Friday, November 20, 2009

Anonymous Montreal November 2009 raid: a resounding success!

On November 7, thirteen of us—including seven newcomers!—braved the chilly weather and held our monthly demonstration against Scientology fraud, crime, and human rights abuses. Here's a video recap of the event.

Our next monthly raid will take place on Saturday, December 5. As usual, we'll be meeting at Rachel and Papineau (the northeast corner of Parc Lafontaine) beginning at 11 am, and proceeding to the Scientology org (Mont-Royal and Papineau) at noon. If you, too, are outraged by Scientology's increasingly desperate attempts to excuse its illegal and unethical activities as being somehow protected by freedom of religion, we invite you to join us. Don't forget your mask!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"What you believe does not mean you are not accountable for how you behave."

When confronted with overwhelming evidence of its abuses and crimes, the tiresome response of Scientology is usually to claim religious persecution. Scientology hides behind aggrandized and, frankly, delusional conceptions of what religious freedom actually means in order to continue its litany of fraud, deception, and crime. On trial in France for organized fraud and unlicensed practice of pharmacy, the Scientology refrain was that they were the victims of a modern-day inquisition.

Any and all claims of religious persecution made by Scientology when its more dubious operations and methods come under scrutiny are red herrings—nothing more nor less.

Such claims are deliberate attempts to derail legitimate inquiry through intentionally disingenuous distraction. Furthermore, likening investigation and prosecution of Scientology crimes to the Holocaust is more than a validation of Godwin's Law. It is sickening, inappropriate, and disrespectful to the victims of the Holocaust and their surviving families. Scientologists are not being herded up and exterminated. What is happening in one country after another is that the corrupt Scientology organization is being exposed, investigated, and being subjected to laws that every organization—religious or otherwise—must follow.

When the Catholic Church was forced to answer for child sexual abuse among its clergy, was this a case of religious persecution? Are priests permitted to systematically break the law, leaving a trail of victims in their wake, and claim immunity from prosecution because they are members of a religious order?

Does outrage at Sharia Law "honour" killings constitute anti-Islam bigotry? Is the fact that such killings are prosecutable crimes in non-Muslim countries mean that Muslims in those countries are being persecuted?

The answer to these questions is a resounding NO. And the same moral and legal principles apply to Scientology. This is irrefutable and immutable.

Scientology variously refers to Anonymous as a hate group, religious bigots, anti-religious extremists, and cyber-terrorists. Such accusations are also red herrings. The goal of Anonymous is to expose the ongoing abuses and crimes within Scientology. We use the Internet as it was intended: to disseminate information to every corner of the world. (And we happen to be very good at this.) It is the unmitigated force of incontrovertible truth, through the unrestrained spread of information, that continues to force Scientology to answer for its crimes.

Do not call us religious bigots, because we are not. Nor are we a hate group, because we do not hate you; rather, what we hate are your crimes and human rights abuses.

Do not cry religious persecution where there is none. We do not care what you believe. We are not protesting your secret (not to mention expensive) "scriptures" that tell the story of how humans became infested with the souls of space aliens who were blown up in volcanoes 75 million years ago by the evil galactic overlord Xenu.

But most importantly, do not assume that your past successes in hiding behind an undeserved cloak of religious freedom will in any way guarantee that you can continue to do so with impunity. It's just not going to work anymore.

On November 17, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon made a speech (PDF here) calling for an investigation of illegal activities of the Church of Scientology in that country. Probably his most succinct assertion, and the title of this blog entry, was that "[w]hat you believe does not mean you are not accountable for how you behave."

This is the case not only for Scientology but any organization and any individual with a modicum of moral fibre. If Scientologists were truly "the most ethical people on the planet," as they claim, then they would understand this moral imperative. It appears they don't, and this will be their downfall.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remember, remember the Fifth—make that the Seventh—of November

Anonymous Montréal will be celebrating Guy Fawkes Night a couple of days late, but without a bonfire... and during the day, actually.

We'll be having our monthly protest against Scientology's crimes, organized fraud (for which they have recently been convicted several times over in France), and human rights abuses on Saturday, November 7.

We'll be meeting at the corner of Rachel and Papineau (the northeast corner of Parc Lafontaine) at 11 am, after which we'll walk to the Scientology headquarters (Papineau and Mont-Royal) at noon.

We highly suggest that you arrive at the meeting place with your mask already on.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anonymous Montréal October 2009 raid: a recap

On October 17, Anonymous Montréal held its monthly protest against Scientology fraud (for which—among other offenses—they have been convicted in France) and human rights abuses. Here's a video of some of the day's highlights.

Our next protest will take place on Saturday, November 7. As usual, we'll be meeting at the corner of Rachel and Papineau (the northeast corner of Parc Lafontaine) at 11 am, after which we'll walk to the Scientology headquarters (Papineau and Mont-Royal) at noon.

If you're new to Anonymous and would like to know more about us and the truth about Scientology's ongoing crimes and human rights abuses, we encourage you to visit the following websites:

The Anonymous Montréal discussion forum is located at:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Anonymous Montreal: next protest Saturday, October 17!

Ready for another demonstration against Scientology fraud and abuses?

Our October monthly raid will take place Saturday, October 17. We'll be meeting at the corner of Rachel and Papineau (the northeast corner of Parc Lafontaine) at 11 am, after which we'll walk to the Scientology headquarters (Papineau and Mont-Royal) at noon.

Don't forget your mask!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 2009 raid: a recap

On a gorgeous late summer day, about a dozen of us—including three newcomers—held our usual monthly protest in front of the Montreal Scientology org. In keeping with our "/b/lackup" theme, most of us wore suits and afro wigs. All in all, it was a pretty laid-back demonstration, but most definitely a success: we distributed hundreds upon hundreds of flyers until we finally ran out!

Here's a video recap of the event.

Our next protest will take place on Saturday, October 17. We'll be meeting at the corner of Papineau and Rachel at 11 am before heading to the Scientology org (Papineau and Mont-Royal) at noon. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

No scientology dissolution in France

Disturbing news from France:

A hitherto unnoticed change in French law will prevent a court from dissolving the two Scientology organisations charged in the Paris trial, as prosecutors had recommended.

Judges will not be able to follow the prosecutors’ recommendations to shut down two organisations charged in the Paris trial of Scientology thanks to a law passed just before the case was tried.

The law, voted May 12, was part of a package designed to simplify existing legislation. But buried in a long list of measures was one removing the power of judges to order the dissolution of an organisation found guilty of fraud.

The rest of the article is here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

An important message from lawyer Graham Berry

This important message was posted by anti-Scientology lawyer Graham Berry on WhyWeProtest.Net:

I urgently need to hear from everyone who has made a complaint to the F.B.I. about Scientology, or who has provided it with information about Anonymous, to PM or email me with information as to which F.B.I. office, the F.B.I. Agent, Date, Subject and brief description of what information and documents was/were provided.

This is urgently needed in connection with my own communications with the F.B.I. and D.O.J. and a current separate request from the F.B.I.

Graham Berry

An Open Letter to a Scientologist from an OT8

Dear Scientologist,

I completed New OT8 in February 1990 after being in Scientology since 1973. During that period I was mainly "public" but did several years as a staff member in Paris Org as Qual Sec. I trained up to be a C/S, FPRD and Confessional auditor and solo auditor. I was a Scientology celebrity as an international fine artist, creating beautiful paintings of "visualized" music. Many Scientologists (thousands) knew me personally from my art tours of orgs and missions in the early 1980s. Samples of my art can be seen at

Though you may read about how and why I actually left Scientology on the internet (you would probably have to use a non-Scientologist's computer, however) and see the data at, I wanted to address a simple letter of "Truth Revealed" to you here. After all, that is the very name of the OT8 level.

As I read the lists of many Scientology staff names and addresses so recently published on the world wide web I was filled with compassion at the fact of your commitmentand devotion to Scientology and its basic aims. I was also a proud trooper for decades and was utterly convinced that Scientology was really everything I read it was and heard it was. Peer agreement was also a strong re-enforcement of my convictions and myunrelenting in-KSW attitude that I applied very well despite itsometimes coming back at me with counter-emotions and counter-efforts.

Like you, I too have made things go right when things looked very bleak. I, too have spent a lot of money on services and donations that I really could not afford. I have done the "yo-yo" exercise and stood and applauded and cheered LRH's photo over and over again at events.

Like you I have also held back the tears of protest and dismay when "handlings" went wrong or were off-target and waited endless frustrating hours in waiting rooms for folders, C/s"s and D of P interviews. I have, maybe like yourself, had serious doubts as to the unexplainable mysterious "outnesses" in the Scientology lines and terminals that seemed to be so quickly smothered, hurried away or blanket-defined as "entheta". I quietly "wondered" (but better not say anything) at seeing the sudden painful hostilities towards and upsetting disappearances of staff members, the sadness of the RPFers or the black hole money pit my money got sucked into so fast.

I have also had the personal wins from auditing, feelings of group ARC in the briefings and in courses in LRH tech, admin and ethics training, though in retrospect I could wish that they had been as permanent as my payments were to purchase them. I have also seen the F/Ns and the VGIs from my pc's and (in cramming) auditors from applying tech. Without those wins along the way I would never have made it all way up the Bridge to New OT8, as you know. Going OT is an uphill battle all the way.

I have been in your position when my own ethics handlings went both well or badly, when conditions were applied both to eventual wins and to the strained "E.P" of satisfying the fixed ideas of tech or ethics terminals who were aiming at a specific result I had to attain. I have
done conditions formulas till they were coming out of my ears, and tons and tons of other ethics, tech and admin applications. I personally knew the Flag Class 12 auditors from the Apollo as I trained with them at Flag, I have known the Int Execs since they were teenagers, I have personally known all LRH's children. I have known and frequented many of the Scientology celebrities too.

I WENT ALL THE WAY UP THE BRIDGE (there is no available level above New OT8).

What happened then is why I am writing this letter. I wish it was not necessary to write this but it is. I firmly believe that Truth is a friend to, and that lies are an enemy of survival. Yes, feel free to investigate what I write about here...

It is truly heartbreaking for me to have to inform you that you have been lied to, and not just in a small way. I am so, so sorry to have to tell you this, but please bear with me.

You have been lied to regarding the "Bridge to Total Freedom" as it does not arrive at Total Freedom. I know this because I have been there and experienced it. OT8 is NOT Total Freedom, yet there is no more Bridge to travel.

You may have wondered why OTs still behave in "strange" or weird ways and still exhibit aberrated behaviors. They are on the big secret missed withhold of not having received what LRH promised. Every non-OT "misses" the withhold.

You have been lied to about O.T.powers. I will not go into any case data or OT level data as it is not necessary, but I can tell you that the advertised and promised O.T powers LRH writes about such as telekinesis (moving objects as a thetan), perfect total recall, "clear" of any and all aberrations, permanently Cause over Life, real-life Cause over MEST, etc are NOT in reality delivered by Scientology (in my direct experience and in that of many others).

You have been lied to about LRH's death, and the lies were criminally false. The "story" about LRH deciding to causatively but regrettably depart his body, go off to research further OT levels, etc. was very likely a pack of lies. The coroner's report found a psychiatric drug
(Vistaril") in LRH's body after death as well as many needle marks. The surrounding circumstances of LRH's death such as a very unkempt body, changing his Will a day before he died, the hurried cremation, the refusal of autopsy, all make for a very suspicious situation. LRH had been hiding out at the Creston ranch under the false name "Jack Mitchell" so as not to be served with lawsuits, as those who knew have revealed.

You have been lied to about LRH's biography, and in many aspects of it, not just a few.

Though this may seem to be shocking enough or upsetting already there are many other big and awful lies you have been told and false data you have been fed. In fact enough false data to fill books which expose and clarify them. Such books as "A Piece of Blue Sky" by Jon Atack, Bare
Faced Messiah by Bent Corydon and L.Ron Hubbard Jr., L.Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?" are full of truths revealed and internal Scientology mysteries unfurled.

The internet is a source for you to explore the truths that hundreds of former Scientologists, some from Int Exec strata, have written and revealed.

Truth, being made of pure Life itself can never be "entheta". It is pure theta, even if shocking in its first impact ;like the sunshine that dazzles the eyes of someone emerging from a deep and dark cavern, having followed a closely taped path to nowhere but blind obedience.

But why, you may ask, not let us down slowly? Well, we who "found out" were not let down slowly and we survived the truth and its powerful re-orientations. So can you.

I invite you to explore the internet and finding your own freeing truths. I ask that you open your eyes and see for yourself. I invite you to see both sides of the Scientology coin.

For example;
and other linked sites.

BEWARE of those who say "Do NOT look!" or try to label the truth or me, or other brave ex-members who have the integrity to seak out despite personal dangers as "entheta" or SP's. To my knowledge I have NOT been declared SP, and have even asked Scientolgy terminals if there was such a "declare" on several occasions to no avail, so I would welcome you to be in communication with me.

I am proud to have been a companion of many, many Scientologists along the way and I am equally proud of those who have had the guts to speak out publicly. I regret the lies we were told and the fraud that took advantage of our trusting good nature. I believe they must be fully
exposed and dealt with appropriately.

In closing, I salute your positive goals, your will to survive, your bravery in facing new viewpoints and especially the divine spirit within you that is immortal, beautiful and full of the Light that shines as bright as the Sun. This inner Light is your real Source.

Michael Pattinson
mpattinson AT gmail DOT com

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August 2009 raid: Post-game

A double-header! On Saturday, August 8, a half dozen or so Anons raided the Montreal Scientology org for a few hours as usual. We then headed to Anticipation, the 67th WorldCon science fiction convention, which was being held at the Palais des Congrès, where we continued flyering and informing the public about Scientology abuses.

Here's a video recap of our (long) day.

We also encountered a young woman who told us the story of how her family's golf course, Les Vieilles Forges in Trois-Rivières, was bought by Scientologists who then started forcing Scientology techniques and courses on employees. (The French Anonymous Montréal blog first reported on this story this past February.) She understandably didn't want her face shown. The video is in French, but will be subtitled in English shortly.

Our next protest will take place on Saturday, September 12.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Montreal: Scientology protest — Saturday, August 8

Ready for another demonstration against Scientology abuses?

This month's protest will be held on Saturday, August 8. We'll be meeting at 11 am at the corner of Papineau and Rachel. At noon, we'll head to the Scientology org (corner of Papineau and Mont-Royal) where we'll be demonstrating during the afternoon.

Don't forget your mask!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Aloha Xenu!

On Saturday, July 11, we held our monthly raid at the Montreal Scientology org, with a Hawaiian theme. Decked out in loud Hawaiian shirts, leis, straw hats, and grass skirts, we did our usual thing for about three hours before the rain got too heavy. One thing's for sure: rain or shine, Anonymous delivers!

Here's a video of highlights from the raid.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Revisiting the CCHR at Concordia affair: Part 1

The recent flap over Concordia University’s hosting the “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibit by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a Scientology front group, is still fresh in the collective memory of Anonymous—not only in Montreal, but around the world.

It seems that the Concordia administration, represented principally by Vice-President, Services Michael Di Grappa (whose department booked the CCHR exhibit in the first place), stopped reading emails of complaint and concern long ago. With this in mind, Anonymous Montreal will use the public forum of this blog to directly address Mr. Di Grappa, university spokesperson Chris Mota, and those other members of the Concordia administration who seemed incapable of recognizing and acknowledging (at least publicly) the true nature and intent of the CCHR and its exhibit. By acting as de facto apologists for the CCHR, we believe Mr. Di Grappa and Ms. Mota in fact made the university administration look even worse than had they displayed a modicum of humility and maturity, and admitted (even if subtly) that they had perhaps made a mistake in allowing the CCHR to set up its traveling propagandist horror show in the atrium of the McConnell library building for a mere $250 a day.

(The fact that the October return of the CCHR exhibit appears to have been canceled leads us to believe that—behind closed doors, at least—the administration recognized its colossal blunder. As well, having seen what Anonymous was capable of accomplishing in a matter of days in alerting the local news media, spearheading an email campaign, and organizing a demonstration, they no doubt wanted to avoid a repeat of this headache as well as further negative publicity.)

With this in mind, this first blog post on the CCHR/Concordia affair will make clear the truth about the CCHR as existing solely to further Scientology’s stated goal of the global obliteration of psychiatry and psychiatrists. In fact, Dr. Nada Stotland, president of the American Psychiatric Association, recently declared the CCHR a hate group.

Mr. Di Grappa’s form letter sent in response to the hundreds of email complaints received about the CCHR at Concordia made arguments in defense of the CCHR that were weak, flawed, and poorly (if at all) supported. (Perhaps if Mr. Di Grappa—and it is indeed “Mister,” not “Doctor,” for he does not hold a Ph.D.—had actual research and teaching experience, he would have been able to construct a better argument, and would have displayed an understanding of the importance of academic integrity.) We will be addressing this form letter in detail in a future post. For now, we will look at two points made in the letter that are directly relevant to the video posted below.

Mr. Di Grappa wrote that “it [was his] understanding that the Church of Scientology is a recognized religious and charitable organization.” Further, he stated that “[i]t is a precondition of any event on our campus that the emphasis will be and at all times will remain on the respectful discussion and debate of possibly opposing positions in a secure, collegial environment.”

Meanwhile, in the news media, spokesperson Chris Mota parroted the same tired talking points that were no doubt fed to her by the administration. For example, in the CTV Montreal report on the CCHR affair, she said, “Even if you disagree with the content of what is being presented, if you can’t do it in a university, then there’s really no place left.” Ms. Mota, the CCHR exhibit left no room for disagreement. (In a French radio interview with Benoit Dutrizac, available here, Ms. Mota defends at length the university administration's decision to host the CCHR exhibitand then admits to not having actually seen it.)

With the foregoing in mind, then, we invite Mr. Di Grappa, Ms. Mota, and other members of the Concordia administration who defended the CCHR exhibit, to watch the following video. It features none less than David Miscavige, leader of Scientology, spouting incendiary anti-psychiatry rhetoric with clear undertones of violence. Please, out of respect to all those who emailed you to express their concerns about the CCHR’s infiltration of Concordia—concerns you in large part ignored—watch the following video, and then try and defend the CCHR as a charitable organization with a legitimate interest in “respectful discussion and debate.”

Sunday, June 14, 2009

June 13th protest in Montreal

Anonymous protested on June 13th in Montreal in fornt of the scientology building on the corner of Papineau and Mont-Royal.

This is a video relating this event:

We also encountered a former scientologist who spoke briefly about his experience in the cult:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quebec: reaction to the French scientology trial

Former scientologist and critic Jean-Paul Dubreuil was invited by LCN to comment the French Scientology trial.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Scientology trial in France: a Channel 4 report

A Channel 4 (UK) report about the upcoming Scientology trial in France. This trial is set to begin on May 25th.