Another of the documents from the recent FBI docs release.
In September 2009, not long after the investigation began, scientology made an FOIA request to get all docs concerning any investigation of scientology. Though the originator of the request has been redacted from the letter, you can see in the accompanying fax cover sheet that this is a request from scientology.
This is not a “routine” request that is filed every month. It is a request because scientology became aware of the FBI investigation.
Yet, despite this, in 2013 they denied any such investigation took place and claimed that those who had stated this were liars. These are excerpts from letters sent to the Tampa Bay Times in January of that year responding to a series of articles about the FBI Investigation (you can find the complete letters on the TBT website). Boldfacing is mine:
Dear Messrs. Childs and Tobin:
As has now become routine for the Times, your questions have nothing to do with the current activities of the Church of Scientology. Instead, you maintain what can only be described as an unprofessional — if not incestuous — relationship with apostates who have a record of lying about their former religion and have been gone from the Church for so many years they are completely out of touch with what is happening in Scientology today.
Further, you have long been provided incontrovertible documentation of the dishonesty of the sources you rely upon. There is nothing “recent” or “newsworthy” about any of the allegations you regurgitate. It appears that the older the story — in this case six or more years — the more the Times pushes it, no matter the lack of corroborating evidence and the contradictory testimony the same discredited sources provide.
Your statement that the FBI began “examining” the Church in 2009 is simply that: your statement. The Church has no knowledge that this “examining” ever occurred. Everything your sources claimed regarding the FBI has not materialized. Instead, it is the Times that reported that these same sources knew there was no investigation before they made their wild claims to the media in 2010. This tells you all you need to know about the honesty of your sources.
As we previously advised the Times, a former US Attorney dealt directly with the United States Department of Justice regarding this allegation and confirmed that there was no open investigation of the Church or any of its affiliates or leaders; any report to the contrary is false.
I wrote about this earlier following the initial release of documents confirming the FBI investigation had in fact occurred: Scientology, Lying and the FBI
Of course, at the time I wrote this, I knew scientology was very well aware of the investigation despite their claims to the contrary. But now there is incontrovertible evidence.
Scientology’s statement “this tells you all you need to know about the honesty of your sources” did not age well. In fact, these disreputable, lying sources (myself included) were telling the truth. It was scientology who was deflecting, dissembling and lying. As Yogi Berra would have said, it’s deja vu all over again.