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Scientologists Rip Page From 'Anonymous' Playbook

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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the Church of Scientology finally realizes that the best way to deal with a bunch of cyber protesters whose primary agency of attack is YouTube is to start posting videos yourself.

"Anonymous—Hate Crimes & Terrorism Directed at Scientology," posted by a Church-affiliated user known as "AnonymousFacts," is twice as glossy as anything put out by Anonymous but only half as effective. After all, claims that Anonymous is "dangerous" sort of fall flat given that most protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful. Come to think of it, the only act of violence we can remember is some poor dude in Ohio getting hit by a bus, and the Church's reaction to that wasn't exactly sympathetic.

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