An Anatomy of Today's Terrorism; CCHR's Latest Website

Oct 01, 2001, 01:00 ET from Citizens Commission on Human Rights

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by
 Citizens Commission on Human Rights:
     A new website provides answers to the unnerving question gnawing at
 everyone's mind since the recent violent terrorist attacks on America: "What
 sort of person is capable of such evil?"  Indeed, how can a human being be so
 cold-heartedly cruel, methodically planning and executing mass murder and
 suicide, with no apparent sense of the sheer inhumanity of their plan?
     According to Jan Eastgate, President of the Citizens Commission on Human
 Rights (CCHR) International, "While these acts of unspeakable evil defy our
 comprehension, we must retain our certainty that these are the cowardly
 actions of weak and insane minds; they are minds that have been deliberately
 psychologically indoctrinated to feel nothing about the mass murder of
 innocent lives."
     Two figures who feature prominently in CCHR's website are psychiatrist and
 surgeon, Dr. Ayman al-Zawhariri, chief advisor and doctor to Osama bin-Laden,
 and Ali A. Mohamed, a psychologist who has trained bin-Laden's terrorist
 troops in combat and psychological warfare.  Interpol has issued a warrant for
 the arrest of Dr. Zawahiri; the FBI has offered a $5 million reward for him.
     "Both are capable of using drugs and other mental techniques to create
 suicide-bombers convinced of the glory of sacrifice and dying," Ms. Eastgate
 said.  "But," she points out, "we have been here before.  For example, the
 Japanese 'kamikaze' pilots, who confounded us by suicidally attacking allied
 shipping during World War II, used psychiatric drugs called amphetamines to
 get charged up."
     Amphetamines are addictive and can cause personality changes such as
 psychosis, euphoria and combativeness.  In the 1980s, such "pep pills" were
 provided for suicide-bombers in the Middle East.  Today, Dr. Ariel Merari, a
 psychologist at Tel Aviv University, tells us that suicide-bombers undergo
 "psychological indoctrination, intended to motivate them to move past 'the
 point of no return.'"
     In Sierra Leone's recent civil war, children as young as seven were given
 cocaine, amphetamines and tranquilizers to prepare them for combat.  The drugs
 enabled them to go on murderous binges without stopping for days.
     Beverly K. Eakman, author of "Cloning of the American Mind," says, "If,
 indeed, it turns out that the heinous suicide-attacks on the World Trade
 Center and the Pentagon are by Osama bin Laden, and his chief mentor, former
 psychiatrist Ayman al-Zawahiri, it would not be the first time psychiatrists
 had served as the manipulators behind charismatic, but essentially weak and
 flawed, human beings -- systematically feeding their hatreds, stroking their
 egos, and stripping their consciences -- until eventually even the most
 barbaric act may appear plausible and rational in the name of some twisted
     Listing some of the most infamous fascists, Neo-Nazis, assassins and
 terrorists of recent times, the website implicates studies or indoctrination
 using psychiatric and psychological methods, or some form of psychiatric
 treatment, before the execution of their murderous acts.
     From Hitler, the Bosnia-Kosovo "ethnic cleansing" of psychiatrist Jovan
 Karadzic and his patient, Slobodan Milosevic, the Aum Supreme Truth nerve gas
 attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995, the infamous "Carlos, The Jackal," or the
 Unibomber and Oklahoma Bomber here in the U.S., all were reportedly directly
 or indirectly influenced by psychiatric or psychological techniques.
     The website concludes by asking people to respond to the recent terrorist
 attacks with personal courage, clear mindedness and a resolute determination.
     Eastgate warns, "We are told by some therapists that 'it is going to be
 very difficult for us to accomplish recovery,' 'we will never get over this,'
 and there will be 'psychological trauma.'  Meanwhile the mental health lobby
 gushes that 71% of Americans have felt depressed by the attacks.  Of course we
 are all suffering from this ordeal, but the public should realize that by
 labeling our perfectly normal reactions as 'depression,' psychiatry declares
 we are mentally ill.  And once applied to an individual, that label sticks.
     "We may be suffering, but we are not mentally ill; this is not a time for
 us to be 'fogging' out on psychiatry's dangerous, mind-altering drugs.  In
 fact, quite the reverse, we need our wits about us during our national and
 individual recovery efforts."
     The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) was established in 1969 by
 the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of
 human rights.  CCHR has called on its 131 chapters worldwide to accelerate
 their investigations and exposure of those who use destructive mental
 practices for political ends.
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