On October 5th, 2023 Hillary Rodman Clinton joined with the infamous Ted Patrick and Rick Ross as the newest of America’s notorious “deprogrammers.”
Deprogramming dates back to 1974 and uses coercive tactics to “force individuals to rethink their positions.”
Wikipedia reports, “According to sociologist Eileen Barker, “one does not have to rely on the victims for stories of violence: Ted Patrick [the father of deprogramming], one of the most notorious deprogrammers used by CAGs [cult-awareness groups] (who has spent several terms in prison for his exploits) openly boasts about some of the violence he employed.” A number of other prominent members of “cult-awareness groups” have been convicted of violent crimes committed in the course of deprogrammings.“
Hillary Clinton on Trump supporters: “At some point maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members.”
— ALX 🎃 (@alx) October 6, 2023
According to Wikipedia:
- Deprogramming is a controversial tactic that seeks to dissuade someone from “strongly held convictions.”
- Ted Patrick, the “father of deprogramming”, formed an organisation he called “The Citizens’ Freedom Foundation” and began offering ‘deprogramming’ services to people who wanted to break a family member’s connection to an New Religious Movements.
- Patrick’s methods involved abduction, physical restraint, detention over days or weeks while maintaining a constant presence with the victim, food and sleep deprivation, prolonged verbal and emotional abuse, and desecration of the symbols of the victim’s faith.
- Deprogramming became a controversial practice due to the violent and illegal nature of some of its methods.
- Law professor Douglas Laycock, author of Religious Liberty: The Free Exercise Clause, wrote: “Beginning in the 1970s, many parents responded to the initial conversion with ‘deprogramming.’ The essence of deprogramming was to physically abduct the convert, isolate him and physically restrain him, and barrage him with continuous arguments and attacks against his new religion, threatening to hold him forever until he agreed to leave it.“
- Deprogrammers generally operate on the presumption that the people they are paid to extract from religious organizations are victims of mind control or brainwashing.
- Critics contend that deprogramming and exit counseling begin with a false premise. Lawyers for some groups who have lost members due to deprogramming, as well as some civil liberties advocates, sociologists and psychologists, argue that it is not the religious groups but rather the deprogrammers who are the ones who deceive and manipulate people.
Here are the details about deprogrammers in American history according to Wikipedia:
|1974||Kathy Crampton||Love Family||The abduction and deprogramming were televised across the United States; shortly after what was thought to be a ‘successful’ deprogramming, she went back to the group. Deprogrammer charged with kidnapping but acquitted.||Ted Patrick|
|1980||Susan Wirth, a 35-year-old Professor of English living in San Francisco||Activist groups: Coalition to Fight the Death Penalty; African People’s Solidarity Committee; anti-nuclear||Taken off the street and shoved into a van by 4 kidnappers, at the instigation of her parents. The parents paid US$27,000 for the deprogramming, which included being gagged, handcuffed to a bed for two weeks, denied food and water and repeatedly threatened. Despite the ordeal Wirth remained committed to her causes and spoke out against deprogramming, but declined to press legal charges against her parents.||Ted Patrick|
|1980||Roberta McElfish, a 26-year-old Tucson waitress.||Abduction and attempting to deprogram. Deprogrammer convicted of conspiracy, kidnapping, and false imprisonment; sentenced to one year in prison and fined US$5,000.||Ted Patrick|
|1981||Stephanie Riethmiller, who lived in Ohio||lesbian relationship||Kidnapped by deprogrammers hired by her parents; she was allegedly held against her will and repeatedly raped. Filed civil charges against her parents and the deprogrammers, which were dismissed in a trial that generated some controversy in the media.|
|1981||Thomas Ward||Unification Church||Held captive for 35 days and subjected to physical and psychological abuse by deprogrammers and family members. In Ward’s civil action the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal civil rights laws protect against religious discrimination. The judgement contradicted the (then common) “parental immunity” principle in such cases.|
|1990||Elma Miller, an Amish woman||liberal sect||Deprogrammers hired by her husband to return her to him and the Amish church. Criminal charges of conspiracy were filed against the husband, brother, and two others but were later dropped on her request to the prosecuting attorney.||Ted Patrick|
|1990s||Jason Scott||Pentecostalist group called the Life Tabernacle Church (part of United Pentecostal Church International)||Unsuccessful deprogramming. Scott became a former member and sued. The jury awarded Scott US$875,000 in compensatory damages and US$1,000,000 in punitive damages against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), and US$2,500,000 against Ross (later settled for US$5,000 and 200 hours of services “as an expert consultant and intervention specialist”).||Rick Ross|
BTW, in 2016 under Barrack Obama the Federal Justice Department got involved in “deprogramming” its own agents:
The Justice Department announced Monday its agents and attorneys will undergo training aimed at recognizing and reducing “implicit bias” (see below).
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said that research shows most people experience some degree of unconscious bias, so this training will purportedly help to ensure the country’s criminal justice system is “fair and impartial.”
Got it? The DOJ is going to deprogram this “unconscious bias” we have, so that our criminal justice system will become not more effective, but more warm & fuzzy.
Sort of like what Department of Justice officials did when they pulled back all training materials used for law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups claimed were offensive.
Or when Department of Justice officials decided that mosques (aka jihad factories, where homegrown terrorists are radicalized) would be off limits to FBI agents. After all, surveillance of or undercover string operations in these jihad factories would offend delicate jihadist sensibilities, not to mention the sensibilities of ordinary, peace-loving Muslims. Never mind that ordinary, peace-loving Muslims should have zero problems with rooting out ‘extremists’ among them, but who are we to question why they do?
So next time you hear administration officials tell you that Islamic terrorism cannot be defeated by force, ask them if they’ve actually tried to do so without tying our law enforcement’s or military’s hands behind their backs.
Oh, and next time you see, for example, police stopping and questioning a black youth, please keep in mind they may be investigating a crime committed by a white youth, but don’t want to be accused of having implicit bias.
We can now formally add Hillary Clinton to this official list of “de-programmers.”
©2023. Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) October 6, 2023
Hillary Clinton suggests that Trump supporters need to be placed in reeducation camps.
“At some point maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members.”
What are your thoughts on her vile comments? pic.twitter.com/hfuqt9Xv2m
— Paul Hookem 🇺🇸 (@PaulHook_em) October 6, 2023