June 20, 1984 with a significant decision in his favor.

When asked again, ARMSTRONG stated that he has never represented himself as an employee of the FBI to anyone at any time.

Background information was obtained through observation and interview as follows:

Full name: GERALD DAVID ARMSTRONG
Date of Birth: October 18, 1946
Place of Birth: Chilliwack, British Columbia,
Canada
Citizenship: Canadian citizen
Social Security Account No. 265-81-2049
Present Residence: 92 Draper Street,
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Home Telephone Number: (617) 825-3203
Temporary Massachusetts
License Number:
1056608
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 140 pounds
Eyes: Green
Hair: Brown

Notes

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