From the Book Project-
Cults, Conspiracies and Criminal Collusions: An Overview of Willful Conspiratorial Belief Systems
In general social discussion, in the framework of pop culture,
you often hear the word “brainwashed” tossed around
loosely like other terms generic to a particular school of thought. However, one should conclude that a brain has beendry cleaned.
This does not mean a person becomes “brainwashed” or gives up control over oneself to
an individual or thegroup-cult in particular. On the contrary, people have a sense of their consciousness, willfulness and desired proclivitiesfor an intended outcome. People understand what they are doing at any given point in time. However, externality of observation, given the extent of our own subjectivity, definitive absolute understanding of their individual and groupintentions may not be possible to fully comprehend. Except from a superficial perspective, one can make efforts todiscern the probability. We may never know ultimately the true subconscious extent of the collusive
“mindset” of cults,
conspiracy theorists, ufologists or organized criminal collusions of various kinds. Evidence can be elusive, enforcementmight be less than cost-effective and manpower may not be available. Given constraints on local law enforcement, viableofficial efforts could be severely limited.Regardless though in the meantime, con artists use subterfuge as a tricky stratagem by which the criminal collusionendeavors to deceive believers as well as onlookers. Double-speak, rhetorical hyperbole, and clever fallacies of inferencemaneuver the deception away from reality. An investigator must guard against his or her own susceptibility. Self-imposed hedonistic inclinations offer salacious seductions. In an investigative posture, one strives to determine thenature of criminality as reflected in criminal law statutes. Failing to attach significant meaning to the specificity of statutory violations, civil litigation or regulatory procedures may be an alternative. A conspiratorial case investigationusually considers the probable instigation of two or more persons perpetrating illegal actions.As two or more persons labor to persuade their ruse, you try to evaluate the prospective gain from the bogusoperations. What is the most likely benefit one or more persons might achieve from the fraud being perpetrated?Enrichment comes to the membership, as well as the upper echelons of the hierarchy, in multidimensional aspects.People get their needs met in different ways. Unlawfully, you take something from someone and then channel that to
what appears to be a “noble cause”. Rewards satiate gratifications both psychologically and physically. On some
occasions the end result might appear legal, but the means by which that was achieved could be illegal. For instance, aparticular sect uses illegal commodities gained through smuggling, robbery or burglary, etc., converted to cash, servicesor property. And, then donates the takings to a charitable organization or some public cause. Schemes of scams areinventive and run the gamut of believability.