Anonymous members in their blind rage they call “protest” engage increasingly in what I call “stalking Scientologists”.
The availability of cell phone cameras everywhere and miniature voice recorders already makes it easy to violate privacy but Anonymous adds a new dimension to it: propagation of such pictures and videos on the internet and merging this audio-visual material with name and address information of the victim.
Those “exposures” are usually done with the purpose to get as many as possible other Anonymous members to harass the victim by email, mail, fax or phone. In effect, such actions are not only an attack of Freedom of Religion but actively limit Freedom of Speech of Scientologists, as they are an attempt to punish Scientologists just for being there and communicating. In the least this behavior actively prevents dialog.
In cases not related to Scientology openly stated purposes for this activity vary from “driving him into suicide” to “scare the hell of of her”. In a recent case in California, a woman got indicted for using false names and credentials (that of a 16 year old boy) which had ended with this adult driving a 13-year old girl into suicide. Other cases, like the pinpointed harassment of alleged Scientologists “Ruthie” or John Lawson (see below) show the blind hate of Anonymous members when it comes to only “suspected” members of the Church of Scientology.
In my opinion it is time that the victims fight back, get out of their shells and get those Anonymous members who resort to intimidation and harassment properly reprimanded or prosecuted.
I am open for ideas and your opinion. Please check the link section for examples first.
PS: To define “stalking” a bit better I looked up the law for California. There are other laws in other States and countries which are quite similar, but I think this comment on laws in California summarizes it best:
In California, both criminal and civil laws address stalking. According to the criminal laws, a stalker is someone who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another (victim) and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place the victim or victim’s immediate family in fear for their safety. The victim does not have to prove that the stalker had the intent to carry out the threat. (California Penal Code 646.9, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov)
The criminal penalty for stalking is imprisonment up to a year and/or a fine of up to $1,000. There are more severe penalties when the stalker pursues the same person in violation of a court restraining order, with a sentencing range of two to four years imprisonment. Persons convicted of felony stalking also face stricter penalties if they continue to stalk their victim(s). Courts may issue restraining orders to prohibit stalking. (California Family Code 6320)
Here are a handful of examples in no particular order
all information from public internet sites 2008
Project Chanology Operations – current illegal Anonymous agenda
screen copy, 5 June 2008, partyvan.info/index.php/Project_Chanology/Portal
Anonymous “inspiration source” Encyclopedia Dramatica’s “rogues gallery” of Scientologists, with alleged names. (I blanked the names, false or not – PDF Screenshot)
John Lawson, suspected of being a Scientologist, gets harassed (PDF)
Another photo and name collection of Scientologists (I blanked the names again, PDF)
Anonymous activities on a guy called “Tylor King”, to illustrate the normal behavior. (PDF)
and so on.