I am going to give the update on the court case but first here are some of my thoughts on the matter.
Apparently David Miscavige is trying to take the law into his own hands. It is not working
Is the Church of Scientology above the law? May I ask. We’ll soon find out.
Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten finally decided to confront the rampant out tech and abuses perpetrated inside the CofS.
Debbie had the courage to write a report with references in hand and point towards the outnesses and pandemonium ensued in New Years Eve of 2012.
Many Scientologists were not able to confront the contents and a lot simply decided to disconnect from her and not examine the email to see if what she was saying was objectionable or true.
David Miscavige instead of just ignoring her and counting the loses as a result, he chose instead to be vindictive and decided to sue her for applying the very own rules of Scn.
Here is Debbie Cook on the stand and she is now talking about the tortures and imprisonment while inside the cult.
Unfortunately for David Miscavige, cameras were allowed in court and now anyone can know the truth as all of his crimes will be documented and be made public.
Here are some of the highlights of what went in Court today:
Debbie Cook told in court how she escaped the Church and how was forced to come back and was put in ‘The Hole’ and tortured and humilliated and with lack of sleep and proper food, she signed the agreement under those conditions and she would have signed anything in order to leave. This is what her lawyer said:
“Ms. Cook was beaten. She was tortured. She was degraded. She was made to watch them torture, beat and degrade others.”
There were also hints in his opening statement that at one point in time, Cook was ready to commit suicide.
Now, we ask ourselves, why is it that David Miscavige is not subpoenaed? Simply because the man has enough money to hide and it is practically impossible to serve him the legal documents.
It also came out in court that
David Miscavige ordered a staffer (No name given) to smack Debbie Cook to the floor
And another to break her finger in the weeks before she left the Org in 2007.
We must remember the fact that neither Debbie or her husband Wayne had any lawyer present when they signed the agreement.
Wayne said that he signed because: “If they 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.”
In other words Wayne’s family are scientologists and they were afraid of a disconnection order. The CofS pays a nursing home for the elderly staff in Clearwater called ‘Magonila Manor’.
I was told by a friend who lives nearby that the staff members are not allowed to have any Scientology materials, they are to never speak of Scientology or about having been on staff while they are there. Also they are seldom allowed visitors.
A woman Sherry Rabey used to be in charge of handling these older folks. Also when they die they do not have memorials and this is a whole other story that I will post some other time.
Here is another highlight of the trial from Tony Ortega’s coverage:
An executive was made to lick a bathroom floor for a half hour.
DM telling one of his female communicators to break Debbie’s finger if she didn’t answer a question (it was bent back).
After that they testified about people being forced into an ice-cold lake at the compound.
I read that Judge Tanner who is hearing the case; has a reputation for being a fair, but no-nonsense judge. She’s also long been active in women’s causes, so hearing Debbie’s testimony how women are treated at the direction of DM, has to be resonating with the judge.
In the meantime, today at the same time; in a Pasadena Court the Marc Headly vs the CofS case was appealed by Marc, where he accuses the cult of slavery.
A lot of things are coming out on the Debbie Cook case that the CofS should be sorry for:
Everything that is happening inside the court room is being tweeted, photographed, blogged and published all over the internet and the media.
It will be impossible for the CofS minions to cover it all with lies as usual.
There is a letter Debbie Cook sent to CoS shortly after her email went public.
David Miscavige erred on suing Debbie Cook because
****she now testified for four hours*****
about the abuses that she suffered and she witnessed others suffering too.
The lawyer said:
“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”
I imagine David Miscavige spitting, kicking and screamming and not sleeping about his huge mistake. I guess that the lawyers and DM are so into their own imaginary world that did not fanthom that this was going to happen.
Even if they won the case, a lot of damage has been done because they cannot shut so much media exposing what is really happening inside the court.
I must confess that I have mixed feelings because people like Debbie and others were contributors to what has become of the CofS and to David Miscavige’s crime. However, I wish Debbie and her husband the best and I know that she is a very smart cookie and she will remain strong.
Here are the videos of the trial.
Media coverage on the trial:
If you wish to keep up live with the trial:
Twitter slide show:
If anyone wants to donate money to Debbie:
Or Mail Your Contribution to:
Debbie Cook Baumgarten
PO Box 821
Converse, TX 78109
My email address: firstname.lastname@example.org