Involuntary Deprogramming: Doctor facing kidnap charges

A Mississauga doctor and his son are facing charges of kidnapping and forcible confinement after an alleged attempt to deprogram a woman who joined an evangelical Christian group in Hamilton. Meanwhile, members of the Christian group denies allegations of being a religious cult. Hamilton police laid the charges in connection with the alleged abduction of […]

Kidnapped by family: Trio saving her from ‘cult’ charged

A Burlington family charged with kidnapping believed they were rescuing their daughter from a religious cult when they dragged her off a downtown street seven months ago. “The family believed a church in Hamilton to be a cult and their actions to be an intervention,” Hamilton Detective Dave Brady said yesterday. He declined to identify […]

‘Stop brain-washing terrorists’

Sydney – A suggestion by Australia’s police chief that convicted terrorists could be “de-programmed” in prison has been criticised by a rights group as “brainwashing“. Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the technique involved using respected imams or people previously connected with militant organisations to convert extremists. Keelty told ABC Television’s Lateline programme the process, which […]

Australian government considers de-programming terrorists

A method of brainwashing terrorists being considered for use in Australia is ineffective and comparable to torture, critics say. The federal government says it is examining the use of “de-programming” after a suggestion from Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, who studied anti-terrorism strategies in Indonesia. Indonesia is using a former Jemaah Islamiah leader, Malaysian-born […]

Saudi Interrogators Try Gentler Approach

WASHINGTON (AP)–Saudi Arabia, known for harsh criminal penalties such as beheadings, is trying a gentler approach to get information from some al-Qaida captives. Saudi interrogators often bring clerics and a Quran to their prison interviews to establish a religious connection, a technique that has proved successful in eliciting information from terrorist suspects and reorienting them […]
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