Battling Scientology

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2008

While Anonymous has no formal hierarchy, it appears that, when it comes to issues involving the CoS in Boston, Housh is a key organizer: still, renegade Anons didn’t have to consult with Housh (and didn’t) about picketing Katie Holmes’s Broadway debut earlier this month in New York (in previews, and they planned to protest Opening Night this week), or hacking Sarah Palin’s e-mail this past month, or “raiding” various Web sites with whom they have a beef, such as in June.

Still, while there are no sanctioned leaders, Anonymous has advanced an uncompromising strike against Scientology.

“None of us had any clue about how to do any of this before,” says Housh, “and now people are starting to recognize us. We were handing out flyers on Boylston Street recently and this one guy walked right past us, so I yelled, ‘Sir — at least tell us that you’re with us.’ When he realized that we were against Scientology, he turned around, told us to turn on our cameras, stuck both middle fingers in the air, and yelled, ‘Hey, Tom Cruise — fuck you!’ ”

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