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Three masked members of Anonymous San Diego (xenu.net) demonstrated on December 5 outside the headquarters of the Scientology/Hubbard Dianetics Foundation on Fourth Avenue. The building is listed for sale.

While it was a peaceful protest, one demonstrator (who asked to remain anonymous) said they've experienced “a few incidents over the last two years. There was a minor slapping incident a couple of months ago.” He said the cops come regularly because Scientology officials call to complain. “But we try to let the cops know when we are protesting,” he said.

While Anonymous members are usually masked to protect their identity, he said, “Sometimes I don't use a mask.” How do Scientology staffers react? He said, “One of them came out today. But he didn't have much to say.”

The protester clarified why he demonstrates against the religious group: “I have never protested for anything based on their religious belief. I couldn't care less if they think they are possessed by aliens. We're protesting their behavior.”

As for celebrities involved with Scientology, he said, “I don't care about Tom Cruise's religion. It's not about belief. I don't think he's involved with any of the illegal aspects. I don't think any of the celebrities are.” But, he added, “Scientology has a shell of these public members. They are the shills. They are the ones who are getting ripped off.”

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ObamAnon Dec. 7, 2009 @ 11:11 a.m.

Scientology is a pyramid-ponzi scheme run by a cult - a cult with a history of harassing and blackmailing critics who publish the truth about their criminal behavior. Kudos to David Batterson and the Reader for standing up to these intergalactic bullies.

exscientologykids (dot) com

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SanCarlosGuy Dec. 7, 2009 @ 7:04 p.m.

Interesting story and video, this looks to be a bigger story down the line. Keep up the informative articles like this one.

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abbeyrd Dec. 10, 2009 @ 6:17 p.m.

The protester clarified why he demonstrates against the religious group: “I have never protested for anything based on their religious belief. I couldn't care less if they think they are possessed by aliens. We're protesting their behavior.”

What about their behavior are you protesting?

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xenubarb Dec. 11, 2009 @ 4:55 p.m.

Recently the Scientology organization was convicted of fraud and practicing medicine in France.

In the US, they are being sued by a number of individuals who spent decades working for Scientology. Coerced abortions, slave wages, human rights violations are a few of the charges.

It is this behavior we object to. Everything they do is fraudulent, from their Narconon "drug detox" quackery, to the 'help wanted' sign outside their building.

They are a lying, money-grubbing cult that hurts people, destroys families, savings, and sanity with their poisonous behavior.

Just google 'scientology abuses.' You'll get more than you bargained for.

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Ponzi Dec. 11, 2009 @ 7:18 p.m.

I just started reading "Blown for Good, Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology" by Marc Headley.

Very interesting book. Too bad the cult keeps buying up all the copies.

<p>Amazon.com only has 2 left as of today.

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SDaniels Dec. 12, 2009 @ 2:17 a.m.

Is it really the cult buying up the copies, Ponzi? There are plenty of Web sites revealing their shenanigans, and mindblowingly wierd cosmology--easier access than a book...

Which sounds like fun vacation reading, by the way--will have to try and score one of those remaining copies! ;)

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dwbat July 20, 2012 @ 10:50 a.m.

Since Tom Cruise is a bachelor again, maybe he can buy the San Diego HQ and turn it into a swingin' Scientology party building! That would bring in some fresh recruits, too. Gotta keep their money machine moving.

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dwbat Sept. 19, 2014 @ 3:37 p.m.

The Scientology "church" previously applied for a Neighborhood Use Permit - Process Two, from Civic San Diego, to allow expansion of the downtown building. You can read about it here, as the decision is coming very soon: http://www.civicsd.com/images/stories/NOFD_-_Church_of_Scientology_9.17.14.pdf.

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