ALLEGATIONS OF MIND CONTROL AND PROGRAMMING BY SATANIC CULTS
Many adults enter counseling with no recollections of childhood sexual abuse (CSA).
However, if they receive Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT), then some will
recover CSA memories. Some therapists claim an 80% success rate; a few claim 100%. Often
memories emerge during meetings of survivors; sometimes they materialize during
Since the early 1980s, approximately 17% of the clients who recover memories of CSA
go on to uncover memories of ritual abuse or of Satanic or Sadistic Ritual Abuse
(SRA). Some also progress to a diagnosis of Multiple Personality
Disorder (a.k.a. Dissociative Identity Disorder).
Mental health professionals debated whether such memories were of real
events, or were an unintended iatrogenic phenomenon arising from the
experimental RMT therapeutic techniques. A split developed among professionals. Most memory researchers believed
that recovered memories should not be regarded as valid unless corroboration is first
obtained. 1 Many therapists believed that the memories
represent actual memories of real events. Various professional organizations
recommended against accepting recovered memories as accurate without external
verification; however they did little to combat the proliferation of RMT
This conflict raged during the late 1980s and into early 1990s. Patients and
clients continued to be exposed to various experimental therapies, even
though there was:
||No hard evidence of SRA actually had happened anywhere in North
||A lack of experimental studies showing that memories can be
repressed and later recovered.
||Obvious decline in the mental state of the clients during therapy.
||Massive destruction of the clients' families of origin due to
uncorroborated accusations of CSA and SRA.
A series of high-profile court cases with multi-million dollar
settlements against RMT therapists brought pressure by malpractice
insurance companies, mental health professionals, the media, and the
general public. By the late 1990s, recovered memory therapy was largely
discredited, and belief about the validity of MPR/DID was in rapid
Common SRA memories:
SRA memories usually include being forced to attend Satanic rituals conducted by
inter-generational, secret cults. They were forced to watch and sometimes participate
while animals and infants were tortured and ritually murdered; the victim's flesh was
eaten and their blood consumed. There are many indicators that
such cults do not exist and that the SRA memories are actually images that feel
like memories of events that never happened.
Allegations of SRA mind-control programming:
Along with memories of Satanic rituals, many SRA survivors recall being subjected to
sessions by the cult; this lead to mind control by the cult. The Los Angeles
County Task Force on Ritual Abuse 2 described programming
"Mind control is the cornerstone of ritual abuse, the key element in the
subjugation and silencing of its victims. Victims of ritual abuse are subjected to a
rigorously applied system of mind control designed to rob them of their sense of free will
and to impose upon them the will of the cult and its leaders."
Elements of mind control programming are often believed to include:
||A Satanic (or similar) religious cult, sometimes involved in criminal activities.
Alternatively, a secret federal government agency or men's fraternal organization is
||The cult contains many civic leaders: local government office holders, police, judges,
doctors, Christian clergy, etc. Many members attend Christian churches on Sunday and put
on Satanic robes at other times.|
||The cult needs to develop robot-like behavior in children so that when they mature, they
will take over the organization of the group and continue the abuse into the next
||The cult tests children at a young age. Those who are have an average or low ability to
dissociate are killed in ritual sacrifices; those who can readily dissociate are retained
||By a highly sophisticated program of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, the children
are taught to dissociate. When they are unable to handle the pain and terror, their mind
drifts elsewhere to a safe place. They become able to block out the abuse. Eventually, the
dissociation becomes so complete that multiple personalities are created. These
alternative personalities (or alters) are a natural defense mechanism within the
brain of a child when they are confronted with more abuse than they can handle. Each alter
adsorbs some of the memories of the abuse. The child will eventually have a single
dominant personality which is in control most of the time, and is unaware of the
programming and of the presence of the alters. However, control can be transferred to an
alter for intervals of time.|
||These alters are programmed to perform certain specific functions. For example:
||return the survivor to the cult upon command for further abuse or programming
||commit suicide if the survivor discloses information that might threaten the safety and
security of the cult
||disrupt therapy, through thought-stealing, mind scrambling, emotional outbursts or
distancing from the therapist
||burn, cut or otherwise mutilate the body
||send status reports back to the cult, etc.
Neswald et al lists a number of typical ritual abuse programs.
||Along with alter programming, certain triggers are established that will cause a
particular alter to emerge and perform their pre-programmed function. These triggers may
be a word, sound, color, picture, time, date, hand sign, etc., or a combination of events.
Exorcist and fundamentalist Christian Bob Larson writes: "For example,
and [sic] SRA survivor may be programmed so that every time he sees the
color red a self-mutilating alter will come out and cut the body."
||As part of its programming, the child is required to kill animals and/or infants, and to
feel guilt for the murder. This reinforces their low self-image and feelings of
hopelessness and lack of control and power.|
||As an adult, the survivor is unaware of the programming and SRA. They do not realize
that they are suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
or Dissociative Identify Disorder (DID). Recollections of abuse are locked up in
the alters' memories.|
||One of her alters is recalled periodically by the cult for further abuse and
programming. This often occurs on "call-back" years, at ages 27, 30, 33 etc.
when the survivor feels that she must either return or kill herself. She might be recalled
for an entire weekend of abuse; on Monday morning her memories are a complete blank,
although her physical condition would be dreadful.|
||A few adults are driven by emotional problems to seek therapy. Under hypnosis and other
suggestive treatments, awareness of the alters and of the cult abuse and programming can
emerge. Suicide ideation and successful suicides are relatively common among individuals
recovering memory of SRA and of programming.|
Is programming a real phenomenon?
We have been unable to uncover hard evidence of its existence. Like SRA itself, there
are thousands or tens of thousands of people who have recovered memories of having been
programmed in cults. Many have been diagnosed as suffering from MPD/DID. But such memories
are highly suspect. 1
We have been unable to find any hard evidence of these forms of abuse
motivated by religious principles, like the worship of Satan. There have been no criminal charges or convictions. We have been unable to find any instance where a survivor was followed during a
recall to the cult. We have never been able to locate a survivor of cult-induced
programming who has had continuous memories of the abuse. We have never found a credible
Satanic ritual abuse disclosure by a child. We tentatively conclude that no programming,
and in fact no Satanic Ritual Abuse is perpetrated by organized
cults in North America. However, with a population of about 300 million, it is
possible that Satanic ritual abuse does exist, but is an extremely rare.
Why Do People Believe in Programming?
Foundational beliefs which are commonly held by people who believe in programming and
mind control are:
||the psychological programming derived shown in some movies [e.g. The Manchurian
Candidate (1962)] are possible in real life.
||that "brainwashing" techniques used during the Korean war were much more
effective than they really were.
||that the CIA pilot projects in mind control (Artichoke: 1951-1953;
MKULTRA: 1953-1963; MKSEARCH: 1963-1973), which used drugs, hypnosis, hallucinogens, sensory depravation etc.,
were not shut down in the 1970's due to lack of useable results as is generally believed.
They have been continued secretly to the present time.
||that memories recovered during hypnosis and other forms of suggestive therapy are always
accurate recollections of real events, no matter how bizarre or improbable they may seem
Under pressure from the Anti-Cult Movement, the American
Psychological Association gave legitimacy to these beliefs in their DSM-IV manual.
5 They described a type of dissociative disorder that can "occur in individuals who
have been subjected to periods of prolonged and intensive coercive persuasion (e.g.
brainwashing, thought reform, or indoctrination while captive)"
The concepts of programming, triggers and mind control became widely accepted
among feminist, religious and social conservatives, and other groups. By 2005,
support for these beliefs has almost vanished.
Specific programming techniques:
We suspect that these programming techniques are derived from clients
undergoing recovered memory therapy.
||Psychologist Cory Hammond of the University of Utah has lectured on
what he believes to be the Satanic
techniques of mind control. He claims that a team of Nazi doctors had been conducting mind
control experiments in concentration camps. They came to the US after the war to secretly
continue their experiments for the CIA. They allegedly programmed and tortured children on
army bases across the US. At this time, the CIA, NASA, the Mafia, Hollywood and some
business leaders are part of a massive, tightly controlled Satanic network which is
gearing up to rule the world. He asserts that children are programmed from age 3 to
teenage years; this involves disorienting noise, flashing lights and electric shocks. He
believes that alters are created to perform specific functions. Programmed is done in
layers; some are:
||Alpha layer is general programming
||Beta controls sexual behavior including knowledge to make kiddy-porn
||Delta are assassins and are responsible for slashing
||Theta are psychic killers; through mental energy, they can cause another person to
develop a malignant brain tumor
||Omega self-mutilate and commit suicide
||Gamma provide misinformation and create confusion
||Zeta has information to produce snuff films
||According to the Los Angeles County Task Force on Ritual Abuse, 2techniques used by the cult include:
||physical abuse: starvation, thirst, pain, drugs, exhaustion, physical isolation, sexual
abuse, disorienting bright lights.
||emotional abuse: the creation of moods of terror, guilt, shame, emotional isolation and
||cognitive abuse: being kept in a state of ignorance, confusion; being taught that God
has abandoned them and that Satan is in control
||Dr. John D. Lovern has described spin programming, a "newly uncovered
technique of systematic mind control which he uncovered during therapy with his
patients". He believes that it is used by Satanic cults to simultaneously modify
the programming of a number (perhaps all) of a survivor's alters. If the patient is aware
of their alters, then she will report that many or all of them are feeling a common
emotion (e.g. fear, depression, etc.). They will complain of dizziness and of a sense of
spinning internally; parts of their body may move rhythmically. The survivors tell of
starting programming at the age of three. Many methods are used:
||lying horizontally on a rotating table
||horizontal spinning about the long axis of the body (as in a barbecue)
||attached to a vertical rotating table (like the arms on a clock)
||attached to a vertical spinning pole
||confined upright inside a vertical spinning cylinder
Dr. Lovern implies that most (perhaps all) survivors may have been exposed to long
periods of spin programming.
||A person with MPD called "all of us" has described a color programming
method that she believes is in standard use by Satanists worldwide. One color is
associated with each alter or grouping of similar alters; it may be the clothes' color
that they are visualized as wearing, or the color of the "room" that they live
in. Pink are infant alters; red are Witches and sexually compliant alters; black perform
rituals; purple are the supervisors; light blue protect the body; dark blue protect the
cult; orange handle emergencies; yellows are spiritual alters; green alters maintain ties
to the family or origin; browns are disguise alters; sliver are alters with ESP powers;
gold are the senior administrators; white is the principle personality; platinum is the
||Pamela J. Monday and Denny Hilgers describe many programming methods in
their essay "Recognizing and Classifying Programming." Two are:|
||"The Carousel is usually found in the center of the Double Helix. Within
the carousel there are mirrors and a shadow system. There is a key in the center
of the carousel. The carousel spins and moves up and down repeatedly. The
function of this program is to add confusion and avoidance. The mirrors and
shadows are within the carousel which help prevent further deprogramming. Often
the use of special light to light up the right path through the mirrors and
shadows in order to reach the key has been helpful. Spiritual Interventions can
be helpful here, as three 'floating spirits' (False Prophet, Hoofed One, and
Dragon) are frequently found in this program."
||"The Scrabble system contains letters, numbers, and mathematical
exponents. This is a very detailed system, with no room for error. A sequence of
numbers or letters might set off this programming. For example, if the therapist
writes a series of numbers such as '31133113', '13113311', or '11331313', and
the patient responds to one or all of these series of numbers, you may have the
Scrabble system. There is a lot of torture and trauma associated with this
program because it is so sophisticated and difficult to learn. As programming
proceeds, any mistakes made by the survivor will be severely punished." 6
C.A. Ross, "Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment", University
of Toronto Press, Toronto ON, (1994), P. 139
Los Angeles County Commission for Women: The Ritual Abuse Task Force, "Ritual
Abuse", Los Angeles CA (1991)
D.W. Neswald, C. Gould, V. Graham-Costain, "Common "programs" observed
in survivors of satanic ritual abuse:, California Therapist, (1991-SEP/OCT), P. 47-50.
Bob Larson, "MPD and Satanic Ritural [sic] Abuse (SRA)," at:
American Psychological Association, "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, Fourth Edition", Washington DC (1994)
P.J Monday & Denny Hilgers, "Recognizing and Classifying Programming,"
Web sites which promote beliefs in mind control programming by Satanic
Web sites which are skeptical of mind control programming by Satanic cults:
||Evan Harrington, "Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia: Notes from a
Mind-Control Conference," This is a skeptical review of the 1995
conference sponsored by the Society for the Investigation, Treatment and
Prevention of Ritual and Cult Abuse (SITPRCA), titled "Cult and
Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, and Dissociation: A Multidisciplinary Dialogue."
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