Coercive Persuasion by ISIS Led Orlando Shooter to Kill Innocent People

Hollywood, Florida, 14th of June 2016 —

Presently we are facing the most profound terrorist threat arguably in the history of our great nation. The development of terrorist cults, like ISIS, and their sophisticated recruitment tactics has brought the issue of of mind control and undue influence to a new level of attention and urgency.

The Orlando shooting was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, which killed 49 innocent people and wounded at least 53 others. According to an article published by CNN, Omar Mateen's parents, who are from Afghanistan, said “he'd expressed outrage after seeing two men kiss in Miami, but didn't consider him particularly religious and didn't know of any connection he had to ISIS”. Perhaps if his parent’s knew the red flags regarding cult recruitment and indoctrination and had a safe agency they could have reached out to for help with their son, this tragedy might have been prevented. Family members and friends are the early warning system for radicalization, yet most are uneducated about the dangers of brainwashing and coercive persuasion, nor would they feel safe to tell authorities for fear of having their loved ones arrested or watched. Ultimately, people need a safe place to go to for help and specialized education on the subject.

A non-profit organization called 
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc. (FACT), located in South Florida, works with other related organizations and cult experts such as Steven Hassan, who runs the Freedom of Mind Resource Center, to educate and bring awareness to the public regarding the recruitment efforts and methods of manipulative and exploitive cult/fanatical groups, as well as providing a safe place for people to reach out to for help. According to experts there are over 5000 cultic groups in the U.S. with more than 6 million controlled victims, including many radical Islamic groups. Right now there are probably hundreds of other potential terrorist scenarios that might be preventable with an immediate large-scale mobilization of specialized education and resources to the public and other important entities. It is safe to presume that, like the radicalized Mateen, more and more people have and will be pledging their allegiance to ISIS and similar terrorist groups. As such, the overwhelming need to combat the recruitment and brainwashing efforts by these destructive groups is direly evident.

Cult experts believe the lack of public conversation, education and awareness on this issue is what is ultimately empowering these radical destructive groups to grow and flourish. It is a misunderstood threat by most, with little to no educational resources or support available. This leaves family members and friends oblivious and/or in denial about the recruitment, indoctrination and exploitation of their loved ones, causing indecision and hesitation to act when it is most crucial. F.A.C.T.’s mission, in connection with other related organizations, is to create an empowerment movement for everyone to understand how people can be radicalized, and also what they can do about it (besides just utilizing law enforcement, like with Mateen who was later dismissed by the FBI as a non-threat). This is imperative for any successful deradicalization efforts of ISIS members and the potential prevention of future tragedies.

For more information, please contact F.A.C.T. at 1-877-360-3228 or email
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