A trip down memory lane -- FDA and Scientology

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"kady@wwwaif.net" <kady@wwwaif.net>
A trip down memory lane -- FDA and Scientology
9 Apr 2004

http://www.fda.gov/oc/history/oralhistories/goodrich/part2.html#scientology

While idly browsing the web via the Google UncleSam search engine, I found this nugget of Scientology history on the FDA website, as part of an extensive interview conducted with William Goodrich, formerly of the General Counsel's Office:

RO: Were you going to mention anything about the Scientology case, Bill? You were still here, I think, when that was . . .

WG: I hadn't planned to. Joe McGuire handled that case, and . . . Oh, Scientology. I was thinking about Reich.

[snipped several paragraphs dealing with Reich for space; it's an interesting tangent, though, so go read it on the original site - k]

With Scientology, our experience here was that they established a place of business in downtown Washington in a row house towards the center of town. In Hubbard's early writings, in Dianetics and other things, he had espoused this psychological theory and later hit on the idea that by making a church, they would be exempt from any regulations, hoping that they'd be exempt from Food and Drug and from tax regulation. We sent inspectors; Taylor Quinn enrolled in that in Washington and went there as a student to learn all there was to be known about it. He stayed in there with it for quite some time. I was just congratulating him yesterday on the risk that was involved in that. It takes quite a bit of courage to go and get that deeply involved with those people.

But he did, and he brought back all the material. We then did an analysis of it and what they were claiming, and proved that they were selling their services for money and that they were doing harm. We won in the district court. Then when it went up on appeal, the court of appeals held that we were challenging a religious belief and that that was exempt from seizure under the Food and Drugs Act. So we were way ahead of our time on that, and we were not successful because of the religious overtones that were put on it.

FL: The device is still used, do we know?

WG: I imagine so. I think we've just stayed out of that since we were told that it was not our . . . The device, you remember, was a couple of juice cans the E-Meter, that you'd hold in your hands, and the sweat would generate this electrical charge between, and it would show on a little gauge. If you were being monitored and the gauge flipped around, you were either lying or you were clear. You would not be clear until that gauge stopped moving around. But it was a physical operation with the person holding the machine.

http://www.fda.gov/oc/history/oralhistories/goodrich/part2.html#scientology

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