Another ‘Brainwashing’ Reference in a Report on Islamic Extremism


Kier Simmons in Brussels for NBC Nightly News: “The young people are being brainwashed, this man told me.” Meaning, brainwashed by Islamic extremists.

My ears perked up because “brainwashing” was implied, all but stated, in a report on Islamic State from last year.

It’s interesting to hear a word that originated in studies of communist prison camp survivors, and expanded later to refer to American religious cult practices, now being used to refer to Islam State’s propagandistic outreach.

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