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June 14, 2008
Operation Sea Arrrgh

Operation Sea Arrrgh focused on Scientology’s Sea Org: the Church of Scientology’s private navy.  Sea Org members sign a billion-year contract upon joining, and are expected to return to the Sea Org when reborn.  While Scientology contends that the billion-year contract is merely symbolic of the dedication members are expected to hold and that members are free to leave if they wish former Sea Org members have alleged that members are restricted from leaving, and that those who do leave are retroactively billed for any auditing or training they have received, and not permitted to receive former Scientology services until the bill is paid.

Additionally, this was the first global raid that included a strong “dress up” element to the theme.  With the “Sea Org” topic, a pirate theme the logical choice for costuming.  This had to be the most fun of the early raids, as the pirate theme led the already lighthearted mood of the raids to be even lighter.

I later put together a Photography set called “Operation Sea Arrrgh” based on this raid.  This was also the raid that Scientology’s lawyers, in sending me a cease-and-desist letter, claimed to have identified me as having participated in.


Various pirate-themed costumes and anti-Scientology signs.  Various pirate-themed costumes and anti-Scientology signs.  Various pirate-themed costumes and anti-Scientology signs.

Various pirate-themed costumes and anti-Scientology signs.


John McNonymous, dressed in a manner resembling a naval dress uniform, holds a sign saying, "Dear Scientology, stop being evil, KTHX.  Sincerely, ANONYMOUS."

John McNonymous, dressed in a manner resembling a naval dress uniform, holds a sign saying, “Dear Scientology, stop being evil, KTHX.  Sincerely, ANONYMOUS.”


This time around, the Rickroll was done live, on guitar.  It went quite well, until the Anon singing it flubbed a line, leading him to comment, “I know you all know it.”


Three women hold three signs.  "Ask me why I'm wearing a mask" is a common sign since Anonymous wears masks to their protests (since Scientology is known to retaliate against their critics), "Google Jeremy Perkins" refers to a person who ultimately flipped after his mother used Scientology treatments to help his mental illness, and "Google Fair Game Policy" refers to Scientology's practice of "Fair Game" as described above.  Unlike many other protest groups I've demonstrated with, rather than simply displaying URLs, many Anon signs encourage people to do their own research, inviting them to use Google to search for the terms that get mentioned.

Three women hold three signs.  “Ask me why I’m wearing a mask” is a common sign since Anonymous wears masks to their protests (since Scientology is known to retaliate against their critics), “Google Jeremy Perkins” refers to a person who ultimately flipped after his mother used Scientology treatments to help his mental illness, and “Google Fair Game Policy” refers to Scientology’s practice of “Fair Game” as described above.  Unlike many other protest groups I’ve demonstrated with, rather than simply displaying URLs, many Anon signs encourage people to do their own research, inviting them to use Google to search for the terms that get mentioned.


Wutman holds up a flag that Anonymous DC created specifically for this raid.  It combines elements of the Sea Org emblem with elements of the flag of the District of Columbia.

Wutman holds up a flag that Anonymous DC created specifically for this raid.  It combines elements of the Sea Org emblem with elements of the flag of the District of Columbia.


Play swordfighting on the triangle.


A member of the Epic Fail Brigade lays on an inflatable sea creature in the median of Connecticut Avenue.

A member of the Epic Fail Brigade lays on an inflatable sea creature in the median of Connecticut Avenue.


Crossing the street in order to enturbulate on the west side of Connecticut Avenue.

Crossing the street in order to enturbulate on the west side of Connecticut Avenue.


Operation Sea Arrrgh was also the last raid where Scientology hired a rent-a-cop on a Segway to keep demonstrators away from the front of the Org.

Operation Sea Arrrgh was also the last raid where Scientology hired a rent-a-cop on a Segway to keep demonstrators away from the front of the Org.


July 12, 2008
Spy vs. Sci

Spy vs. Sci was almost an afterthought.  Anonymous DC was planning the “Over 9000 Anon March” at the Lincoln Memorial for the following Saturday, and so many people were spending their time and energy on that raid, where Anonymous chapters from all over the country would be coming to Washington to raid with us.  Thus the sixth global raid, which one DC Anon described as a “glorified flashraid”, drew a much smaller crowd than previous DC raids.  But for those in attendance, it was a fun little raid.  I tried out my then-new zentai costume, and we handed out lots of literature, mostly promoting the then-upcoming Over 9000 Anon March.  The name was a play on Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy feature, and the theme brought light to the Church of Scientology’s controversial Office of Special Affairs (OSA).  While the Church of Scientology views the organization as a way promote its “social betterment works,” and to “oversee social reform programs”, those outside the organization have viewed it as more of an intelligence agency, and that is the view that we adopted for this raid.


I made my first appearance in zentai at the Spy vs. Sci raid.  Considering that it was a very hot July day in Washington, many questioned how I could possibly be comfortable in the zentai.  Turns out that the zentai kind of wicked the heat away, and as a result, I did better than most of them.

I made my first appearance in zentai at the Spy vs. Sci raid.  Considering that it was a very hot July day in Washington, many questioned how I could possibly be comfortable in the zentai.  Turns out that the zentai kind of wicked the heat away, and as a result, I did better than most of them.


In a twist on the "ask me why I'm wearing a mask" theme, this person encourages people to search for Operation Freakout, which was a plan to have journalist Paulette Cooper committed to a mental institution or incarcerated, or "at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks," according to a Scientology document.  Thus we wear masks - to protect ourselves from these kinds of behaviors by Scientology.

In a twist on the “ask me why I’m wearing a mask” theme, this person encourages people to search for Operation Freakout, which was a plan to have journalist Paulette Cooper committed to a mental institution or incarcerated, or “at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks,” according to a Scientology document.  Thus we wear masks – to protect ourselves from these kinds of behaviors by Scientology.


MaidofWin makes her first appearance at an Anon raid.

MaidofWin makes her first appearance at an Anon raid.


The Epic Fail Brigade makes its final appearance at a global raid.

The Epic Fail Brigade makes its final appearance at a global raid.


A woman wearing a necktie and a surgical mask holds a sign saying "STOP FAIR GAME".

A woman wearing a necktie and a surgical mask holds a sign saying “STOP FAIR GAME”.


Another Anon holds the "SPYLON: U FAIL" sign.

Another Anon holds the “SPYLON: U FAIL” sign.


"Religion is free" banner held on the Connecticut Avenue median.  The image of Will Smith is included because he and his wife had recently announced that they were going to open a new school that used L. Ron Hubbard's educational methods known as "Study Tech".

“Religion is free” banner held on the Connecticut Avenue median.  The image of Will Smith is included because he and his wife had recently announced that they were going to open a new school that used L. Ron Hubbard’s educational methods known as “Study Tech“.


This woman holds a sign with an arrow pointed directly at the Org.

This woman holds a sign with an arrow pointed directly at the Org.


Epic win for Arnie Lerma!  Lerma got a choice spot to park his truck with "BAN SCIENTOLOGY" on the sides - right in front of the Org.  Boris Korczak then came over to congratulate him on his great placement.

Epic win for Arnie Lerma!  Lerma got a choice spot to park his truck with “BAN SCIENTOLOGY” on the sides – right in front of the Org.  Boris Korczak then came over to congratulate him on his great placement.


With a flipped mask, this Anon indicates that Scientology is also backwards.

With a flipped mask, this Anon indicates that Scientology is also backwards.


The cake at this raid also followed the Spy vs. Sci theme.

The cake at this raid also followed the Spy vs. Sci theme.


July 19, 2008
Over 9000 Anon March

The Over 9000 Anon March was Anonymous’s first national raid.  While the monthly raids are generally referred to as “global” raids, each Anonymous chapter conducts its global raid separately, at its local Scientology Org.  For the Over 9000 Anon March, all of the Anonymous chapters were invited to Washington DC to for a raid in front of the Lincoln Memorial.  The name is a play on a few things.  First of all, the general theme of the name is a take on the title “Million Man March“.  Then “Over 9000” is a play on an anime scene from Dragon Ball Z, where a character announces regarding a power level, “It’s over 9000!” which became a popular Internet meme.

The day was divided into three parts.  The first was the raid at the Lincoln Memorial.  Then everyone headed to Ballston to go to Bailey’s for dinner.  Following Bailey’s, everyone headed down to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (same hotel as where AnonyCon was held) for an afterparty.

All in all, the day went well.  The raid was an astounding success, though it was a shade too hot outside for a masked protest.  Additionally, rather than go to Bailey’s, a group of DC Anons flash-raided the Org for extra enturbulation points before heading to the Hyatt.


Longcat makes another appearance.

Longcat makes another appearance.


The cake eating contest.  The goal in this contest was to completely consume your cake in the fastest time, using only your face.

The cake eating contest.  The goal in this contest was to completely consume your cake in the fastest time, using only your face.

The cake eating contest.  The goal in this contest was to completely consume your cake in the fastest time, using only your face.


Photographing the cake eaters and lending encouragement.

Photographing the cake eaters and lending encouragement.


One person painted their Guy Fawkes mask brown, and wore an afro wig.

One person painted their Guy Fawkes mask brown, and wore an afro wig.


Well, I'll be - it's Jesus!  "Jesus" was from San Francisco.

Well, I’ll be – it’s Jesus!  “Jesus” was from San Francisco.


The Epic Fail Brigade makes its final appearance at the Over 9000 Anon March.

The Epic Fail Brigade makes its final appearance at the Over 9000 Anon March.


Two Anons, I believe from Boston, showed up wearing green zentai suits.

Two Anons, I believe from Boston, showed up wearing green zentai suits.


Announcing the "trap contest" on the sound system.  The trap contest was essentially an Anonymous spin on a womanless beauty pageant.

Announcing the “trap contest” on the sound system.  The trap contest was essentially an Anonymous spin on a womanless beauty pageant.


Conducting the trap contest.


The winner of the trap contest!

The winner of the trap contest!


AnonGurl sings a song about Scientology’s practices.


A young Anon sings “Where Is Love?” from the musical Oliver!  This was completely off-message, but she was adorable, and put on a good performance.

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