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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul McCutcheon)
Subject: Newspaper Article - West Australian
Date: 6 Sep 1995 01:52:43 +0800
Organization: Omen Computer Services, Perth, Western Australia
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Found this article in today's (Tuesday, 5th Sept.) West Australian
newspaper and I thought you people might enjoy it:
By Mike Van Niekerk
THE blazing flame war that has erupted in the alt.religion.scientology
news group late last year has turned into an all-out battle for civil
rights on the Internet.
Hence the worldwide call to picket the nearest Church of Scientology or
Dianetics Centre this Saturday, a scientology holiday.
Readers will remember in January we described how the fuss started:
secret scientology documents were posted in a.r.s by disgruntled former
members and the church developed a program to erase the posts on the
Usenet, thus practicing censorchip.
Leading church critic Jeff Jacobsen, who is coordinating the worldwide
picket call, lists several ways in which he claims the church has
attacked the civil rights of its critics:
* Threatened remailers who allow posts to a.r.s (remailers strip
the identity off mail to allow anonymity).
* Threatened administrators who keep a.r.s active.
* Raided the home of four a.r.s users.
* Raided anon.penet.fi and got the name of a remailer user.
* Attempted to overwhelm a.r.s with off-topic and mega-postings.
* Sent people out to harass a.r.s users.
* Attempted to hack the phone bills of a.r.s users.
* Cancelled hundreds of posts from a.r.s.
* Posted defamatory material against church critics on a.r.s.
* Revealed the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anonymous
Mr Jacobsen urges those planning to picket to get in touch with the local
police for guidelines on how to picket legally, and notify them of the
times the picket will take place.
The Perth Dianetics Centre is in King Street.
[The rest of the article left off as it has nothing to do with
Don't blame me for any inaccuracies, spelling errors or what-have-you as
all I've done here is enter as close to character perfect as Usenet
allows (with the exception of the last line which I entered to keep the
The article also contained in a side box the web sites of Ron Newman's
and Skeptic's $camentology pages.
So, comments anyone? *grin*