No Agenda News
Readers of No Agenda News may recall a recent article I did called 'Attacking Scientology'. It was a straight forward piece on media bias. The target of the bias happened to be Scientology.
These stories are all over the internet, television and newspapers and no one (as far as I can tell) is calling them out for what they clearly are - 'hit pieces'. Obviously, the many people who recognize this work for what it is are afraid that if they point this out they will be called Scientologists or Scientology sympathizers.
I think that's chicken-shit. I also think it's an opportunity for No Agenda News to step up. So I did. And I am again.
After posting my first piece I began seeing traffic from Anonymous's home WhyWeProtest.net and they commented on my work. Well, actually they just commented. I couldn't tell that any of them read much past the first couple of paragraphs. Not a very friendly or tolerant bunch, you'll see, if you check out what they posted.
A common thread amongst the comments was to stay away from ReligiousFreedomWatch.org and to not use them as a source. So naturally I went to ReligiousFreedomWatch.org to see if I could find what it was they didn't want me to see. Like I could resist.
How about this:
How Did Anonymous Begin?
Anonymous was born on an online image board called 4chan.org, created in 2004. Anonymous congregated on a an online forum known as “/b/”, where nothing is off-limits, including mutilated bodies and bestiality.
Later, some Anonymous members moved from 4chan to 7chan because 4chan had “deprived us of our jailbait,” (referring to child pornography). While 7chan no longer exists, Anonymous has created several other “chan” image boards where they post porn, denigrating and obscene comments and racial slurs.
In December 2004, Encyclopedia Dramatica was created, and Anonymous material began appearing there. According to Wired Magazine, Encyclopedia Dramatica is a “wikified lexicon of all things /b/.”
“The Sekrit Code of Anonymous” was published on Encyclopedia Dramatica, stating: “Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.”
When Anonymous members engage in their so-called real-life “raids,” they hide behind masks, such as the image of 17th century anarchist Guy Fawkes, to conceal their identities while infringing upon the rights of others.
Anonymous claims to have no leaders, but there is clearly a hierarchy within the group. Why do Anonymous members hide behind anonymity and pretend to have no leaders? It is a convenient facade for perverse and sometimes criminal activity on the Internet.
One prominent member and organizer is Gregg Housh, who was convicted in 2005 for conspiracy to violate copyright laws–for his part in a software piracy operation. In October 2008 he was ordered by a court in Boston to stay away from the Church of Scientology, after admitting to disturbing religious services. He was warned that he could face incarceration if he further violated his probation.
At least two Anonymous members have been convicted for making terrorist threats. Other criminal cases are pending.
Stated goal of Anonymous
The following words are taken from online postings by Anonymous members. While some members may claim other goals and intentions, or claim these are merely a “joke,” they cannot divorce themselves from the hate that Anonymous threatens and promotes.
“We will stop at nothing until we’ve achieved our goal. Permanent destruction of the identification role.”
“Anything standing in our way, doesn’t deserve to live. We are void of human restraints, taught to never forgive. Answering the question of who we are is a must. We are Anonymous, indeed. Therefore, Expect us.”
In a “Message to New Anon from Old Anon,” Anonymous members state:
“Some maladjusted Asian shoots up his university, we laugh. Fifty-thousand die in North Korea, we laugh. AIDS ravages a continent, we laugh.”
“We are human nature unencumbered by pointless ethics, foolish moralities or arbitrary laws and restrictions.”
“We have no culture, we have no laws, written or otherwise. We are an autonomous collective, each an insignificant part of a whole. … We do not feel remorse. We will tear you apart from outside and in, we have all the time in the world.”
The “Anonymous Manifesto of Philosophic Condition” states:
“Right or wrong? No. We destroy for destruction’s sake.”
“Welcome to nihilism made manifest in Western Civilization.”
“Strong were the Nazis, who worshiped might and power to destroy.”
“Strong nihilism has emerged in resentment of a superfluous society.”
“Anonymous has achieved a persona. Anthropologists would call it a ‘death cult.’ We have subjugated our individuality for our thirst for hatred. … We have shattered lives.”
Yeah, that's pretty creepy.
Imagine if this was referenced in the main stream media when Anonymous did one of their protests. That would likely be the last protest.
Instead of looking into what ReligiousFreedomWatch.org had to offer, the WhyWeProtest crew wanted to send me to wikipedia. Wikipedia is great if you want to learn a little about something vanilla like the Byzantine Empire or the atomic weight of cobol; but for anything even remotely controversial, or if there is any money involved, it's useless.
They also thought I might be interested in websites covered in 18 to 42 point muticolored inflamatory rhetoric. That's the kind of garbage I have to weed out to make No Agenda News on a daily basis. No thanks.
This brings up something else I've noticed: The sites that claim that Scientologists are crazy; sound crazy and look crazy. The sites that are run by Scientologists, don't. Some of them are pretty nice; if a little heavy on the graphics.
I think the Scientologists are probably like Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Buddists, Hindus and Christians; they might have some odd beliefs, but they are fundamentally decent people.
I'm expecting an angry mob of Mormon-Jew-Muslim-Buddist-Hindu-Christian haters to show up and call me 'a fucking idiot' now.
Hey, it's traffic. I won't complain.