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WATCH: "Squirrel Busters" Scientology video

Lawyers for the Church of Scientology were back in a Texas courtroom Wednesday. A judge has ordered the church's leader--David Miscavage--to come to Texas to testify.

By MATARI JONES
NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO

SAN ANTONIO - News 4 San Antonio received a copy of a video from local attorney Elliott Cappucio. Cappucio represents Marty and Monique Rathbun, the San Antonio-area couple suing the Church of Scientology for harassment.

"You can't even defend yourself on this can you."

Wearing cameras attached to helmets on their heads, you can see the men aggressively approach Marty Rathbun at his house.

We blurred their faces. Rathbun says these men call themselves "squirrel busters."

"What's your name," Marty said.

"I gave you my name Marty."

"What's your name," Marty said.

"Marty, I gave you my name. Now lets go look at a folder."

"Why don't you answer his question?"

In court documents, an affidavit by a scientology member states that "squirrel" is the nickname given to people who criticize or ridicule the Church of Scientology.
    
The affidavit also states the "squirrel busters" film-makers were supported by the church.

"Marty you're the one who's busted because you are the squirrel."

Rathbun claims people connected to the church harassed his wife and him for 199 days straight after he spoke out against the church.

"The worst of it was five continuous years of intensive electronic survelliance through high powered cameras video and still cameras," Mark said.

Mark found a camera attached to a tree outside his house in the woods. He says he found it when he went outside to walk his dog.

"Marty we'll be here weeks and weeks as long as it takes."

The Rathbun's attorney says this is not a case about free speech or religious freedom but the desire to live in peace.

"This is a harassment lawsuit where an entity that calls itself a church spent tons of money and resources over 199 days to conduct covert surveillance on two people who live here in texas. it's very important. the state of texas can not condone that type of conduct," Cappucio said.

As mentioned previously on News 4 san antonio, the Church of Scienotology has hired former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson as a member of its defense team.

Justice Jefferson declined to comment for this story.

 
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