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A 19-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to knocking the Church of Scientology's Web site offline in a series of January 2008 online attacks.

Dmitriy Guzner, of Verona, New Jersey, was part of an underground hacking group called Anonymous that has made the church a target of several attacks. He had been expected to enter a guilty plea when he was charged last October, but it was not formally entered until Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

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Well if your gonna be a hacker, thats a good target. I wish I could condone it, but 1st Amendment and all kinda gets in the way.
I, too, would love to condone his actions. I can't however. But I sincerely understand where the lad is coming from. Geeze these Scientologists wreak havok, they are like a virus when they get your name or e-mail. But it's not OK to stop folks from spewing their filth, er, speaking their minds.
I want to keep my 1st amendment rights, so I cannot condone silencing another's. Oh, he's my secret hero on one part of my brain, but the other overrides~
The main reason I condone his actions are because, arguably more so than any other cult/religion, Scientology is a scam. It's the religious version of a pyramid scheme, but with a body count.
Aiden - you doing the May protest? I'll be out in Clearwater outside Flag
I'd love to, but I do not live near there and will be traveling to Pennsylvania that day anyway.
I want to keep my 1st amendment rights, so I cannot condone silencing another's.

Scientology has a long history of abuse regarding net vandalism and silencing of critics. Amongst their crimes -

* sending forged cancel group messages to remove alt.scientology.* groups from Usenet, in addition to -

* Post bombing bots to flood groups and make them unreadable

* Cancel bots to delete legitimate posts

* Shutting down anon.penet.fi anonymous remailer

* Various denial of service attacks

That's the tip of the iceberg. I don't view this is a free speech issue. It's more of a much deserved draino enema to give them a dose of their own medicine.
Yes, in view of all the abuse of former members, critics, and journalists, I'd call this poetic justice.
Most members of the leaderless Anonymous group *ahem, cough cough* stick to LEGAL forms of protest, such as pickets (upcoming May 23rd! Grab your mask and signs!) I can't say I don't admire his cojones though.
Agreed. The sentence is ridiculous. Drunk drivers do less time.
It is a religion after all. *puke*




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