SMART Newsletter Issue 76 – September 2007


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Issue 76 – September 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.

Information on tapes from this summer’s conference is available by writing us at the above address or by going to

Child — Extreme Abuse Survey (C-EAS)- An International Online Survey for Caregivers of Child Survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control – July 8, 2007 – October 8, 2007 – The C-EAS, in both English and German, is the third (and final) in a series of online surveys designed to explore commonalities reported by survivors of extreme abuse. The first survey was for adult survivors of all types of extreme abuse; the second, for persons who have worked professionally with extreme abuse survivors. Provided by S.P.ORG, a non-governmental organization in Germany, this trilogy of anonymous surveys was developed privately by Carol Rutz, Thorsten Becker, Bettina Overkamp, Ph.D. and Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. The C-EAS is for persons who have served as caregivers for children who have made disclosures consistent with ritual abuse and associated traumatic mind control procedures designed to ensure victims’ loyalty to the perpetrator(s) or perpetrator groups.

Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6,

Legal Information

LA Church to Pay $600M for Clergy Abuse 7/14/07 – By Gillian Flaccus – Los Angeles (AP) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle its clergy abuse cases for at least $600 million, by far the largest payout in the church’s sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press learned Saturday. Attorneys for the archdiocese and alleged victims are expected to announce the deal Monday, the day the first of more than 500 clergy abuse cases was scheduled for jury selection, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement had not been made public. The archdiocese and its insurers will pay between $600 million and $650 million to about 500 plaintiffs – an average of $1.2 million to $1.3 million per person. The settlement also calls for the release of confidential priest personnel files after review by a judge assigned to oversee the litigation, the sources said.,,-6779906,00.html

Man sues St. Stanislaus, claims he was sexually abused as youth By J.R. Welsh ( 7/19/07 Bay St. Louis – Following the alleged abuse, Stevenson developed a repressed memory of the events and his family spent hundreds of thousands on medical treatments and therapy. It was only after many years that his memory was revived through therapy in 2006, the suit claims. The U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office confirmed Monday that the lawsuit had been filed by the Biloxi law firm of Lumpkin & Reeves. In a written statement released by his office, lawyer James Reeves said his investigation “indicates that this case falls into the same sad pattern of child abuse followed by a cover-up of which we are all too familiar.” In the lawsuit itself, Reeves said school officials were aware of the brother’s actions, but kept quiet and failed to take action: “Rather than report these to the minor’s parents or appropriate law enforcement authorities, the defendants actively concealed the crimes and continued to expose vulnerable children to a known pedophile.”

from LMS Ottawa settles brainwashing class action – Allan Memorial Institute. CIA-funded treatments included electroshock, experimental medication Max Harrold – The GazettePublished: 7/5/07 Decades after she was unknowingly brainwashed in a program funded by the federal government and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Janine Huard has found some peace of mind in a cash settlement. Exactly how much, she can’t say, because she agreed to keep the amount secret as part of her deal to drop her class-action lawsuit against the federal government….On and off for 15 years, Huard received massive electroshock therapy, experimental pills and was forced to listen to repetitive recorded messages for days on end. Huard’s lawyer, Alan Stein, said the amount she received Tuesday does not exceed the $100,000 the federal government paid to each of 77 other victims of the brainwashing techniques in 1994. Huard also received some interest on the money, he said. She and about 200 other victims of the treatments were denied the 1994 offer because they were deemed to have suffered less than those who were paid. In 1989, Huard was one of nine plaintiffs awarded $67,000 U.S. from the CIA. Stein plans to seek permission to launch a new class-action lawsuit in Federal Court “within weeks” with another former brainwashing patient as the central plaintiff. He knows of about 10 former patients and 20 relatives of former patients who may be part of the new lawsuit, he said. They could have access to $100,000, plus as much as $50,000 in interest, he said….Until 1964, the Allan’s ex-director, Ewen Cameron, conducted experiments at the institute, often without the knowledge or permission of patients. Some patients were kept in drug-induced comas for months. The experiments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge, according to testimony before a 1977 U.S. Senate committee. Huard entered the Allan in 1957 after suffering postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. Her newborn had become ill and Huard was having trouble sleeping. Cameron used his experimental techniques on her, mistakenly believing they could treat depression.

all accusations are alleged – Background Information – Updated Background Information on Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz – Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD, is a convicted sex offender who is also an ordained Orthodox rabbi. As a psychiatrist, Horowitz specialized in working with adolescents. His resume also includes volunteering time as a Boy Scout leader and being a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) publications. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University; and received his Ph.D. and medical degree from Duke University.”

$41 Million Award in Priest Abuse Suit By Randall Chase, AP Writer 3/30/07 A jury awarded $41 million Friday to a Navy officer who said a Roman Catholic priest sexually abused him hundreds of times as a teen. Jurors awarded Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell $6 million in compensatory damages and $35 m illion in punitive damages. Whitwell, 39, claimed the Rev. Edward J. Smith raped and sodomized him more than 230 times over several years at Archmere Academy, and that church officials did nothing to stop it. The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Bishop Michael Saltarelli and the high school were dismissed from the lawsuit last year….Whitwell, an optometrist stationed at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., said he repressed any memory of his sexual abuse until 2000, when it surfaced unexpectedly during a heated argument with his wife.

House passes landmark child abuse bill, 41-0 – Minor amendment sends S.B. 29 back to Senate; easy confirmation expected By Beth Miller, The News Journal Posted Wednesday, 6/20/07 Dover — Delaware’s House of Representatives passed what one law professor called “the strongest bill for child sexual abuse victims in the country” by a 41-0 vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 29 eliminates the two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. It also provides a two-year window during which claims previously barred by statute could be filed — opening the courthouse door to victims unable to seek justice because the statute of limitations had expired. Institutions that allowed the abuse to occur through gross negligence also could be sued.

describes crimesSatanic stabbing links to bank standoff? AP 6/22/07 A gruesome Chicago stabbing scene littered with Satanic symbols could be linked to the ambush of a sheriff’s deputy and standoff in a rural bank in central Illinois, Chicago police said Friday.

from LMS Witness says he ferried men to homes of alleged abusers; But at least one says the allegations are ‘crazy‘ Terri Saunders 6/21/07 Local News – A number of prominent Cornwall men spent time at homes owned by a probation officer fingered as a child molester and a Crown attorney charged with sexual assault in the 1990s, a witness told the Cornwall Public Inquiry Wednesday. Gerald Renshaw said he personally observed priests, businessmen and police officers at the home of Ken Seguin in Summerstown and at Malcolm MacDonald’s cottage on Stanley Island in the 1980s and 1990s. Seguin was a probation officer at the time who has been identified by a number of witnesses at the inquiry as a perpetrator of sexual abuse against young boys. MacDonald was charged with a number of sex-related offences in March 1999 by officers with Project Truth, an OPP investigation into child sexual abuse in the Cornwall area. MacDonald died in Florida in December 1999 before his matter could go to trial and Seguin committed suicide in 1994 before he was charged with any crime. On Wednesday, Renshaw testified he ferried people to and from Seguin’s house and MacDonald’s cottage and named several people he observed either at one or both locations, including current Crown attorney Murray MacDonald, Rev. Charles MacDonald, former Cornwall Police Chief Claude Shaver and city businessman Andre Pommier. “How often did you see Charles MacDonald there?” asked Peter Engelmann, lead commission counsel. “Once a week, twice a week,” said Renshaw. “And Malcolm MacDonald?” asked Engelmann.”At least that often,” said Renshaw. “Charles MacDonald and Ken Seguin had known each other for quite a few years. They were very good friends.” ….During cross-examination Wednesday, an attorney for the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese questioned Renshaw about the fact he had no proof any of the people he says he saw at either location were doing anything wrong. “You don’t have any first-hand personal knowledge of any wrongdoing by anyone at Ken Seguin’s house or Malcolm MacDonald’s cottage other than Ken Seguin,” said David Sherriff-Scott. “Correct,” said Renshaw.

Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring By D’arcy Doran AP 6/18/07 London – A team of international investigators infiltrated an Internet chat room used by pedophiles who streamed live videos of children being raped, rescuing 31 children and identifying more than 700 suspects worldwide. Undercover officers in Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia busted up the pedophile ring using surveillance techniques more commonly associated with fighting terrorism and organized crime.

Mind Control and Experimentation

sescribe crimes Satanism and Ritual Abuse – Case-by-Case Documentation – Entire families have been implicated in the ritual abuse of children which proves the fact that generational Satanism exists. See Parker (1995) Figured/Hill (1994) and Gallup (1991) Perpetrators have been found to be professionals who work in law enforcement, the military or daycare, and Christian fronts have been used in some instances as a means of hiding the satanic motivation of the perpetrators. See Cannaday (1994) Wright (1992) Gallup (1991) and Orr (1984). In several cases the perpetrators have confessed to the satanic element of the crime or participation in prior satanic offenses. – See Helms (2006) Cala (2003) Smith (2003) Delaney (2002) Morris (2001) South (2000) Page (2000) T. Kokoraleis (1999) Bonacci (1999) Brooks (1996) Hughes (1996) Penick (1995) Alvarado (1995) Ingram (1992) Rogers (1992) and Fryman (1988)

Conviction List: Ritual Child Abuse – Copyright © 1997. Believe The Children – Many ritual child abuse cases never are prosecuted due to the disbelief of authorities or the unlikelihood that young, severely traumatized children will be able to withstand cross-examination. A 1993 survey by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and Family Law determined that 26 percent of prosecutors nationwide have handled cases involving “ritualistic or sexual abuse.” (Ross, 1994). The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims’ accounts.

from LMS CIA brainwashing to medical breakthroughs: study to look at Cold War research 7/15/07 Dene Moore – Montreal (CP) ….Suddenly, the human psyche was the new frontier and, thanks to a now-notorious CIA-funded experiment, Montreal found itself an unlikely hub of activity. At McGill’s Allen Memorial Institute, Dr. Ewen Cameron believed he could “depattern” patients – an idea that cost the federal government an undisclosed amount of money this month in an out-of-court settlement with one former patient. Her lawyer said lawsuits involving other people are in the works. While Cameron’s work was the most notorious, he was hardly alone. Over the next few years, Andrea Tome, a medical historian at McGill University, will try to document Canada’s dubious Cold War psychiatric history. “It was happening all over,” Tome said in a recent interview. “It’s a race; not an arms race but a race for science, for technological improvement.” Montreal became a “medical mecca” of sorts, due in no small part to Cameron’s work and the research training program he established at McGill. Cameron served at various times as president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association. His patients were put into drug-induced comas, given LSD and exposed for days or weeks at a time to recorded messages. Cameron thought he could “program” the patients without flaw, an idea that intrigued the CIA enough to provide funding, along with the Canadian federal government. Patients like Janine Huard, who picked up her settlement cheque from the Canadian government a few weeks ago, suffered lifetime effects. “I was a guinea pig,” Huard told The Canadian Press in an earlier interview. The CIA previously settled lawsuits with several of Cameron’s former patients, including Huard. It was unusual, even in the context of the times but it’s important to understand that it was the 1950s,” said Dr. Frederick Lowy, who was a junior colleague of Cameron at the institute. There was a lot of research and not a lot of rules. “Doctors who thought they could help a patient by doing something different and new, just did it,” said Lowy, who went on to become head of psychiatry and dean of medicine at the University of Toronto…. With the CIA financing, Cameron’s work became part of a project code-named MK-Ultra, which oversaw 149 similar experiments. More details about the project surfaced last month in declassified CIA documents. Among the 700-plus pages was a memo to the CIA Management Committee acknowledging that the agency accepted experimental drugs that were rejected by commercial manufacturers because of “unfavourable side-effects.” The drugs were tested on monkeys and mice and, eventually, armed forces volunteers. “CIA projects weren’t just being carried out in Montreal,” Tome said. “Clearly there was something larger going on than just one lunatic fringe doctor at work.” Indeed, the CIA and Cameron were not alone. In 1961, 23 inmates at the Kingston Prison for Women were given LSD, one of many studies across the country of the drug which was not yet outlawed. Not all the prisoners consented. Tome said prisons were, at the time, “the No. 1 source of clinical trial research.” While Cameron was conducting his experiments, Dr. Heinz Lehmann was pioneering the use of anti-psychotic drugs at the Verdun Protestant Hospital in Montreal. Like Cameron, he was doing it without supervision and without informed patient consent. Unlike Cameron, his experiments worked. Lehmann had read about a sedative he thought would be effective for psychiatric patients. “He thought he would give it a try on some of his schizophrenic patients,” Tome said. “Within weeks, he had these incredible remission rates.” The drug was thorazine, the first anti-psychotic drug to offer any hope for psychiatric patients. While Cameron’s experiments were partially funded by the CIA, Lowy said they were not performed at the behest of the U.S. spy agency.

The CIA, Mind Control & Children – Source: CKLN-FM Mind Control Series – Part 10 A Talk by John Rappoport CKLN FM 88.1 Ryerson Polytechnic University Toronto, Ontario, Canada – International Connection

CIA Experiments with Mind Control on Children by Jon Rappoport “The CIA mind-control apparatus has been well known since 1975, when 10 large boxes of documents were released pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests….None of this prepared people for the explosive testimony made on March 15, 1995, in Washington, D.C., before the President’s Committee on Radiation, however. In unpublicized sessions, New Orleans therapist Valerie Wolf introduced two of her patients who had uncovered memories of being part of extensive CIA brainwashing programs as young children (in one case, starting at age seven). Their brainwashing included torture, rape, electroshock, powerful drugs, hypnosis and death threats. According to their testimony, the CIA then induced amnesia to prevent their recalling these terrifying sessions. Both Wolf and her patients stated that they recovered the memories of this CIA program without regression or hypnosis techniques. In other words, these patients spontaneously discovered this information about themselves and their pasts.”….This article appeared in Perceptions Magazine September/October 1995 10734 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 502 Culver City, CA 90230 (310) 313-5185

Family Jewels’ reveal CIA altered mind of four-year-old girl By Robert Lusetich in Los Angeles 6/28/07 EASILY lost, on page 425, in the mass of the CIA’s notorious “Family Jewels” files is a short paragraph outlining “potentially embarrassing Agency activities”. “Experiments in influencing human behaviour through the administration of mind- or personality-altering drugs to unwitting subjects.” Of all the heinous acts committed by the CIA in the name of national security, these experiments, done on the agency’s behalf by prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims – including children as young as four – may be the darkest….In 1953, MKULTRA was given six per cent of the total CIA budget without any oversight. Only the tip of a large iceberg had been previously released by the CIA under Freedom of Information Act provisions. Yesterday’s acknowledgments will comfort those who have long campaigned for truth and restitution. The nature of the experiments, gathered from government documents and testimony in numerous lawsuits brought against the CIA, is shocking, from testing LSD on children to implanting electrodes in victims’ brains to deliberately poisoning people with uranium. “The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four,” wrote Carol Rutz of her experiences. “Over the next 12 years, I was tested, trained, and used in various ways. “Electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other types of trauma were used to make me complain and split my personality (to create multiple personalities for specific tasks). “Each alter or personality was created to respond to a post-hypnotic trigger, then perform an act and (I would) not remember it later. “This Manchurian Candidate program was just one of the operational uses of the mind-control scenario by the CIA. “Your hard-earned tax dollars supported this.” The US began these experiments after World War II when it made a grab for hundreds of Nazi scientists and doctors who had been researching mind control in concentration camps, fearing they would fall into Soviet hands. US military intelligence leaders were paranoid that they were falling behind the communist bloc in the brain-washing race. The programs, though carefully hidden, continued into the 1970s – when Helms ordered much of the documentation to be destroyed.,23599,21978876-2,00.html

“THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND by Dick Sutphen — 22.2 KB Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today SUMMARY OF CONTENTS The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735. The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases. Born-again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological results. The “voice roll” technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists. New trance-inducing churches. The 6 steps to conversion. The decognition process. Thought- stopping techniques. The “sell it by zealot” technique. True believers and mass movements. Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,” “Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal Technique.” Subliminals. Vibrato and ELF waves. Inducing trance with vibrational sound. Even professional observers will be “possessed” at charismatic gatherings. The “only hope” technique to attend and not be converted. Non-detectable Neurophone programming through the skin. The medium for mass take-over.”

Bio-electromagnetic Weapons: The ultimate weapon by Institute of Science in Society Global Research, May 29, 2007 ISIS Press Release – A weapon system that operates at the speed of light, that can kill, torture, enslave and escape detection, Harlan Girard….The ultimate weapon – Electromagnetic weapons operate at the speed of light; they can kill, torture and enslave; but the public are largely unaware that they exist, because these weapons operate by stealth and leave no physical evidence. Electromagnetic weapons have been tested on human beings since 1976. By widely dispersing the involuntary human test-subjects, and vehemently attacking their credibility, it has been possible for the United States to proceed with these human experiments unhindered by discussions or criticisms, let alone opposition.

Ann Diamond’s MY COLD WAR is a journey into their nightmare, and beyond. It also takes readers into the wold of “remote viewing”, a technique of psychic espionage which the military developed for use in warfare. If governments are still funding research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the mind in order to use them to enslave human beings, Diamond suggests ordinary people can defeat the frightening scenario. MY COLD WAR is a step toward remembering the darker side of the 1950’s, the Cold War decade which, even today, remains shrouded in secrecy.

Mengele on Mount Royal by Kristian Gravenor….Diamond believes that Mengele was involved with the Allan experiments. Cameron and Mengele’s timelines dovetail: Both were in Bavaria in 1945 (Mengele was hiding, Cameron was at the Nuremberg Trials). Cameron was keen on some controversial ideas. For example, he supported an application in 1956 to explore links between schizophrenia and eye colour, Mengele’s pet obsession. Diamond has integrated her research into an unpublished 310-page manuscript called My Cold War. You can download it for a few bucks from, it’s in novel form, and since it’s not printed on paper, she can change it at any time.

describe crimes – Authors: Some assaults bad enough to be called torture – Truro nurses say law must recognize severity of some Domestic Abuse 5/3/07 by Cathy von Kintzel….the Truro nurses and educators have had their own chapter added to a new Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. The thick, 704-page volume was published in February by Routledge…. In life and in their chapter, Ms. Mac-Donald and Ms. Sarson strive to show how society and the law lump so many violent acts under one word – assault….The authors also brought together other stories they’ve read and those they’ve heard first-hand from victims whom they meet through word of mouth and through their website,

may be heavy for survivors – Reflections in the Night: A Survivor’s Story of Total Mind Controlled Slavery and Torture – A 320 Page Paperback Book is available by going to

God’s banker’ murder suspects acquitted By Tony Barber in Rome 6/6/07 All five defendants in one of modern Europe’s most mysterious murder cases were acquitted on Wednesday of killing Roberto Calvi, the Italian financier known as “God’s banker” on account of his illicit work on behalf of the Vatican’s bank. The Rome court where the case had been heard since October 2005 acquitted four defendants on the grounds that there was “insufficient proof” that they had murdered Calvi. The court fully acquitted the fifth. The verdict was delivered almost exactly 25 years after Calvi’s body was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London, his clothes stuffed with bricks, stones and large amounts of cash in international currencies….Although British police in 1982 treated Calvi’s death as a suicide, the authorities in Rome were convinced that it was linked to his connections with the Vatican’s bank, the secret Propaganda Due (P2) masonic lodge and Italian political parties. Calvi, who was chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, a private bank, laundered money through the Vatican’s bank, financed clandestine arms deals and channelled funds illegally to Italy’s political parties. Banco Ambrosiano collapsed soon after his death. Prosecutors alleged at the trial that Mr Calò and the three other male defendants killed Calvi because they wanted to punish him for embezzling mafia funds, protect the profits from Banco Ambrosiano’s illegal activities, and prevent Calvi from revealing everything he knew about the Vatican’s bank, P2 and other sensitive matters.

Calvi murder: The mystery of God’s banker – It was a trial which promised to solve the 25-year old case of Roberto Calvi, who was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge. But yesterday a judge acquitted all five defendants By Peter Popham and Philip Willan in Rome and Robert Verkaik 6/7/07 Twenty-five years after the event, the trial of the alleged killers of Roberto Calvi has ended with the sensational acquittal of all five defendants: a Sardinian property dealer and his mistress, a Mafia accountant already serving life for other offences, a Roman loan shark and the banker’s one-time bodyguard, all are absolved. Yet it would be a mistake to say we are back at square one. In the snail-like progress of this case since that day in June 1982 when the Italian banker was found at the end of a rope under Blackfriars Bridge, there has been a major step forward. Evidence strong enough to convict the five was missing, decided Judge Mario Lucio d’Andria. But there is no longer much room for doubt that Roberto Calvi was murdered.

describes crimes – Chance discovery of abused child reveals bizarre Czech grail cult By Daniel McLaughlin in Budapest 6/2/07….When police searched the area on 10 May, sisters Klara and Katerina Mauerova allegedly refused to open a locked door in their home. When firemen broke it down, they found Klara’s eight-year-old son Ondrej inside, bound with duct tape, badly dehydrated and watched over by a video camera. Investigators believed Ondrej had been maltreated for six months, and he was taken into care with his brother Jakub and a girl called Anna, whom a court had allowed Klara Mauerova to adopt in March. What was just a case of child abuse seized the nation’s attention, however, when Anna disappeared from a children’s home, sparking a search for her in nearby woods and villages. Then came the bizarre revelation that “Anna” was not a 13-year-old girl, but a 34-year-old woman in disguise. Police believe “Anna” was actually Barbara Skrlova, a friend of the Mauerova sisters who, like them, belongs to a breakaway faction of an organisation called the Grail Movement. The Grail Movement follows the teachings of Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, a German also known as Abd-ru-shin, who from 1923-38 wrote the Grail Message, which depicts man as a being whose spirit can return to its source in heaven by performing good deeds on Earth. It claims to have at least 10,000 followers worldwide, including several hundred in Britain. “We broke with the people involved in this 11 years ago, after they added to the Grail Message with their own imaginings and fantasies,” said Artur Zaplukal, spokesman of the Grail Movement in the Czech Republic, where it has about 1,500 followers. “I sent them a letter telling them they were no longer part of the Grail Movement.”

has possibly disturbing graphic – Cults, the Occult and Secret Societies Conference 2007 – September 14-15, 2007 – Twin Rivers Worship Center, St. Louis MO – We are pleased to announce this informative two-day conference on Cults, the occult and secret societies at the Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference serves as a specialized forum for networking and education for counselors, educators and ministers working with members of these groups. We have gathered a variety of speakers throughout the United States that will focus on the proliferation of cults and fringe sects in our society. Featured speakers from a variety of disciplines will provide insight into these groups from a Christian world view. Day two of the conference will give attendees a choice of specialized workshops to choose from. Our focus is to provide a balanced approach to this phenomena.

Strength To! My goal for this website is to give ritual abuse survivors hope, inspiration and courage to walk “the many dark nights of the soul” on their journey towards healing and wholeness. It is also to provide informative articles and links which will lessen the feelings of isolation as one heals from ritual abuse . I trust that caregivers to ritual abuse survivors will get a sense of knowing they are not alone in giving support and encouragement to survivors. Finally, I hope that the healing community will gain a better understanding and knowledge of working with ritual abuse survivors who are courageous people who have been horrifically assaulted physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychically.

The world’s smallest and thinnest RFID tags were introduced yesterday by Hitachi. Tiny miracles of miniaturization, these RFID chips (Radio Frequency IDentification chips) measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters

Journal Articles

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Taus v. Loftus et al. Why is this case important?….Although this has been framed by the defendants as a lawsuit about scientific freedom and “repressed memories”, it is actually a suit about the conduct of researchers toward an abuse victim and the rights of human subjects.

Ritual Abuse and Counseling: A Survey – Author: Zoslocki, Linda….”Ritual abuse consists of mental, physical, sexual, and psychological abuse motivated by religious reasons, out of anger and stress, or inflicted on victims for reasons unknown. Little is now being done to educate and train school counselors on ritual abuse and its signs. This paper offers a literature review of ritual abuse and the results of a survey of school counselors conducted in order to assess whether they had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse among school-age children. A 45-item questionnaire was developed and sent to 200 randomly selected counselors–119 were returned. Since the study was conducted as a blind review, it focused on whether counselors had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse at least one time within the last two years, as opposed to the number of times counselors observed these signs and symptoms in their students during the counseling session. Results indicated that, although counselors may not be aware of the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse, they did encounter such abuses in the counseling process. …Approximately half of the respondents stated that their students were either self-mutilating or accident prone and fearful or preoccupied with death.”

Bad memories can be suppressed – People are able to make themselves forget disturbing images. Kerri Smith 7/12/07 People can will themselves to forget traumatic or emotional scenes, researchers have found. When the brain conducts such deletions, brain regions that process vision and emotion go quiet. Knowing that memories can be consciously suppressed, and the brain areas involved, could point to therapies for people who struggle to forget traumatic experiences, such as those with post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroscientist Brendan Depue, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, wanted to find out what goes wrong in the brains of sufferers of such conditions. Previous studies have shown that people can suppress memories of words. But to make the test relevant to traumatic memories, Depue’s team included an emotional component. They showed volunteers pairs of pictures: one of a face, and one to evoke an emotional response — a car crash, or a wounded person….Depue, B. et al. Science 317, 215-219 (2007).

Research reveals anatomy of suppressed memories: study 7/12/07 US researchers have identified the parts of the brain that are involved with suppressing unpleasant memories, a finding that could have implications for treating depression or post traumatic stress disorder, according to a study released Thursday….The concept of memory suppression has been a controversial one among psychologists for a century, but in this study neuroscientists used brain scans to show that volunteers who have been asked to banish disturbing memories show very specific patterns of brain activity. The scans showed that two specific regions of the prefrontal cortex — what neuroscientists call the seat of cognitive control — appear to work in tandem to modulate posterior brain regions like the visual cortex, the hippocampus and amygdala. These areas are involved in tasks such as visual recall, memory encoding and retrieval and emotional expression. “These results indicate memory suppression does occur, and, at least in nonpsychiatric populations, is under the control of the prefrontal cortex,” the investigators reported in the journal Science. For the purpose of the experiment, the 16 volunteers were given 40 pairs of photographs to study. In each case, an image of a neutral human face was paired with an emotionally disturbing image such as a car crash, a wounded soldier, an electric chair or a violent crime scene. After memorizing each pair, the volunteers were placed in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner. Once inside the machine, they were shown only the neutral face images and instructed to either actively recall the associated image or to actively suppress it. The results of the scans or fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) indicated that the volunteers were able to “exert some control over their emotional memories,” said Brendan Depue, a doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and lead author of the study. “By essentially shutting down specific portions of the brain, they were able to stop the retrieval process of particular memories,” Depue said.

Trusting Memories – Newsweek – July 30, 2007 issue – Recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) may be as trustworthy as memories that persist from the time of abuse, reports the journal Psychological Science. In a first-of-its-kind study, investigators checked out CSA memories of 128 individuals by interviewing others abused by the same perpetrator, or people who learned about the victim’s abuse shortly after it occurred or when the abuser confessed. Over a six-month period, they found corroborating evidence for 37 percent of memories that had been recovered outside of therapy, nearly matching the 45 percent corroboration rate for continuous memories….–William Lee Adams

Traumatic Stress Induces Brain Change in Children 3/5/07 Michael Smith Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Stanford, Calif., March 5 — Children with post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to adults, show physical changes in the brain, according to researchers here. In a pilot study of 15 children, higher PTSD scores and higher cortisol levels were significantly (P<0.05) correlated with relative decreases over time in the volume of the right hippocampus, reported Victor Carrion, M.D., of Stanford, and colleagues, reported in the March issue of Pediatrics. On the other hand, there was no correlation with changes in the left hippocampal volume, Dr. Carrion and colleagues found. In adults, PTSD is associated with lower hippocampal volumes compared with adults who do not have stress disorder, Dr. Carrion and colleagues noted, but such a relation hasn’t been shown in children.

Science 13 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5835, pp. 215 – 219 DOI: 10.1126/science.1139560 Research Articles – Prefrontal Regions Orchestrate Suppression of Emotional Memories via a Two-Phase Process Brendan E. Depue,1,2* Tim Curran,1,2,3 Marie T. Banich1,2,3,4 Whether memories can be suppressed has been a controversial issue in psychology and cognitive neuroscience for decades. We found evidence that emotional memories are suppressed via two time-differentiated neural mechanisms: (i) an initial suppression by the right inferior frontal gyrus over regions supporting sensory components of the memory representation (visual cortex, thalamus), followed by (ii) right medial frontal gyrus control over regions supporting multimodal and emotional components of the memory representation (hippocampus, amygdala), both of which are influenced by fronto-polar regions. These results indicate that memory suppression does occur and, at least in nonpsychiatric populations, is under the control of prefrontal regions.

WANTED: Information pertaining to alleged pedophile Catholic priest, Fr. Brendan Smyth, aka John Gerard Smyth, who worked at Our Lady of Mercy School (“OLM”) and its Parish in East Greenwich, Rhode Island within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Archdiocese of Hartford. Smyth was convicted in Ireland on a total of 96 counts of child molestation spanning 40 years. If you believe you were abused by Smyth or a priest affiliated with OLM, know, or are related to someone who believes they were sexually abused by Smyth or a priest at OLM, or are interested in the subject, mail P.O. Box 540, Brookfield, CT 06804 e-mail :

MaleSurvivor Conferences – October 25-28, 2007 – John Jay College, New York City, New York / US “This international conference provides a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking, and the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of sexually traumatized boys and men. This four-day event will feature numerous workshops for male survivors of sexual abuse, their loved ones/partners, and professionals who work with them.” Morrison threatens to sue witness – Expert witness Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist, could face disciplinary action for revealing information in Wichita abortion records. By Dion Leflert 6/13/07 – Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison on Tuesday threatened to sue a psychiatric expert hired by his predecessor if he doesn’t stop making public statements about medical records from an investigation of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller. In a letter, Morrison told psychiatrist Paul McHugh that if he persists, the attorney general’s office will “pursue all available remedies.” That could include legal action to get a refund of $5,000 the state has paid McHugh and possible disciplinary action against him in his home state of Maryland.

Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy – State Politics & Policy | Kansas AG Morrison Threatens Legal Action Against Psychiatrist if He Publicly Discloses Comments on Records in Tiller Case [Jun 14, 2007]…. McHugh told the forum, adding that he did not believe he was violating medical confidentiality because identifying information was removed from the files he reviewed (Wichita Eagle, 6/13).

ISSTD Certification Needs Assessment Survey – This survey seeks feedback on the question of whether ISSTD should develop a professional certification program for mental health practitioners in the treatment of complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders…..The approach being considered by the ISSTD would assess a candidate’s knowledge regarding complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders. It would not stipulate which specific methods of treatment should be used. The goal of certification would be to enable practitioners from diverse backgrounds to become certified and thereby demonstrate their knowledge in this field. Please complete this survey if you work in a field related to mental health. One person wrote me with the following critique of the survey: “I believe that certification would not be a good thing. I believe it would reflect the most conventional and conservative approaches to diagnosis and treatment, and would eschew the relevance of ritual abuse and mind control in the etiology of dissociative disorders. I believe it would create new liability for therapists who choose not to elect certification, and that certification is just another way of marginalizing those who evaluate and treat ritual abuse survivors. I am also concerned because the majority of therapists I know who are competent, compassionate, and ethical providers of mental health services to individuals with DID, RA, MC, are already stretched to the limit with the legitimate demands of practice including licensure, required continuing education, professional liability insurance, etc., and will simply not have the time or financial resources to pay for the required training and certification fees (estimated to be between $500 and $1,000 annually).”


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