Another bystander snagged by Scientology paranoia
About ten minutes later the doorbell rang, some fellow claiming to be a process server. I signed for a package and wished him a good night. What I found was a DVD of a video that Scientology posted on YouTube a few days before. A really cockamamie, overblown thing entitled “ANONYMOUS, hate crimes.” I’ve seen it associated with some Scientology outing page. Since it was YouTube there were a number of complainants and the entire YouTube channel was taken down. I think the video is still around somewhere.
Anyway the letter is,..... I don’t really have words,... horrendous? It says more or less that I am responsible for all of these-death threats and to stop doing that immediately. It goes on to say that Anonymous is MY organization!
I’m deeply DEEPLY angry over this, my feelings are hurt. Not about being called the mastermind of Anonymous, I’m rather proud of the protest movement. If I am responsible for that than I must be some kind of freaking genius!
But the other thing, the implication on paper that I’m a mad bomber and make death threats? I’m a US service veteran, I held high level clearances, decorated, served with distinction and was honorably discharged. I have a large extended family, many friends and a spotless record. I own property in Largo Florida and I’m a devoted husband and father. How dare this organization say this kind of stuff. Death threats? Bomb threats? I personally am responsible for a popular movement of thousands of people-worldwide?
Did I wake up on the right planet?
I’m flummoxed! This is kind of like making someone responsible for an earthquake, a solar flare or the wind. I wish I had that much control over tens of thousands of people, but I don’t. I’m just one guy in the edges of it. I took some video during a protest.