The CBC has a podcast interview with two members of “Anonymous”, a nebulous group of online shit-disturbers who have declared war on Scientology as of late. Think YTMND, only with DDOS attacks. It’s not just online bluster though, they are asking their membership, such as it is, to protest in front of Scientology churches in the meatspace on February 10th (think: V for Vendetta only without the Guy Fawkes masks). There is also an interview with the Wise Bearded Man, a real guy named Mark Bunker, whom many members of Anonymous look up to as a spiritual leader of sorts, despite his best efforts.
Maybe it was the Tom Cruise video and the attempts at its suppression by the CoS that set them off, who knows? If you haven’t seen the video, you need to, because Cruise comes off as a real nutter (even more than regular Hollywood types do). The CBC interview also doesn’t paint that great a picture of Anonymous either. The two guests come across as idiots swept up in a moment far beyond their capability or reckoning. I am not surprised.
This is not to say that I don’t agree with the protest. I’m not sure if this is the kind of thing I’d support directly — I do not post anonymously — but if the cause is more than simply shits and giggles, it is just. Scientology has hurt a lot of people over the years and they deserve everything they get. Read Operation Clambake for some fairly balanced information about the cult.
Update: some of their membership even went through with the protest, showing up in Guy Fawkes masks.