Recently, everyone who pre-ordered a certain book on Amazon.co.uk received a letter
notifying them "This item has been removed from sale for legal reasons
." Amazon.com claims the book is temporarily out of stock. The book? The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology
by John Duignan. Interestingly, on November 5th, Tom Cruise
attended an "all hands" meeting of Amazon.com bigwigs. Photos.
A random coincidence? What about all those one and two-star reviews that kept disappearing
from books like Dianetics
and Science of Survival
Google censors search results
"Google, the world's most popular search engine, has quietly deleted more than 100 controversial sites from some search result listings. "
Google restores Xenu.net's webpages back into its index.
It looks like this was all started by Scientologists armed with the DMCA which makes an ISP liable for not only its content (cache) but also to where it links! Considering xenu.net is overseas and not subject to US law, this looked like a very easy way for the CoS to silence its critics. In the meantime anti-CoS geeks are buying up adwords on google to celebrate. [google search using just the word Scientology
] Refresh a couple time to see the ads.
Scientology Strikes Again
Last Saturday a comment was posted on Slashdot by an anonymous reader that contained text that was copyrighted by the Church of Scientology. They have since followed the DMCA and demanded that Slashdot remove the comment. After consulting with their lawyers, that's exactly what Slashdot did, but posted the above page with oodles of links to anti-Scientology resources. Will Scientology stop at nothing to silence its opponents?