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22 January 2008

Press Release, "Anonymous Declares War on Scientology"

As reported earlier this morning, the attack on Church of Scientology by hacker alliance Anonymous has been verified...by a press release from Anonymous!

The press release — complete with contact information — was posted on free internet press release service PR Log early yesterday morning. It reads as follows
Internet Group Anonymous Declares "War on Scientology"
By Chan Enterprises
Dated: Jan 21, 2008
"Anonymous" are fighting the Church of Scientology and the Religious Technology Center.

CLEARWATER, Florida - Anonymous announced their intention to combat the activities of the Church of Scientology on Monday. A spokesperson said that the group's goals include bringing an end to the financial exploitation of Church members and protecting the right to free speech, a right which they claim was consistently violated by the Church of Scientology in pursuit of its opponents.

This announcement came as a response to attempts by the Church to keep secret an internal video meant to be viewed only by Scientologists, featuring actor Tom Cruise. Despite their efforts, the movie was leaked and rapidly spread across the Internet. The video caused much controversy, and members of Anonymous posted a message to several of their websites proclaiming war against Scientology. Soon after, Anonymous struck at the church; they blocked access to its website, made prank calls, organized protests, distributed anti-Church pamphlets and information, and extracted secret files from the Church of Scientology and its parent company, the Religious Technology Center.

Anonymous' members cited several reasons for their actions against the Church of Scientology: many have stressed the alleged human rights violations under the auspices of the Church. Others accused the Church of fraud due to its costly ceremonies, while some merely sought the entertainment they refer to as "lulz," a corruption of the Internet slang "LOL," or "laugh out loud." Most members, however, were concerned with the threat to free speech that the Church posed. This was most evident in the recent attacks on websites such as Digg and YouTube, where the Church filtered anti-Scientology comments and replaced their content with the text "[This comment is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Church of Scientology International]." "The so-called Church of Scientology actively misused copyright and trademark law in pursuit of its own agenda," one Anonymous commented. "They attempted not only to subvert free speech, but to recklessly pervert justice to silence those who spoke out against them."

The Church of Scientology's legal struggle with its online detractors began in 1994 with the Usenet group "alt.religion.scientology", a community which spoke out against the Church. Legal representatives from the Church confronted them specifically over the use of Scientology in their name, citing trademark infringement and misrepresentation. This led to numerous lawsuits, and the group was shut down. The Church of Scientology later found itself in several further conflicts on the Internet, including some with popular websites such as Google and Slashdot, as well as an alleged "war" with users of the website YTMND.com.

The members of Anonymous do not plan to end their attacks on the Church of Scientology. Instead, they will continue until the Church of Scientology reacts, at which point they will change strategy. Their main goal is to render the church powerless, and so the war could be one of attrition. Science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church in 1953. In the 55 years since its inception, the Church has faced allegations of being a commercial enterprise that harasses its critics, exploits its members, and neglects adults in its care. Scientology has also faced criticism over the cost required to progress through its "auditing" system, with the total bill for completing the course estimated at $365,000 - $380,000.

http://www.whyaretheydead.net/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights.html
http://www.discord.org/%7Elippard/skeptic/03.3.jl-jj-scientology.html
http://www.nyupress.org/netwars/textonly/pages/chapter06/ch06_.html
http://www.news.com/2100-1023-959236.html
http://slashdot.org/yro/01/03/16/1256226.shtml
http://www.ytmnd.com/news/?news_id=40
http://www.xenu.net/archive/prices.html


Category Religion, Internet, Society
Email Click to email author
Website http://chanenterprises.org
Phone 206-600-7880
Fax 206-600-7880
City/Town Clearwater
State/Province Florida
Country United States
Link.
PDF version.
The press release is rapidly making its way into the internet via such models as StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, BoingBoing, and MetaFilter. Stay tuned!

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

And Monkeyfilter.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And my axe.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What church?

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" The Church of Scientology's legal struggle with its online detractors began in 1994 with the Usenet group "alt.religion.scientology", a community which spoke out against the Church. Legal representatives from the Church confronted them specifically over the use of Scientology in their name, citing trademark infringement and misrepresentation. This led to numerous lawsuits, and the group was shut down."

This group does still exist here (Europe), you just cannot shut down a newsgroup .....

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[This comment is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Church of Scientology International]

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL DOING IT WRONG.

The "[This comment is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Church of Scientology International]." shit is done by Anonymous himself. It's a play on how that if scientologists could censor posts on digg and such, they would.

Because everyone hates them.

FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Newspoo.com

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scientology are fags. epic lulz will be had.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Tom Cruise said...

We are watching you all!!!!

Just a second some one crash in front of my house....I will be right back!!

*puts on superman cape*

Scientology.....HOOOOOEEEE!!!!!

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol how do i joined team xenu

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to join Jerry O'Connell's church of LULZ & w00t.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU MISSPELLED "FORGIVE" IN THE ALT TEXT ON CHANENTERPRISES.ORG CAPS LOCK.

If you want a yob done right...

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Scientology. Fuck Dianetics. Fuck L. Ron Hubbard.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks as though the Legion is at it again!!

Long Live Anonymous!!!

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous... Internet Superheroes!!!

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's wipe 'em out.
tom talks like adolf.
Cleaning the planet?
Let's start with Scientology.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh, as retard as any religion. If they really want to show off their e-manhood, they should go after the islam and christianism.

Ha, that´s gonna happen.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous is an amazing group,
i stand behind them 100 percent.

They are doing something i wish i could
but there is a danger about going against Scientology that i dont want to risk.

but for the brave souls who fight against them, please know that you are honored and respected.

good luck everyone

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM TAKING YOU SERIOUS ANONYMOUS

1:16 AM  

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