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Police and members of Scientology church enter offices of XS4ALL ================================================================ Amsterdam - thuesday september 5, 1995. Today at about 14:00, XS4ALL was visited by Mr. S. Braan, bailiff. He was acting on behalf of the Religious Technology Centre, better known as the Scientology Church, or Scientology for short. He was assisted by a local police officer and Mr. Hermans from the 'Nauta-Dutilh' legal firm that represents Scientology in The Netherlands. Also present were two computer experts (Mr. Ootjes and Mr. Van Suchtelen) a locksmith (to enter had we not been present) and two American employees of Scientology, Mr. Weightman and Ms. Jenssen. Scientology is filing for seizure of XS4ALL's computer equipment. Under dutch law, this means that a bailiff comes in to record your assets. In real-life, the computer-experts that were present have recorded the types and serial numbers of all the computers in our offices. They did not take any equipment, the continuity of XS4ALL's services is not in jeopardy. What is this all about? ----------------------- The Scientology Church claims that the XS4ALL anonymous remailer was used to disseminate documents over the Internet to which the church holds the legal copyright. This has led the church to ask the president of the district court of Amsterdam to grant permission for this seizure as a prelude to legal procedures concerning damages suffered by the church. The remailer in question has been disabled more than 2 months ago. During the visit of Scientology to XS4ALL this afternoon, the remailer was not the subject of any conversation. The organisation seemed totally preoccupied with the information about Scientology that one of our users has put on his home page. Part of this information is said to be a file to which Scientology holds the copyright. If we were to delete the file in question on the spot, they were willing to drop the seizure. Responsability of Internet Providers ------------------------------------ XS4ALL categorically denies any responsability for contents of users' homepages. The users decide for themselves what is on their homepage. Since XS4ALL does not edit the homepages and has no mechanism of control over the contents we strongly feel that the users themselves are responsible for what they say on their homepage. This whole affair demonstrates the need for clarity concerning the legal postion of Internet Providers. We are shocked that our offices can be invaded bij freshly flown-in U.S. cult members. If we as Internet providers are held responsible for what our users say, that will undoubtebly kill freedom of speech on the net. Scare-tactics ------------- XS4ALL is not alone in receiving this kind of attention from Scientology. Scientology, a semi-religious multinational, is at war with a number of people on the Internet. A non-organized group of people on the net has started to openly discuss the activities of the church. Until recently, the church has always managed to supress critical voices by means of sheer intimidation and by engaging in endless legal battle. One of the people that Scientology has a problem with is 'fonss', an XS4ALL user that publishes the F.A.C.T.-net Kit on his home page ( This kit (which can be found on numerous homepages all over the Internet) consists of a large number of documents that show the true face of Scientology. One of these documents is a piece to which Scientology supposedly holds the copyright and which has been added to the kit without the church's permission. Additional information can be found on the Internet: news:alt.religion.scientology news:alt.censorship