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Scientology Attacker Will Be Sentenced To Jail 354

OBG writes "A Nebraska native charged with taking part in a massive cyber-attack against the Scientology website will be spending the next year behind bars. 20-year-old Brian Thomas Mettenbrink will plead guilty to the charge of unauthorized access of a protected computer for his involvement in the denial of service attack, which was orchestrated by the online group 'Anonymous.' Mettenbrink's is the second successful prosecution connected to the 'Anonymous' attacks. Last year, Dmitriy Guzner of Verona, New Jersey, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for attacks on Scientology sites."
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Scientology Attacker Will Be Sentenced To Jail

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  • by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @07:20AM (#30915292) Homepage

    I think it's a bit of a stretch to call Scientologists "terrorists" at the very least.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/terrorism [reference.com]

    1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
    2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
    3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

    scientology has used violence in the past and openly threatens and intimidates both members and critics into silence.
    "Religious extremist terrorists" is pretty close, although the "religious" part is legally incorrect in some countries.

  • by kshade ( 914666 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @07:54AM (#30915416)
    The only thing that needs to happen IMO is the police/the feds raiding "gold base [angrygaypope.com]" to free the [alaskareport.com] slaves [courthousenews.com]. After that they should be declared a criminal organization.
  • by ultranova ( 717540 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @08:14AM (#30915576)

    I think it's a bit of a stretch to call Scientologists "terrorists" at the very least.

    No it isn't [wikipedia.org].

    More importantly, though, if you justify acts of violence by saying "oh, they're extremists" or "oh, nobody likes them," then perhaps next time you'll be in the group that gets acted out against.

    Violence? We're talking about making a website not load here. It's scientology that practices violence [aolnews.com].

    Scientologists aren't popular because their beliefs are corny or stupid, or because the "church" engages in fraudulent practices and is known to abuse members; that doesn't mean that individual Scientologists are religious extremists or bad people any more than the fact that Osama Bin Laden is a Muslim means that all Muslims are terrible people. Scientologists are just a popular group to hate right now.

    Scientologists are a popular group to hate because they constantly engage in activities that are undeniably evil [wikipedia.org]. The comparison to Islam is deceptive; scientology is a single organization, while Islam is not. Not every muslim answers to Osama bin Laden, while every scientologist answers to David Miscavige.

  • by Viol8 ( 599362 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @08:20AM (#30915630) Homepage

    To me its just a bunch of gullible people believing some texts that have little if any supporting evidence (and in many cases evidence against).

    So scientology is a crock. You think the abrahamic religions which believe in a magic garden with a talking snake and a man made out of clay and a woman made out of a rib make any more logical sense??

    All religion is rubbish , it just depends how many people believe the rubbish which defines whether a particular belief system is classed as a religion or a wacky cult (which ironically all religions started out as).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:38AM (#30917048)

    I am the poster of the message you are referring to and I am lesbian myself. Don't worry. It's not meant to be an insult to LGBTIQ persons. Within Anonymous, everything and everyone is a "fag" at times. It's a meme.

  • Re:We are Anonymous. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Bragador ( 1036480 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:49AM (#30917194)

    Maybe my example didn't inspire you enough. My other choice was to give the example of someone stealing to feed his family vs someone stealing for greed.

    Motive is important when deciding the punishment. At least, it is in my country.

  • Re:Justice (Score:5, Informative)

    by ildon ( 413912 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:58AM (#30917328)

    In 4chan terminology, "fag" is just a suffix that means "person" or "people".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @12:32PM (#30918858)

    Scientology has a set of documents outlining how people will be murdered, threatened, extorted, and harassed. These are real instructions that they follow and adhere to to this very day, and have been used against Americans and Canadians since the 1970s.

    Scientology is a cult. You pay to get ahead. Christianity may suck, but it isn't a cult that murders those that leave the religion.

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