Brainwashing: a Threat to Us All

 30 April 2008

The University Women’s Club, Audley Square, Mayfair, London.

Hosted by The Family Survival Trust. The University Women’s Club, Audley Square, Mayfair, London.

Professor Ben “Zablocki”, world-renowned expert on the sociology of religion, who currently holds the chair in Sociology at Rutgers University, USA, gave the keynote speech at a seminar presented by the Trust.

He sought to prove that brainwashing exists as a technique widely used by those seeking to exert inappropriate control over others, including by pseudo-religious organisations whose activities can have tragic consequences for individuals and their families, and terrorist groups who pose a global threat to public safety. He is currently writing a book on the subject of brainwashing.

Tom Sackville, former Home Office Minister and Chairman of The Family Survival Trust, commented:

“It is a matter of great regret that our UK authorities have for years followed the advice of local academics, some of them known to be involved with or even supported by cults, instead of common sense: they have thus adopted an irresponsibly laissez-faire policy based on the idea that brainwashing does not exist.

“Any rational observer can see that this is nonsense – how can young people be turned so absolutely against friends and families and throw away their lives for the benefit of obviously bogus religious leaders, or plot to blow up themselves and hundreds of innocent bystanders, unless their minds have been systematically interfered with?

“I hope Professor Zablocki’s visit will help alert UK government and media to the connection between abusive cult behaviour and national security, and demonstrate that mind control techniques are a potent weapon in the hands of evil people.”