Clearwater Hearings

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The Clearwater Hearings were a 1982 Clearwater, Florida commission that investigated the Church of Scientology and Project Normandy.[1][2][3] Among the witnesses who testified were Ron DeWolf and various ex-Scientologists. The commission uncovered a number of illegal activities committed by the church, including:[1][2][3]

  • murder of Susan Meister
  • having Tonja Burden, as a minor, sign promissory notes to the church
  • negligence and abuse of children
  • theft of government documents
  • forging of government ID cards
  • giving money to its founder, L. Ron Hubbard
  • harassment of reporters and alleged attackers
  • harboring of fugitive Mike Meisner
  • perjury in federal courts

The commission likewise found unethical activities committed by the church, including:[1][2][3]

  • lying about the ends and benefits of auditing
  • fabrication of L. Ron Hubbard's life
  • forging of evidence for Hubbard's life
  • unsanitary living conditions for Scientologists
  • abortions by beating women in the stomach
  • using a front to buy Fort Harrison
  • false witness against alleged attackers
  • "widespread, intercontinental espionage"
  • justifying all the aforementioned as religion

Finally, the commission found the following about L. Ron Hubbard:[1][2][3]

  • had suicidal thoughts after leaving the Navy
  • continuously wrote to the FBI about alleged Communist plots against him
  • refused to get help for his mental illness
  • wrote to a magazine posing as a woman[further explanation needed]
  • married three times, and one time practiced polygamy
  • abused and performed pseudoscientific experiments on Sara Hubbard
  • performed abortions by beating women in their stomachs
  • surrounded himself with very young girls who did his every whim
  • founded Scientology to make money for himself
  • made extravagant purchases and lacked personal management
  • was obsessed with blood while making movies