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FBI / Scientology Church Raids #49813

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 08, 1977
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(Studio) FBI raids 3 centers of Church of Scientology, 2 in Los Angeles and 1 in DC, in search of alleged stolen government documents. Church was founded in 1950 by L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) In complaint filed in DC, government charges Scientology members illegally obtained IRS (Internal Revenue Service) credentials and used them to get into restricted federal offices, that they stole report with regard to Scientology organization and conspired to obstruct justice by lying to federal grand juries. Scientologists claim FBI broke law in illegal entry into offices in Hollywood. Scientology official Von Young says FBI wants to suppress report he wants to publish, alleging links between French and United States government officials and drug smuggling ring. [YOUNG - says they've found evidence of ring.] So far,

Reasoner, Harry

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