There was an interaction between the defense, the judge and the prosecutor in the Keith Raniere trial which can be described as highly Torquemadan:

Deprogramming of witnesses in raniere trial

Since when do eyewitnesses need to undergo deprogramming to radically re-interpret their experiences in order for them to testify properly?

Over and over, you’ll find the deprogrammed witnesses in the Raniere trial all repeating the same anti-cult tropes – usually a 180 degree viewpoint from when they experienced them.

This study of 154 adults who were former members of minority religions shows that anticult movement deprogramming severely effects the ways in which an ex member views their past experience.

Reconstructing the “Cult” Experience: Post-Involvement Attitudes as a Function of Mode of Exit and Post-Involvement Socialization

The presentation of the brainwashing ideology appears to be one of the most essential components of the deprogramming process; e.g., one of the deprogrammed respondents related that, “After three days of dialogue I had a basic understanding of thought reform and how it had been applied to me.” The attractiveness of this ideology was reflected in yet another deprogrammee’s response: “It still makes me cringe to think of the ‘witnessing’ I did to co-workers during free times. But my deprogrammer made sure I knew it wasn’t my fault.” This last statement clearly indicates how anti-cult ideology’s provision for a face-saving “absolution from blame” induces ex-members to adopt it.

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