We are currently engaged in a record obtaining process, and discovered a wonderful activist website that can help you create FOIA requests on whatever your heart desires records on. It’s called MuckRock.com (started in 2010) and all records obtained this way are accessible to the public.
We are not the only ones engaged in this records-search, a Ms. R. M. Seibert issued through muckrock, a request for documents pertaining to the E-meter on January 4, 2015 – request directed to the FDA.
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All complaints, memorandums or investigative documents on, about or mentioning “Electrometer” or “E-meter” that was considered a medical device prior to the FDA raid on the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. in January 1963.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due the unfavorable outcome of the widely reported on lawsuit that the FDA raid related to this device instigated. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Ms. R. M. Seibert
After paying the required fees, her request was recently fulfilled.
Note: Also of interest, is her Request to the CIA for recently declassified documents pertaining to Scientology under the 25-year rule. See this request at muckrock, currently still awaiting acknowledgement. She is also engaged in requesting records from the FBI concerning Joe Lisa (deceased Guardian’s Office intelligence man) which is interesting. That one is also still awaiting acknowledgement. Be sure and watch these pages for if and when any documents actually show up. Here is the page for all of Seibert’s requests, and also here is the page for all requests related to Scientology, which you can peruse as well.
Here are the documents that were returned by the FDA – Happy Researching! I will be adding these to the Just Dox section of our Reading Library, and I will also probably OCR some or all of the PDFs so that they are actually searchable (which they are not currently).
Here’s a taste of some of what you can find in these zip files. A court ruled in 1969, that even if Scientology was a religion, it could not claim that all of its literature was religious doctrine. Now that’s interesting, in light of some other things I have found, but there’s more – here’s an excerpt.
On February 5, 1969, the Court of Appeals ruled […] At the same time the Court declared that even if Scientology was a religion it would not Rule that all of its literature was religious doctrine, or that public health laws have no application to the activities of a religion.
– Letter to Laura H. Van Horn from Ruth R. Cockerham, Director Office of Consumer Inquiries, November 19, 1974; doc # AF41-126; FDA declassified document; page 12 of PDF entitled: Church of Scientology Duplicate 6735-6957 contained in CD #4 zip file.
And then there’s this –
– by Virginia McClaughry