Happy Anniversary Anonymous! The Scrapbook Thread

Longcat wishes to wish the Anonymous movement a Happy Anniversary! :happydance:


And has a request for the Anons down under :biggrin: :



Patron with Honors
Anonymous, you raised us up for all the world to see:


Together we lauched the mighty Northern fleet and so much more:


Only through you, that which organized scientology could not defeat, could organized scientology be bested:


But most importantly, you are us and we are you:


For the LULZ!

For great justice!

W/great <3

To Anonymous!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy anniversary:heartbeat:
:thumbsup: Here's an article about an early Anon picket in Scotland:

"Saturday 31 May 2008
Anger as police ban placards branding Scientology a cult

By Mark Howarth

POLICE have been accused of "trampling on basic rights" after ordering protesters to take down banners accusing Scientology of being a cult.

Strathclyde Police's intervention follows a similar incident in London last month when a youth was left facing prosecution. The 15-year-old had refused to remove a sign stating "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult".

Human rights lawyer John Scott claimed the episodes suggested the church was receiving preferential treatment.

He said: "Scientology is a wealthy organisation with pretty influential people involved. But that doesn't mean it's entitled to any more protection from the police - though it does appear that is the reality of the situation.

"This latest incident sets a dangerous precedent and I hope the police do not have to be taken to court for them to accept the right of free speech."

Last Saturday's demonstration was organised by Anonymous, an anti-Scientology group. Its members protest where the church is holding public sessions.

Strathclyde Police admitted officers had stopped activists using the word "cult" after receiving a complaint.

A spokeswoman said: "The word is not a breach of the peace in itself. However, in this case it was exacerbating the situation and our stance was that we had to remove that.

"From a policing point of view, a balance has to be struck between the right to assemble and hold a meeting and other persons' rights to go about their business or demonstrate without being obstructed or hindered."

Last night, Anonymous - a leaderless, internet-based group - said it had recovered the banners and would be launching a fight to use the word.

A spokesman said: "The police have told us that breach of peace is very open to interpretation and there are no Scottish test cases they can refer to.

"We're furious that we're being told we cannot use the word cult' - we've got rulings from London, Germany, France saying this is exactly what Scientology is.

"No-one wants to get arrested - our members just want to protest."

A 15-year-old was served a court summons by police in London on May 10 for refusing to take down a placard labeling Scientology a "dangerous cult".

The Crown Prosecution Service later decided there was no case to answer.

Despite several requests, no-one from the church was available for comment."

From: http://www.heraldscotland.com/anger-as-police-ban-placards-branding-scientology-a-cult-1.828801

And here's one of the earliest t.v. news reports on Anonymous by Sky News:

And a follow-up article from Scotland about banning the use of the word CULT on protest signs.


"Protesters celebrate city’s ‘cult’ stance
Edingburgh Evening News, Scotland, UK
May 27, 2008
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Tuesday May 27, 2008

Protesters who branded Scientology a “cult” were celebrating today after Edinburgh council bosses said they had “no objection” to the use of the word.

Earlier this month, a teenager taking part in a London protest held up a sign which read “Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult,” and was handed a court summons by police for refusing to put it down.

The Crown Prosecution Service has since ruled the word was neither “abusive or insulting” to the church, which counts actor Tom Cruise as a follower, and no further action will be taken.
Learn why Scientology is considered to be a dangerous cult
Keep tabs on Scientology

But to avoid similar problems in Scotland, protesters who regularly rally outside the Scientology centre on South Bridge contacted the city council.

A council official replied: “I understand that some of the signs you use may display the word ‘cult’ and there is no objection to this.”

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman also said the force had “no issue” with the use of word as part of a peaceful protest.

Jen Corlew, media director with human rights group Liberty, said today: “The leadership shown by the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to protect free speech is a positive step.”

The youngster in London was told his sign breached the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to display a “threatening, insulting or abusive” sign."



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A 15-year-old was served a court summons by police in London on May 10 for refusing to take down a placard labeling Scientology a "dangerous cult".

The Crown Prosecution Service later decided there was no case to answer.

Despite several requests, no-one from the church was available for comment."

Epic Nose Guy, as I recollect.

God, those were the days.

Thank you for this thread.

From: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/video-anonymous-announces-global-plans/

Video: Anonymous announces global plans
Molly McHugh September 28, 2011 By Molly McHugh

"Another new message from Anonymous announces plans to spread the group's movement.

Every time Anonymous announces a new plan to disable or expose the corporate world, reports of arrested members seem to surface. As the hacktivist group becomes increasingly public and its reach stretches, so does the FBI and other international agencies’ interest in shutting them up and shutting them down.

Of course, the ambiguous nature of Anonymous is what makes pinning them down difficult—and eradicating them nearly impossible. The group defines itself as leaderless and growing rapidly, and the demonstrations taking place in Manhattan coupled with those in response to the BART controversy in San Francisco give them some credence.

But an underground presence isn’t enough, and now Anonymous is announcing its plans to take things to the larger public arena. In the video below, the group explains it wants to inspire West Coast activists to take up the cause, and they aren’t stopping there:

“Next month marks a momentous shift in our history. Everyone, everywhere will be occupying their towns, their capitals, and other public spaces. Already we have made tremendous progress. In a little under a week, occupy initiatives have sprung up in 30 US cities. This is now bigger than you, or me. It is about us, a collective 99-percent that will no longer stand for the corruption, greed, and inequality that is rampant within our governing bodies.”

Anonymous’ Day of Vengeance came and went without much notice whatsoever, so we don’t blame anyone that immediately disregards the message entirely. But it’s worth noting that “Occupy” event invites have sprung up in West Coast cities. On Facebook, the groups have documents detailing what items participants will need for the protest and how to deal with law enforcement. It appears Occupy Seattle took place this last Monday, and Occupy Portland will take place on October 6."