Carolyn, the London Times article was likely planted by Hubbard himself. There are so many blatant lies in the article that it is hard to even know where to begin. Here are a few salient points:
1. In context of WWII, the US had conducted the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb in virtual secrecy. There were extremely well established US Military security protocols for scientists and specialists working on the Manhattan Project. The idea that US physicists would be allowed to live in a boarding house and practice Magick is ridiculous on its face. The US Gov't had to approve of living arrangements for its scientists. They did not have the freedom or privacy civilians enjoyed. When you have security clearances at the level of a physicist working on US weapons projects, you have a case officer and have to debrief regularly about your free time and your family and friends. You trade your privacy for the clearances. The US Gov't in WWII would have never allowed one, let alone 64, of its defense scientists to frequent a shabby, compromised boarding house where rampant sexual Black Magick orgies were common. The US Gov't sanctioned certain protected bars and resorts for its officers and scientists. Pancho Barnes' "Happy Bottom Riding Club" out on the edge of Muroc AFB (now Edwards AFB) was one such sanctioned place: http://www.panchobarnesfilm.com/film/in ... &Itemid=83
In general, the US Military preferred to keep entertainment on the base at the Officer's club or at sanctioned clubs next to bases. However, there was always senior officer and intelligence oversight of off base sights. Outsiders were not allowed in. The idea was to keep spies, reporters, and the public away. MP's were stationed outside of Pancho Barnes' place mostly to prevent from fights and keep away outsiders.
2. The Gov't had a national security interest in nuclear weapons and rockets at stake and did not tolerate drunks, adulterers, and lunatics like Hubbard. Hubbard would never have made it past the background checks needed to get security clearances. For one, his history of not paying child support and loans would have disqualified him. His reprimand from the US Navy for firing on an Mexican island would have disqualified him. The negative comments on Hubbard's service record would have disqualified him for clearances. IMO, Hubbard would have been seen as a paranoid, trigger-happy, hypochondriac by any case officer who evaluated him for a high level security clearance. The last thing you want on an Op is someone who starts lobbing dozens of high explosive depth charges when they hear something go bump in the night. You would have to be crazy to put Hubbard on a Op. He was a thirsty guy. You would worry about him drinking heavily on an Op and then launching into his stupid, made up stories of when he got machine-gunned in the back by the Japanese on Java. He starts in on that stuff and the next thing you know he is getting himself thrown out of a moving car on a dark road in Angeles National Forest by the bad guys. Where does that leave an Op? I will tell you: It leaves the Op with Hubbard under a sheet in the L.A. morgue in 1945.
3. US Military weapons work is highly compartmentalized. Jack Parsons only worked on rocket fuel. He would not have had access to physicists on other projects. Jack Parsons was a non-Ph.D. private contractor whose security clearances only allowed him to examine captured V2 rocket motors and fuel. The idea that Parsons could convince any serious physicist to engage in OTO rituals is absurd. First, Parsons' alleged recruiting for OTO would have been immediately reported to case officers. The very idea of Magick and seances would have been absolutely scandalous and unacceptable in a highly intellectual WWII US Military facility such as JPL. Second, Parsons would not have been allowed into the areas for which he was not cleared, so how could he ever have met scientists who did not work directly on his projects? Third, aside from Parsons there is no notable US technology expert in WWII with a known interest in Magick or OTO. Parsons stands out only because he was an exception in a world of hard science. The US Military tolerated Parsons only because he was a genius. If Parsons was compromised by any party, it was by the Israelis. Parsons was stripped of his clearances in 1948 when he worked at Hughes Aircraft:
As the '40s wound down Parsons was stripped of his security clearance and almost prosecuted for treason for slipping classified documents from his then-employer, Hughes Aircraft, to the nascent Israeli government, with whom he was negotiating for a rocket guru gig.
ref: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+magic ... 0131280308
4. As I have posted elsewhere, the US Navy has no jurisdiction over a domestic investigation. The FBI alone has domestic jurisdiction. If a criminal investigation of a US Defense worker or private contractor is required, the FBI will conduct it along with the US Dept of Defense, the agency that issues clearances for defense workers and contractors.
5. The US Navy in 1945 had no formal relationship of any kind to the Top Secret US Military rocket program. The US Army Air Force was in charge of rockets. There would be no reason for a US Naval Officer to be anywhere near a US Army Top Secret program. The interservice rivalry alone kept all other branches away from the Army's rockets. Only later was the US Navy allowed to have rockets when it built the first SSBN's.
6. Domestic undercover intelligence operatives are not allowed to have adulterous sexual relationships on investigations. An agent investigating Parsons would not have stolen Parsons' girlfriend and $20,000 and taken off to Florida.
7. Hubbard's fellow writers easily spotted him as a Bullshit Artist. Physicists would have laughed Hubbard to derision once he opened his mouth and started in with his nonsense and lies.
Hubbard and Parsons conducted the Babalon Working. When Hubbard later wanted to distance himself from Magick, he fabricated a story that is patently false. Hubbard was involved in Magick and the Occult. In 1951, we hear him and Mary Sue conducting an electronic seance using an e-meter. Scientology is still laden in occult symbology and Magick.