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Since the Church of Scientology's inception in 1954, numerous Scientologists have been involved in scandals, at times serving prison sentences for crimes, such as those committed in Operation Snow White. When mainstream media outlets have reported alleged abuses, however, representatives of the church have tended to respond by counterattack, blaming the allegations on critics with an alleged agenda to misrepresent the organization's intentions. Many critics have called into question several of the practices and policies that the Scientology organization has in place in regards to its dealings with its critics and detractors. (via Freebase)