In 2008 Anonymous stepped out from behind their computers and took to The streets in the first ever physical protest. Formerly an unknown internet hacker collective, Anonymous decided to take on Guy Fawkes masks and protest Scientology.
So begins Anonymous’ first major war. An epic feat which successfully and permanently damaged the mind controlling cult of Scientology.
We are Anonymous.
Over the years, we have been watching you. Your campaigns of misinformation; suppression of dissent; your litigious nature, all of these things have caught our eye. With the leakage of your latest propaganda video (see below) into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who trust you, who call you leader, has been made clear to us.
Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed. For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind–for the laughs–we shall expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form.
We acknowledge you as a serious opponent, and we are prepared for a long, long campaign. You will not prevail forever against the angry masses of the body politic. Your methods, hypocrisy, and the artlessness of your organization have sounded its death knell.
You cannot hide; we are everywhere.
We cannot die; we are forever.
We’re getting bigger every day–and solely by the force of our ideas, malicious and hostile as they often are. If you want another name for your opponent, then call us Legion, for we are many. Yet for all that we are not as monstrous as you are; still our methods are a parallel to your own.
Doubtless you will use the Anon’s actions as an example of the persecution you have so long warned your followers would come; this is acceptable. In fact, it is encouraged. We are your SPs. Gradually as we merge our pulse with that of your “Church”, the suppression of your followers will become increasingly difficult to maintain. Believers will wake, and see that salvation has no price. They will know that the stress, the frustration that they feel is not something that may be blamed upon Anonymous. No–they will see that it stems from a source far closer to each.
Yes, we are SPs. But the sum of suppression we could ever muster is eclipsed by that of the RTC.
Knowledge is free.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
The Church of Scientology’s international website was disabled and “Google bombing” ensued (manipulation of the search engine which results in the website being the first result returned by Google when users type “dangerous cult”). Scientology’s UK website became unavailable and in the US, the FBI investigated what they said was the hoax dispatch of white powder in envelopes to 19 churches in the Los Angeles area.
Buildings all over the world were protested by hundreds of Anonymous, who continue to revisit and reprotest as desired.