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Google, Yahoo, And 'The International Scientology Crime Syndicate'

What do Google, Yahoo, and The Church of Scientology have in question? They're among the dozens named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a Florida federal court.

What do Google, Yahoo, and The Church of Scientology have in question? They're among the dozens named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a Florida federal court.The plaintiff, Peter Letterese, is alleging that The Church of Scientology runs a worldwide criminal network and has been assisted by Google, Yahoo, and the other defendants.

Really, it's not clear what the plaintiff is talking about. And that's a shame, because if you're going to make wild accusations, they may as well be entertaining.

It seems Letterese, an ex-Scientologist, had a copyright dispute with the Church of Scientology in the past and lost.

Regardless of what one thinks of The Church of Scientology, Letterese's case is a dog. Neither Google nor Yahoo will waste any time on it. It won't go anywhere.

But one thing about the complaint is noteworthy: Google and Yahoo are named in the complaint, but Microsoft isn't.

It seems that Microsoft, which once had a fearsome reputation, is no longer menacing enough to be worked into conspiracy theories.

(And really, Yahoo!, the company that insists on having an exclamation mark in its name, is far too cuddly to imagine as part of some evil! conspiracy...provided you ignore its activities in China.)

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