is some kind of front group for the CoS is another myth that I
have never seen proven other than by the usual guilt by
association "proof" based on the fact that Sky
Dayton, the founder of Earthlink, is a Scientologist.
Earthlink is one of the leading
American internet provider. Founded in 1994 by Sky Dayton, it has currently
about five million subscribers.
Some Scientology critics have
unsuccessfully tried to scare users away from Earthlink for a single and
simple reason - that Sky Dayton was a Scientologist. They have claimed that,
because of this, the Church of Scientology controlled every users, scanned
through their mail, blocked them from critical sources of information,
traced their surfing through cookies, etc. A typical example of this can be
found here under.
These claims are unsubstantiated and
unfounded. As for so many of these critics claims, they are solely based on
mere allegations, scare tactics, and bigotry. This is like saying that the
Pope controls every users using providers founded by Christians.
Other critics, however, have pointed
out that not only have they found no evidence for these allegations, but
have also found evidences to the contrary. Some even deliberately setup
critical pages to provoke a reaction, with no result.
For example, Chris Walker, an
Earthlink user, received notification from one of the Scientology lawyers about a post
he made to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup, asking him to cancel
the post. Since Eartlink's news server is set up to reject cancels, he emailed the news admin asking him to do it.
The news admin basically replied that
the lawyer was out of luck. He then put up a mirror of Deana Holme's Lisa McP page for about a month to
further test them out. Not a word from Earthlink management.
Likewise, two posters put up a
test page years
ago and advertised it repeatedly in the alt.relgiion.scientology newsgroup.
The account owner never heard so much as a peep from Earthlink, and the site
is there to this day.
Here is a typical critical example of
weird allegations made by critics. May comments are below each paragraphs.
the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup :
firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Walker)
22 Mar 1999 00:00:00 GMT
On Fri, 12 Mar 1999 20:35:02 -0800, Laura Kay Fuller
>I am curious...
> I heard that Earthlink was owned by Scientologists and that they
censor sites accordingly. Is this true? Who else (other companies) are run by
SOrry to be so late in responding to this...but...No its not true.
I put up a mirror of Deana Holme's Lisa McP page for about a month to
prove this point. Not a word from Eearthlink management.
I also got a Ho-gram about a post I made to ars, asking me to cancel
the post. Eartlink's news server is set up to reject cancels. I
emailed the news admin asking him to do it. he basically replied that
the Ho was out of luck.
PS. See http://home.earthlink.net/~cybermule/scn/ for a couple of
pics that got one of the ARSCC members a hogram, and which got removed
vrom his site as a result. Ive had those pics there for a couple
months, since around thanksgiving. Not a word.
computer companies) I want to know who to avoid!
The Test Page
the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup :
Sun, 03 Sep 2000 17:18:22 GMT
Hrm, it's been a while since I've followed the
infamous Cipriano saga, but as
I recall, his credibilty was questioned by more than just Bern. Some of
claims seemed downright suspect, including the one about Earthlink, which
included a "secret building" nobody else had ever seen, and a
process that, apparently, missed the attention of any of ELNK's many
non-scientologist employees, partners, investors and co-owners.
A few years ago, we tested Earthlink's reaction time on entheta material
putting up the following page:
and advertising it repeatedly on a.r.s. The account
owner never heard so much
as a peep from ELNK, and the site is there to this day. It's not
proof, but it definitely indicates that ELNK has more important things on
corporate mind than scientology's reputation on the net.
In support for their claim, critics quote Robert J.
Cipriano's declaration which is a mixture of truth, distortions,
unsubstantiated allegations, hearsays, and rumors. Until concrete
evidences are introduced to support these claims, they have to be taken as
anecdotal evidences. Cipriano's credibility is also extremely thin.
He already admitted making false testimonies in Scientology-related
issues and even critics are divided when it comes to his different
"recants". More than a year after the declaration has been made,
it has still not been tried in court.
The news Times LA ran a full
featured article on the Cipriano issue, confirming that at the
beginning Earthlink was more of a Scientology company than it is now. With
the Mindspring mega-merging (they chose to keep the name Earthlink for
both company), the Scientology element is even more diluted, if still
present at all:
Cipriano says that Moxon arranged for him to work at Earthlink,
the major Internet service provider started by Scientologist
wunderkind Sky Dayton in 1994. In its early days, Earthlink's
employees and the majority of its subscribers were Scientologists.
But today the company serves more than a million customers, and
Scientologists have less presence on its staff.
The News Times provides the Earthlink's side about
Moxon helping Cipriano find a job at Earthlink:
Earthlink's George Williams acknowledges that Cipriano was
referred by Moxon. "Rick Moxon did refer him to our company,
but that's not unusual," he says. Williams says he's shocked that
Cipriano would suggest he was hired as a favor to Moxon. "That
statement is false. I interviewed [Cipriano] myself. He had a very
impressive list of accomplishments....Cipriano brought in five letters
of recommendation, and he probably had the most impressive
series of résumés that I've ever seen."
The newstimes further acknowledges that for the
wilder claim of Cipriano, one needs to be very skeptical:
Here's why you should be skeptical about what Graham
Berry and Robert Cipriano say about the Church of
[Snip Berry's part]
Robert Cipriano, meanwhile, is an admitted liar who says
that he willingly committed perjury last year by lying in a
deposition taken under oath. A nervous, chameleonlike
figure, Cipriano never seems to stay in one place or
situation very long. He spent five years living as a gay
man and now says he's straight. He was once a
successful Park Avenue businessman, but then couldn't
hold a job. He was willing to accept financial help for his
perjured testimony but now claims to be doing the
righteous thing by speaking out about it. His own
court-filed declarations make him out to be something of
a confused, pathetic loser who is usually either running
from a bad situation or running toward someone who will
give him a handout.
This is no "Scientology dead agenting" as
the article is otherwise *very* critical of Scientology, sometimes to the
point of buying common anti-Scientology urban legends. For example, the
---> Paulette Cooper, author of the Scandal of Scientology
(1971), became the target of Operation Freakout, an attempt by
church operatives to either drive her insane or get her put in prison.
The operatives managed to get Cooper indicted by framing her for
making bomb threats against the church. She was only exonerated
when documents detailing Operation Freakout were discovered by
This is straight out of the anti-Scientology book
and inaccurate. Operation Freakout was never enacted, as the FBI got hold
of the documents before. Not that Cooper wasn't harassed, it simply was
not part of this particular operation that ever remained on paper. There
are also no proof that the CoS framed her for bomb threat, only
suppositions, and she certainly was *not* exonerated when documents
detailing Operation Freakout were discovered by government agents. To see
the detail on this story see Paulette Cooper -
The Bomb Threat.
But on the whole, the article is fairly balanced and
well researched. What it says about the Earthlink and Scientology
connection reflects what is known otherwise on this question and confirms
that the link is very tenure and any nefarious influence almost
certainly ruled out.
The Skeptic Tank
If you want more example of the kind of empty
allegations so-called critics deem as "facts" and
"proof" of the connection, go to the critical pages named "The
Skeptic Tank (cough) Search Page" and type "Earthlink".
Here are just the first two examples that come up. My comments are in
EarthLink.NET is a Scientology front company
, origionally created and financed by the Scientology
crime syndicate  through money given to the cult by some of Hollywood's
high-paid actors 
False - it was
created by Sky Dayton, who is admittedly a Scientologist. This does
not automatically mean that it was created and financed by the
Church of Scientology
Numerious individuals who have worked for this cult front company in the
past have come forward  to describe the fact that EarthLink's help desk's
employees (all Scientologists as you'll see at the end of this list)  are ordered
 to claim that the Scientology crime syndicate
doesn't own and run EarthLink.NET. (See comments by ex-exployees of
EarthLink.NET on The Skeptic Tank's web site. .
Who are these "numerous individuals"?
False conclusion -
there is no indication whatsoever on this list that these people are
Loaded language -
the use of "ordered" implies they are blindly lying rather than just
stating the truth that Scientology doesn't own and run Earthlink.NET
Missing link - most
people won't wade through the whole site to search where these
comments might be. This is a way to imply substantiation without
The fact is, EarthLink.NET and RelayPoint.NET are both Scientology crime
syndicate front companys  that
work very hard to hide the fact and work very hard to down-play the
financing and origins of their companies .
False association - while there may be
indication that RelayPoint.NET is related to Scientology, there are
no indications of same for Earthlink.
The fact is, the security of one's e-mail which flows through these two
companies  is highly suspect  and
users who subscribe to either of these services should consider very
carefully the history of the Scientology crime syndicate
Call on fear
All in all, the author hasn't presented even a
single fact in support for his contention. He made a series of
unsubstantiated allegations, failed to provide links to support his
statements, drew false conclusions, made false associations, used
loaded language, and called on fear. The whole basis of his argument
is that Sky Dayton was a Scientologist. This is like saying that the
Pope controls every company founded by Christians.
Alas, this is the kind of "critical thinking
skills" typically displayed by Scientology critics populating the
email@example.com Diane Klein
firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce J Goldman - Boca Raton, FL
email@example.com Carol Heys - Pasadena, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Klein - Carlsbad, CA
email@example.com Michael Tilse
firstname.lastname@example.org Hans Eisenman - Los Angeles, CA
email@example.com Jack Molisani
firstname.lastname@example.org John Eberhard - El Monte, CA
email@example.com Ned Hoover - Palo Alto, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org Marie Gale - Charlotte, NC
email@example.com Michael O'Brien - Los Angeles, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org Dennis Clarke - Los Angeles, CA
email@example.com Alice Pero
firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Mead - Tujunga, CA
email@example.com Riggs Eckelberry - Topanga, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org Randy Tobin
email@example.com Aleksey Tsalolikhin - Los Angeles,
Earthlink Continues To Tamper with ARS
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 18:27:56 -0800
Something wierd is going on and I take great offense at it. The Church
of Scientology is well-known and reputed for taking extreme measures
against their critics, and it is also well-known that the President
& CEO is a dedicated Scientologist as are many employees of
Earthlink . Are
employees of Earthlink responsible for the non-accessibility to post on
a newsgroup composed of Scientologists and Scientology critics ~
alt.religion.scientology? I don't know! I have been assured by members
of the Earthlink corporation this is not the case. Yet, I (a former
Scientologist) continue to experience problems accessing the newsgroup
leading me to use the DejaNews link. 
allegation. How many of the total employees of Earthlink are
A relatively measured
sentence but a bit laughable in the assumption Earthlink may spend his
time trying to make it difficult for its users to access ARS
Also, in the last 2 months, unknownst to me, certain individuals have
been forging the most offensive, racist and anti-Semitic posts under my
Earthlink e-mail address, and crossposting these offensive messages to
newsgroups involving individuals targeted by these hateful messages. Yet,
Earthlink claims it can do nothing to prevent such occurrences.
Also, I am prevented from cancelling these forged messages from the now
13 newsgroups that have been crossposted .
is referring to the sporgeries.
Maybe he didn't see that it affected all servers, not just earthlink
varies between different servers. Scarff has not demonstrated the link
between this and intent on the part of Scientologist to set him up.
If this offensive activity is not dealt with appropriately in 48 hours,
then I will address it to Earthlink in a legal manner and change to
another reputable provider.
All in all, there
isn't a shred of evidence in this post. Scarff had problems with his
server and was victim of sporgeries, like thousands of other people in
and out of Earthlink. Yet, this is presented on Rice's site as yet
another "evidence" of Scientology controlling Earthlink.
the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup :
According to the site that originally broke the story about the Earthlink
"supercookie", the fears that a custom tag was sending
information that would
identify users were unfounded:
A brief recap (from the above site):
"We were EXTREMELY concerned about this because it could have
persistent, cross-domain, "super-cookie", which would provide a
reliable means for third-parties to track the movements of EarthLink's
across the Internet. Unlike traditional browser cookies which are only
presented to the domain which "set" them, this super-cookie,
added to the
traditional "HTTP User-Agent" header, would require no
"domain name match", it
would be sent ubiquitously with every Internet request made by the
and it would be sent regardless of the browser's deliberate privacy and
settings. Clearly an alarming cause for concern and attention. "
But, as it turns out, it wasn't quite as sinister as it seemed:
A False Alarm
"When we brought our concerns over this to the attention of the
EarthLink quickly stepped up to explain what was going on with their
(It turns out that this issue had been raised a number of times in the
various persons and within various forums in the PC industry, but for some
reason it was never brought to a complete resolution. It has been now.)
EarthLink explained that this scary looking "serial number like"
actually a composite of information gained from various characteristics of
user's computer and their Internet connection. "
And they even went on to decode it. So helpful :) Check the website for
full story, but in the meantime, Earthlink users, unpress that panic
Random Quote :
This web site is
NOT created by a Scientologist. It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER
who is critical of Scientology. However, this ex-member is ALSO critical
of the anti-Scientology movement. This does not make him a
Scientologist, nor a defender of Scientology.