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Scientology Attacks the BBC – Covering up Incompetence by Doc

“Reporter” John Sweeney, pilloried on YouTube as the “exploding tomato,” proves once again that you can lead him to the truth, but you can’t make him think. Watch the investigative video report.

Watch BBC Panorama: Desperate Lies!



Slapping Party: Mike Rinder vs. Marty Rathbun by Doc

For anyone familiar with the personal interplay between Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder since they left the Church of Scientology, you would think the two cohorts were the best of pals. Flying to each other’s homes, wooing media outlets and staging outrageous stunts in an attempt to harass Scientologists—the duo seems all but inseparable.

But it wasn’t always that way, leaving you to wonder whether Marty and Mike subscribe to that gem of dark wisdom from The Godfather, Part II: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Because here’s what they thought of each other while still in the Church:

MARTY RATHBUN ON MIKE RINDER

  • “The problem with you is that you are arrogant. Let’s face facts—you come across that way and you communicate that way. You communicate and write as if your viewpoint means something special above the viewpoints of all else on planet Earth. Frankly, you really do turn me off by your tone and tenor and come across arrogant. You won’t convince anybody of anything.”
  • “The problem is you…are just apparently allergic to work.”
  • “You haven’t done your homework, you are lazy. You are going to get the Church in deep s**t if you don’t change your ways.”_________

MIKE RINDER ON MARTY RATHBUN

  • “Marty Rathbun belongs in a mental institution. In fact, he belongs in an electric chair, full on.”
  • “Rathbun is a psychopath. He’s a real nut case. He’s a mental case on the loose.”

And as one further reflection of their mutual hatred:

Rathbun to Rinder: “Are you ever going to get off your fat ass, or just be a c***?”

Rinder’s defiant answer: “I guess I’m just a c***.”

http://www.freedommag.org/special-reports/cnn/marty-rathbun-vs-mike-rinder.html



Freedommag.org about Anonymous! by Doc

CooperSpeak:
How Terrorists Become “Protesters”

If a task force of federal law enforcement authorities is conducting an ongoing investigation into this self-professed hate group, officially labeling it a terrorist organization, why, by any measure of rationality, would a news organization advance and, implicitly, endorse
such a criminal group?

The Church says [he] is lying and is out to destroy the religion. He supports a group called Anonymous which promotes an anti-Scientology movement.”
—Anderson CooperBut what Cooper very well knew and chose to ignore, much less inform his viewers, is that Anonymous is neither a “merry prankster” protest group nor anything that would remotely touch the style of a peaceful civil disobedience organization.

Moreover, by merely referencing Anonymous and televising the group’s so-called logo, Cooper and CNN were tacitly endorsing a coordinated organization that the U.S. Department of Justice has identified as a terrorist group—with members engaged in hate crimes and convicted of other federal criminal offenses.

Church of Scientology letters and documents sent to Jonathan Klein, president of CNN/US, before the program aired, established three salient facts:

1) The top CNN executive and his chief legal counsel knew all about Anonymous’ violent perpetration of hate crimes well in advance of the week-long broadcast.

2) Cooper himself was personally advised as to the true nature of the organization that he benignly called a “protest” group.

3) CNN brass knew that Cooper’s principal sources, besides being in league with each other, were allied with and, indeed, some are members of Anonymous.

Point of fact, Cooper’s “Kingpin” source is more than just connected to this mob; he is actively furthering their hate-filled agenda, stating in an on-line conversation with Anonymous, “I have your back,” and referring to members as “pals.”

Another one of Cooper’s sources has personally participated in Anonymous demonstrations in front of Churches of Scientology and has publicly endorsed this cyberterrorist hate group in the media and on the Internet.

Any viewer who knew the true nature of Anonymous would find it ironic—as well as disturbing and dishonest—that in the same programs where AC360 spewed the false charges by his anti-Scientologist sources who had joined this hate group, Cooper also reported on the arrest of an automatic weapons-armed Michigan militia group that had been infiltrated by an FBI agent. The group’s alleged aim: to ambush and kill police officers.

Federal indictments and subsequent convictions of members of Anonymous speak volumes.

>>FIRST
How the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) became aware of Anonymous.

It all began in January 2008 with Anonymous attacks on Church websites, followed by a statement of intent to sabotage the Scientology presence on the Internet.

Threats soon escalated with a video posted on the web in February, in which Anonymous threatened violence against Scientology Churches and parishioners. In the video, Anonymous members were encouraged to read Mein Kampf to prepare for their assault.

That assault included death threats against Scientology leaders, glutting Church phones and fax machines with threats of violence, and engaging in hate speech designed to incite others to violence. Again, documentation of all this and more was provided to AC360 long before the broadcast.

>>SECOND
Results of a DOJ/FBI investigation.

Soon after the initial cyberattacks, federal agencies began to bring Anonymous members to justice.

In November 2009, 19-year-old Anonymous member Dmitriy Guzner was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in the attack against the Church’s websites. He was further ordered to pay $37,500 in restitution.

Then in May 2010, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, 20, received a 12-month federal prison sentence and was ordered to pay $20,000 restitution for his part. During the sentencing, the U.S. District Judge categorized the cyber-assaults against Scientology as a “hate crime.”

The gravity of the terrorist activities by Anonymous is evidenced by the scope of the federal investigation, which stands in stark contrast to Cooper’s superficial reference to the group as “protesters.” It also pierces the veracity of information provided by Cooper’s anti-Scientology sources who are members of this hate-mongering group.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Anonymous cases are “part of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles. The agencies involved in the investigation are the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.”

So the obvious question in all of this: If a task force of federal law enforcement authorities is conducting an ongoing investigation into this self-professed hate group, officially labeling it a terrorist organization, why, by any measure of rationality, would a news organization advance and, implicitly, endorse such a criminal group? How could Anderson Cooper posture himself an Anonymous apologist?

The only logical explanation is that Cooper’s intentions were to stir up more hate-speak so that he might yet have a follow-up story to counter his precipitous fall in the ratings. And CNN’s corporate hierarchy condoned it all.



Anonymous Agrees To Plea In Scientology Cyber Attack by Doc
Jan 26, 2010 7:37 am US/Pacific

Man Agrees To Plea In Scientology Cyber Attack

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Federal prosecutors say a Nebraska man has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites in January 2008.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Brian Thomas Mettenbrink agreed to plead guilty Monday to the misdemeanor charge of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He faces a year in federal prison.

According to court documents, Mettenbrink attacked Scientology Web sites as part Anonymous, an underground group that protests the Church of Scientology, accusing it of Internet censorship.

Prosecutors say hackers conducted a denial of service attack in which computers flood a target Web site with malicious Internet traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users.

Prosecutors say Mettenbrink is expected to enter his plea next week in Los Angeles.



Student indicted for harming Scientology website by Doc

ON WEDNESDAY, October 28, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, indicted Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, a member of the cyber group Anonymous, for his part in the January 2008 attempted destruction of Scientology websites, owned by the Church of Scientology.

Mettenbrink, 20, has been charged with the conspiracy and the “transmission of a code, information, program or command to a protected computer. ” The indictment states that he obtained a computer program from an Anonymous website and executed a “DDOS” attack from his dormitory, at the Iowa state university, against church computers in Los Angeles. A DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack occurs where a large amount of malicious Internet traffic is directed at a website or a set of websites, with the intent to overwhelm and shut down the websites.

Brain is the second member of Anonymous to face criminal charges relating to this attack. In May 2009, Dmitriy Guzner, then 18, pleaded guilty to computer hacking charges for his role in the attack on church computers. He is currently awaiting sentencing.



Verona man admits role in attack on Church of Scientology’s websites by Doc

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/verona_man_admits_hacking_chur.html#postComment

By Nic Corbett/For The Star-Ledger

November 16, 2009, 9:00PM

In January 2008, online hackers launched a massive attack on the Church of Scientology’s websites, forcing the church to hire computer security experts to reinstate its online presence.

In the end, only one person, 19-year-old Dmitriy Guzner, of Verona, has admitted playing a role in the cyber assault. On Wednesday, three days before his 20th birthday, Guzner is expected to be sentenced by Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. in federal court in Newark. Guzner, who has pleaded guilty to “unauthorized impairment of a protected computer,” faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison and nearly $119,000 in fines.

Verona teen Dmitriy Guzner caught the attention of federal authorities after a YouTube video of a protest of the Church of Scientology in New York City identified one of the participants — the individual in the center — as “Aendy, ” which is also Guzner’s online handle. Guznerhas admitted his role in an online assault of the church’s websites.

The online attack by members of a loosely formed, leaderless group called Anonymous was meant as an anti-Scientology protest. According to the Anonymous website whyweprotest.net, the group was upset by the church’s attempts to suppress a leaked promotional video featuring actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise, who made enthusiastic claims about the religion.

“I think they were relying on a very simple premise, that the number of people arrested and convicted of these kinds of attacks is very low,” said Jose Nazario, manager of security research at Arbor Networks, which helps companies keep their websites secure.

On Jan. 17, 2008, Guzner and an undisclosed number of cohorts launched a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS for short, against the religious organization’s Web presence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Erez Liebermann, who is handling the Guzner case.

Using a program downloaded from an Anonymous-related message board, the group sent so many hits to the Scientology websites that it overwhelmed the church’s servers, making the pages temporarily inaccessible to legitimate users.

Video from Scientology raid in New York by the group Anonymous

The main website was down for about 24 hours, until the church moved its servers to an outside hosting company. The church then hired another company to divert traffic coming from the attackers. Nazario measured 488 attacks by individuals on Jan. 19, the longest of which lasted almost two hours.

The cyber vigilantes kept up the attack for at least 12 days, according to a prosecutor involved in the case.

Others made prank calls to the “mother church” in Los Angeles and sent faxes of pure black paper to use up the toner in the fax machines, said Kendrick Moxon, a lawyer for the Church of Scientology.

Anonymous members, or Anons for short, see the church, founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the mid-1950s, as a dangerous cult, and they’ve banded together to expose it for what they see as fraud and other abuses, the members said in press releases they posted on the Internet.

A YouTube video by Anonymous, which surfaced shortly after the attacks, featured a robotic voice that warned the church of the group’s plan to systematically dismantle the religious organization “for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment.” The declaration of war was followed by prank calls, juvenile stunts, death threats, vandalism of churches and organized protests across the country, Moxon said.

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Dmitriy GuznerReferring to the January 2008 cyber attack, Moxon, who attended Guzner’s court hearing last month, said: “That was the first such incident. From that point on, things got out of control.”

Guzner was arrested after a YouTube video of a real-life protest that mentioned his Internet handle “Aendy” caught the attention of federal authorities. During his plea hearing in Newark in May, Guzner, a pale, slender teenager who attends Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, denied being a member of Anonymous but admitted he participated in the first day of the attacks.

Guzner’s family recently moved to Verona from Brooklyn, but on social-networking sites he said his hometown is Moscow. He has no prior criminal history, and prosecutors have not detailed Guzner’s role in the attack. Still, an examination of internet message boards and one of Guzner’s class Web projects show he’s steeped in the underground online culture of 4chan.org, from which the Anonymous movement arose.

Guzner declined to comment until after the sentencing hearing. His lawyer, Edward McQuat, also wouldn’t comment, saying he has to respect his client’s wishes.

In the wake of the cyber-attack, the church has labeled Anonymous a hate group.

“This group Anonymous, sir, they’re not nice people,” Moxon told Greenaway at a court hearing last month. “They’re haters.”

Moxon carried with him a 42-page glossy magazine about Anonymous published by an arm of the church, which describes the group’s members as “cyber bullies.”

Authorities have not disclosed much information about how they caught Guzner, other than to say they identified him after noticing the name “Aendy” was used in a YouTube video to describe one of four masked individuals plastering anti-Scientology flyers on signs outside the church’s midtown New York City offices. For that protest, or “raid,” which took place on the third day of the cyber attack in 2008, Aendy and the other three protesters wore the Guy Fawkes masks from the movie “V is for Vendetta” favored by members of Anonymous. In 1605, Fawkes conspired with others in an attempt to blow up England’s Parliament.

The FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, as part of the Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles, worked together to identify Aendy as Guzner, prosecutors said. They searched his home in Brooklyn and turned up a Guy Fawkes mask.

The church has asked the federal judge in Newark demand Guzner pay nearly $119,000 — the cost to divert the DDoS attacks and pay for protective services. But Guzner’s lawyer said just $37,500, a portion of the contract, was agreed upon in the plea deal, in which Guzner admitted to participating in the attack.

Prosecutors have recommended Guzner be sentenced to 12 months to 18 months with no chance of parole, followed by two to three years of probation.

Three weeks ago, a second man was charged in connection with the DDoS attack. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted Brian Thomas Mettenbrink on charges of conspiracy and transmission of a code, information, program or command to a protected computer. The 20-year-old is accused of participating in the attack from his Iowa State University dorm room, according to the indictment.

In March 2008, before his arrest, Guzner posted on an online message board a link to a site he created for a class. Instead of using filler text for one sample page, he included a narrative that spoofs the Tom Cruise video, based on Cruise’s claim that Scientologists are the only ones who can help in a car crash.

The actor is depicted rescuing a woman from a four-car pileup on the freeway: “Stand back, emergency workers,” Cruise says in the story, which is widely copied on Anonymous websites. “Put down your jaws-of-life and crowbars. I am a Scientologist.”



Scientology: Los Angeles Superior Court Issues Restraining Order Against Member Of Anonymous by Footloose
November 5, 2008, 11:22 pm
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LOS ANGELES:  A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge issued a restraining order against Donald Myers, a member of a cyber-terrorist group known as Anonymous.  The order requires Myers to stay at least 50 yards away from a female Scientologist he stalked and harassed.  The order also requires Myers to stay away from the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition at the Church of Scientology International building in Hollywood where the victim works, and stay 50 yards away from the woman’s home. The restraining order lasts for 3 years unless renewed.

Myers was found to have engaged in acts of harassment against the young woman, after video evidence was submitted to the court showing Myers stalking her, taunting her with sexual slurs, and refusing repeated requests to leave her alone.  Myers was also ordered by the court to turn over any firearms in his possession to the police.

This is the second restraining order issued against a member of Anonymous this week.  On October 21, a Boston Court ordered self-styled Anonymous leader Gregg Housh to stay 100 yards away from the Boston Church of Scientology.  Housh was placed on probation for one year with the threat from the Court that if he violates the restraining order or any other law, he faces a year in prison.

Anonymous has been implicated in numerous criminal acts, including bomb threats, death threats, vandalism and computer crimes which are being investigated by law enforcement.

On October 17, The U.S. Department of Justice filed federal criminal charges against New Jersey Anonymous member Dmitriy Guzner related to the January 2008 attempted destruction of websites owned by the Church of Scientology.  Guzner has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges that could send him to prison for ten years.

In November 2007, Anonymous member Pekka-Eric Auvinen shot and killed seven students, a nurse and a teacher at Joleka High School in Finland before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.  Prior to these acts Auvinen stated on a website used by Anonymous that he would do this all “in the name of Anonymous.”  He was immediately encouraged to carry out his threats by other members of the group, who afterwards called him a “hero.”

“Law enforcement and the courts are seeing through the false image that the cyber-terrorist group Anonymous tries to portray to the media and are sending a clear message to everyone – if Anonymous breaks the law, Anonymous will suffer the legal consequences” said Karin Pouw of the Church of Scientology International.

She also said that “the Church will never be intimidated by the criminal acts committed by Anonymous members and will continue to work with law enforcement to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the protection of the Church and all groups targeted by these terrorists.”