A History of Scientology Criticism: Anonymous’ Declaration of War on Scientology

I’d left Scientology, prowled the Internet after ARS on my own, and had endured fair game by Marty, Mike and Dave for 7 years.

Fired from my job, family attacked and attempted destroyed, followed and intimidated by PIs and former friends, my clients sued, girlfriends infiltrated, my 83 year old father was hounded and harassed by Mike Rinder’s OSA, and told his son was a “criminal on the run from the law”.

I was never part of any group of other Exes really, because …. well… Exes.

I came to Michelle Ryan’s Ex-Scientologist Message Board in early 2007, a month after it had been created. I found a kind of support-group refuge there. We’d all been in, and had all experienced similar things. After all the abuse and hounding, cyber-bullying and harassment for being out-spoken Ex-Scientologists, we gathered together, laughed at Scientology, and felt at home.

The media landscape re Scientology was much different.

It took courage to post to ESMB at that time, even with a pseudonym.

Ever since the TIME Magazine series of Scientology lawsuits, most all media companies – which were in reality only small to medium sized businesses – learned the lessons that Marty, Mike and Dave had taught them: “We will sue you into oblivion like we did TIME Magazine if you report anything on the Church of Scientology.’

“Or at least sue you enough times, whether we win or not, to get your liability insurance cancelled.”

As a result, this relatively new thing called the Internet was the only way Ex-Scientologists could reach the people that only media companies could reach before.

Since the media wanted nothing to do with Scientology, on ESMB we were trying to make as much noise as we could.

Scientology pounded us. We were threatened, harassed, infiltrated, fair-gamed and victimized.

We kept on together.

It was rough.


Anonymous arrived.

And it scared the shit out of all of us:

None of us were hackers. None of us saw this really as even a “war”. It was mostly just a sense of injust spiritual exploitation and a feeling that we needed to warn the public about Scientology.

Then this bad-ass hacker collective began dropping like wasps onto ESMB, barking questions and changing the support group cocoon we’d created there forever.

Changing everything forever.

ESMB began to change into a place of war, and even cruelty, which was something I’d not experienced before from anywhere else but Scientology.

Three of us, Michelle, me and an Ex Sea Org member named DullOldFart, began passing these scary faceless wasp people information on Scientology. We gave them courses and OT levels and prices and other lists of internet resources they could use as intelligence in their war.

A lot of Exes had done a lot of important work, and had suffered horrific fair game for it. We did what we could to bring Anonymous up to speed, to give them advice, and to point them to Scientology’s weakest defenses.

We were always coaching them not to do anything illegal because this would make them vulnerable, and that would be what Scientology was looking for to use against them. But, of course, Anonymous was not our personal army (NYPA), we were just being old clueless pussies, and they weren’t necessarily interested in taking orders from former brainwashed cult members.

Some listened. Most didn’t.

And like wolves, Marty, Mike and Dave were watching.

This collusion with Anonymous would prove to be what Scientology tried to use to shut ESMB down, and they would use this to get Michelle Ryan arrested.

But before Marty, Mike and Dave could pull that OP off, we at ESMB were able to inflict much more damage on Scientology.

More on that later.

Until then, keep watching that video above, over and over, and get the feeling that it is the cavalry coming to save you.

Because that’s how it was. As scary and as cruel as Anonymous was…

Finally, someone had listened.

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