Anon’s 2 jail campaign: any updates?

Does anyone have an update on this guy?

Guilty Plea in ‘Anonymous’ DDoS Scientology Attack

A Nebraska man is pleading guilty in federal court to a computer-disruption charge for his role in the 2008 distributed denial-of-service attack that temporarily shuttered Church of Scientology websites, the authorities said Tuesday.

Los Angeles federal prosecutors said Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, 20, signed a plea agreement Friday admitting his role in the January 2008 attack (.pdf) –- bringing to two the number of defendants convicted in Anonymous’ attack on Scientology. Next week, Mettenbrink is expected to officially enter his plea, which carries a year sentence, prosecutors said.

“He took their websites down,” Assistant United States Attorney Erik M. Silber said in a brief telephone interview from Los Angeles. “Anonymous: I think one of their primary missions is to bring down the Church of Scientology.”

Mettenbrink’s attorney did not return repeated telephone calls.

Last year, another member of the online troublemaking group Anonymous, Dmitriy Guzner, pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to a year in prison in what at the time was the first-known prosecution of an Anonymous member.

Past Anonymous targets include uncool virtual worlds, an epilepsy message board and a neo-Nazi webcaster.

(from Privacy Digest)

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34 Comments

  1. I was just wondering, louanne, if you had plans to finish this conversation? I am genuinely interested in your thoughts.

  2. Thank you tld. I would have enjoyed louannes response, but sadly, she has not addressed my comment yet. I do notice that she keeps creating posts about the same few petty criminals; there just aren’t many Scientology critics being arrested, it seems, so she must harp on the few that have been.
    Perhaps she’ll get lucky, and some critic will murder some father on his kid’s birthday, she would love that. But, between the two groups, only a professed scientologist has done that… Only one of the groups has multiple felonies. I wonder why such a difference?

  3. Good points, bigdaddy, like I had mentioned in my last posting.

    I notice that Fowler was just found competent to stand trial for 1st degree murder. As more information comes out, it just sounds horrible- there was so much blood, it says, makes me sick just to think about it. Does anyone know why he was denied bail?

    I wonder if the material in the briefcase will be entered into evidence…

  4. Yeah, Anon, those like you are the reason that Hitler rose to power! You really need to stop your support of an organization with members that have been:
    Convicted of fraud
    Convicted of manslaughter
    Convicted of libel
    Convicted of filing fivolous lawsuits
    Convicted of espionage
    Convicted of criminal association
    Convicted of organized fraud
    Convicted of perpetrating a multi-million dollar ponzi scheme and funneling millions to his group…

    …wait, I’m sorry- wrong list! Those were SCIENTOLOGISTS convictions! How embarassing, my mistake. Here’s the anon list:

    Computer hacking
    Malicious mischief
    Trespassing (and daisy trampling)

    Sorry, that’s better. As you can see, anonymous is clearly the group full of dangerous criminals that needs to be stopped!

    Of course, if we want to go for alleged crimes, I’m sure we can, and surely Louanne here has some knowledge of who filmed the video, but I’m sure she’s already gone to the police with that information, so we can just wait for the arrests!

    Louanne, you site anon for “accus(ing) some ominous “organization” – comprised of individuals – of horrible things without being able to prove them”

    Do you not do the same to all critics? You seem to try to lump them all under one banner, when one does not exist. The truth, indeed, is that people from all walks of life protest the group, each for their wn reasons. You charge him to “Go help somebody for real! Find the fun and joy that goes along with helping someone and improving their lives.” Maybe he does not do such things, maybe he does. Maybe he feels that those that are ignored within the group need help. Me, I am active in not only my own church, but also volunteer at the local temple and even a mosque. I volunteer at the soup kitchen every weekend, donate to multiple charities, work closely with our brave, injured veterens, and find time to work at the local humane society, when time allows. And my dear wife makes me look like a lazy man, with all that she does! We enjoy helping others, and believe that something can be done about “it”, and take an active role in seeing that happen. So, we may not fit your image of a scientology critic!

    So, perhaps you can understand our point, where we, the critics, do pity those such as Rex Fowler, for instance. With respect to Pat, I won’t bring up the murder (of the man who was on his way to see his son on his birthday, if you recall), but you may note that he DID confess to stealing money to give to scientology. Isn’t that a crime?

    History repeats itself, because Scientologist Reed Slatkin did the same, but on a much larger scale, and remains in prison to this day.

    So, perhaps you can see our prespective, to some degree. Deep down, we all want to help people, that’s why we’re all so deeply involved. We may disagree on who needs help, but the motivation remains.

  5. ” Comment by Anon on March 7, 2010 7:00 pm
    “Another point why they are not comparable – and that’s the crucial one – is that the Church of Scientology is a religious organization with the purpose to serve their parishioners with training and Church services and to inform the public about its teachings.”
    And that’s exactly what’s so laughable about you and your church. You are getting owned .. jaddajaddajadda…. all it does is garner sympathies for the kid and shows your evil intentions, that are devoid of any true compassion.”

    Hold your horses, Anon. I understand you have sympathy for some criminals, and believe or not, I do too. I pity them actually, for them getting caught in a group that thinks death and bomb threats are “fun” and terrorizing individuals is “for the lulz”.
    I pity them and you for your obvious denial of human dignity and for your fanatic approach to the subject. You deny Scientologists to be human beings with emotions and individual thoughts. You deny them having rights like anyone else. But yet you accuse some ominous “organization” – comprised of individuals – of horrible things without being able to prove them. That is your only justification, rumors and turning a blind eye to the real world. You are the type of person that got your country occupied for decades and that still gets your country in human rights reports year after year. I don’t know what to tell you other than: Go help somebody for real! Find the fun and joy that goes along with helping someone and improving their lives.

    – L

  6. Let’s seperate things real quick,

    where are the people protesting freezone? Oh, there are a few, sure, but the majority of those that oppose the freezone scientologists are members of the corporate entity cos. Basically, the cos is to freezone as anon is to the cos. Wild stuff. But no masked protests by anon at fz establishments, are there?

    So you can’t say that anonymous I’d against SCIENTOLOGY itself. They, in general, support the group that can do the tech for free, and without many many reports of abuse, or even convictions for abusing their members.

    Still claiming that anon opposes the religion of Scientology? Thad very easy to see as untrue. The only ones that denounce the freezone’s rights to practice their beliefs are other paying scientologists. If memory serves, this blog, or it’s sister site, has even mocked their beliefs. Is that irony or hypocracy?

  7. “Another point why they are not comparable – and that’s the crucial one – is that the Church of Scientology is a religious organization with the purpose to serve their parishioners with training and Church services and to inform the public about its teachings.”

    And that’s exactly what’s so laughable about you and your church. You are getting owned full force by a bunch of basement dwellers and are struggling hard to keep the moral high ground. In fact you don’t have it and never had it. You are so pathetic and fail that you can’t even compete with a bunch of internet kiddies. Your church is full of lies and stupidity and your main representant is a clown, who gets celebrated by us every time he appears on TV to defend the ridiculous, criminal pile of shit that is the Co$.
    The only “wins” you celebrate is when a college kid goes to jail and you can write another bloated, exaggerated propaganda article trying to paint Anonymous as a “hate group”, hoping that it would somehow change the public perception of Co$ critics, while all it does is garner sympathies for the kid and shows your evil intentions, that are devoid of any true compassion.

  8. I’ll read your sales pitch later, give you a chance to catch up on questions you’ve ignored. You still think all critics of Scientology are anons, don’t you? And you still think anon is only made up of critics? Sad.

    Anywho, if hubbard ever comes back, we may get some answers, about how he feels about those he put in charge being roved, or most of hid former staff being dm-declared sp’s. (he is coming back, right?)

    but today’s scn is not what hubbard set up. And you support that. Me, I think the group has a right to survive hubbard’s way, despite your suspicious efforts go support the coup.

  9. “Comment by Bigdaddy on March 7, 2010 3:48 pm
    Would you like to make that comparison?”

    No. Because you would compare an organization with a track of 60 years and millions of members with a horde of anonymous people who have not even survived 2 years and might number a couple of hundreds and whose personal crimes might not all be known for reason of their anonymity. These two groups are not comparable.

    Another point why they are not comparable – and that’s the crucial one – is that the Church of Scientology is a religious organization with the purpose to serve their parishioners with training and Church services and to inform the public about its teachings.

    You can’t compare that to a group like Anonymous who is a bunch of people who grouped up for the sole purpose of harming others, provoking and ridiculing them and last but not least to destroy a religious organization. Their intent and agenda is criminal to start with, at least in a moral sense. No wonder Anonymous says about their “motto”: “We ruin the lives of others because we can.” (https://scientologymyths.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/anonymous-flier.pdf)

    That’s almost 100% the legal definition of a criminal organization.

    – L

  10. Personal exprience. She never lasts long here.
    But, if you would like, Lou, we can post legal/court convictions of scentology critics and those of scientologists, and see whose are more violent, costly or terrible. Would you like to make that comparison?

  11. ” Comment by Bigdaddy on March 7, 2010 10:08 am
    You can’t prove such things to pat, anon.”

    Buhaha…. I am not opposed to personal critique but what’s your proof to say that Pat can’t deal with actual evidence? Like a conviction? Like Guzner, Housh and some others got and that actually got them in jail and/or on probation? That’s real life happening, bd, not your illusions.

    – L

  12. For the record:

    ” Comment by Anon on March 7, 2010 9:57 am
    Yes i can prove it, but i don’t need to prove it to you.
    It will be proven to the authorities and to those people that count.”

    Sigh. Piss off, you are a waste of time.

    – L

  13. You can’t prove such things to pat, anon. No matter how many times scientologists are convicted or confess to crimes, the critics are still the criminals. This is what hubbard said, so it is echoed here.

  14. Yes i can prove it, but i don’t need to prove it to you.
    It will be proven to the authorities and to those people that count.

  15. And, pat, do you believe that fowler is innocent? Or do you have a belief either way?

  16. Pat, what are your standards for evidence? Is a legal conviction sufficient?

  17. Then (to use a popular phrase here), what you’re saying is thatyou can’t prove that what you’re allegating is true.

    Pat

  18. Nope, it is not my job to waste my time proving to you brainwashed drones the obvious.
    Do your own research.

  19. Dude, how is that evidence or proof? All I see is an allegation. In America, the media is not a court of law tho’ it tries to think it is sometimes.

    the constitution states (not verbatim) “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”.

    Where’s the court data on scientology crimes? All these are, by apostates, are allegations. Let’s get some real proof here for once, instead of pushing unproven propaganda.

    Pat

  20. Evidence? Here:
    http://cbs4denver.com/crime/rex.fowler.ciancio.2.1463614.html

  21. What rule did I violate, that caused you to censor my question? Is it wrong to point out that there are plenty of pieces of evidence, as you reqest, showing that anon’s claims are correct? To include court records?

    • You didn’t ask a question.

  22. pot…kettle…black

  23. ” Comment by Anon on March 5, 2010 6:53 pm
    Not off-topic. You call Anonymous a hate group, that commits hate crimes on the basis of this harmless shit, that didn’t hurt anyone. At the same time the members of your group commit REAL crimes and murder people.”

    Your brainwashed waffle pisses me off. But let’s assume you are right. Would you mind to pass on some evidence?

    – L

  24. By Louanne’s argument and stated standards, yes, that is how it works. She’s certainly welcome to a double standard, but preference is that she not try and present her biases as proof.

    And they have to make such a leap to explain the “anonymous” movemen! “They do it because they want someone else to take responsibility for their crimes!’ “They do it because they just want to oppose something that’s good!” But, sadly, that’s a very clear rhetoric (sadly, not in the classic definition, but the conventional one) that’s oft repeated from one scientologist to the next. But it doesn’t past the second grade logic test! But, that’s okay, whatever they want to believe, I suppose.

    But, such thoughts are necessary for them. Wow, someone like me, who has no crimes (I don’t even speed! I don’t drink, no drugs, no psych care) and do not proit in any way financially- I wonder how they would explain me, and the many like me? Why would I possibly oppose scientology? I can tell you- I oppose the mangement of it because I’m trying to save it. That’s right, believe it or not. People are free to beleive what they want, but they should be safe from those in which they place their trust. Not all are, and that’s easily verified by the sheer number of past members with frightening stories, and the number of current believers that choose to operate OUTSIDE of the managment structure, because of the things that they’ve experienced.

    As I said, Luke- it’s super that you’re having a good time with your group, but I am very concerned that you ignore your fellow believers that are in danger, pain or misery. True, that if it’s true for you, it’s true for you- but not everyone shares your reality. And by ignoring that reality, if even outside of your staunch defense of the group online, you are turning your back on some fellow scientologists.

  25. I can’t help but laugh at the corners Lou and Pat get themselves in.
    It’s called logic.

    I’m glad the kid is being made to take responsibility for his actions….and so am I about Rex not successfully taking himself out so he can also take responsibility for his actions.

    So if the kid makes all Anons criminals, Rex makes all Scientologists killers…isn’t that how it works??

  26. So you are saying, louanne, that When a critic of Scientology commits a crime, it’s a reflection on ALL critics. Basically, you hold opponents responsive for the crimes of others.
    Yet, when a scn murders someone, you absolve the group, to include yourself, of all guilt.
    How is that NOT hypocricy?

  27. Not off-topic. You call Anonymous a hate group, that commits hate crimes on the basis of this harmless shit, that didn’t hurt anyone.
    At the same time the members of your group commit REAL crimes and murder people.

  28. Anon, off-topic.

    – L

  29. It means Anonymous-think and Anonymous-agenda has created another criminal. It also means that two years after the crime there are still people being jailed. That gives me hope that they’ll book the rest of them eventually.

    – L

  30. Hey, louanne, let’s pretend, for a moment, that we know AS FACT that this Kid committed the crime, and that he did so because the target was Scientology. What would that prove or mean?

  31. No,do you have any updates on Rex Fowler, the OT8, who is charged for first degree murder?

  32. Unlikely, the source for Wikipedia is CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/26/scientology.hacker/) and as usual for Wikipedia is inaccurate in the details.

    Wikipedia: “Brian Thomas Mettenbrink plead guilty to participating in denial of service attacks against the church of Scientology and was sentenced to a year in prison.”

    CNN (Reference for above Wikipedia): Mettenbrink is expected to plead guilty in federal court next week to a misdemeanor charge of accessing a protected computer with authorization. He agreed to serve a year in prison, Mrozek said.

    Minor detail… that should mean that Mettenbrink is at home still.

    – L

  33. According to wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group)#, he was sent to jail for a year.


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