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Friday, January 25, 2008

Scientology on the run!

A group of vigilantes calling themselves Anonymous have posted a video explaining the recent attacks against the Church of Scientology.

A copyright violation claim by the Church of Scientology against the posting of one of its videos to YouTube has prompted a full-on assault by a group calling itself Anonymous.

The video, in which Tom Cruise proclaims, in part, that Scientologists are the only experts on the mind, was pulled by YouTube over the weekend at the request of the Church of Scientology as part of a long-standing effort to keep copyrighted material from appearing on the Internet.

Other sites have since posted the Cruise video in full.

In response to the take-down of the Cruise video, a group of vigilantes–calling themselves Anonymous, or Anon–have retaliated against what they consider to be Internet censorship. The group includes computer experts capable of Internet mischief. In recent days, local chapter sites for the Church of Scientology have been defaced, and in some cases denial of service attacks have also prevented access to the same sites. Real-world attacks have included fax-spamming those same offices.

As an explanation for these attacks, Anonymous posted its own video to YouTube. In the video, a computer-generated voice speaks over a rolling cloudscape, effectively putting the Church of Scientology on notice:

“Over the years, we have been watching you, your campaigns of misinformation, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye.

“With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation,
the extent of your malign influence over those who have come to trust you as
leaders has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your
organization should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good
of mankind, and for our own enjoyment.

“We shall proceed to expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form.”
The video ends, with the following statement:

“We are Anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget.
Expect us.”




Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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