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Anonymous Toronto is not an organization. There are no leaders, no offices, no positions, no names.

Anonymous is everyone and no one. Anonymous has no leaders, no official spokespersons, no well-defined membership and no hierarchy. Anonymous is a label, and anyone who stands behind it is Anonymous. Everybody contributes. Anonymous meets on web forums, blogs, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, wikis, chat rooms, universities, schools, workplaces, in the streets and wherever they may find each other. In the end, each of us is guided by his or her own moral compass. There are many descriptions of Anonymous and none of them can ever be completely right, including this one.


from www.whyweprotest.net:

"Anonymous" is a cultural phenomenon which began on internet image boards. Many such boards require no registration for posting, and every poster remains anonymous. This format of communication is inherently noisy and chaotic. However, the unprecedented openness made possible by such boards has nurtured the appearance of a unique and persistent culture.

We are a collection of individuals united by ideas. You likely know Anonymous, although you don't know exactly who we are. We are your brothers and sisters, your parents and children, your superiors and your underlings. We are the concerned citizens standing next to you. Anonymous is everywhere, yet nowhere. Our strength lies in our numbers. Our will as a whole is the combined will of individuals. Our greatest advantage is a knowledge of the fundamentals we share as human beings. This knowledge is a fruit of our anonymity.

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A Brief History of Anonymous

"Anonymous", as a group, started out on internet image boards. Their actions were largely confined to internet pranks initially. Things changed in January 2008, when a video of Tom Cruise, intended only for internal use by the Church of Scientology (CoS), was leaked onto the internet. That video caught the attention of Anonymous because it was so unintentionally funny and somewhat creepy. The Church of Scientology demanded that the video be removed from websites that were hosting it. Anonymous was angry because that was an infringement of free speech.

When we started to research and read more about the CoS, we were horrified that such a dangerous and cruel organization was allowed to continue their illegal practices. Soon, we started sharing information about the CoS on the Internet. At this time Anonymous got reinforced by other people on the Internet who had also had enough of Scientology smearing critics and ex-members, and trying to suppress free speech. Anonymous decided to fight back.

A video produced by Anonymous declaring "war" on the CoS was posted on YouTube on January 21, 2008. Initailly, Anonymous attacked the CoS' websites in January 2008 with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, bringing them offline for several days; however, a video by Mark Bunker, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, persuaded Anonymous to move to legal means of protest. This lead to an international protest in front of Scientology Orgs in dozens of cities and countries by thousands of people around the world on February 10, 2008. This was organized on the internet, without any leaders. Monthly international protests have been held since then, with many mini-protests, flash raids, and pickets in various cities in between.

We are all

  • Concerned people from all around the world.
  • United individuals.
  • Anonymous. Most of us remain anonymous in part because high up members of the "church" of $cientology have, in the past, harassed and threatened critics. Not using names to identify ourselves also has its roots in the way we came into existence.

We believe in

  • Free speech
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of religion


We believe that the "church" of Scientology is in fact simply a money making scheme and that it uses unacceptable and often illegal methods to silence critics and to oppress its own followers.

Why are we against the so called Church Of $cientology?

The following is adapted from from www.enturbulation.org, the forums that host much of the discussion and debate related to our actions.

This primary, fundamental question is the one we receive the most, as all our efforts are meaningless without proper foundation. We'll attempt to answer it here, as shortly and concisely as possible.

We are not against Scientology.

Scientology, like all religions, is a belief system, a way of perceiving and decoding the world around us. We believe in the basic, inalienable right to a personal religious creed. A man, or woman, can believe whatever he or she chooses to believe; it is their prerogative, and they should never be attacked, persecuted or discriminated for it.

Likewise, it is also their right to associate with others who share the same beliefs, so that they may express their devotion in whatever way they see fit. We would never consider acting against such an activity; doing so would be intolerant, shortsighted and immoral. Any considerably sized group of people gathering with a purpose needs some sort of organization in order to achieve its goals. This is just common sense; we would never oppose this.

However, one must always make the distinction between the belief system and the human, fallible institution built around it; specially when those institutions generate a power structure that acts both inwards into the community and outwards toward society.

These human constructs can be criticized. This does not mean the belief system is being attacked or ridiculed. The observation of the religious institution differs in no way to the observation of any other social institution. We have observed the institution at length. We have formed an opinion about it and decided to take a course of action. This does not mean we are against Scientology.

We are against the Church of Scientology.

The CoS is harmful to society, and to its own members. Its institutional purpose is, as stated by its founder, its own prevalence and expansion, mainly in an economic way. It considers the religion, the belief, the faith to be not an end, as it should, but a means, a mere tool. Indeed, it is degrading towards its own religious base and all those who believe in it.

This humiliating manipulation alone is enough to consider it insulting at best, malign at worst. But its crimes do not stop there.It has attacked freedom of expression routinely; it has attacked freedom of religion by going against those who follow the faith but not the institution; it has attacked freedom of movement, of association, of thought.

Furthermore, it has attacked the right to life and all other fundamental human rights.

You will find ample proof of these facts on this site and the many others we link to.

The Church of Scientology has a psychopathic disregard for the life and wellbeing of others. Under this light it becomes clear that not opposing it would not be simply cowardly or uncompromised. It would be immoral.

Do the right thing, for you are not attacking anyone's beliefs; you are defending everyone's rights.

Project Chanology

Project Chanology is a large scale plan to bring down the Church of Scientology in its present form. On January 16, 2008; Anonymous decided to spread the message that Scientology is a dangerous and suppressive organization. We are doing this for the ex-Scientologists dare not speak up in fear of the cult, for the innocent members who are frauded out of their savings and broken down mentally, for those who have lost a relative or friend to the cult and for those who have already lost their lives.


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