The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.” – L. Ron Hubbard 1955
“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.” – L. Ron Hubbard 1960
The cult of Scientology seems to be missing an important factor concerning those whose integrity will not waver even in the face of threats and litigation onslaughts by high priced lawyers and thugs. Clearly, the fears from reprisals for speaking out are fading and being replaced with courage and tenacity as never experienced in the cult’s Office of Special Affairs (OSA). Accordingly, a new era is before them.
Beginning on January 1, 2012, Debbie Cook pushed the send button with attached email, to thousands of Scientology parishioners that caused the cult to react carelessly in the legal theater, suing for damages. When Cook testified in court, with details of being kept prisoner and tortured by having to stand in a plastic garbage can while water was poured over her head, the aggressive cult legal team scrambled for damage control. The church quickly dropped the law suit, but the expose hit loud and hard.
On February 12, 2012, France’s appeal court upheld and confirmed the convictions of the two Scientology organizations appealing their convictions for organized fraud – guilty. Again on May 16, 2012, the cult takes another blow after litigating for three years against the City of Reims.
In Canada, the Scientology Rehab, Narconon Trois-Rivieres, was shut down by health authorities following a lengthy investigation into the dangerous Scientology treatment regimes. According to five employees who spoke to the Trois-Rivières daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste on April 18, 2012, “the center’s administration left much to be desired and sometimes even endangered the safety of certain residents and employees.”
One employee went on to say “Some of these cases weren’t admissible to the program because it requires cutting off their medication. But the administration chose to keep them anyway. There were several instances of attempted suicide during the past few months. By law, immediate medical assistance should have been provided, but management decided to keep these persons without calling for an ambulance,” says the former employee.”
“There were several times we didn’t get paid on time. But they promised us all sorts of things. It was lie after lie. We weren’t supposed to talk about it with each other, otherwise we risked getting fired,”remembers Sylvie Houde.
According to the Heath Agency, Narconon practices were risky the center was ordered to cease its activities and to relocate the twenty-four residents who were there. Of the fifty-five criteria required for certification, the Quebec Accreditation Council identified forty-six deficiencies, twenty-six of them considered high-risk.
It appears Scientology’s efforts to intimidate victims by innuendo threats and legal pressure from expensive lawyers, are failing one domino after another and costing huge sums, not to mention the devastating consequences of bad public relations and press.
Although their financial war chest for litigation is huge, governments and negative public opinion, are taking their toll on a once feared organization. Front groups are under investigation and sinking; the Debbie Cooks’ are opposing cult leader David Miscavige, and Scientology Churches such as the one in Dublin, Ireland, are in financial crisis.
With 2012 not even at the half-way mark, this year’s “Storm-Winds” have the potential to shake them asunder.
David Edgar Love