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VINE VOICEon 11 February 2009
This is an excellent, if somewhat disturbing, book. It covers the full gamut of techniques used to subvert the human will, ranging from inducing chemical imbalance through stressing (wall standing, hooding and malnutrition), sensory deprivation, hypnosis, subliminal messaging, socialisation and various forms of mind control. These techniques are used to induce "disordered brain function" at which point individuals can be manipulated and reprogrammed into a new belief system.

Case studies include the activities of large corporations in advertising their products, the Moonies, KGB methods of inducing false confessions from innocent people - and the use of such methods against the IRA (which the IRA promptly used against those it tortured).

In the case of the CIA they employed William Sargeant and Ewan Cameron (both now dead) on the MKULTRA project before becoming disillusioned with the results after the pair had destroyed the health, memories and lives of countless patients. President Ford later destroyed many of the papers relating to the project and forbade the use of such techniques in the future.

The most despicable aspect of the project was that it was carried out by scientists who willingly used and abused other human beings in the name of science. That the battle for the mind was fought in a free society by anything other than rational debate should concern everyone. Cameron accused Nazi medics of things he himself did, Sergeant sought to denigrate religion by claiming he used similar methods as that of evangelists.

Although the crude techniques used to produce the Soviet show trials of the 1930's are more sophisticated today they are still in use by governments around the world. Those who appear capable of most resistance are people with strong religious beliefs although everyone apparently has a breaking point which is why opponents of groups such as the Moonies initially went in for a kidnapping and reprogramming approach themselves.

Such an approach produced one of the few amusing moments in the book when a group rescued a girl from a cult and returned her to her parents with the words, "She's a Christian again". The parents were bemused she had been Jewish before she had joined the cult!!!

The balance of this book is maintained by the reference to the various "satanic abuse" trials that arose from the misplaced zeal of social workers in the 1980's and 1990. Even after all the evidence has been amassed and the accusations refuted some still refuse to believe that children had not been abused. Streatfeild remains suitably detached.

This is unquestionably a five star book. Brain washing is inimical to a free society. Everyone should read this book and determine for themselves how far our thoughts are genuinely our own. Get it as soon as possible.
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on 20 April 2010
A great book detailing this history of brainwashing from various means including military experiments with hypnosis and LSD, religious cults, hidden messages in heavy metal albums, right up to modern interrogation techniques.
No pie-in-the-sky conspiracy theories here, this book is based on factual accounts and is excellently researched.

It's written in an accessible, easy-to-read style and is what used to be deemed a "page turner".
If you have an interest in this subject, you won't be disappointed.
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on 31 July 2013
whether this is all true or not.....im starting to believe this HAS and IS going on....in all truth it makes me angry that these "elite devil worshippers " think we are below them, and they do as they want, are above the law......us the real people need to do something about these cretins....this is a scary read, but sadly i feel it isnt fiction, its happening
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on 1 March 2016
The author made a very impressive research and interviewed a massive quantity of people.
Although sometimes the book seems to stray a bit from the main topic, it always stays very compelling.
To be honest, I was skeptical but this book won me over.
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on 17 July 2007
...because you certainly won't find one here. Dominic Streatfeild has his head firmly screwed on and his feet on the ground. This book is a detailed history of all orms of mind control, and their use, from the interrigation methods of the KGB to the alleged problems of heavy metal in the 1980s, Streatfeild has covered it all. I would strongly reccoment this book to anyone, you won't be disappointed.
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on 17 January 2017
I was hoping to get some useful information from this book, but it reads like a cheap detective novel. Overall, the author is highly dismissive of programs like MK ULTRA and the long term effects of ritual abuse. As a counsellor who has worked with several young victims of such abuse, I can tell you that this is very real - this book seems almost intended to cover up information about what authorities are capable of more than reveal it.
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on 10 January 2009
This is an interesting book about mind control and the various military and political agencies involved in its development and application. A fascinating read that combines well-researched information with critical analysis. Could have been made more accessible for the general reader and could have been made less sensational. Nonetheless well worth a look.
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on 17 April 2013
A very well resourced work with an excellent conclusion that de-constructs the entire subject and its assimilation into the collective culture and understanding of the subject.
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on 4 May 2008
very well written - never resorts to sensationalism

tours the conspiracy theories of mind control including the soviet show trials, CIA LSD Tests, the moonies, satanic cults, and Judas Priest's "Do it".

i knew bits and pieces prior from early excursions via books such as apocalypse culture - it was very rewarding finding everything in one place and the questions it raises in our current climate
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on 17 August 2011
Excellent book. All the information you need to alter the state of any nation to create your own master race. Great tips on a variety of mental torture techniques that will make the general population putty in your hands. I particularly like the Russian & Korean techniques....these guys know how to get the truth out of you and admit to crimes you haven't even commited (but you think you have - Amazing!). Couldn't believe the CIA were responsible for the influx of LSD into modern day society...(oh hold on, forgot that US pharmaceutical companies wouldn't make any money if they couldn't sell pills and potions to cure all the poor affected souls who took the drug). All in all an enjoyable read, well written and researched. Can't wait to put the theories into practice ready for my own master race creation. Any volunteers please get in touch!
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