Vlog: Xeni - Anonymous vs. Scientology

Sean Bonner from Blogging.la shared some video he shot at this weekend's ANONYMOUS vs. Scientology LOLprotests in Los Angeles. Many similar protests took place on this day in other cities around the world. Here's a related post by Sean on Blogging.la, and here's a related post on Boing Boing. Details on the purported surveillance truck in Sean's Flickr stream. Digg link for this episode.

Update: Steve Glista says,

Saw your vlog post about the protests this weekend and wanted to share this tidbit. Matt Schroettnig, one of my excellent colleagues at the University of Oregon School of Law, wrote an short article last week about the legal challenges that members of Anonymous might face. We're law students, not lawyers, so this isn't legal advice: Link.

Alternate Link for the law student's article, which has been Boingdotted offline (thx Aaron).

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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16 Responses to Vlog: Xeni - Anonymous vs. Scientology

  1. Anonymous says:

    EPIC WIN for Anonymous. The world-wide protests were an unbelievable success. Over 9250 people globally picketed peacefully outside over 100 Scientology centres worldwide.

    Next protest is 15th of March and we hope to get more people involved.


  2. zuzu says:

    What, no interview with Gas Mask Girl? So much for priorities. 😉


  3. Anonymous says:

    #1 POSTED BY ANONYMOUS , FEBRUARY 11, 2008 10:16 PM
    EPIC WIN for Anonymous.

    Hmmmm. Interesting.

    John Davis

  4. Anonymous says:

    I happened past the protest in Pittsburgh and saw a sign that said, “Honk if you hate Scientology”. It didn’t strike me as a very compelling slogan.

  5. Anonymous says:


    What one individual writes on their sign can’t be controlled, especially given the decentralized nature of anonymous. However, such slogans were discouraged on the protest planning wiki, as were esoteric memes (Longcat is loooong).

  6. Anonymous says:

    No.. not THAT Anonymous. Just anonymous.

    I appreciate you moving the advertisement to the end of the video. I had not previously been viewing your video blogs because of the ads at the front. I checked this one out because of the compelling topic.

    ls pprct chngng th frmt t rmv th ‘tlkng hd’ prtns wth th blnd rprtr. Sh r hr wrtrs r nt s wtty s thy sm t blv. Th rprt ws grt dl mr wtchbl wth hr prvdng vc vr nstd.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Is this battletoads?

  8. License Farm says:

    I’ve said as much on other blogs, but the tit-for-tat spookery of Anonymous vs. Scientology does not make me specifically favor the former over the latter. The tricky nature of Scientology’s status, which they have admittedly exploited for years, also makes it tough to criticize their activities without seeming intolerant of their beliefs. (Of course, whether these are actually held beliefs and what the upper echelon “knowledge” [read: bulldada, in the terminology of the Subgenii] squares with the more publicly known dogma makes it all the more difficult to scrutinize and respond to said beliefs, but that’s another semantic trick.)

    I hope Anonymous remains clear about exposing criminal activities and not about “debunking” Scientology. Anyone who is genuinely curious about self-actualization will quickly discover, with more than cursory research, there’s far better ways to achieve inner peace and accomplishment that you needn’t pay anyone to confer upon you.

  9. johninsapporo says:

    “An authority is somebody who knows nothing loudly” L.Ron Hubbard

    “What you observe is what you observe. Look at things and life and others directly, not through any cloud of prejudice, curtain of fear or the interpretation of another.” L.Ron Hubbard


  10. Takuan says:

    gollee! one of them. Well johninsapporro, lets here a defense for the specific – start with murder.

  11. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    JohninSapporo, if you actually follow those instructions, you’ll find that the further up the chain of command you go in Scientology, the less the people involved believe what they’re preaching.

    Xenu. Thetans. Clams. Volcanoes. It isn’t even good science fiction.

  12. Bugs says:

    “ls pprct chngng th frmt t rmv th ‘tlkng hd’ prtns wth th blnd rprtr. Sh r hr wrtrs r nt s wtty s thy sm t blv. Th rprt ws grt dl mr wtchbl wth hr prvdng vc vr nstd.”

    That’s the third or fourth post I’ve seen recently with no vowels. Is this how all the cool kids are talking now, or did he just buy a cheap keyboard?

  13. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Bugs, that means the moderator disapproved of the comment. You’ll find it’s still readable, if you want to read it.

  14. elsmiley says:

    Xeni, why are you talking like a network newscaster now? It’s so fake and corporate. It’s bumming me out.

  15. johninsapporo says:

    Teresa – This is a bit out of date, but you write, “JohninSapporo, if you actually follow those instructions, you’ll find that the further up the chain of command you go in Scientology, the less the people involved believe what they’re preaching.”

    That has been the total OPPOSITE of my 32 years of experience.

    a) Scientology doesn’t preach – sounds like you have it mixed up with something else.
    b) Scientology isn’t about belief – again, that’s some other practice. Scientology is about knowing. Knowing and believing are totally different things. You might believe that it’s going to rain tomorrow, but knowing it’s raining involves using your senses, looking at the rain, listening to it, smelling it, feeling it, even tasting it if you want.
    c) Until you meet some of these people and talk with them directly, you have absolutely NO idea of the level of knowledge these guys have.

    Scientology study is very, very exact. You study something, write essays about it, drill it, get checked out on it (means you have to be able to define ANY word in the materials INSTANTLY and explain and give real world examples of any of the principles the materials contain.

    The pass mark on any test is 100%. This is very, very exact stuff.

    Don’t believe EVERYTHING you read on the hate sites.

    And if you are a moderator, please moderate and don’t take sides!



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