Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1962, 22 November
Document title: Question and Answer Period: Tiger Drilling, Clears
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-243
Description: In this Question and Answer period, Hubbard answers a question about E-Meters; instructs students to tell the FDA that Mark V E-Meters are used in confessionals; makes a passing remark about the Catholic Church's confessionals.
Aw, we’ve got time for one more.
“Will we be able to take meters back into the US without trouble and when will the Mark Vs be available?”
Actually, Mark Vs are available – a few of them are available right now – some more of them are coming in. Edgar could tell you more about that. When are Mark Vs available, Edgar?
Male voice: Tomorrow.
Tomorrow? So there’s – there’s Mark Vs available. As far as taking them into the US without trouble is concerned, the people have never stopped a meter which was by surface package mail or was in somebody’s paws as a personal effect. No meters have been stopped.
The only meters that have been stopped have been by air shipment and in bulk. And that’s big enough for the FDA’s myopic little man eye to see, and it comes in with much higher velocity than they at their state of case can tolerate. And so they’re stopping those madly.
You don’t even have to make a point of taking a meter into the United States. The fellow says – customs is poking around and he says, “What’s this?” Well, don’t tell him it’s a time bomb, because they’ve been known to arrest people just for saying it. But say, “Well, that’s just a – I’m a minister – that’s something which we use in confessionals.”
“Oh, is that so?
The only trouble is, the only – that’s the best way to classify it. The actually, look where the Catholic church had been if all their confessionals had been done with an E – Meter. Look at the missed withholds1 they must have missed. Anyhow – that probably shattered them. So it’s a good explanation.
The only liability – the only liability you get into, Tom, is the fact that when you’ve told them this, they will probably call over a buddy who is interested in psychology and he will want to talk to you about it. Not because he wants to find out anything, but because he’d like to get out of the racket he’s in. That’s a fact. That happened to us the last time in New York. We almost couldn’t get through customs. We were being too bothered by customs men who wished to join the club. Expect no trouble in that direction. Tell them it’s your personal property and that’s a tool of the trade and you’re all set. They won’t say anything more about it.
Hubbard, L. R. (1962, 22 November). Question and Answer Period: Tiger Drilling, Clears. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-243). East Grinstead, Sussex.