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Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email

By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Posted: Jan 30, 2012 07:58 PM



The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...-clearwater-leader-over-new-years-eve/1213102
 

SomeGuy

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Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email

By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Posted: Jan 30, 2012 07:58 PM



The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

moar at:


http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...-clearwater-leader-over-new-years-eve/1213102

It's odd by filing this suit scientology is also breaking it's none disclose.

Interesting article.
 

Div6

Crusader
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

FTA:

Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury," the church asked for and received an order temporarily restraining Cook and Baumgarten from saying anything more.

and

Before filing the lawsuit, the church wrote Cook to demand she stop violating the agreement. The lawsuit said Cook responded last Thursday, stating in an email that she would not give up her right to free speech and declaring: "If you sue me, it really doesn't matter ... I have no money to spend on an attorney."


This one needs to go to the mat.....blow away the myth of "binding gag orders".

What kind of "church" that especially purports "When in doubt..communicate" does this?
 

Jquepublic

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Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email

By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Posted: Jan 30, 2012 07:58 PM



The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

moar at:


http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...-clearwater-leader-over-new-years-eve/1213102

Well, saw that coming.

I guess Marty's fundraising campaign was a good thing. :p I find it hard to believe they weren't speaking. I found it rather odd that he and Rinder made a point of stating they were not in touch with Debbie in any way.

I think it's a good thing. She and Wayne signed that document under extreme duress. No way it can be legally binding.
 

AnonSunshine

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Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...-clearwater-leader-over-new-years-eve/1213102

Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email
By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Joe ChildsThomas C.TobinTampa Bay Times Posted: Jan 30, 2012 07:58 PM
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Read the documents: Church of Scientology lawsuit (PDF)
Debbie Cook's agreement (PDF)
Previous coverage: Read the earlier stories about Debbie Cook's New Year's Eve letter
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The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

Cook, 50, worked 17 years as the church's top official in Clearwater, Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters. Serving in the post of "captain," she presided over an operation that brought in $1.7 billion for the church during that time.

Cook and Baumgarten each signed non-disclosure agreements as they left the staff in October 2007. All told, Cook had worked in the church's religious order, the Sea Org, for 29 years.

The church alleges in the lawsuit that the couple violated the agreements when Cook circulated a New Year's Eve letter urging Scientologists to work internally to reform the church. The letter went to thousands of church members.

Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury," the church asked for and received an order temporarily restraining Cook and Baumgarten from saying anything more.

In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, church spokesman Karin Pouw described the payments to the couple as "help," saying each willingly accepted the money as part of a legally binding agreement. "Only with recent violations of that agreement was it necessary for the church to pursue and protect its rights," Pouw said.

The agreements, filed with the lawsuit, provide a rare look at the extraordinary lengths the church goes to to keep its inner workings secret. Among the restrictions on Cook and Baumgarten:

• They waived their First Amendment rights to free speech.

• They can never, "in perpetuity," disclose any information about the church, its staff or former staff.

• They can never publish, attempt to publish or help anyone publish any information about the church in any media, including newspapers, television, radio or the Internet.

• They can never utter a disparaging word about the church, either directly or indirectly.

The couple agreed to stiff penalties for violating the agreement, including a minimum of $100,000 for each disparaging Internet posting, each television broadcast or each newspaper story.

The church alleges in the lawsuit that news of Cook's "disparaging emails" reached more than 24 million people via television and radio shows and newspaper stories, including reports in the Times.

Her letter criticized "extreme" money raising tactics used by church staff and said the church had amassed well over $1 billion in reserves. It questioned the church's strategy of building new churches called "Ideal Orgs" around the world, calling the buildings unnecessarily "posh."

It alleged that the "complex and balanced command structure" put in place by the late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard no longer existed, and it said Scientology was being run by a single leader, David Miscavige.

The letter also said many Scientologists are reaching the upper levels of spiritual awareness only to be told they must redo lower-level services at great expense.

These practices are against Hubbard's policies, and all members are obligated under those policies to report and correct internal problems, the letter stated.

Pouw did not answer several questions about the agreements signed by Cook and Baumgarten and said the newspaper's inquiry "fits your controversy-laden agenda." She said the Times should be reporting on the 15 "Ideal Orgs" set to open this year, including two recent ribbon cuttings in Hamburg, Germany, and Sacramento, Calif.

Before filing the lawsuit, the church wrote Cook to demand she stop violating the agreement. The lawsuit said Cook responded last Thursday, stating in an email that she would not give up her right to free speech and declaring: "If you sue me, it really doesn't matter ... I have no money to spend on an attorney."

Cook wrote to the Times after her letter was made public saying she lamented that the media had gotten word of her New Year's Eve letter. It was not intended for outside eyes unfamiliar with the church, she wrote. "It was clearly intended as a communication amongst Scientologists."

Joe Childs can be reached at [email protected]. Thomas C. Tobin can be reached at [email protected].



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Find a copy of the Scientology lawsuit and the agreements signed by Cook and her husband as well as previous coverage at links.tampabay.com.


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Gadfly

Crusader
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

The Church of Scientology, following the exact policies of L. Ron Turdfart continues to behave in its typical abusive, crush freedom-of-speech manner by heavily blocking the free circulation of TRUTH about Scientology.

From the article:

The agreements, filed with the lawsuit, provide a rare look at the extraordinary lengths the church goes to to keep its inner workings secret. Among the restrictions on Cook and Baumgarten:

• They waived their First Amendment rights to free speech.

• They can never, "in perpetuity," disclose any information about the church, its staff or former staff.

• They can never publish, attempt to publish or help anyone publish any information about the church in any media, including newspapers, television, radio or the Internet.

• They can never utter a disparaging word about the church, either directly or indirectly.

These sort of gag agreements are Standard Operatng Procedure for the Church of Scientology in the constant attempt to silence the TRUTH about their absurdly nasty activities and strong-armed behaviors.

God, someday . . . . someday they will get the Karmic payback they so richly deserve. :happydance:

Never forget that the same dickhead who wrote the policies that bring about the above actions (Hubbard) also wrote the fluff PR piece, The Code of Scientologist, where it says, "To work for freedom of speech in the world". Not that they have EVER actually done THAT in any sphere in which they were involved! :no:

What is Law of Commotion Hoaxie, "for each and every datum in Scientology there is an equal and opppsite datum . . . "?

Scientology - where intentional contradictions take their most gruesome form.
 

freethinker

Sponsor
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

The church makes you sign a paper that says you give up a right? You cannot be made to give up a right.

Can they make you sign a paper to give up your life?
 

Jquepublic

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Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

My favorite part:

Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury," the church asked for and received an order temporarily restraining Cook and Baumgarten from saying anything more.

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

Gadfly

Crusader
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury," the church asked for and received an order temporarily restraining Cook and Baumgarten from saying anything more.

Oh boy, I sure hope that this "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury" manifests in spades!

What would happen if 15 or 20 gagged ex-members all got together, got and shared a REALLY GOOD LAW FIRM, and began TALKING AND TALKING about everything they aren't supposed to. Spreading it everywhere, on EVERY media outlet, giving interviews, and making a great deal of NOISE. While also really beating the drum about how the C of S is so amazingly manipulative and oppressive. The public would have a field day with such truth about this joke of a Church.
 
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Church of Scientology sues longtime Clearwater leader over New Year's Eve email

By Joe Childs and Thomas C.Tobin, Times Staff Writers
Posted: Jan 30, 2012 07:58 PM



The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church's aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in San Antonio, Texas, where Cook lives — reveals that the church paid Cook and her husband, Wayne Baumgarten, $50,000 each to remain silent about their time on church staff.

moar at:


http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...-clearwater-leader-over-new-years-eve/1213102

The use of litigation as a tool of harassment & intimidation is standard admin tech for the church.


Mark A. Baker
 

Zhent

Leakus Maximus
Karin Pouw Media Release said:
Ms Cook's views represent a small ignorant and unenlightened view of the world today.

Lawsuit through SP Times said:
...Arguing that it faced "substantial risk of imminent harm and irreparable injury,"

...

The church alleges in the lawsuit that news of Cook's "disparaging emails" reached more than 24 million people via television and radio shows and newspaper stories, including reports in the Times.

LOLOLOLOL. I love it when they have to backpeddle in lawsuits and admit the SPs are winning.
 

Jquepublic

Silver Meritorious Patron
Debbie has set up her own website . There is a button there for donations. No, I am not telling you or asking you to donate. I am just relaying a fact.

Just so we're clear. :p
 

chuckbeatty

Patron with Honors
The biggest hypocrisy is that it's a High Crime for one Scientologist to sue another Scientologist. Debbie Cook is a Scientologist, any scholar would call her one. Yet official Scientology violates its own rules and sues her!
 

Mick Wenlock

Admin Emeritus (retired)
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Well, saw that coming.

I guess Marty's fundraising campaign was a good thing. :p I find it hard to believe they weren't speaking. I found it rather odd that he and Rinder made a point of stating they were not in touch with Debbie in any way.

I think it's a good thing. She and Wayne signed that document under extreme duress. No way it can be legally binding.

Oh I think you may find that the fact that they accepted $50,000 apiece for signing will mitigate against any finding of "extreme duress". They could have refused to accept the money and refused to sign.

They chose to take the money.

Most SO members got nothing at all when they left.

Really, I have no sympathy for Debbie at all.
 

Jquepublic

Silver Meritorious Patron
Re: Debbie Cook sued by Cult of Scn

Oh I think you may find that the fact that they accepted $50,000 apiece for signing will mitigate against any finding of "extreme duress". They could have refused to accept the money and refused to sign.

They chose to take the money.

Most SO members got nothing at all when they left.

Really, I have no sympathy for Debbie at all.

I think it'll be thrown out. I think she'll get the chance to talk and I think she's got a lot to say. She could settle, but if she really is on a Holy Crusade to save her church the chances of that are slim to none.

I say if she's got the rocks with which to break the glass then hats off to her! It's got nothing to do with sympathy.
 
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