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Anonymous Scientology

Posted by iusbvision on February 20, 2008

An online group called Anonymous labeled by the mass media as ‘organized hackers’ recently declared war on the Church of Scientology after video streaming websites such as Youtube were forced to pull a promotional video staring Tom Cruise. Scientology claimed the video was copyright, and the streaming sites had no right to publish it openly to the public.

The pulling of this video spawned great controversy within the internet community over free speech and the damages of fear based tactics to revoke media on the internet.  Anonymous responded to the communities accusations with a video stating: “Over the years, we have been watching you — your campaigns, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye.”  In their video they then tell the leaders of the Church of Scientology “Anonymous has therefore decided your organization should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment.”

Critics of the Anonymous organization argue the tactics by which they are attempting to bring out information regarding the Church of Scientology are themselves unethical, and they are in no position to put others practices into question. Those who agree with the practices of Anonymous argue their practices mirror the practices of the Church of Scientology itself.

Regardless, there is currently a wave of videos released by the Anonymous group attempting to talk directly with the followers of the Church, encouraging them to question the practices of the organization they are a part of.   Their motives seem to be about raising awareness, yet they also have launched what are called DoS (Denial of Service) attacks at the Church of Scientology’s homepage, bringing it out of service.

Whether one is a member or a critic of the Church, it is always important to learn as much as possible about the organizations of which an individual is a member. It is interesting to see the utilization of the internet as a means to declare ‘war’ on an existing organization. This new medium carries with it a large force of the people in which its members can express their own voices about any topics that might be of interest. The idea that an organization can exist on the internet for the sole purpose to display resources and information in order to educate individuals about particular issues they have interest in, is fascinating. 

Anonymous’ published works are primarily made popular through websites such as Digg where its members “digg up” or “digg down” news depending on whether they think it is interesting or not. It is peer reviewed by its members who often attempt to “bury” news based upon its inaccuracies so the majority of items that end up on the top of the website are either incredibly ridiculous, interesting or accurate.

Craig Chamberlin

3 Responses to “Anonymous Scientology”

  1. Lu said

    The only fascinating aspect I can find in Anonymous’ actions is how some dozen allegedly educated college boys could fall for an obvious online marketing campaign so fast and without any suspicion. There seem to be personal deficits here, despite of online games and communities.

  2. Consensus said

    I am an IUSB alumn (where I was involved in student government) and a proud member of Anonymous. I am a moderator at the Enturbulation forums, and am actively involved in the project chanology website and the partyvan irc. Believe it or not, Anonymous – despite being anonymous – is completely transparent. If you want to know, it’s all there for you to see. The Church of Scientology cannot make this boast. If you are interested in learning more, I’d be happy to give you an interview.

    Anonymous has not fallen for an ‘obvious online marketing scheme.’ Anonymous is not a ‘group of superhackers.’ There are many myths that the Church of Scientology is spreading about what we are. I’d be happy to clarify, if you’re interested.

    http://www.paulettecooper.com/scandal.htm is an absolute must-read.

    http://youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7B2DC51D328FF629 is a must-view. In fact, Shawn Lonsdale, the gentleman being interviewed in that video (filmed last year) on top of the parking garage, was found dead in his home under questionable circumstances just a few weeks ago.

    Scientology is far more sinister than you realize; more sinister than your article implied.

    Here are a few other websites to take into consideration:
    http://xenu.net (and their forums, the OCMB)
    http://xenutv.com
    http://forums.enturbulation.org/
    http://lermanet.com/ or http://www.lermanet.us/
    http://lisamcpherson.org
    http://whyaretheydead.net
    http://torymagoo.org
    http://xenu-directory.net
    http://youfoundthecard.com
    http://www.factnet.org/
    http://www.partyvan.info/index.php/Project_Chanology
    http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2781033

  3. Jarrod Brigham said

    I must admit that I am not too familiar with Scientology. The extent of my knowledge on the group is that it apparently was founded by L. Ron Hubbard and is basically a cult for the super rich. I guess I never bothered to see how far down the rabbit hole it goes.

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