violent extremism

Why Calling Daesh/ISIS a Mind Control Cult is of Strategic and Practical Importance

2019-02-13T10:49:47-05:00April 8th, 2016|Blog, Current Events|

This morning, The New York Times published an article entitled “Radicalization of a Belgium Student Turned Bomb Maker Was Invisible.” This piece, written by Alissa J. Rubin, details the conversion of 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui, one of the suicide bombers responsible for the attack of the Belgium airport on March 22. Rubin cites associates and family members of Laachraoui, who all say that while he leaned toward a strict version of Islam, and they did notice changes in his ideology and behavior, they never suspected he would be capable of such violent acts. By all accounts, before his conversion Laachraoui [...]

Protect Americans from Terrorism- Looking Beyond Boston Marathon Bombings

2018-12-16T18:47:56-05:00September 5th, 2013|Blog, Current Events, Resources and Support|

What can we do to protect the American public from attacks like the one that occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon? Some have suggested increasing surveillance—more police and cameras in our nation's cities. Others have emphasized the need for greater scrutiny of terrorist lists here and abroad. While directing our attention outwards—putting more eyes on the street—we need also to take a closer look inside the minds of the two young men who carried out the massacre. Of all the questions raised by their attack, none has been more baffling than that of motivation: What could [...]

Interview with Masoud Banisadr on MeK

2018-12-16T20:12:58-05:00February 20th, 2013|Blog, Guest Blogs|

USED WITH FULL PERMISSION- Q & A with a reporter with Masoud Banisadr (author of Masoud: Memoirs of an Iranian Rebel, SAQI Books, 2004). I have had the pleasure of spending several hours with Masoud. In my professional opinion, the extreme influence (brainwashing) used by this destructive cult to recruit, indoctrinate and maintain control over their members ranks extremely high. Steve Hassan ----------------------------------------------- Good afternoon Masoud, Thanks so much for speaking with me. I think e-mail will work best, so I’ve put my questions below. Just as background, I’m writing about the potential role that the People’s Mujahedin could [...]