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Operation Reconnect: Birmingham

We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us | 08.04.2008 14:01 | Repression | Social Struggles | Birmingham

Birmingham, April 5, 2008 -- Beginning at 11AM on April 12th, 2008, the group known as Anonymous will launch "Operation: Reconnect", an initiative designed to bring together families who have been torn apart and injured by the Church of Scientology's Disconnection Policy. Operation Reconnect in Birmingham will begin with a peaceful protest at 11AM on Ethel Street, off New Street, looking to continue until about 4PM. Dr Martin Poulter, a long standing critic and expert of the Church, will be in attendance, speaking to the public and giving interviews.

Anonymous consists of individuals from every walk of life united by common beliefs in Freedom of Speech and basic Human Rights; both of which are suppressed by the Church of Scientology[1]. The media have labeled Anonymous as a group of "Cyber Activists", while the Church of Scientology insists upon accusing the group of being "terrorists". Members of Anonymous wear masks to protest due to the Church of Scientology's aggressive policy of stifling criticism through abuse of the Judicial System[2].

In two previous worldwide peaceful protests, members of Anonymous gathered at over 100 cities with attendance over 10,000 on March 15th. The mission of February's protest was to bring to the forefront the controversial death of Lisa McPherson[3], while March's protest highlighted the Church of Scientology's unconstitutional tax exemption[4]. The protests were wildly successful, prompting massive media coverage in Los Angeles, New York City, and Clearwater, Florida.

Operation Reconnect's aim is to bring to light the Church of Scientology's immoral practice of Disconnection, through which they break up families and friendships to further isolate their members. Many former Scientologists have spoken about this in the past, however with Operation Reconnect this immoral practice is being brought to the forefront of media attention. The secondary goal for operation Reconnect includes informing the newer members of the Church of Scientology - most of whom are unaware of these practices - of the malicious intent of the corporation which runs Scientology.

Supporters of the Anonymous movement include Emmy Award winning television producer Mark Bunker[5], former high-ranking Scientologist Tory Christman[6], and former Scientologist (niece of current Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige) Jenna Miscavige-Hill[7].

An official statement of intent for Operation Reconnect can be found on, specifically at: YouTube - Operation Reconnect April 12th

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