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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (announce)
Subject: Scientology raids xs4all - xs4all progress statement
Date: 12 Sep 1995 22:08:21 GMT
Organization: XS4ALL, networking for the masses
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DUTCH POPULATION IN OUTRAGE BECAUSE OF SCIENTOLOGY ACTION AGAINST XS4ALL!
It's been a week since the cult of scientology invaded the offices
of internetprovider xs4all, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and tried to seize
our computers. It has been a very busy week. Xs4all has been flooded
by the kind and generous support from many friends and complete strangers.
We've dedicated most of the last 7 days to giving interviews, and
to prepare for any legal attack following the seizure. The many
journalists we spoke to are angry about what happened. It could be
called legal terrorism. We've given interviews for national television,
international newspapers, radio, magazines et al. Journalists who
have started to dig into this cult's history and recent activities on
Internet, have discovered a trail of intimidation. Various important
columnists in Holland have also showed us their support, and are writing
columns about the cult's activities, asking people to protest against the
We've consulted a large amount of experts about this case of legal terror,
including various professors, leaders in the business community, leaders
in the online community, and above all, internet users. All these people are
very angry about scientology's behaviour on internet and have promised
us their generous support and expertise.
Internet users in the netherlands have started to massively spread
the forbidden 'fishman affidavit'. This is a court document that the
scientology cult tries to censor, because it's damaging to their
organisation. Users spread this document through email, irc, mailinglists,
newsgroups, webpages, ftp and other internet protocols. It has become
impossible to stop them.
Scientology seems to have touched a sensitive string in the dutch internet
community. Many people that had never heard about scientology have become
militant activists against their behaviour. They have become protestors
against the intimidating legal terrorism this dangerous cult is comitting.
If scientology continues this silly war on internet, then some country,
somewhere in the world, will decide that the fishman documents should
be put in the public domain. From that moment onward these will be available
to every netizen in the world. When this happens, the war that scientology
has started against the internet will be over and won by the Net. This is
just a matter of time..
Kind regard to all supporters,
The xs4all coordinators