The Relationship Between Mind Control Programming and Ritual Abuse, by Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D. (Revised 11-14-2004)
Organizations with a wide range of political and criminal agendas have historically relied on coercive interrogation and
brainwashing of various types to force submission and information from enemies and victims, and to indoctrinate and increase
cooperation in members and captors. In modern times, these techniques are used by political/military/espionage organizations,
race/ethnic hate-groups, criminal groups (e.g., child pornographers and sex rings, and international traffickers of women,
children, guns, and drugs) and exploitative and destructive cults with spiritual or other agendas. Methods of "thought
reform" used by such groups include intimidation, social isolation, religious indoctrination, threats against victims
or their loved ones, torture, torture of co-captives, and brainwashing through social influence or deprivation of basic needs,
such as sleep or food (see Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000), by Steven Hassan).
Mental health and law enforcement professionals working with severe trauma are increasingly seeing victims of torture
for the purpose of installation of more covert mind control, that is, mind control that was "installed" in a deeply
dissociated (without conscious awareness) state, and controls the person from these unconscious, dissociated, states of mind
(Boyd, 1991; Coleman, 1994; Hersha, Hersha, Griffis, & Schwarz, 2001; Katchen & Sakheim, 1992; Keith, 1998; Marks,
1979; Neswald & Gould, 1993; Neswald, Gould, & Graham-Costain, 1991; Noblitt & Perskin, 2000; Oksana, 2001; Ross,
2000; Ryder, 1992; Rutz, 2001; Sheflin & Opton, 1978; Smith, 1993; Weinstein, 1990). The evidence of the existence of
covert mind control has begun to surface in the legal arena as well (e.g., Orlikow v. U.S., 682 F.S. 77 (D.D.C. 1988).
The following list describes 12 forms of mind control, beginning with thought reform that is registered consciously, with
memory, through the most covert forms of mind control, in which the individual has no memory of the installation, and is controlled
beyond conscious awareness.
Levels of Brainwashing and Mind Control from Least to Most Complex and Binding, and often used in combination, especially
in ritual abuse:
1. Terrified Submission: Outward compliance, but one's own beliefs and identity are preserved.
2. Willful Compliance: A disturbed or abused child/adolescent/adult is provided with objects, drugs, affection, sex, "freedom",
etc., and chooses the abuser over his/her current life situation.
3. Stockholm Syndrome: Terror (abuser harms victim or threatens victim and his/her family with violence), plus isolation
from prior support, often combined with lies of family abandonment, lead to dependence on abuser(s), and perceived loyalty
to the abuser.
At 10:15 A.M. on Thursday, August 23rd, 1973 the "Sveriges Kreditbank" of Stockholm, Sweden was rocked by sub-machine
gun fire.(1) "The party has just begun", announced a 32 year old prison escapee named Jan-Erik Olsson. "The
party", indeed, continued for some 131 hours, or five and a half days, as Olsson held four of the bank's employees hostage
in an 11 by 47 foot vault until late in the evening of August 28th. ...Later interviews with the four hostages yielded surprising
results -- results that have been confirmed in numerous other "hostage situations" in the years that followed. Even
though the captives themselves were not able to explain it, they displayed a strange association with their captors, identifying
with them while fearing those who sought to end their captivity. In some cases they later testified on behalf of or raised
money for the legal defense of their captors. The Swedish location of the "Sveriges Kreditbank" gave its name to
this mental aberration as "The Stockholm Syndrome". http://www.yahoodi.com/peace/stockholm.html
4. Religious Indoctrination: A psychologically weak or dependent person submits to a charismatic leader who claims to
be spiritually connected to some kind of God, professing to be chosen for a spiritual agenda, promises salvation to devotees
and eternal damnation promised to non-followers.
5. Brainwashing through Social influence: An individual is placed only among successful "converts" to the abuser
or cult, who profess the belief system of the group, while the person is isolated from family and previous support systems
6. Brainwashing through Deprivation of Basic Needs: Sleep, food, water, combined with chanting, social isolation, etc.
"Brainwashing"... describes .... the process of indoctrination that... occurred to some American prisoners of
war during the Korean War (1950-1953). It is a term coined by journalist Edward Hunter (1951) to describe "thought reform"
programs and methods developed by the Chinese Communists after taking control of China in 1949. The Communist Chinese hoped
to influence their own people and some prisoners of war enough to cause them to change their beliefs and accept beliefs as
true that they previously had considered false. Their methodology included starvation, deprivation of sleep and isolation
of victims alone in a prison cell or a small room for long periods of time where they feared for their lives. They were told
repeatedly and harshly that their political, religious or social beliefs were wrong while shown the advantages of complying
with their captors' position. http://www.thefamily.org/dossier/statements/brainwashing.htm
7. Self-View as an Accomplice or Evil: Abuser forces victim into double-binds that cause the victim to feel culpable.
8. Unidimensional directives are communicated during severe abuse, convincing affected personalities that the abuse will
re-occur if the programmed mandate is broken. The most common are, "Remember to forget" the abuse and "Don't
tell" about the abuse. A central function of most mind control is to cause the victim to physically and psychologically
re-experience the torture used to install the programming should she or he act in violation of programmed commands. The re-experience
of the original torture often includes somatic manifestation of the original injuries, such as bruising and swelling, though
not to the degree of the original injury.
9. Spiritual "Programming": Evil attachments, claims, curses, covenants, etc. Witchcraft ritual abuse seeks
to "attach" evil entities (spirits of abusers and demons) to dissociated identities to harass and control victims
for their entire lives. Claims, curses, covenants, hexes, vexes, etc. are used to forever malevolently define victims as evil,
physically or mentally ill, socially devalued and isolated, sexually enslaved, a murderer, a cult member, a witch, etc.
10. Psychic driving: Taped messages are played for hours non-stop while the person is in states of consciousness altered
by sleep, electro-shock, sensory deprivation, inadequate food, water, sleep, oxygen, isolated, confinement or other torture.
This methodology was utilized by Ewen Cameron, MD, in the 1950s (See film, "The Sleep Room" about 1950s CIA
funding of his research.) In 1997, the U.S. CIA was sued by a number of Dr. Cameron's ex-patients. The Canadian court found
in favor of the patients who endured Dr. Cameron's tortures in the name of creating a more efficient Manchurian Candidate
for the CIA championed by Allen Dulles, the man behind the MKUltra projects. Electroshock, according to Dr. Cameron's protocol
would do the following (Emery, 1977):
First Stage: In the First Stage of electroshock amnesia, the subject loses much of her recent memory, "yet she still
knew where she was, why she was there, and who the people were who treated her." (J. Marks, 1979, p. 135). That is called
keeping your "space-time image." The subject knows where she is, why she is there, and recognizes familiar faces.
Names are harder.
Second Stage: In the Second Electroshock Amnesia Stage, the subject loses that space-time image and is aware of the loss.
That awareness causes extreme anxiety. The subject wants to remember. At his stage the subject asks repeatedly, 'Where am
I?', 'How did I get here?', 'What am I here for?'
Third Stage: In this final stage, the subject becomes bizarrely calm. All the previous anxiety is gone. At this point
the patient was moved back to their room where a speakerphone had been placed under their pillow, a tape recorder with a continuous
loop played repeating the same command over and over again. While in this state, patients showed incontinence of both urine
Much of these inhumane "treatments" appear to have originated 50 years earlier in Pavlov's abusive experiments
with dogs. Read more at: www.ulster.net/~babs7/articles/kk/mindcontrolpart1.htm 2-22-2003, the main web-site from which this
section of the outline was derived. Also, see Ross (2000) and Rutz (2001), for more information on the United States CIA projects
(MKULTRA and others) using unwitting human subjects for mind control experimentation and exploitation.
11. Machiavellian manipulation of the inner psychological world of the child. Examples of process: from "The First
Five Steps of Discipline" (Svali, 1999) In chapter 4 of online book, posted in full at: http://www.geocities.com/lord_visionary/svali_index.htm
Third Step: To Not Wish. The child is placed in a room with favorite toys, or objects. A kind adult comes into the room
and engages the child in play. This adult may be a friend, aunt, parent, or trainer. The child and adult may engage in fantasy
play about the child's secret wishes, dreams, or wants. This will occur on several occasions, and the child's trust is slowly
gained. At some later point, the child is severely punished for any aspect of wishing or fantasy shared with the adult, including
the destruction of favorite toys, going in and undoing or destroying secret safe places the child may have created, or even
destroying non cult protectors. This step is repeated, with variations, many many times over the ensuing years. Occasionally,
the child's siblings, parents, or friends will be used to reveal inside fantasies the child has revealed to them during the
daytime, or in unguarded moments. The ostensible reason the cult gives for this step is to create a child who doesn't fantasize,
who is more outwardly directed, less inwardly directed. In other words, the child is to look to adults for permission in all
aspects of its life, including internal. The reality is that this step destroys all safe places the child has created internally,
to retreat from the horrors it is experiencing. This step creates in the child the feeling that there is no true safety, that
the cult will find out everything it thinks. Exercises like this are also used to create young alters in the child who will
self report to the cult trainers any secret safe places, or covert wishes against the cult, that other alters have. This will
then begin to set up intrasystem hostility and divisiveness, which the cult will manipulate throughout the person's life span
in order to control them.
12. Trauma-based Coercive Mind Control- Trauma-based mind control programming can be defined as systematic torture that
blocks the victim's capacity for conscious processing (through pain, terror, drugs, illusion, sensory deprivation, sensory
over-stimulation, oxygen deprivation, cold, heat, spinning, brain stimulation, and often, near-death), and then employs suggestion
and/or classical and operant conditioning (consistent with well-established behavioral modification principles) to implant
thoughts, directives, and perceptions in the unconscious mind, often in newly-formed trauma-induced dissociated identities,
that force the victim to do, feel, think, or perceive things for the purposes of the programmer. The objective is for the
victim to follow directives with no conscious awareness, including execution of acts in clear violation of the victim's moral
principles, spiritual convictions, and volition.
Installation of mind control programming relies on the victim's capacity to dissociate, which permits the creation of
new walled-off personalities to "hold" and "hide" programming. Already dissociative children are prime
"candidates" for programming. Alternatively, very young children can be made dissociative through trauma-based programming.
The extreme abuse inflicted on young children in intra-familial satanic and "black" witchcraft (not Wicca) cults
reliably causes dissociation. Children in these cults are programmed to the extent that the cult's leaders understand mind
control programming. Many ritual abuse survivors report that other abuser groups with criminal, political, and military agendas
infiltrate their familial cults to gain access to these readily-programmable children to program them to fulfill their own
agendas, often paying the cult parents large sums of money to do so
One common function of trauma-based mind control programming is to cause the victim to physically and psychologically
re-experience the torture used to install the programming should the victim consider violating its directives. The most common
programs are unidimensional directives communicated during torture and impaired states of consciousness to; "Remember
to forget" the abuse and "Don't tell" about the abuse.
Much trauma-based mind control programming is significantly more complex, more technological in its methods of installation,
and utilizes the individual's dissociated identities (personalities) to effect greater layering of psychological effects.
Personalities are usually programmed to take executive control of the body in response to particular cues (hand signals, tones,
etc.) and then follow directives, with complete amnesia for these events. This is exemplified by the automatic response of
the programmed assassin to seeing the Queen of Diamonds in the 1962 film, "The Manchurian Candidate". Personalities
are programmed to become flooded with anxiety or feel acutely suicidal if they defy program directives. Personalities are
often programmed to believe that explosives have been surgically implanted in their bodies and that these will detonate if
the individual violates orders or begins to recall the programming, the torture used to install it, or the identities of the
In highly sophisticated mind control, the individual is programmed to perceive inanimate structures in the unconscious
inner landscape. "Structures" are mental representations of objects, e.g., buildings, grids, devices of torture,
and other containers, that "hold" programmed commands, messages, information, and personalities. In many cases,
walls are also installed that serve as barriers to hide deeper levels of programming and structures. Unconscious personalities
perceive themselves as trapped within, or attached to, these structures, both visually (in internal imagery), and somatically
(in experiences of pain, suffocation, electroshock, etc.).
Structures are installed in early childhood, generally between 2 and 5 years of age. Torture and drugs are applied beyond
the endurance of all of the already-formed personalities, which usually requires that the child be taken near death. The intent
is to bury all memory for the event deeply in the unconscious mind, below the level of consciousness of all personalities.
When all conscious processing of information is blocked, the child cannot mentally resist any of the programmer's input, cannot
reject it as "not me" or as untrue. Instead, the input is "taken in whole", into the unconscious mind,
with no conscious memory, and therefore no ability to process or reject it later.
The child may be tortured on a device, and the personalities formed in this process then perceive themselves trapped on
these devices. Or an image of an object may be projected on the child's body or on a screen, or in virtual reality goggle,
or a physical model of the object is shown.
The programmer then tells the child that this device or object is now within him or her. Because the mind of the small
child does not easily discriminate reality and fantasy (this process relies on the pre-school child's use of magical thinking),
the child now perceives the object as a structure within. Then, a code is installed, for the programmer to gain future access
to the structure to erase or give new information.
Immediately after the structure is installed, the programmer will generally command traumatized personalities go to places
in the structures, e.g., "Go inside the grid"; The programmer will generally also install the perception of wires,
bombs, and re-set buttons, to prevent removal of the structure. The child is usually shown something to make the him or her
perceive these as real, e.g., a button on the belly-button.
Installed program "triggers", "cues", and "access codes" allow the programmer easy access
to programmed personalities and program structures to install or change commands, messages, and information, and to retrieve
information, all out of victims' conscious awareness.
Personalities trapped in (or on) structures obey program directives until freed from the structures. Programmed functions
are usually performed unconsciously, or with a some awareness of a compulsion to do, or not do, something. E.g., personalities
are often programmed to awaken in the every morning hours to make a telephone call (use of toll-free numbers results in no
record of calls) to obtain or provide information to abuser groups. Programmed "reporter" personalities report whether
therapy is approaching the hidden programming. The host usually has no knowledge of making these calls, or may occasionally
find him/herself holding a telephone in the middle of the night, not knowing why.
Similar methods of programming, sometimes combined with witchcraft spiritual abuse, are used to mentally install "humanoids",
e.g., robots, shells, etc., that contain no part of the person's true humanity, i.e., no personality fragment. These humanoids
carry out specific functions within the mind, or in external actions.
Programming overides the victim's free will. Programmed individuals (usually specific personalities) follow commands and
perform actions that are in clear violation of their free will, moral principles, and spiritual convictions, generally without
These kinds of programming continue to control the person's thoughts and actions for decades, usually with no conscious
awareness of the programming or of the personalities under its control. Survivors of ritual abuse who re-associate their history
of abuse usual begin to recover their memories of abuse from between 30 and 50 years of age. It is generally many years more
before the survivor becomes aware of mind control programming and its ongoing effects on her or him.
Free will, determination, and deep spiritual faith, are usually not enough alone to find the unconscious personalities
perceiving themselves inexorably trapped in programming, or the carefully hidden program structures. Finding these generally
requires expertise in safely helping survivors access this information. By the programmers' design, attempting to disable
or remove programming usually "sets off" programmed self-destruction and negative health/mental health consequences.
Finding, disabling, and removing programming must skillfully sidestep these negative consequences. Although the host personality
may be determined to defy all such consequences, concealed personalities trapped in complex programs often perceive themselves
as unable to defy programmed negative consequences.
Consultation with experts in program removal who have extensive knowledge of the various kinds of programming done by
the various abuser groups permits; a) the discovery of programming buried in the unconscious mind, b) techniques in side-stepping
programming, and c) recognition of "red herrings" and disinformation.
The objectives of program removal are to:
1. Free all personalities controlled by programming, so they may act of their own free will:
a) to decide who and what they want to be and do!,
b) to leave the sites of their trauma and program structures,
c) to go to a healing/safe place in the inner world, and/or
d) to gain co-consciousness with the host, or integrate with the host and with the core (which is usually a young part
of the host that the individual has managed to hide from the abusers).
2. Remove all injunctions and implants (structures, humanoids, hostile spiritual controls).
The free will of the host and other personalities must be respected at all times in the process of disabling/removing
mind control programming. Program removal cannot be achieved with re-programming or abuse, e.g., use of coercion, manipulation,
deceit, intimidation, sleep deprivation.
In most cases, skillful program removal greatly facilitates the psychotherapy process. In many cases, program removal
is essential to stop ongoing contact with abuser groups.
I have worked extensively with an expert in program removal for the past eight years. I welcome people to contact me for
more information about my consultant and the program removal process. My e-mail is: email@example.com.
Some Indicators of Trauma-Based Mind Control Programming:
A. Repetitive, robotic statements that do not make sense in context of dialogue, e.g., "I want to go home".
B. Obsessive, robotic thoughts, e.g., singing the same song, irrelevant number series running through one's mind.
C. Fear responses to benign stimuli, e.g., lights, mirrors, colors, shapes, animals, hearing one's name called, cartoon
D. Fear responses to water; may not be able to drink it, rain may feel as if it is burning (hot or like acid), fear of
bathing, difficulty taking showers.
E. Telephone reactions; e.g., strong fear or startle response to the phone ringing, many hang-up calls to the home, a
compulsion to make calls (often toll-free), finding the phone in his/her hand in early am hours.
F. Increased "dead-air" phone calls (noone answers to "hello") around birthdays or ritual holidays.
G. Memories lack continuity. There are snippets, with pieces remaining blocked from recall.
H. Art, sand trays, poetry, dreams, or fear of:
1. watching eyes, faces, figures, or entities;
2. being placed underground, in coffins, in dark holes, in cages, or underwater;
3. snakes, spiders, rats.
I. Progress in therapy or memory recovery increases suicidality, self-harm (burns, drug overdose, cuts, esp. in patterns),
depression, anxiety, and in therapy sessions; sleepiness, lost time, feeling "stuck", a feeling of having been "called
away" for most of session, inability to speak to therapist or hear therapist.
J. Increased depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicidality on holidays, birthdays, equinoxes, solstices, etc.
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Websites on Mind Control
Corydon Hammond's Greenbaum speech at:
Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Report of the Ritual Abuse Task Force (inc. Programming):
Svalis On-line book on How the Cults Program People:
ACHES - MC; Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors & Mind Control: http://www.aches-mc.org/
More Than Conquerors On-line support for ritual abuse survivors: http://www.ritualabuse.net/mtc/
Mind control CKLN-FM radio series of 27 shows transcribed: http://www.heart7.net/mcf/ckln-hm.htm
On CIA Mind control, MK-Ultra, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, Margaret Singer, etc::
Monarch mind control: http://www.freedomdomain.com/monarchmind.html
Project Bluebird: Go to: http://www.rossinst.com/blue.htm
Operation Paperclip and the Nazi doctors: http://hardtruth.topcities.com/operationpaperclip.htm
MKUltra and CIA mind control: http://www.insteadof.com/TerrorAttack/p27.htm
SMART NEWS, Ritual Abuse Newsletters, conference info: http://members.aol.com/smartnews/index2.html
Colin Ross; Building the Manchurian Candidate: http://www.rossinst.com/manchurian.htm
Programming: Taking the Wind out of Its Sails: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/psnews/message/543
Multiple links on ritual abuse and mind control: http://educate-yourself.org/mc/