When the Church of Scientology set themselves up in the town of Clearwater, Florida, they had big plans. According to an expose by the St. Petersburg Times, they wanted to take over the whole city.
The St. Petersburg Times released a report in 1980, revealing that the church had been spying on the mayor and trying to infiltrate the police to gain power in the city. Above all, they were trying to shut down anyone criticized them.
The paper reprinted letters written by L. Ron Hubbard himself, outlining how the church dealt with anyone who criticized them. His instructions read:
1) Spot who is attacking us
2) Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies
3) Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them
4) Start feeding lurid, blood, sex, crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press”