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Wikileaks Airs Scientology Black Ops 509

An anonymous reader alerts us to new material up on Wikileaks: 208 scanned pages (in one PDF) relating to the Church of Scientology and its former "Office of Special Affairs" employee (and subsequent apostate) Frank Oliver. "The documents are dated between 1986 and 1992 inclusive, when, according to the file, Frank Oliver was declared a 'suppressive person' and excommunicated. Frank Oliver should be able to verify the material and has appeared in the media before on subjects relating to the church. Starting on page 107, the document shows that at the time of writing the Church of Scientology was still actively engaged in black propaganda (especially concerning psychiatry), 'fair game' and infiltration."
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Wikileaks Airs Scientology Black Ops

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  • PDF Link Broke (Score:2, Informative)

    by LaskoVortex ( 1153471 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @08:29PM (#22723760)
    The PDF file was broke or the link went to nowhere.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @08:34PM (#22723808)
    Anonymous marches on March 15, the "March of Ides".

    Are you going to be there? Find the closest church and be there! [enturbulation.org]

    It is your civic duty. I hope to march alongside you.
  • by psychodelicacy ( 1170611 ) <bstcbn@gmail.com> on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @08:46PM (#22723920)
    I think this is it [thepiratebay.org]. (Originally mentioned in another comment above.)
  • by pete-classic ( 75983 ) <hutnick@gmail.com> on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @08:47PM (#22723924) Homepage Journal
    Would it kill you to provide a link [slashdot.org]?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @08:58PM (#22723996)

    Black Sabbath. Black Sambuca. Black Lights.

    Don't ignore the good!

  • by cesium132 ( 1091379 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:02PM (#22724024) Homepage
    idiot, it's not unlimited. if you look at their terms of service, you'll see that they'll cut you off when you 'abuse' it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:13PM (#22724096)

    As the original submitter of the article, I'd like to mention that it is the now the second Wikileaks held set of documents for Scientology. Though I must apologize for the badly written rushed body of the firehose article, it's the linked content that is important :

    Citizens Commission on Human Rights" (CCHR) exposed as an illegal Scientology front. [slashdot.org] exposes their LEAF (Letter to the Editor ATTACK Force) campaign, and illegal govt lobbying.

    Many apologize to the Wikileaks admins for the /. effect, but this news HAD to be made public.

    To the $clilos - Disclaimer - I did not personally leak these documents, nor did Slashdot, I'm merely posting legal links.

    The peaceful protests of Anonymous against the CoS are also legal. Anonymous is ONLY protesting the CoS organization, no other religion and not religious beliefs themselves. There is a campaign of fabricating/doctoring Anonymous protest images and footage to try to frame Anonymous for anti-religious protests (they started by attempting to attack the Vatican): take a guess at who might want to be doing that!

    Rather worrying, a similar anti Anonymous "ad hominem" attack force is trying to re-define the cake meme from the game Portal into one about underage pornography.

    PS. Everything I post is posted via strings of proxies and most importantly Tor !
    (wish it was faster, and didn't have so many problems with slashdot, lol)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:16PM (#22724112)
    I'd venture that those huge PDFs (I've worked with many at that size and larger) weren't created from scans, but from MSWord documents or some other digital source, which produces a rather resource-frioendly file, even when there are hundreds of pages. Try creating a 200 page MSWord doc, with each page containing only a full page image, and export that as a PDF, then open it and see how well your computer does.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:30PM (#22724202)
    When they stop murdering people and destroying lives. Deal.
  • Screw civic duty (Score:4, Informative)

    by __aailob1448 ( 541069 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:38PM (#22724248) Journal
    the real reason to go is for the lulz. Any good that comes out of it is just a bonus!
  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:46PM (#22724298)

    I'm wondering why it is that Slashdot continues to post so many negative stories about Scientology

    Because Scientology took legal action against Slashdot on what appeared to be a trivial matter. I do not think any other group has taken legal action against Slashdot in it's ten years of operation.

  • I wonder why... (Score:5, Informative)

    by deesine ( 722173 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @09:55PM (#22724338)
    your very first comment on /. is to ask why /. hates CoS?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:06PM (#22724378)
    (Hello, Article submitter here again)

    users first post , check (not always the case but very common)
    'witch hunt' comment, check
    'bigotry' comment, check

    *CoS countermeasures 101 detected.*

    'cyber terrorists' comment expected soon
    'ad hominem' attacks, coming 'real soon now'.

    Slashdot posts what people submit, it gets front paged if enough people care about the story and vote it up.

    With Scientology stories it takes a hell of a lot more people voting it up than normal as OSA and the LEAF campaign try to force such things down.

    So the story only makes it if people REALLY care, are interested, and strongly think the story has merit.

    Don't you wonder MAYBE such stories might at least have SOME truth in them if THAT many people are so interested in them even OSA can't keep them down?

    Now you've pondered that for a pico-second enjoy your invasive security 'sec check'.

  • Re:slashdotted (Score:3, Informative)

    by IconBasedIdea ( 838710 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:06PM (#22724380)
  • by Patchw0rk F0g ( 663145 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:10PM (#22724402) Journal
    I'm asking: Has anyone else realized that these people are FUCKING NUTS?!

    I was around for the Toronto trials, but this shit...? Holy cripes.

    I may not be the most stable person, when discussing evolution vs. whatever-the-hell-the-trolls-from-the-evangelical-campuses-are-calling-it-this-week, but this takes the cake, in a SPECTRE/Mission Impossible/I Can't Believe This Is Under The Radar type of way.

    Does this mean I need to watch for people on street corners, watching me covertly from behind newspapers? So be it! Bring it on, Tom! I'll kick your ass, Johnny boy!
  • This is quite scary (Score:5, Informative)

    by Monsuco ( 998964 ) on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:27PM (#22724492) Homepage

    In the case of a bad article which is signed, use the following procedures

    1. Tell them by letter to restract the statement at once.

    2. Hire a private investigator of the national type to investigate the writer not the magazine and get any criminal or communist background the man has. ...

    3. Have your lawyers or solicitors write the magazines threatening suit. (Hardly ever permit a real suit - there more of a nuisance than their worth.)

    4. Use the data you got off the detective at long last to write the author a very tantalizing letter. Don't give him your data on him. Just tell him we know something very interesting about him and wouldn't he like to come in and talk about it. (If he comes ask him to sign a confession of collusion and slander - people at that level often will just to commit suicide - and publish it as a paid ad in the paper if you get it.) Chances are he won't arrive but he's sure to shudder in silence.

    5. Give the data you got from your detective to your lawyers to use against the magazine.

    6. Don't let the matter upset you, take much time, or disrupt the central organization.

    This is on page 100. Page 101 talks about "punishment". Pg. 116 explains a conspiracy theory about why government attacks religion.It appears there is a long list of conspiracies that Scientology has about the government. They talk about the constant need to deal with enemies, they seem more paranoid than Nixon, and with a longer enemies list. Pg. 148 has information about the need to attack. Pg. 149 rants about how Scientology is victimized by a conspiracy of public opinion, government, and media. I mentioned an enemy list, pg 165-206 is just that. Pg. 208 discusses Oliver's "crimes".

    This is scarier than any horror film ever could be. Thank god Wikileaks. Kudos to Frank Oliver.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:48PM (#22724638)
    Analysis of the released docs is occurring on this thread:
    http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6291 [enturbulation.org]

    Also there are two threads on released e-mail dumps on CCHR ("Citizen's Commission on Human Rights" - a Scientology front group) being discussed here:
    http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6059 [enturbulation.org]
    and here:
    http://forums.enturbulation.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6159 [enturbulation.org]

    The website also reports that protests are being held at all CO$ center's world wide on March 15th 11am local time. Visit http://forums.enturbulation.org [enturbulation.org] for details.
  • by ArcherB ( 796902 ) * on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @10:56PM (#22724688) Journal

    Scientology doesn't use hangings or suicide bombings to silence their critics and apostates.
    Are you sure [wordpress.com]?

    Follow this link (http://youtube.com/watch?v=LYnu5Q6ONbo#) to see ex-members speak about their experiences with Scientology. Included among the commentors are the author who was framed for bomb threats and attempted to have put in a mental institution, and a former Scientologist Internal Security officer who spent 4 years spying on, intimidating, threatening, and attempting to ruin the lives of those who would criticize the "Church". In this video, ex-members accuse the organization of mind control techniques, totalitarianism, manipulation, and various forms of terrorism
  • by arete ( 170676 ) <areteslashdot2@@@xig...net> on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @11:07PM (#22724760) Homepage
    In just the last few days there was an article about someone who previously sued a group of defendants including /., and later dropped /. from the suit. It was in the /. summary; I didn't read TFA.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2008 @11:14PM (#22724792)
    Actually, Microsoft took action against Slashdot. Twice, IIRC. Once for posting links to the leaked Windows code (NT4?) and again for explaining how to get some compatibility docs without registering or agreeing to some crazy EULA.

    That said, I don't recall that either suit really went anywhere. Streisand effect, and all that.
  • by FooAtWFU ( 699187 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @12:17AM (#22725148) Homepage

    • It's a cult if its founder is still alive, or is recently dead.
    • It's a religion if the founder has been dead so long that his adherents have had time to rewrite his character.
    • (In no case is any of it rational, practical, or efficient. Religion is for those who are insufficiently honest to build their own philosophy.)

    A cult, in other words, has elements of personality-worship in it. Religions are old enough to claim that the founder's personality could not have unduly influenced their membership.

    The Cult Information Centre [cultinformation.org.uk] describes it as such:

    • It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members
    • It forms an elitist totalitarian society.
    • Its founder leader is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and has charisma.
    • It believes 'the end justifies the means' in order to solicit funds recruit people.
    • Its wealth does not benefit its members or society.
    (Project Clambake, likewise, quotes this list.)

    In my opinion, a lot of it is a matter of a qualitative differences in what they do. There's a number of things. Some people in certain religions will try to bring you back if you leave. Cults, on the other hand, may blackmail, harass or threaten people who try to depart. Many religions ask for money; Scientology asks for money, and spends it on lawsuits against its critics. Many religions have people who approach you on the street and tell you that you need to convert or $badstuff (with varying degrees of pushiness). Scientology sets up a table with a "Free Stress Test" (presumably designed to be rather Scientific-looking) first to attract passerbys, then when you test positive for stress they try to sell you various courses, then ease into the dogma later.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @12:40AM (#22725256)
    > Why is this AC modded down? I don't understand.

    Some ACs start at -1 now. This is a recent development, no more than 2 weeks old, implemented silently, and yes, it's very annoying.

    Nobody knows whether it's IP-based or cookie-based (a logged-in user posting as an AC, but with the cookie for his/her userid still set). I've had mod points recently, and seen some ACs even staying at -1 after being modded up... browse any thread at -1 for a bit and eventually you'll see AC posts at (-1, Informative) [slashdot.org] (or maybe this one [slashdot.org], both -1 at the time of this post), and if you open thost posts in their own windows, you'll see they were only moderated once.

    Browsing at -1 is now required in order to moderate properly. The people with modpoints used to collectively waste 1-5 points on the usual trolls every thread, but that was it. Now we're collectively wasting 10-20 mod points on (-1, PostedAnonyously) posts, just to hope that they can be pushed up to at least 0, where other mods (who are not yet aware of the change and who still moderate by browsing at 0) can see them. I'd like to hear the rationale for it, because frankly, the situation sucks. Especially in threads like these, in which one can expect a lot of folks to be posting anonymously.

  • by Kierthos ( 225954 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @01:07AM (#22725370) Homepage
    Actually, they have the status of "tax exempt non-profit organization", not church, according to the IRS. The CoS proclaims that this means the U.S. Government considers them a church, but that doesn't make it so.

    What's amazing is that they got this status AFTER their acts of infiltrating the IRS and other government agencies (Operation Snow White), although they didn't get the tax exempt non-profit bit until years after the sentencing of LRH's wife and several others for that little bit of espionage.
  • Re:slashdotted (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @01:09AM (#22725378)
    I believe he did not invent that wisecrack, he was simply arrested at the request of the Church of Scientology for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and REPLYING to the Alt.Religion.Scientology post that contained that joke.

    It's a joke I remember making once myself 20 years ago when I was 8!
  • Re:PDF Link Broke (Score:3, Informative)

    by ClickOnThis ( 137803 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @01:27AM (#22725468) Journal

    (Interestingly, enux was a microkernel OS. That didn't fit will with RMS's idealistic agenda of monolithic kernels, hence emacs.)
    Okay, maybe a joke just flew over my head, but for the record, Gnu HURD [gnu.org] is based on a microkernel, and surely has the support of Richard Stallman. Whereas the [Gnu/]Linux kernel is monolithic.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @01:31AM (#22725482)

    I had three of these guys show up at my apartment looking for my friend... God damn it was a freaky experience. Two stood on lookout at the front door while the third fast-talked his way past me upstairs. Apparently my friend had only made acquaintances so they were just "following up" on a possible new member, and they left quietly after he rebuffed them.

    I felt bad for a while for not having turned them away immediately, but you don't always know what you're friends are up to... and it's hard to be ready for something like that. When you are a naive college kid confronted by three overbearing, slick guys inviting themselves hurriedly through your front door, it really throws you for a loop.

    Scientology is basically ritualized emotional abuse. It separates its victims from everything they know -- in fact it aligns them against their parents, family and friends, and everything that might come to their rescue -- and it turns them into abusers themselves. Elron was a sick, abusive, evil freak.

  • Re:slashdotted (Score:5, Informative)

    by fishbowl ( 7759 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @01:38AM (#22725512)

    >They survived the aftermath of Operation "Snow White" with no long-term consequences.

    Several people were tried, convicted, and served lengthy prison sentences, putting the church in
    the public eye and simultaneously making it a laughingstock. One long-term consequence was that
    the media exposure about the church reached the attention of one Ivan Stang, inspiring him to start
    a competing scam religious cult company.
  • Re:Screw civic duty (Score:3, Informative)

    by RLiegh ( 247921 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @03:52AM (#22725946) Homepage Journal
    The cake is a lie.

    And that's terrible.
  • by Antique Geekmeister ( 740220 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @04:41AM (#22726084)
    Please do. I'll recommmend the South Park episode on Scientology as both funny and educational on the issue. Sadly, that's the one over which Isaac Hays, thee voice of "Chef", resigned from the show, because of his membership in Scinetology.

    If you build a Radio Shack lie-detector kit, you can also experiment with the results of their "e-meter", which is nothing but a very expensive and not very sophisticated resistance-meter based lie-detector.
  • by neuromanc3r ( 1119631 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @06:32AM (#22726426)
    They are not outlawed in Germany, they are just not considered a religion.
  • by Cheesey ( 70139 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @06:50AM (#22726496)
    (Sorry.) But that's part of the teaching. You've got all these godlike powers, telekinesis for example, and your thetans are the only thing stopping you from using them. You can get rid of your thetans by giving the CoS all of your money for the rest of your life, and if you are sufficiently committed to the church, maybe one day you will be as magical as LRH. And then you'll never really die. Your entire life is a small price to pay for the chance of being a God.

    This is pretty similar to other religious claims, I think. It covers all the basic tickboxes: "you are more important than non-believers", "you get everlasting life" and "you get to be like God". I think it is specifically tuned for extremely arrogant people, though, because there is no notion of God as something better than you, that you can at best only aspire to be like. I think this is a deliberate choice by LRH, who liked hanging around with film stars and seems to have figured out what they wanted to hear:

    LRH: You're the most important guy in the Universe!

    Tom Cruise: I already knew that, L. Ron. Have some more of my money!
  • Re:slashdotted (Score:5, Informative)

    by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @08:11AM (#22726790) Homepage
    For those like me who didn't know off the top of their head Ivan Stang created, he founded the Church of the SubGenius.
  • by Atzanteol ( 99067 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @08:22AM (#22726850) Homepage

    You must be young though. It seems most people of my generation and younger go through a phase where they think they're so clever believing (any) God does not exist, and that anyone who believes in such a higher power is an idiot. I went through it. Then I look at my children and think there's no way they came about without some touch of divinity.

    You misunderstand what 'belief' means... Not believing in a god != believing there is no god.

  • by golodh ( 893453 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @08:34AM (#22726920)
    ... and I was wrong.

    The scientology cult isn't outlawed in Germany but just not tax exeampt and not recognised as a religion, just as you say. I found this link: http://home.snafu.de/tilman/krasel/germany/government.html [snafu.de]

  • by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @09:34AM (#22727394) Journal
    I wonder how come I have not seen this site [xenu.net] mentioned in the higher modded posts. It's the most informative website about scientology.
  • Re:slashdotted (Score:3, Informative)

    by Captain Sarcastic ( 109765 ) * on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @09:48AM (#22727508)

    Also, I'm always getting Amway confused with Scientology ...

    Can't say I blame you. Until November of 2005, Amway was outlawed as a cult group in the People's Republic of China. [usatoday.com]

  • by Maxo-Texas ( 864189 ) on Wednesday March 12, 2008 @11:11AM (#22728324)
    Today's cult... tomorrow's mainstream religion.

    Oft repeated story-- but don't see it here yet.

    Bob Heinlein and Elron Hubbard were discussing how to make money at the 195(3?) World SF con and decided religion was much more effective. They made a bar bet as to who could found a religion. Heinlein's book was "Stranger in a Strange Land"... Hubbard's book was "Dienetics".

    The rest... is history.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 13, 2008 @11:12AM (#22739384)
    Message to the FBI & All Scientologists & All Supporters of the Anonymous Peaceful Campaign against the Church of Scientology Organization

    The Church of Scientology has alleged in an injunction for protection from harrassment filed with Clearwater county officials today, March 12th, that they suspect a group of peaceful protestors calling themselves "Anonymous" will try to murder a prominent leader of the Church named Heber Jentzsch, on or around Thursday, March 13th, 2008. They have used this allegation as the basis for their request for a restraining order against peaceful protestors, which is in violation of every american's "right to peaceful assembly."

    Anonymous has no intention of harming this man, or any other member of the Church, in any way, shape or form. However, Anonymous fears for Heber Jentzsch's physical safety. We believe he is being detained against his will by the Church, possibly at the Hemet, California Gold base Scientology location, which is a secure armed compound. He has not been seen publicly for nearly five years, that we are aware of currently.

    The Church of Scientology has demonstrated before that they will not hesitate to cause harm to critics or even church members, if it furthers their agenda. They have been legally implicated in the deaths of dozens of people, both critics and church members alike. Anonymous believes Mr. Jentzsch is in danger of being injured, imprisoned or even killed by the Church of Scientology, so that they may place the blame on Anonymous and thus shift attention away from illegal activities within the Church that Anonymous is presently working to expose.

    Anonymous is very concerned for Mr. Jentzsch's safety. We strongly urge the FBI to investigate and, if at possible, locate and place Mr. Jentzsch in protective custody as soon as can be arranged. Thank you for your consideration.


    Emphasis mine.

    The only people who would EVER gain from Heber Jentz being harmed are those he holds evidence against in his memory, being those from the Church of Scientology.

    Protect Heber Jentz!

    The legal filing the Church of Scientology made : http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/12/images/Scientologyinjunction.pdf [sptimes.com]
    Article : http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/12/Northpinellas/Scientology_fights_ba.shtml [sptimes.com]

    One of the main centres for discussion of Anonymous : http://forums.enturbulation.org/ [enturbulation.org]

    snapshot review of Scientology : http://www.youfoundthecard.com/ [youfoundthecard.com]

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