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Interview with a Cult Observer 
20th-Jul-2005 01:53 pm
In this recent interview, RickRoss gives some good background explanations about his work as a cult observer.

He shares my view that Al Qaeda needs to be understood against the background of cult dynamics and mind control, not simply as a "terrorist movement":

What about a group like Al Qaeda, how would you categorize them?
In my opinion Al Qaeda can easily be seen as personality-driven cult. And just like other cult followers, the devotees of Osama bin-Laden depend upon him to define their reality and make value judgments. This accounts for the bizarre fantasy world bin Laden's followers inhabit, a world where office workers somehow become military targets. Osama bin-Laden has as much to do with Islam as David Koresh did Christianity. He is another lunatic leader cast from the same mold as Jim Jones. The parents of some of his followers have described how he "brainwashed" their sons and led them to destruction.

He also mentions a group lead by another Dr. Lee from South Korea that seems to become more and more visible in the US. South Korea seems to be a breeding place for cults, and one of the top export nations of cults.

What other groups are on your watch list?
A new group that has hit the US in recent years and generated some very serious complaints is Dahn Hak led by a "Grand Master" Seung Huen Lee, who is from South Korea. Dahn Hak has a chain of exercise studios across the country including New York and is staffed largely by Lee’s often grossly underpaid devotees. They are now being sued for the wrongful death of a college professor from Queens, New York, who died suspiciously while at one of their retreats in Sedona, Arizona.
21st-Jul-2005 03:14 pm (UTC) - Shared view
Chris, I share your view. I also appreciate all the information you have provided about UBF on the web. Thanks.
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