In 1977, FBI agents raided Scientology properties (Fifield Manor and the Cedars Complex
in Los Angeles, California) and seized a number of documents. Among these
were several pertaining to Scientology's illegal covert operations against Clearwater
mayor Gabriel Cazares, who opposed the church.
These are just a few of the documents seized; in total, there were over ten
thousand documents, which were instrumental in convicting many high-ranking
Scientologists on felony charges. More of these documents may be found
I have attempted to retain, as closely as possible, the formatting and typographical
errors in the original documents. Handwritten additions to the originals are indicated
by the use of italics.
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following the document title for a brief description.
3 Mar 19?? RE: ALPINE, TEXAS/CAZARES
A status report on activities to dig up dirt on Mayor Cazares' past. This
operation was probably run in 1975, because the data on this report was
used in a "fact sheet" distributed to the
local media by the Church of Scientology on 30 January 1975.
30 Jan 1976 FACT SHEET: Gabriel CAZARES
A six-page "fact sheet" distributed to the local media by the Church
of Scientology on 30 January 1975, in an attempt to turn local opinion
against Mayor Cazares and his wife.
(This document is still being converted to HTML; Page 1 is complete.)
3 Mar 1976 SPEEDY GONZALEZ
A plan to "ruin Mayor Gabriel Cazares' political career by spreading
a scandal about his sex life broadly." This plan also involved
harassing a completely innocent college student and his mother.
5 Mar 1976 Re BASE
A document informing Duke Snider
that, among other things, Cazares would be going to a Mayors' Conference
in Washington, DC, and that a set of operations was being planned to
"welcome the Mayor to the nations [sic] capital [sic]. The
date on the memo is obviously a typo (unless the Guardian's Office really
planned that far in advance). :-)
15 Mar 1976 RE: Mayor Cazares
A report of an incident that occurred while Cazares was in Washington, DC,
which Dick Weigand felt could be used
to Scientology's advantage. This was the beginning of an illegal covert
operation that was discovered as an attempt to frame Cazares.
23 Mar 1976 OP ITALIAN FOG
A preliminary draft of an operation to "discredit C W's Mayor and weaken
his power in his attacking actions at the Base [Clearwater]." This operation
was to involve planting false records of a marriage in a "Mexican Bordor
?? ??? ???? Operation Italian Fog.
The first page of another draft, probably later, of the above document.
6 Jun 1976 Mayor Cazares Handling Project
The Guardian Programme Order #1398, which had as its major target "To remove
Cazares from any position from which he can fight the expansion of Scientology
or United Churches in the Base area". Any group which carries out political
activities such as this one is ineligible for an IRS 501(c)(3) exemption.
21 Aug 1976 DAILY REPORT - INFO BUREAU
Page 1 of a daily report from the Assistant Guardian for Information at the Flag Land
Base. It includes information concerning the Washington, DC hit-and-run frameup, as
well as data on the Clearwater Sun.
3 Nov 1976 COMPLAINCE REPORT
A "Complaince [sic] Report" about the Cazares operations. (Complete)
?? ??? ???? OPERATION: STREET-MAN
This document, probably written in early- or mid-1976, involves an
operation to ensure that Cazares resigns as Mayor and fails his bid
for a Congressional seat. It indicates that the Guardian's Office
had infiltrates Cazares' campaign staff.
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