Internet group "Anonymous": Scientologists Complain of Stalking and Harassment

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Despite repeated claims that Anonymous raids are not intended to infringe the rights of Scientologists, I was curious about how Scientologists feel about it, so I asked a few of them for their reactions, and got a very different story.

In a recent "raid", one Scientologist was upset by masked videographers lying down in the street to take pictures her from below as she stood outside her church. “I found it quite frightening and intimidating,” she complained. “I’ve never been subjected to treatment like that. It made me feel unsafe.” Another Scientologist was repeatedly confronted by a masked woman who taunted him with a challenge to join the picket. “If this happened at the temple down the block I’ll bet the ADL would be out in force demanding warrants for their arrest.”

“I respect the rights of people to protest peacefully” said another Scientologist. “But these guys were out there with bullhorns, yelling abuse, interrupting counseling sessions. And when we tried to point it out they just turned up the volume.”

Although most Scientologists surveyed thought the masked protesters were just bored kids with nothing to do, some were concerned when they read about picketers bragging about them getting their “fun” from disrupting Scientology churches. They call it “lulz”. According to the Urban Dictionary, “Lulz is the one good reason to do anything, from trolling to rape. After every action taken, you must make the epilogic dubious disclaimer: ‘I did it for the lulz’.”

“I can’t take these kids seriously,” said one Scientologist about a recent flash raid.” Less than a mile from here there are homeless people who could really use some help, anywhere you look there are folks who can’t kick drug or alcohol dependence, people are really suffering from marriage problems, kids are dropping out of school. In the peaceful protests of the 1960s there was real purpose to the activity and it resulted in so much reform that the odds are that next President of the United States will be a Black man. I’d like to see someone harness the energy of these college students to do some good in the world. I’d like to invite them to help in our community programs, where a Saturday afternoon at one of our tutoring centers can make a real difference in a kid’s life.”

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Submitted by David Mudkips (not verified) on
All one needs to do is Google "luana + scientology" to get a quick read on how believable Luana's reports are. Couldn't help but notice the COMPLETE lack of any attributable information in this latest "story." Where are the names, dates and places? As usual -- not ONE verifiable fact that can be checked by a third party. Pure propaganda.

Submitted by number 6 (not verified) on
Of course Scientologists feel harrassed. Because the misdeeds of their "church" are getting the most exposure in years. Many of these Scientologists may not know about what their leaders have done because they have no access to the internet. Nothing, however, is going to stop the free flow of information.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That is quite ironic. I have seen multiple instances of Scientologists muttering death threats, perverted comments, physical threats, along with stalking, theft, and even multiple cases of PHYSICAL ASSAULT (in which Scions WERE ARRESTED) against these protester; all caught on tape; all posted on youtube. What I am saying is fact because the evidence is there to be viewed by all. However, I have not heard of one instance or seen once shred of evidences that validates what these Scientologists are saying about Anonymous. I have; however, seen multiple videos and documents which prove Scions lie and do whatever necessary to paint their critics in a bad light. I smell hypocrisy, you in particular.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It should be pointed out that the above is not actually a news article, but rather a carefully crafted bit of "black PR" posted by one of the Cult of $cientology's followers (check out her other drivel and real agenda here: http://luana1980.wordpress.com/). So once again when faced with the light of truth and critical public opinion the Cult of $cientology resorts to their old tactics of deceipt and "Fair Game". Just google "Operation Snow White", "Operation Freakout", or "Why are they dead" to see he real face of this "Religion"...

Submitted by KillerCat (not verified) on
Is the following comment is not displayed, it just shows the hypocracy of Scientology/Luna. 1) The author (luana1980) is a Scientologist herself, so it's biased. Read http://luana1980.wordpress.com/ 2) "Lulz" means for the fun of it. 3) That members of anonymous are filming is sadly neccessary 'cause members of Scientology have used violence (even against disabled persons), stolen signs, thrown things against peaceful protestors, etc. We do it to proof for the police that it's not us that are violent. In addition it's an age old method of Scientology to take photos and videos of their opponents. Look up "Fair-Game" policy. (Despite what Scientology claims is this rule still in place and is used) BTW : youtube.com is your friend. 4) Almost ALL Anon members are adults. I'm over 30... 5) You don't know nothing what we do else to help the people and the planet. Unlike Scientology who just wants to get more money. ("Make money, make more money, make people making money" - quote by Hubbard) and finally the reasons why we protest : www.whyweprotest.net Oh yeah, the FBI already dismissed the claims and fairy tales by Scientology that Anonymous is dangerous. Just another Black PR try. Oh Luna, do you know what happened to Lisa McPherson? http://www.whyaretheydead.net/

Submitted by Anonomomily (not verified) on
Ooh! Yes! Let us all tutor young children in Elron's "study Tech" so that their little minds are more accepting of the peculiar language and thought processes of the Co$! The programs of which the Scilon speaks serve two purposes. First to bring income into the organization, as nothing, and I mean NOTHING except the "personality test" and the cheesy movies they show are for free. NarCONon is a very expensive, dubious drug program, and people pay licensing fee's for the study tech crap. Second, the main purpose of all these wonderful programs is to RECRUIT PEOPLE INTO SCIENTOLOGY> let me be more clear. RUN, do not walk to the nearest exit unless you want to be robbed of your critical thinking skills, your friends and family, and your bank balance! The Co$ does NOTHING for free, and NOTHING that does not benefit David Miscavidges retirement fund.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Despit what your own feelings are on the current protests; to say that the protests of the 1960's had a purpose and these do not is foolish. Just because you disagree does not make someone wrong, and expressing your opinion should never be deemed as a waste of energy. Obviously these "bored kids" feel that there is a problem here that needs to be brought to light and fixed. If the gentleman quoted here feels that helping the homeless or drug addicted is important then by all means he should be out helping them. But let other do what they feel is important. Hopefully, as with the protests of the past, reform is brought about although this time in less than 50 years.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Methinks the Scientology cult doth protest too much about feeling harassed. Considering its core policy of "fair game," Scientology doesn't really have a leg to stand on here. According to Scientology's founder, critics of the cult may be treated as follows: "ENEMY: SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." — HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967, Issue IV, L. RON HUBBARD Scientologists always object that "fair game was canceled," but in fact only the TERM "fair game" was canceled. "It causes bad PR," said Hubbard. In addition, Hubbard wrote in the "Technical Bulletin of Dianetcs and Scientology" (1976), "The purpose of a lawsuit is to harass and discourage rather to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly." There are literally thousands of well-documented and proven examples of Scientology "fair-gaming" its critics in many kinds of ways. To begin with, just type "Paulette Cooper" into Google. This lady wrote a book that was critical of Scientology. In retaliation, Scientology made her the target not only of litigation but of several harassment campaigns including a campaign known as Operation Freakout, the goal of which was to deter Cooper from criticizing Scientology by having her "incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks." In a previous campaign titled Operation Dynamite the church sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her typewriter and paper with her fingerprints on it; further plans included bomb threats to be sent to Henry Kissinger. The cult's campaign was discovered when the FBI raided Scientology offices in 1977 and recovered documents relating to the operation. This is consistent with the statement of a former high-level cult official, Hannah Eltringham: "Hubbard once spoke about his strategies for "handling" his enemies. The best way was to, literally, drive them crazy, to use all one's resources to find their weaknesses and hit them hardest where it hurt the most." Many Judges have weighed in on Scientology harassment. Among them, Judge Paul Breckenridge of Los Angeles Superior Court: "In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organization over the years with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies." Meanwhile, in the current Anonymous protests against Scientology, hundreds of people have reported being stalked and extensively photographed by Scientology agents; several private investigators employed by Scientology have been confronted; Scientology has had attorneys send threatening letters to people who in protesting had merely been expressing their First Amendment rights to free speech; Scientologists have tried to press charges against a protester for "terrorist threats," but this charge was literally laughed out of court; In sum, there are many, many sworn statements, judicial opinions, and other extremely reliable sources of information about Scientology's ongoing and usually criminal "fair game" practices against critics. For the cult to whine about being photographed is like a Shark complaining that the other fish are being mean. tl;dr one word summary of Luana's article: "BAWWWW."

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think it only fair to point out that luana1980, as a quick Google query will show, is clearly a scientologist, as well as gibber60, who seems to be the original author of this. This is a small example of the kind of defamation that the "church" slings at any critics. The scariest examples are of course the false bomb threats of which this organization is so fond. Luckily, the very behavior that the anonymous are protesting is necessarily provoked by the act of protest, and thus throws it into the light easily. For a worst-case-scenario example of what this "church" does to people, look up "Paulette Cooper." It's a long story but it's important.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
That's some compelling hearsay. Hey, I heard that if I reach Level 4 in Scientology, I'll be immune to Cancer! That's what my Stress Test recruiter told me, at least. Is that true? Will I really be "at cause" over cancer? Are there any OT7 or OT8 who actually die of cancer? If there are, then I think Scientologists may have lied to both of us.

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