Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document title: Letter from L. Ron Hubbard to Helen O'brien
Document date: 1953, 19 July
Document type: letter
Description: Hubbard puts in an order for "Device No. 5."
Dear Helen –
You have many times mentioned the “electronics eager beavers” around there. Well, here is a vital project for advanced research which I must have.
I have tried three times to get this gadget, simple as it is, and three times the person who engaged upon it suddenly decided it was “too terribly deadly” and although they had it almost complete, stopped work on it in something like horror.
War, according to Klausewitz, is the art of inducing “a more agreeable and reasonable frame of mind in an adversary.” Our adversary, insanity, is far from reasonable. I have been licking the problem of insanity with mechanical aids. You may have wondered why I keep telling auditors to lay off the insane – It is because it is too tough on the auditor when I have, in development stage, five mechanical aids which, anyone of them, lick the problem without destroying the person, the last being the favored method today in psychiatry. If I come over for a series of lectures, I will want to have these five mechanical aids to demonstrate and a means to manufacture them to hand. We can “take Richmond” if I can put in psychiatric use, these simple aids. They are four of them, nothing to build. The fifth is another matter. It is the fifth we want to finish this step of the “mechanical aids project”. If we spring any of this before I can demonstrate and we can manufacture and supply, the squirrels will ruin the entire show with unworkable gimmicks re Howes. So this is secret. It is also secret that the 5th aid, the one requested here, will never be released generally and must remain secret. The other four are simplicity. One is reduction of charge by grounding. Two is release of charge by double terminaling with mirrors. Three is reduction of charge with B1 and protein in quantity (already tested, never understood by our “public”). Four is attention shifting by mechanical aid. Five is the induction in the insane of instantaneous hypnosis and theta clearing while tranced – very effective but very hard to do without a mechanical aid. The work I am doing here is assisted by the fact that in Spain I have an unlimited freedom to practice on the insane.
There are so many insane in the US and so few auditors that only mechanical aids plus group processing, can get us over this hump. We really can solve insanity in the U.S. but not with individual auditing at 2 or 3 weeks per insane patient. They go crazy faster than we can audit.
The 5th aid uses a type of hypnosis not generally known. It is physical hypnosis. The (thetan) agrees with the body. The body is pretty crazy. When the thetan agrees too much thetan + body are crazy = insanity. The body goes easily into a somnolence. If the body can be made not to interfere for a short time, the (thetan) can be exteriorized and worked. Drugs and shock hit the ?n too as these connect with the brain control centers. The body can be hypnotized via the vagus nerve in the stomach. By creating a regulated series of impacts against this nerve, it may be possible to hypnotize the body and leave the (thetan) fairly free in many cases.
In order to accomplish this the device must not be suspected. Either by sanitarium officials or the insane.
The device must be packaged in a very ordinary tan brief case of the type lawyers use and which has yet enough room to permit papers being carried in it, taken out and put in casually before witnesses. The “trigger” must be part of the lock of the case so that it can be turned on and off at will.
The device itself is a super-sonic, alternately directed and dispersed, beam, dry battery operated, without recoil upwards or backwards against the user.
The device must not make audible noises or howls. It must, to the human ear, be silent. It must deliver an impact of considerable force on a small target with a concentrated beam. This beam must go on and off and alternate with a dispersed but directed beam on a slighter greater area target. At five feet the beam should strike a target about 2″ in diameter. The second beam should strike a target, same direction and area, about 8″ or 10″ in diameter. The number of times the beams strike, each, a minute, should be variable from 12 to 84 at the control of the operator. He could then set the machine for 12 narrow beams per minute and increase it to 84 narrow beams per minute.
Narrow beams always followed by broad beams without variation and control. (These numbers approximate the breathing and heart rate; by bringing these into outward control, hypnotism is induced.) The force of impact of the beams should be as great as possible. They should emanate from one of the narrow ends of the brief case, horizontally.
The Japanese have registered many patents on such devices and have even, I think, killed a goat with one at 300 yards. The device is not, however, practical as a weapon as it uses too much time. If the feeling that such a device as #5, being deadly, should not be built or placed in anyones hands deters its construction, recall that it already exists and could be built for murderous purposes by anyone.
I want to be able to walk into a sanitorium, confront an insane patient, quiet him in a few seconds, exteriorize him, change his mind, wake him up physically. And I want a few auditors to be able to do it. This would mean the immediate end of psychiatric resistance to Scientology. Then we would take aids 1 to 4 and demonstrate and widely install them.
I need then, here, soon, the 5th aid. I am testing and improving the others. Only good engineering can build # 5. Can you have it built and airfreighted to me quickly. I need it.
The Soundscriber came through fine and is working well, thanks to you – I am organizing material for 2 more large issues in the Journal. I expect you will get out filler issues on their scheduled dates.
All is well here.
My love to you both –
On shipping #5, give it a spurious use for the benefit of customs here. Send the instructions by letter, not with machine.1