Scientology group challenges Ingleside on the Bay's new film permit ordinance - 2011-07-05
A Scientology group trying to discredit one of the religion's most influential ex-members by filming and surveilling him in this small bayside town plans to continue its activities - described by law enforcement as harassment - despite a new city ordinance.
The Squirrel Busters, who say they are making a documentary about Scientology defector Mark Rathbun, told the City Council they won't abide by the ordinance that would have required them to apply for a film permit.
Instead, they submitted a letter saying their lawyers told them the city ordinance violates their free speech rights and could draw the city into lawsuits. The letter did not explicitly threaten to sue the city.