Friday, January 25, 2008

A Battle is Engaged

Recently, YouTube agreed to remove a Scientology video featuring Tom Cruise. Scientology claimed copyright within a few hours, but some blogs have gotten hold of it and reposted it. Here is one. (When Cruise refers to "KSW," that apparently means "Keep Scientology Working," which is a doctrine of strict adherence to the infallibility of L. Ron Hubbard. His reference to "SP" is to "Suppressed Persons," Scientology's term for the worst in humanity -- a specific personality type filled with negative energy which is used to suppress people in his/her vicinity. Hitler was an SP, the church claims. More here if you are interested.)

In protest of this move, a group of hackers that call themselves Anonymous posted the video below, in which they declare war on Scientology in rather creepy -- but disarmingly earnest -- language, read by Stephen Hawking. (Not really, but you'll hear what I mean.)

It's like something from a movie. Except Anonymous did manage to bring down Scientology's web site for a time. According to CNET, "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."

So it's war.

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