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
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 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.
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.
Meisner refused to leave, threatening to cause a commotion
if forced to do so.
two guards handcuffed him behind his back, gagged him and
dragged him out of the building.
they forced him onto the back floor of a waiting car. In
the car one of the guards held Mr. Meisner down with his
Meisner was taken to an apartment which he later learned
was located at 3219 Descanso Drive, in Los Angeles, California.
Messrs. Andrus and Alvet left, three guards remained in
the apartment with Mr. Meisner.
- From the Stipulation
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.
documents seized in this raid exposed an incredible array of cloak
and dagger operations undertaken by Scientologys Guardians
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 Floridas mayor Gabe
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
Scientologists, including the founder L. Ron Hubbards
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.
Snow White Program was begun April 18, 1973 by Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard. He wrote in Guardians Order
732 WW that some countries were preventing some of Scientologys
activities, based, according to Hubbard, on false reports
countries were denying port access to Hubbards ship the Apollo,
where he was headquartered. The Snow White strategy was to:
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.
About Snow White