I love this part from Debbie Cook's attorney:
10:50 am. Jeffrey: "Ms. Cook was beaten. She was tortured. She was degraded beyond belief. She was made to watch the torture and beatings and degradation of others. And not just one or two. She was confined in inhuman conditions...they signed this agreement just to get away."
This will be all over the news if Mr. Jeffrey gets to go into detail about TORTURE and BEATINGS.
Jeff Hawkins posted this in response on the Village Voice blog:
What Debbie says is so true - when you are in that position (and I have been there), you will sign anything to get out of there. It's you, a single individual, against a roomful of OSA executives, lawyers and Security Guards. You don't have any advocate there or any legal representation. It's all the power of Scientology against one single person. You just want one thing, to get the hell out of there, to get free.
And some more interesting comments:
A line from the San Antonio Express News: "Spencer also told Tanner that the disturbing allegations being raised by Jeffrey were irrelevant and should not even be heard in open court."
Not fake, not false, not lies...just irrelevant. Signing a binding contract after being kidnapped and tortured is irrelevant. With that type of logic, Scientology now makes complete sense.
The Tampa Bay Times has some amazing coverage too:
"Think about what I could have done if my actual intentions were to cause real damage" to the church's reputation, she wrote.
She listed some of what she had seen:
A manager, Mark Ginge Nelson, was made to lick a bathroom floor clean
because "he dared to say he disagreed" with abusive treatment of other
• Church executives were held in mass
confinement in a building that came to be known as "The Hole." As many
as 100 top managers were held in the building at the church's 500-acre
compound in the desert east of Los Angeles. Cook said the building had
barred windows and round-the-clock security guards.
witnessed beatings at the compound, including Miscavige punching and
wrestling long-time executive Marc Yager to the ground.
go on and on but hopefully you get the point by now," Cook wrote to
church officials. "There is plenty I could have exposed if I was out to
damage the church. I am not."
Saying she denied several interview requests from the Tampa Bay Times
and other media, Cook felt she had witnessed "a true horror story" and
was part of "the biggest cover up in Scientology history."
I missed the above letter. Was it sent to members, or just execs? Anyone know how it got out?
Also, the Tampa Bay Times article is going to be KILLER.
End of the Tampa Bay Times article:
"Cook said she was subjected to beatings, torture, mental and emotional abuse and was denied medical care. The papers don't say where this occurred.
Cook's health declined to the point where her "free agency was effectively destroyed," the papers say.
Cook and Baumgarten believed that if they left the church but did not sign the agreements, they would never be permitted to communicate with family members who remain in the church. Baumgarten's mother was in a church-funded nursing home.
"Simply stated, Ms. Cook and her husband would have signed anything they were required to in order to be free from their captivity and danger, and they were rendered powerless to resist signing the agreement," Cook's attorney, Ray Jeffrey of Bulverde, asserted in the court filing.
The pleadings indicate that beyond duress, there are several other reasons the nondisclosure agreement should be declared unenforceable. Cook and Baumgarten say the agreement is extreme and unreasonable in that it violates their freedom to practice their religion as Scientologists."