Operation Snow White

On June 20, 1977 Michael Meisner, a Scientologist, contacted the FBI. He claimed that he had escaped from being held against his will by fellow Scientologists and had evidence of criminal activity.

Meisner had been hiding out from an FBI warrant, but decided the FBI was a better bet than Scientology. Meisner was telling the truth. In court papers later from his case:

On May 1, at approximately 6 p.m., Brian Andrus, Peeter Alvet, Information Bureau official Chuck Reese and two bodyguards visited Mr. Meisner and told him that he was to be moved to another apartment.

Mr. Meisner refused to leave, threatening to cause a commotion if forced to do so.

The two guards handcuffed him behind his back, gagged him and dragged him out of the building.

Outside, they forced him onto the back floor of a waiting car. In the car one of the guards held Mr. Meisner down with his feet.

Mr. Meisner was taken to an apartment which he later learned was located at 3219 Descanso Drive, in Los Angeles, California.

After Messrs. Andrus and Alvet left, three guards remained in the apartment with Mr. Meisner.

- From the Stipulation of Evidence


On July 8, 1977, based on information from Meisner, the FBI raided Church of Scientology properties in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. alleging that Scientology officials from 1974 through 1976 conspired to steal documents belonging to the Federal Government and conspired to obstruct justice by covering up these crimes during a grand jury investigation for a burglary of the office of an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S.Courthouse in Washington, D.C.

About 90,000 pages of documents, burglary tools and eavesdropping equipment were seized in the raid. Scientologists dressed in clerical garb stood around during the raid to be included in press photos in an attempt to portray themselves as a persecuted religion.

The documents seized in this raid exposed an incredible array of cloak and dagger operations undertaken by Scientology’s Guardian’s Office, including bugging the Justice Department, stealing documents from the IRS, setting up author Paulette Cooper on bomb threat charges, and attempting to destroy the reputation of Clearwater Florida’s mayor Gabe Cazares.

An overarching program called Operation Snow White controlled the clandestine operations, and thus this case became known as the Snow White case. The goal of Operation Snow White was to clean out governmental records detrimental to Scientology and to L. Ron Hubbard through overt and covert means.

Mary Sue Hubbard


Eleven Scientologists, including the founder L. Ron Hubbard’s wife Mary Sue, went to federal prison for their part in these actions. L. Ron himself was in hiding but was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator.

The Snow White Program was begun April 18, 1973 by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. He wrote in Guardian’s Order 732 WW that some countries were preventing some of Scientology’s activities, based, according to Hubbard, on false reports about Scientology.

Several countries were denying port access to Hubbard’s ship the Apollo, where he was headquartered. The Snow White strategy was to:

Bring legal pressure by litigation in every possible country (where there has been a false report or offence) against England and the US as well as in England and the US so that the sum total will be to place these countries in a villainous light, not to be trusted as to data, and to cancel out all tendencies to false report as well as amend old ones. And then tackle them through the two International Commissions.

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