A year ago today, the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database - its public archive of over 13 million pages of declassified material - became public in more than name only when it was published online as a result of our three-year lawsuit. Since that time, we’ve written nearly 200 articles sourced from the archives, on everything from clandestine bowling leagues to the Agency’s private press pool. As we enter the second year of the project, we asking for your help in unearthing our hidden history.
A recent FBI FOIA release prompted by the author’s lawsuit shows that in early 1985, L. Ron Hubbard’s son Ronald DeWolf wrote the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division a letter detailing a number of accusations - including Scientology’s alleged, and unsubstantiated, KGB connection, and that his father had once asked him to steal a hydrogen bomb.
Ahead of the vote, we take a look at the transparency controversies surrounding Trump’s Federal Communications Commission and how FOIA requesters are contributing oversight.
Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that just over a year after L. Ron Hubbard created the the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, a precursor to the Church of Scientology, he offered to become an informant for the Bureau, and provide the FBI with a list of its members and copies of their fingerprints.