Police and members of Scientology church enter offices of XS4ALL

		***** XS4ALL NEWS-FLASH  *****

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, thuesday september 5, 1995, the scientology church raided
the xs4all offices for a seizure. The permission of seizure that 
scientology got against xs4all was issued on a false claim, relating 
to a remailer that had not been active on xs4all for more than 2 months.

During scientology's visit no word was said about this remailer,
as it was not running at xs4all at all. The only concern seemed
to be a homepage from one of our users (http://www.xs4all.nl/~fonss).
This homepage contained the fishman affidavit, to which scientology
claims copyright. We had no prior notice about this homepage, and never 
had the chance to contact the user. According to the user, fonss, 
scientology had not contacted him about his page. (the scientologists 
that where present at our offices specifically told us that they had 
talked to this user, and 'where at his door'.)

We have explained to scientology's legal representation, and to the 
scientologists that where present that as a provider we do not accept 
responsibility for contents that our users disseminate. Users homepages 
are the responsibility of the users themselves, and not of the internet-
provider. This fact is supported by various politicians in 
dutch parliament, and by several organisations whom we had previously
consulted about this matter.

After scientology's visit we wrote an email notice to our user, fonss, 
explaining him what had happened at the xs4all offices earlier that day. 
We also explained our visions regarding his homepage, and that we would
not assume responsibility for it, as it is the users' own responsibility.
We have not asked our user to remove any content from his homepage,
as this is not our business. After our letter the user voluntarily removed the 
fishman affidavit, and now has made a hyperlink to the same document on 
another site on internet.

After scientology's visit we noticed that a personal snailmail-letter 
adressed to one of our staff was missing. The sender of this letter
was called by scientology about 1 hour after the visit to our offices.
Ofcourse we will demand a thourough investigation into this whole case,
first because of the seizure that was issued on false grounds, and then 
because of the personal letter that appears to have been stolen. 

The whole case has attracted a fair amount of media coverage. We've
been handling journalists most of the day. They seem to be extremely
shocked by this whole situation, and reflect that in their media-coverage.

	The xs4all staff


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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

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.


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
(http://www.xs4all.nl/~fonss). 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

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