The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 6: Anonymous

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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#6: Anonymous


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Anonymous is a hate group that intimidates its enemies with bomb threats and harmful Internet attacks. At least, that's what Scientology will tell you. And what else is the church going to say? Has any group in history had to deal for so long with such a spontaneously created, massively populated, eternally dedicated and clever-as-hell pain in the ass opposition as the leaderless, nameless legion that is Anonymous?

By now you know the story. An online group that was long on energy and short on attention span that called itself Anonymous suddenly, in January 2008, found something Really Big to do. A strange video of Tom Cruise talking about what he and his Scientologists could do with their special powers surfaced. It was never meant to be seen outside the church, but it was smuggled out to YouTube and quickly became a sensation, only to be pulled down with legal threats by Scientology, which had already long ago made its reputation as a 'net freedom bogeyman. Anonymous sprung into action with Project Chanology. For years, the Internet had been a huge problem for Scientology -- and now, the Internet suddenly grew legs, wore masks, and held protest signs. With so many new critics to worry about, some of the heat was taken off the old guard of Scientology watchers, some of whom had suffered through terrible cases of retaliation and harassment. Today, it's plain that Scientology's spy wing, the Office of Special Affairs, is stretched thin, making it an even safer environment for disaffected church members to leave and announce their freedom.

I thought it would be appropriate to ask Mark Bunker, who had something to do with how that history unfolded, to share some thoughts about Anonymous:

Because I had a hand in leaking the Tom Cruise tape to the net, I felt partly responsible for the initial Anonymous attack on Scientology. I felt I needed to do something to curb the abuses Anons might possibly do and warn Anonymous that they could get into serious trouble as they blindly entered a war with a ruthless organization that had resources to burn. I made a video suggesting that Anonymous should avoid doing illegal stuff and consider some other tactics. To my utter surprise, they understood my message. I offered further suggestions for peaceful protests; rules that Jeff Jacobsen had been advocating for years. When the media wanted to talk to someone from the group, they asked me to speak about them so they could remain anonymous but it was very clear that they didn't need my help. They very quickly got up to speed and set out to chart their own course, taking on Scientology in their own loopy but determined way. They mixed fun with facts and threw in some cake.

A few weeks into their efforts, they launched their first global picket and around ten thousand people turned out in cities across the world to peacefully protest Scientology. They built websites and spread fliers and gave speeches and scared the hell out of Scientology's leaders who had no idea how to bully or intimidate a huge, amorphous, leaderless group of people with no names, all wearing the same Guy Fawkes mask. People had been protesting Scientology since Scientology was formed but never on this scale. And Anonymous added costumes and themes and brought street theater to their events.

As the months wore on, the numbers dwindled but that was to be expected. Some were in it just for the lulz but others came to see that there was a real reason to take action and help those being abused by Scientology. They continued to protest every month, flooded the net with terrific videos and built websites to help the cause. And they showed me that there could be a different way to take on Scientology. Before their first picket they asked me if they should wear masks. I said no. Thank heavens they didn't listen to me because that iconic Guy Fawkes mask has been not just a protection for individual identities but it has created a brand name that gives their actions more power. It's mysterious, a bit frightening and a bit silly all at once.

Anonymous continues to make news for their actions in support of free speech here in the U.S. and abroad. Sometimes their actions cross the line and I'm always sorry to see that. Dozens of Anons have gotten themselves into trouble with the law, often for what I think many of them viewed as simple pranks. But are Anons bad or good? They are both and neither. The actions of one can be used to paint the entire hive-mind as hero or villain and often which they are depends on your own perspective. I always use the example of the Anon who broke into Sarah Palin's email account before the last presidential election when it appeared Palin was using her private e-mail for government business. You may find Anonymous deplorable for doing that but it was also Anonymous who changed Palin's e-mail password so others couldn't get access and alerted her to the break-in.

I've met hundreds of Anons in person and heard from thousands more online. The vast majority have been terrific people from all walks of life. I'm glad they're out there and hope they always find new creative and legal ways to stir things up and make a difference in the world.

Recently, I went to an Anonymous protest at the New York org. There were no Guy Fawkes masks. A city law dating to Klan days prevents the anons from covering up their faces -- which has always made the protests here a little dicier for picketers who didn't especially want the church to know their identities. But even more than three years after the start of this thing, this event was well attended, noisy, and fun. I couldn't help being impressed.

I asked an anon to put together for me a collection of some of the better videos of Anonymous events. Some will mean more to the people in them than to a random viewer perhaps, but I think they do a good job capturing the spirit and energy of this historic movement -- which is still a pain in the ass, and may it never change.


An anon followed by a Scientologist in Columbus, Ohio, after a protest on April 21, 2008

"Why are you guys walking next to each other if you have differing viewpoints?"


Axiom142 chats with an OT8, East Grinstead, UK, August 22, 2009

"I can tell you're stuck in an electronic incident on your whole track."


AnonSparrow, protest at the Washington DC org, July 10, 2010

"I don't care if I hear bad things, I don't care. Because I know what I get [from Scientology]."

"Well, that's why you have protesters, ma'am, because you hear bad things and you don't care. That's the whole point."


Darth Xander at Flag, Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, July 1st, 2011

What the sign says: "How would you leave the Sea Org if you changed your mind?"


I'm Glib's "We Stand Tall"

Featuring Anonymous protests around the world.


AnonSparrow's Trial Results

Even Moxon is smiling.


The Last Anon's "Please Come Inside (Scientology)"

This one scared the cats here in the underground bunker.


Hamburg Anon's "Cultbusters"

As my anon source says: "Adorable."


San Jose Anon's "Tunak Tunak Tun"

We have no words.


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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[Scientology has Rathbun arrested] | [Rathbun and Mark Bunker reveal surprising ties]
In Germany with Ursula Caberta: [Announcing plans] | [Press conference] | [Making news about Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair] | [Post-trip interview]
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[Paul Haggis, director of Crash, issues an ultimatum, leaves the church]
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[Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh: Scientology-Branch Davidian link makes sense]
[Russell Brand weds ex-Scientologists in wild ceremony] | [Skip Press on Haggis]
[Placido Domingo Jr.: Scientology's retaliation is "scary and pathetic"]
Grant Cardone, NatGeo's "Turnaround King": [Doing Scientology's dirty work?] | [Milton Katselas complained about Cardone's smear job] | [Cardone runs to Huffpo]

JANET REITMAN'S INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY

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[Scientology doesn't like Inside Scientology] | [Q&A at Washington Post]
[A roundup of Reitman's print reviews, and why isn't she on television more?]

HUGH URBAN'S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

[A review of Urban's scholarly history of the church] | [An interview with Hugh Urban]

EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT

[Marc Headley: "Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [The Nancy Many interview]
[Sympathy for the Devil: Tory Christman's Story] | [Jeff Hawkins' Counterfeit Dreams]
[86 Million Thin Dimes: The Lawrence Wollersheim Saga] | [Mike Rinder on spying]

OVERSEAS NEWS

[Scientology dodges a bullet in Australia] | [Scientology exec Jan Eastgate arrested]
[All hell breaks loose in Israel] | [Scientology sees fundraising gold in the UK riots]

ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS

[Scientology singalong, "We Stand Tall"] | [Captain Bill Robertson and "Galactic Patrol"]
[Scientology wins a major award!] | [Scientology wants your money: Meet Dede!]
[Birmingham in the House! The "Ideal" dance mix] | [Scientology and the Nation of Islam]
[When Scientology was hip] | [Sad: David Miscavige makes fun of his own fundraisers]
[Freedom magazine parodies The New Yorker. Hilarity ensues.]
[Scientology surf report: Anonymous parties outside the New York "org"]

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174 comments
rjdavis10
rjdavis10

the church of sceintology is a load of crap. if i did what they do to people i would be arrestted. its time they were brought to justice once and for all. this is rediculous! i say..send in our military from overseas and shut their ass down.............and do it NOW!

Rosellesux
Rosellesux

How can apparently rational people be so bat shit crazy?

Mikehenken
Mikehenken

How could you call Anonymous a hate group!

That is just ridicules, you need to do some more research about them.

Drend
Drend

Lols! Tunak Tunak Tun! I love these guys. Need to get an Anon protest organized in KS. 

AnonymousNow
AnonymousNow

Thanks for the mention, but unnecessary.  Don't care if Anon is 1st or unlisted, it's all about the struggle, not the aftermath.  If it's about the aftermath, it's time to move to the next struggle.  There is too much to do to become existential.  Now buckle up and get back to work!!!

Born Free
Born Free

My sister is the CFO of one of the churches- in honor of her disconnect I did a little dance on camera as I delivered, at her request, a pile of propagana she had given me to distribute, to the doorstep of her church. I grieve the loss of my family to the organization, but never, for a moment, have I doubted that I am a free person. I have been laying low while tending to my life- stumbled accross this today, and am thrilled to take up the game again- this has given me courage. Scientology is a dangerous, insidious, money-sucking cult.

Raph37
Raph37

My prediction: David Miscavige will be #1 on this list.

Born Free
Born Free

He is a nasty little piecee of work!

Is this battletoads?
Is this battletoads?

I fell into anon through chanology(sup/b/) and knew nothing about Co$ except that they were trying to censor the infamous Tom"insanity"Cruise video.It wasnt until I saw the acne ridden,socially inept,neck beard anons finally leave their parents basements and caves and hit the Orgs that i realised that this was the game changer.I personally didnt get into this for any noble reasons I got into this to stick it up a greedy,amoral corporation that thinks it can do whatever it wants.I am glad that anon has taken the pressure off noisy ex members, proffesional protesters and people who have and are being hurt by the cult of Rockin Ron Hubbard.Whether anon is #6,#1 or #25 makes no difference they did their job by delivering a size 12 boot up Dm's backside.I wish you guys the best of luck and hope you get your pound of flesh,and as anon says"None of us can be as cruel as all of us"

Paul Jay Salerno
Paul Jay Salerno

Would this list even be compiled were it not for the efforts of Anonymous ? # 6 for Anonymous is short shrift indeed.

Xenbot
Xenbot

No doubt in my mind that David Miscavige and Marty Rathbun are on the top 5 list.

Theoracle
Theoracle

I have seen the videos of them hazing people on the street.  They don't go to the Catholic Church with announcements about the sex scandals. They don't target the Muslims about 9/11 figures.  They target people who don't fight back. This is one of the bad things about Scientology. You are told not to do things that are "out P.R." and so they have to live with the hazing and the bullying. This is my main complaint about the cult. If they showed up at someone else's Church or event with this type of bullying they would get their asses kicked or stabbed or shot.  The Cult in itself demand it's members endure this kind of abuse.  And the Anons take advantage of that to put further duress and hardship on it's members and staff.

Kagato23
Kagato23

Tell that to mudkips the cat! They killed him man, they killed mudkips.

We fucking love mudkips. :(

David
David

RIP Mudkips, RIP Rorschach. :'(

AnonymousNow
AnonymousNow

Indeed, RIP Rorschach, Mudkips and all other Anon warriors who have lost their lives during the past epoch.

Gina Smith
Gina Smith

Well I sure didn't imagine all the abuse I've seen CoS members dish out to Anons, both on video and IRL.

Theoracle
Theoracle

O.k. O.K. two wrongs make a right. Um, except, The CofS isn't protesting against abuse while being abusive.  

David
David

Um, except, they are.

Draconis Zeneca
Draconis Zeneca

Should be Nº.1 in terms of overall damage done to the cult.

Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

I just have to say, for what it is worth, as a 25 year veteran and now ex-Scientologist, my perception from the formerly inside position, is that no one could barely make a dent in crippling the C of S UNTIL Anonymous came on the scene.

In my opinion, Anonymous, along with the inanimate playing field called "The Internet" should be #1 on the list, period. They belong above L. Ron Hubbard, Marty, David Miscavige and all others truly eligible for that spot.

Anonymous proved that the C of S was very, very vulnerable which allowed everyone else to pierce the once seemingly impenetrable fortress. In my book, Anonymous is #1.

Theoracle
Theoracle

If the Church had not been abusing people and commiting crimes Anon would not have had anything to protest about. David Miscavige enabled Anon all the way.

Theoracle
Theoracle

And the Sea Org as a group enables David Miscavige.  Tony has it right, as usual.

Xenu
Xenu

So when Hubbard was punching Otto Roos in the face and having him overboarded, how did 11 year old HQS student Miscavige get LRH to do that?

Theoracle
Theoracle

The Church had crimes. This threw Anon a bone. The wanted to blame and punish and they found him worthy.  Simple math. But the abuse originated from Miscavige. So he breathed the life into ANONS.  Who are clearly just as socially abusive. It is like he invented them in his own image.

greebly
greebly

The point here is these issues have been going a long time and it wasn't until the internet and the protests that it was noticed on such large scale. Even in 1986 or before many left the Co$ but it still went on unhindered with the fear rampant through those still in at the time.

It could not have enabled back then as this Idea had not formed yet.

bulldogSP
bulldogSP

I agree, Anonymous should be #1.

Maybe, Anonymous is L. Ron Hubbard's master plan to get rid of Mcsavage because he hijacked his Scientology. :-P

Either way, Anonymous is doing massive damage without paying millions of dollars.

I think it's the power of the caek! ;-)

Theoracle
Theoracle

Not fair at all, David Miscavige has dedicated more than 30 years to destroying  Scientology.  Anon has only been at a few years.

bulldogSP
bulldogSP

I know, but isn't it wonderful the idea of Anonymous. You could be Anon, I could be Anon. Oh hell, we all might be Anonymous!

Eyes and ears everywhere...and no way of stopping an IDEA. Simply Brilliant!!!!

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

Hear, hear!  The only media I had read about the CO$ was the Time "Cult of Greed..." feature years ago.  Then the Tom Cruise video came out, which sparked the freedom of information concern by many on the net.  If $cientology had left that alone, I feel it would have simply died out as just a silly video.  Not many people had an inclination to look further into the CO$, IMO.  But the CO$ brought this on themselves.  They grossly underestimated the power of modern-day communications.  The "Church" bought the matches, lit the fire and are now throwing gasoline on it.  "Pride is just before a fall, and a haughty spirit just before a humiliation."

Theoracle
Theoracle

I agree that the Church has grossly underestimated the power of the modern - day, in general. 

Marcotai
Marcotai

Continue from my previous post...

According to Wired Magazine, Encyclopedia Dramatica is a “wikified lexicon of all things“The Sekrit Code of Anonymous” was published on it, stating:“Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.”When Anonymous members engage in their so-called real-life “raids,” they hide behind masks, such as the image of 17th century anarchist Guy Fawkes, to conceal their identities while infringing upon the rights of others. Anonymous claims to have no leaders, but there is clearly a hierarchy within the group. Why do Anonymous members hide behind anonymity and pretend to have no leaders? It is a convenient facade for perverse and sometimes criminal activity on the Internet.One prominent member and organizer is Gregg Housh, who was convicted in 2005 for conspiracy to violate copyright laws–for his part in a software piracy operation. In October 2008 he was ordered by a court in Boston to stay away from the Church of Scientology, after admitting to disturbing religious services. He was warned that he could face incarceration if he further violated his probation. At least two Anonymous members have been convicted for making terrorist threats. Other criminal cases are pending and the FBI and Interpol are after them.Stated goal of AnonymousThe following words are taken from online postings by Anonymous members. While some members may claim other goals and intentions, or claim these are merely a “joke,” they cannot divorce themselves from the hate that Anonymous threatens and promotes.“We will stop at nothing until we’ve achieved our goal. Permanent destruction of the identification role.”“Anything standing in our way, doesn’t deserve to live. We are void of human restraints, taught to never forgive. Answering the question of who we are is a must. We are Anonymous, indeed. Therefore, Expect us.” The “Anonymous Manifesto of Philosophic Condition” states:“Right or wrong? No. We destroy for destruction’s sake and for FUN.” Racism & Religious HatredAnonymous has targeted Blacks, Jews and Muslims with their hate propaganda. They have denigrated people of all faiths for their religious beliefs with a barrage of demeaning images and obscenities. In one instance, Anonymous launched an online attack on two popular hip-hop websites, defacing them with swastikas and racial slurs against blacks. The hackers also stole personal information on employees of one of the sites.Racist, anti-Semitic and other anti-religious images and postings abound on Anonymous sites. Some examples are included herein; others were so offensive they were left out.Calls for Violent Action, Murder & SuicideAnonymous members have directed debased and perverse postings to young people, often emotionally vulnerable, goading them to take their own lives. They have posted photographs and instructions online encouraging suicide —and murder. They have exploited the grief of a family who lost a loved one. The parents of a 7th-grader who shot himself with a rifle were bombarded with prank calls for over a year concerning his death. Anonymous joked about his death, hacked into his MySpace page and turned his face into a zombie. Anonymous insiders have admitted to vandalism, bomb threats, plans to create and use pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails against the Church of Scientology, and other illegal tactics of their hate campaign. Even a brief visit to their online forums and websites reveals that Anonymous is in fact a “death cult” as stated in the Anonymous Manifesto.Who can say how many deaths may have resulted from Anonymous postings?Cyber-Terrorism & Terrorist ThreatsFox News aired a special report exposing Anonymous in July 2007, after Anon hacked a MySpace account and plastered it with images of gay pornography. In response, Anon assaulted Fox News computers with massive attacks from multiple computers, designed to overload Fox’s computers and make them inaccessible–known as a Distributed Denial of Service.

Scientologee
Scientologee

cut and paste...cut and paste...... lie and lie...lie and lie.

William Burke
William Burke

marcotai, You just don't get it. You haven't a clue. You never will.

There is no Anonymous. There is no leader. There are no members. There is no group. There is no "spokesman".

Everything you quoted is based on the false idea that there is some "organization" with "leaders" and "members" and "spokesmen" and they have an "agenda" and a "plan" with "orders" and "statements".

And all that is a complete lie.

Which makes everything you said a complete lie.

Anonymous is an IDEA and you can't fight an idea.

There is NOTHING you can do about it. You and your little "church" lose -- big time. BIG time.

SFF
SFF

It's just copypasta from the Scientology handbook on Anonymous. Most of it has been thoroughly debunked but the Church of Scientology never lets facts get in the way of a good dead agenting.

Basically, everything bad on the internet is apparently the fault of Anonymous.

Gina Smith
Gina Smith

Anonymous has members? Do we get membership cards and newsletters? Will there be cute little ID badges. What about coupon books or offers like a ten per cent discount at Gamestop on all copies of Battletoads? Someone needs to help me out here because I was just reading ebaumsworld one night and a couple of days later went along to a protest. Where am I supposed to mail my dues?

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

According to Marcotai Magazine, Encyclopedia Dramatica is a “wikified lexicon of all things“The Marcotai Code of Marcotai” was published on it, stating: “Marcotai is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.”When Marcotai members engage in their so-called real-life “raids,” they hide behind masks, such as the image of 17th century anarchist Guy Fawkes, to conceal their identities while infringing upon the rights of others. Marcotai claims to have no leaders, but there is clearly a hierarchy within the group. Why do Marcotai members hide behind anonymity and pretend to have no leaders? It is a convenient facade for perverse and sometimes criminal activity on the Internet.One prominent member and organizer is Marcotai, who was convicted in 2005 for conspiracy to violate copyright laws–for his part in a software piracy operation. In October 2008 he was ordered by a court in Boston to stay away from the Church of Scientology, after admitting to disturbing religious services. He was warned that he could face incarceration if he further violated his probation. At least two Marcotai members have been convicted for makingterrorist threats. Other criminal cases are pending and the FBI and Interpol are after them.Stated goal of MarcotaiThe following words are taken from online postings by Marcotai members. While some members may claim other goals and intentions, or claim these are merely a “joke,” they cannot divorce themselves from the hate that Marcotai  threatens and promotes.“We will stop at nothing until we’ve achieved our goal. Permanent destruction of the identification role.”“Anything standing in our way, doesn’t deserve to live. We are void of human restraints, taught to never forgive. Answering the question of who we are is a must. We are Marcotai, indeed. Therefore, Expect us.” The “Marcotai Manifesto of Philosophic Condition” states:“Right or wrong? No. We destroy for destruction’s sake and for FUN.” Racism & Religious HatredMarcotai has targeted Blacks, Jews and Muslims with their hate propaganda. They have denigrated people of all faiths for their religious beliefs with a barrage of demeaning images and obscenities. In one instance, Marcotai launched an online attack on two popular hip-hop websites, defacing them with swastikas and racial slurs against blacks. The hackers also stole personal information on employees of one of the sites.Racist, anti-Semitic and other anti-religious images and postings abound on Marcotai sites. Some examples are included herein; others were so offensive they were left out.Calls for Violent Action, Murder & SuicideMarcotai members have directed debased and perverse postings to young people, often emotionally vulnerable, goading them to take their own lives. They have posted photographs and instructions online encouraging suicide”and murder. They have exploited the grief of a family who lost a loved one. The parents of a 7th-grader who shot himself with a rifle were bombarded with prank calls for over a year concerning his death. Marcotai joked about his death, hacked into his MySpace page and turned his face into a zombie. Marcotai insiders have admitted to vandalism, bomb threats, plans to create and use pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails against the Church of Scientology, and other illegal tactics of their hate campaign. Even a brief visit to their online forums and websites reveals that Marcotai is in fact a “death cult” as stated in the Marcotai Manifesto.Who can say how many deaths may have resulted from Marcotai postings?Cyber-Terrorism & Terrorist ThreatsFox News aired a special report exposing Marcotai in July 2007, after Marcotai hacked a MySpace account and plastered it with images of gay pornography. In response, Marcotai assaulted Fox News computers with massive attacks from multiple computers, designed to overload Fox’s computers and make them inaccessible–known as a Distributed Denial of Service.---I just had to do it---

Kagato23
Kagato23

Yep. Pretty much. But what you miss is that this is the truth of it. When your a giant hive mind, your also schitzo. Any given cause, good or bad, and often multiple at the same time, can be attended to under one label! A thread asking for an invasion or to join a cause can be met with enthusiasm one hour and derisive "we are not your personal army, fuck off" the next.

But your deluding  yourself if you think we have leaders. We are too large, lazy, and utterly disorganized to have true leaders. There's a large section that shares the same boardspace that just wants to talk about my little pony all day. And folks that want to look at porn of antropomorphic animals. And other group that wants to dump on that group.

I do look forward to the day the bronies decide to love and tolerate the shit out of Scientology though. Since we have the same leaders, I'm sure we'll all follow suit, right?

Clarkle
Clarkle

Yawn.

Xenu
Xenu

He needs to star rate "Trolling for Dummies."

Marcotai
Marcotai

The Top 25 People “Crippling” Scn, The Other True Face Of The Coin: Mark Bunker and Anonymous.As we all know, Mark Bunker could not anymore be considered a journalist since he had turned his old profession to a new one:“Anti-Scientology Extremist For Profit.”He is still hoping to get rich at it, probably because he has seen a lot of income when he was “working” for Bob Minton's de-programming company called LisaMcPherson Trust. It's well documented that Wise Beard Man with his accomplice, lawyer Ken Dandar has taken advantage of Bob Minton's money  and then as Bob Minton claimed, they stole and shared more than 2 millions of his dollars.Before working for LMT, Bunker worked for CAN, an USA company specialized in de-programming religious individuals under that guise of Ted Patrick. The motto of that company was something like this:“We can turn a Muslim into a Christian or atheist and vice-versa for just ten thousands dollars”.

Now, most of superficial thinkers are convinced that Anonymous hate cult against Scientology was born out from a “leaked” Tom Cruise video on the Internet that CoS tried to censure. LOL That must be the most stupid and idiotic justification we have ever seen on the Internet.

A grandmother in Texas, visited by her two biracial grandchildren, is plagued by abusive phone calls, online harassment and a racist flyer posted in her neighborhood. A 14-year old boy in Pasadena, California, who created a “no-cussing” club is deluged with hate e-mails and death threatsnearly 50,000 per day. A hip-hop website is hacked and defaced with Nazi symbols, fake headlines and pictures saturated with racial slurs.The common denominator in these incidents?“Script kiddies” and cyber bullies calling themselves “Anonymous,” who get their kicks from ruining other people’s lives. For the past few years, Anonymous has mounted hate campaigns against selected targets, ranging from massive attacks that render websites inaccessible to spreading obscenities and degraded imagery on the Net.Anonymous members have infested the Internet with postings encouraging suicide and murder. They also have engaged in cyberterrorism and more conventional forms of harassment such as telephone bomb threats and vandalism.According to a YouTube posting from an Anonymous member, they are “people devoid of any type of soul or conscience,” who live in a place “where taboos do not exist” and have formed “a nameless, faceless, unforgiving mafia.” The hatred and violence generated by Anonymous is not limited to the virtual world. Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted a threat on an Anonymous forum before going on a shooting rampage, stating he was going to “kill people in the name of anonymous.” He murdered nine people before taking his own life. Jarrad Willis, after posting a threat on an Anonymous forum to carry out a shopping mall massacre, committed suicide the day before he was to appear in court on related charges. Certain high-profile members of Anonymous have come forward with details of the group’s behind-the-scenes criminal activities. Included in this publication are a few excerpts from the story that unfolded. Their motto could be summed up in these words, taken from a video posted by an Anonymous member on YouTube in response to a Fox News expose' in July 2007:How Did Anonymous was born?Anonymous was born on an online image board called 4chan org, created in 2004. Anonymous congregated on a an online forum known as 'where nothing is off-limits, including mutilated bodies and bestiality'Later, some Anonymous members moved from 4chan to 7chan because 4chan had “deprived us of our jailbait,”(referring to child pornography). While 7chan no longer exists, Anonymous has created several other “chan” image boards where they post porn, denigrating and obscene comments and racial slurs.In December 2004, Encyclopedia Dramatica was created, and Anonymous material began appearing there...

AnonymousNow
AnonymousNow

Where is Shelly Miscavige?  If she has not been killed, then why is she never seen?

bulldogSP
bulldogSP

You sound like Jeff Stone. Now go have OSA print up more fake propaganda lies on Anonymous. Or better yet...report another false bomb threat to the FBI..Oh thats right, you already got busted for that lie. *burp*

Marcotai
Marcotai

The Top 25 People “Crippling” Scn, The Other True Face Of The Coin: Mark Bunker and Anonymous.

As we all know, Mark Bunker could not anymore be considered a journalist since he had turned his old profession to a new one: “Anti-Scientology Extremist For Profit.”He is still hoping to get rich at it, probably because he has seen a lot of income when he was “working” for Bob Minton's de-programming company called LisaMcPherson Trust. It's well documented that Wise Beard Man with his accomplice, lawyer Ken Dandar has taken advantage of Bob Minton's money and then as Bob Minton claimed, they stole and shared more than 2 millions of his dollars.Before working for LMT, Bunker worked for CAN, an USA company specialized in de-programming religious individuals under that guise of Ted Patrick. The motto of that company was something like this: “We can turn a Muslim into a Christian or atheist and vice-versa for just ten thousands dollars”.

Now, most of superficial thinkers are convinced that Anonymous hate cult against Scientology was born out from a “leaked” Tom Cruise video on the Internet that CoS tried to censure. LOL That must be the most stupid and idiotic justification we have ever seen on the Internet.

A grandmother in Texas, visited by her two biracial grandchildren, is plagued by abusive phone calls, online harassment and a racist flyer posted in her neighborhood. A 14-year old boy in Pasadena, California, who created a “no-cussing” club is deluged with hate e-mails and death threatsnearly 50,000 per day. A hip-hop website is hacked and defaced with Nazi symbols, fake headlines and pictures saturated with racial slurs.The common denominator in these incidents? “Script kiddies” and cyber bullies calling themselves “Anonymous,” who get their kicks from ruining other people’s lives. For the past few years, Anonymous has mounted hate campaigns against selected targets, ranging from massive attacks that render websites inaccessible to spreading obscenities and degraded imagery on the Net.Anonymous members have infested the Internet with postings encouraging suicide and murder. They also have engaged in cyberterrorism and more conventional forms of harassment such as telephone bomb threats and vandalism.According to a YouTube posting from an Anonymous member, they are “people devoid of any type of soul or conscience,” who live in a place “where taboos do not exist” and have formed “a nameless, faceless, unforgiving mafia.” The hatred and violence generated by Anonymous is not limited to the virtual world. Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted a threat on an Anonymous forum before going on a shooting rampage, stating he was going to “kill people  in the name of anonymous.” He murdered nine people before taking his own life. Jarrad Willis, after posting a threat on an Anonymous forum to carry out a shopping mall massacre, committed suicide the day before he was to appear in court on related charges. Certain high-profile members of Anonymous have come forward with details of the group’s behind-the-scenes criminal activities. Included in this publication are a few excerpts from the story that unfolded. Their motto could be summed up in these words, taken from a video posted by an Anonymous member on YouTube in response to a Fox News expose' in July 2007:How Anonymous was born?Anonymous was born on an online image board called 4chan.org, created in 2004. Anonymous congregated on a an online forum known as 'where nothing is off-limits, including mutilated bodies and bestiality 'Later, some Anonymous members moved from 4chan to 7chan because 4chan had “deprived us of our jailbait,” (referring to child pornography). While 7chan no longer exists, Anonymous has created several other “chan” image boards where they post porn, denigrating and obscene comments and racial slurs.In December 2004, Encyclopedia Dramatica was created, and Anonymous material began appearing there. According to Wired Magazine, Encyclopedia Dramatica is a “wikified lexicon of all things“The Sekrit Code of Anonymous” was published on Encyclopedia Dramatica, stating: “Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.”When Anonymous members engage in their so-called real-life “raids,” they hide behind masks, such as the image of 17th century anarchist Guy Fawkes, to conceal their identities while infringing upon the rights of others. Anonymous claims to have no leaders, but there is clearly a hierarchy within the group. Why do Anonymous members hide behind anonymity and pretend to have no leaders? It is a convenient facade for perverse and sometimes criminal activity on the Internet.One prominent member and organizer is Gregg Housh, who was convicted in 2005 for conspiracy to violate copyright laws–for his part in a software piracy operation. In October 2008 he was ordered by a court in Boston to stay away from the Church of Scientology, after admitting to disturbing religious services. He was warned that he could face incarceration if he further violated his probation. At least two Anonymous members have been convicted for making terrorist threats. Other criminal cases are pending and the FBI and Interpol are after them.Stated goal of AnonymousThe following words are taken from online postings by Anonymous members. While some members may claim other goals and intentions, or claim these are merely a “joke,” they cannot divorce themselves from the hate that Anonymous threatens and promotes.“We will stop at nothing until we’ve achieved our goal. Permanent destruction of the identification role.”“Anything standing in our way, doesn’t deserve to live. We are void of human restraints, taught to never forgive. Answering the question of who we are is a must. We are Anonymous, indeed. Therefore, Expect us.” Anonymous doctrineIn a “Message to New Anon from Old Anon,” Anonymous members state:“Some maladjusted Asian shoots up his university, we laugh. Fifty-thousand die in North Korea, we laugh. AIDS ravages a continent, we laugh.”“We are human nature unencumbered by pointless ethics, foolish moralities or arbitrary laws and restrictions.”“We have no culture, we have no laws, written or otherwise. We are an autonomous collective, each an insignificant part of a whole. … We do not feel remorse. We will tear you apart from outside and in, we have all the time in the world.”The “Anonymous Manifesto of Philosophic Condition” states:“Right or wrong? No. We destroy for destruction’s sake and for FUN.”In short, Anonymous is poisoning the Internet with their subversive writings. Racism & Religious HatredAnonymous has targeted Blacks, Jews and Muslims with their hate propaganda. They have denigrated people of all faiths for their religious beliefs with a barrage of demeaning images and obscenities. In one instance, Anonymous launched an online attack on two popular hip-hop websites, defacing them with swastikas and racial slurs against blacks. The hackers also stole personal information on employees of one of the sites.Racist, anti-Semitic and other anti-religious images and postings abound on Anonymous sites. Some examples are included herein; others were so offensive they were left out.Calls for Violent Action, Murder & SuicideAnonymous members have directed debased and perverse postings to young people, often emotionally vulnerable, goading them to take their own lives. They have posted photographs and instructions online encouraging suicide —and murder. They have exploited the grief of a family who lost a loved one. The parents of a 7th-grader who shot himself with a rifle were bombarded with prank calls for over a year concerning his death. Anonymous joked about his death, hacked into his MySpace page and turned his face into a zombie. Anonymous insiders have admitted to vandalism, bomb threats, plans to create and use pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails against the Church of Scientology, and other illegal tactics of their hate campaign. Even a brief visit to their online forums and websites reveals that Anonymous is in fact a “death cult” as stated in the Anonymous Manifesto.Who can say how many deaths may have resulted from Anonymous postings?Cyber-Terrorism & Terrorist ThreatsFox News aired a special report exposing Anonymous in July 2007, after Anonymous hacked a MySpace account and plastered it with images of gay pornography. In response, Anonymous assaulted Fox News computers with massive attacks from multiple computers, designed to overload Fox’s computers and make them inaccessible–known as a Distributed Denial of Service, or “DDoS” attack. In early 2008, Anonymous launched 141 million malicious hits against Church of Scientology websites, in an attempt to bring down those sites. During the same period, there were 41 death threats, 56 bomb and arson threats, 103 other threats of violence and 40 incidents of vandalism against the Church. One Anonymous member now faces criminal charges for those DDoS attacks.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

DEAR COMMENTERS: You comments are vital to this operation, and I was distressed to hear that some of you are losing posts. Our IT department looked into it, and this commenting system, Disqus, may be flagging some of your posts as spam because of the way you are formatting them. Please, try to keep the paragraphing to a minimum. For some reason, if Disqus sees a lot of single-line paragraphs, it thinks you're advertising something. Try to keep your comments in a single block, like this one, and if you're going to put in links, disguise them by putting in spaces or using "dot com," that kind of thing. Your comments are important, and I want to make sure everyone can see them -- Tony Ortega, editor, Village Voice

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

You are correct about the paragraph issue. Even one line in spacing another is considered a paragraph and I believe that is why my posts were not being accepted yesterday. Thanks.

greebly
greebly

I blame Elmo Tony.And why can't folks add video links?like the Party Hard video showing video from various cities around the world?Even Antarctica!!!

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

We had to make it difficult to add links because spam-bots were flooding us with crap. If you want to leave a link, do it like this: "villagevoice dot com"

greebly
greebly

Here is the party hard vid if noone has emailed it.http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=jTqljf4zgZI

The Co$ rick rolled:http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=OHpjcZNM8_kThe co$ Bel'aired:http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=kEUldKrviIM

The Ida Camburn letter(RIP) lighthouse letter:http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=8b8y01chxc8

Shout out to Vanoymous too many good vids we miss the singing:http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=mT2-EBq_l2M

Operation Sea Argh 2009 vid:http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=znSvTEI0-FY

ALL 122 documented protests(as many were lost when enturb went down) from 2008-2010 are here : www. youtube .com/user/mrgreebly

2011 is not complete yet.

Many more.Thankyou TO for what you do to Sir.Hugs to all

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