I. Basic Principles of Anonymous
Anonymous has received fairly bad publicity in the past. Although it is not that we care, in fact all the negativity that surrounds us actually made us stronger, in other words, we can turn just about anything into comedy. Take the first Faux News investigation on us for example. For such a short segment that clearly described us as domestic terrorists, about 30 things mentioned in that report ended up becoming memes. This comes to show that Anonymous is perfectly immune to fear, and even worse, we want someone to fight us.
Anonymous is not a gang of hackers on steroids. Believe me when I tell you that about half of Anonymous doesn't even know how to use a computer at all. When the media describes us as a bunch of punkass kids, for the most part, they are right. But Anonymous does become mature over time. In essence, we are all Anonymous, just some are more Anonymous than others, but that doesn't mean that one Anonymous has authority over another, because we can never tell who is who. Isn't this such an interesting system?
But why do we go picking on other websites for our own enjoyment? This is incredibly hard to explain, for Anonymous operates somewhat chaotically, but there is some structure behind our behaviour. Remember the Ancient Greeks? They did not believe in Representative Democracy, only on general consensus with the common people. Anonymous is similar. We do not tell some Hacker on Steroids to do the work for us (BASIC PRINCIPLE: Anonymous is not your personal army) we decide for ourselves by consensus whether or not to act based on how much lulz we can accumulate from our target (this is the answer to the question presented here and will be elaborated on later). If enough Anon can be recruited for a raid, then it will be carried out, everyone else can sit behind and watch.
II. Why Scientology?
Historically, Anonymous' targets have had one or more of the following properties:
1. Inability to handle criticism
2. Overblown sense of self-importance
3. Panicky reaction when private information on them is released
4. Frantic attempts to cover up the aforementioned information
5. Fondness for threatening legal action
7. Love for spouting repetitive, idiotic rhetoric
8. Suppression of free speech or free will
Consider the Church of Scientology.
1. They are harshly intolerant of criticism. (Youtube, Operation Clambake, etc)
2. They claim to be the ONLY ones who can TRULY help with car crashes, mental disorders, crime, and drug abuse. They are "the authorities on the mind."
3. They fire off baseless Cease & Desist orders, threaten legal action and physical harm, and run smear campaigns against anyone who speaks poorly of them.
4. They request that almost anything Scientology-related that isn't under their control be removed, be it from a website, a library, or a bookstore.
5. They use Cease & Desist orders and drawn out lawsuits (baseless or otherwise) until the target runs out of money or willpower.
6. They say everyone should be free. They say L. Ron was perfect, and everyone should be a Scientologist because other religions are wrong. The Church of Scientology clearly places grevious restrictions on the freedom of its members. L. Ron Hubbard was full of drugs when he died. His wife went to jail. The Church of Scientology evades taxes. The Church of Scientology is clearly hypocritical.
7. They spout and teach members to spout idiocy of epic proportions. You may see this on YouTube.
8. They kidnap, imprison, torture, harass, and smear not only those who speak out against them, but any of their own members who may have doubts.
They pursue frivolous "copyright infringement" claims to ridiculous lengths, trying to remove and all data that does not present the Church of Scientology in a positive light. This constitutes censorship.
Lisa McPherson was just one of dozens of known and countless unknown victims who were killed by the Church of Scientology.
The Church of Scientology fits EVERY SINGLE CRITERION to a T; the Church of Scientology is the perfect target for Anonymous. Even more so because the Church's traditional smear tactics will not work - it is documented Church of Scientology procedure to isolate the individuals who are part of any offending group and attack them one at a time. Anonymous is not a group of individuals. Anonymous is anonymous.
III. The Internet is Our Battleground
For all of Anonymous' existence, Anonymous used the internet in new and creative ways to harass targets - from simple spamming of offensive images in online message boards, to spreading rumors, to infiltration of online communities, to widespread publication and distribution of private or incriminating information, to outright hacking, exploiting, Denial of Service and other attacks, Anonymous collectively possesses the means to dominate anyone and anything the internet, if Anonymous decides to.
As time wore on and certain anonymii grew, matured, and gained more experience, Anonymous began to extend its reach beyond the internet - calling victims in real life, contacting relatives, co-workers, employers, and friends of targets to further spread rumors and harass. Anonymous learned to order cash-on-delivery pizzas for the target. Anonymous learned to get local parent-teacher organizations worried about the target's deviant sexual fetishes. Anonymous learned to send solid black pages to fax machines. Anonymous learned to find any website or service that would mail something for free, and send thousands to the target. Anonymous learned to raid "IRL" - In real life. Disguised as a popular icon, Anonymous would photograph, harass, spread information or post fliers about the target.
IV. How this War will be Waged
Despite our negative press in the past, Anonymous is not a collection of 15-year-old punks with a preference for gay porn and exploding yellow vans. Anonymous is not a domestic terrorist. We are your doctors, lawyers, bankers, and firefighters. We are your teachers, your students, your cashiers, your taxi drivers, your waiters and waitresses. We are your friends, your family, and your children. We are you. We are well-educated, well-funded, and determined.
Anonymous understands the delicacies of PR. Anonymous is not out to silence free speech. Anonymous is not waging war on Scientology as a religion, nor on its followers. Anonymous is waging war on the corrupt, abusive corporate scam for which Scientology is a front. We do not aim to silence the "Scientologist's side of the argument," but to expose the "other side" to members of the Church - the one they don't talk about, the one they don't let anyone else talk about. Their true face. Anonymous wants all scientologists to know what Church of Scientology authorities hide from new members.
V. This is not a raid. This is War.
All of Anonymous' skills apply to the war on the Church of Scientology. The Church must be reminded who owns the internet. The Church's censorship must be thwarted. Allies from groups not typically friendly to Anonymous must be gathered. The Church of Scientology must have its buildings plastered with the truth, and with top-secret Scientology documents. Their fax machines must spew black. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and intimate details of their upper leadership must be obtained and published. The entire world must know the truth about the corrupt, abusive, illegal extortionist organization that lurks behind the Church of Scientology, the Sea Org, the OSA, the RST, and all its front and sub-organizations.
We will take down their websites. We will expose their secrets-all that is cultish and illegal. We will deface their buildings with our fliers. We will organize protests. We will retell the stories the Church is trying so hard to erase. We will retell the suppressed stories of Scientology's victims. We will show everyone that they do not have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for spiritual fulfillment.
Anonymous understands that this will not be over in days, that this will not be over in weeks. We do not know when it will end. We will keep fighting, tooth and nail, until we have achieved our goal.
We will need more than Anonymous to succeed. We will need Operation Clambake. We will need Ex-Scientologists. We will need every internet community we can get. We will need every news outlet, blog, TV station and radio show. We will need current Scientologists. We will need YOU.
We are Anonymous, and Anonymous is Legion.
We do not forget. We do not forgive.
We are you, and you are us.
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