'Satanic Ritual Abuse' has been officially discredited since the early 90s, yet evidence of its existence keeps emerging, if only fleetingly. Consider this tragedy from Wales:
"Cult leader Colin Batley, 48, was found guilty of more than 35 offences against children and young adults...
"The court heard how the cult operated from a number of homes in a cul-de-sac, Clos yr Onnen, in Kidwelly.
"Batley, his wife Elaine and two other women who all lived in the street took part in a catalogue of abuse against children and young adults.
"Victims said the group used occult writings and practices to 'brainwash' them, and justify their abuse.
"Batley used his position as the cult leader to rape boys and girls.
"One of his victims told the court that when she became pregnant as a young teenager, Batley told her the unborn baby was a 'child of the occult' and threatened to kill her if she spoke out.
"Batley was found guilty of 35 offences, including 11 rapes, three indecent assaults, causing prostitution for personal gain, causing a child to have sex and inciting a child to have sex."
In another article from the same day hints are given at the techniques used by the cult to brainwash the children:
"Ian Haworth, general secretary of the Cult Information Centre, said the group led by Colin Batley appeared to show many of the classic traits...
"Mr Haworth has worked as a full-time specialist, consultant and expert witness in cultism since 1979, informed by his own experience as a former member of a cult.
"He told BBC Wales that cult leaders often used techniques such as food and sleep deprivation to break people down."
Food and sleep deprivation were favorites of the interrogators at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo as well. From this MSNBC article:
"Medical examinations of former terrorism suspects held by the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, found evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders, according to a human rights group...
"Those examined alleged that they were tortured or abused, including sexually, and described being shocked with electrodes, beaten, shackled, stripped of their clothes, deprived of food and sleep, and spit and urinated on."
Sleep and food deprivation have also been used by shamans and Mystery School initiates for centuries to induce visions of nonhuman entities as well. A vision quest would be a classic example of this.
Unfortunately, the media seems to already be in full tabloid mode as far as the revelations of Wales cult ring is concerned. From a prior cited article:
"Mr Haworth said between 500 and 1,000 cults were operating throughout the UK.
"'It's a growing phenomenon and each person that's recruited becomes an automatic recruiter of others,' he said.
"'They are in major cities and they are in quiet, rural areas as well."
While I certainly do not question the existence of SRA, I'm extremely skeptical of the scale of abuse many self-proclaimed experts state. In the U.S. unwanted children from broken homes are a dime a dozen, as tragic as that may sound -Why go to the trouble of abducting children from WASP-y backgrounds where the parents more likely than not will frantically search for their loved ones? I've yet to find any details on the type of children that were initiated into the Wales cult, but the backgrounds of the convicted cult members imply that they were not from the best circumstances -two of the three women convicted were prostitutes. I would tentatively speculate that the Wales cult was some kind of paedophilic prostitution ring to the elite. I doubt much will come out concerning their clientele.
Another issue I have to take with Mr. Haworth is that cults of this type are a growing phenomenon. If anything, their heyday seems to have passed at some point in the late 70s or early 80s. By the time the 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' panic was in full swing in the late 80s and early 90s the Cryptocracy had largely wrapped up those types of operations -Our culture had changed to the point that cult indoctrination was no longer necessary to destabilize the masses. Former Process member Thomas Wyllie sums up this view quite nicely in this interview:
"Q: During the Process salon at the Anthology Film Archives right around when Love Sex Fear Death came out you mentioned that cults could be a good thing, that there were many benefits to you spending time in one. Could you describe examples of what a good cult experience would be?
"A: The biggest benefit is that one gets to experience a kind of life that isn't available under normal circumstances. This especially applies to reincarnates, who require an accelerated learning curve. Most western societies these days are both risk and pain averse. Cults allow those who need to go through their own pain and anger to do it in a safe situation. Cults can become a microcosm of society, so people in cults can experience a far wider array of possibilities like service, obedience, leadership, as well as what it's like to live without personal possessions, money, and personal freedom. Celibacy for a period is also a necessary psychic/emotional antidote in an over-sexed society. Possibly the greatest gift a cult bestows is when one leaves it. One emerges back into life with the opportunity to follow one's own drummer--free of parental etc influences, and understanding the dire consequences of ever giving away one's power again.
"Q: If you were involved in the start of a new cult now in 2011 what would change compared to the Process? What would you focus on?
"A: I wouldn't. I feel cults have had their day. At this point in time and in a spiritual sense, it's every person for themselves. Cults in the sixties and seventies were a kind of clean-up contingency. The were so many reincarnates who needed to work on themselves (and be worked on). The kids these days are different--they don't really need cults the way we did."
Wyllie's statement is very apt -increasingly fewer children need brainwashing to engage in childhood prostitution, for instance. Consider this lovely incident from this blog's namesake county:
"A 76-year-old DeBary man is being held on $1 million bond, accused of repeatedly trading prescription pills for sex with a teenage girl. Arnold McDermott already is facing drug charges after he sold 15 Oxycodone pills to an undercover narcotics agent back in September. On Friday, McDermott’s legal problems got significantly worse after Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators arrested him for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and lewd or lascivious battery."
Cult's just don't have the mojo they once did with the rise of what I like to think of as Occult/MK culture as the driving reality shaper in our society. At this rate the Cryptocracy's paedophiles will not need the cult network much longer to feed their appetites.