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the Stockholm Syndrome,
and Psychological Warfare

Occupation as practiced by the United States is psychological warfare. It is brainwashing of the masses using the model of what has become known as the Stockholm Syndrome. The United States is using this model in their long train of abuses against the Iraqi people, as they used it against the Southern States after the illegal Civil War in the U.S. and all nations the federal government has engaged in war, except those they lost (North Korea, Vietnam).

Let's review how the psychological phenomenon the Stockholm Syndrome is defined:

The Name "Stockholm Syndrome"

In 1973, four Swedes held in a bank vault for six days during a robbery became attached to their captors; a phenomenon dubbed the Stockholm Syndrome. According to psychologists, the abused bond to their abusers as a means to endure violence. The most notorious instance came when heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, and after some months, re-christened herself "Tanya" and joined their ranks.

Emotional Bond

The Stockholm Syndrome is an emotional attachment, a bond of interdependence between captive and captor that develops 'when someone threatens your life, deliberates, and doesn't kill you.' (Symonds, 1980) The relief resulting from the removal of the threat of death generates intense feelings of gratitude and fear that combine to make the captive reluctant to display negative feelings toward the captor or terrorist. In fact, former hostages have visited their captors in jail, recommended defense counsel, and even started a defense fund. It is this dynamic, which causes former hostages and abuse survivors to minimize the damage done to them and refuse to cooperate in prosecuting their tormentors. "The victims' need to survive is stronger than his/her impulse to hate the person who has created the dilemma." (Strentz, 1980) The victim comes to see the captor as a 'good guy', even a savior. This condition...occurs in response to the four specific conditions listed below:

A person threatens to kill another and is perceived as having the capability to do so.

The other cannot escape, so her or his life depends on the threatening person.

The threatened person is isolated from outsiders so that the only other perspective available to her or him is that of the threatening person.

The threatening person is perceived as showing some degree of kindness to the one being threatened.


Love and Stockholm Syndrome:
The Mystery of Loving an Abuser

On August 23rd, 1973 two machine-gun carrying criminals entered a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. Blasting their guns, one prison escapee named Jan-Erik Olsson announced to the terrified bank employees "The party has just begun!" The two bank robbers held four hostages, three women and one man, for the next 131 hours. The hostages were strapped with dynamite and held in a bank vault until finally rescued on August 28th.

After their rescue, the hostages exhibited a shocking attitude considering they were threatened, abused, and feared for their lives for over five days. In their media interviews, it was clear that they supported their captors and actually feared law enforcement personnel who came to their rescue. The hostages had begun to feel the captors were actually protecting them from the police. One woman later became engaged to one of the criminals and another developed a legal defense fund to aid in their criminal defense fees. Clearly, the hostages had "bonded" emotionally with their captors.

While the psychological condition in hostage situations became known as "Stockholm Syndrome" due to the publicity - the emotional "bonding" with captors was a familiar story in psychology. It had been recognized many years before and was found in studies of other hostage, prisoner, or abusive situations such as:

  • Abused Children
  • Battered/Abused Women
  • Prisoners of War
  • Cult Members
  • Incest Victims
  • Criminal Hostage Situations
  • Concentration Camp Prisoners
  • Controlling/Intimidating Relationships

    In the final analysis, emotionally bonding with an abuser is actually a strategy for survival for victims of abuse and intimidation. The "Stockholm Syndrome" reaction in hostage and/or abuse situations is so well recognized at this time that police hostage negotiators no longer view it as unusual. In fact, it is often encouraged in crime situations as it improves the chances for survival of the hostages.


  • This presents the Syndrome on the smaller scale, but amplify the victims by millions and the captors by hundreds of thousands, where the captors have virtually total control of the situation, you have a syndrome developing that affects the masses in favor of the captors.

    The captors, the U.S. Military, in Iraq have openly applied techniques to foment the Stockholm Syndrome in the torture camps for Iraqi citizens, such as the Abu Ghraib Concentration Camp or the Torture Camp at Guantanemo Bay. These fall into the Prisoners of War and Concentration Camp Prisoners categories listed above. These are easily recognizable and any one looking can see the U.S. is trying, hoping, and to a large degree getting the Syndrome to take effect.

    If you think about it… a people under Occupation by a foreign power are ALL prisoners of war (i.e. all are hostages). The whole country has become a concentration camp. You can see the hostage taker, the United States, beginning its attempt to convert the Iraqi people through mass brainwashing, using the known effect of the Stockholm Syndrome.

    In Iraq, as it did in the Civil War, the U.S. Military destroyed everything in its path. It took hostage, through its illegal acts and illegal war, entire populations, cultures, and nations. The hostage taker, the enemy of peaceful existence is a destroyer. Later in the process, the captor can become the savior, since it controls every element and environment of the situation, it becomes the hostages' 'benefactor'. If the Syndrome has developed to maturity, the victims accept the villain as a hero - a savior. This has been the goal of the U.S. since the outset of starting the war in Iraq.

    The Occupation of Iraq by the villain, the hostage taker, becomes the Reconstruction of Iraq by the new hero to the masses, by way of psychological warfare.

    If the hostages behave in the way the hostage taker demands, the rewards for good behavior are offered. The news is already reporting the rewards being tendered by the hostage takers to the hostages. As a benevolent lord and master the United States is 'freeing' 500 prisoners of war as a gift to the hostages. They have been good hostages and have done as the Lord and Master demanded by writing a constitution that allows the captor full reign and authority.

    By use of propaganda the United States has benevolently granted Democracy to the Iraqi nation. The captive victims are beginning to 'see' the light at the end of the rainbow. "If we do what they say maybe they will go away and let us live in peace." This is the carrot held out by the hostage takers to the hostages. The brainwashing is beginning to take hold -- the Syndrome is starting to mature. The villains' lies are taken on faith as fact and truth.

    The hostage takers must convince the masses that they are better off than before their war and occupation. They obviously are not and never will be, but living under the Lord and Master and depending on the crumbs the villain throws out to keep you from starvation and total poverty, the masses fall into the mindset of having to protect the villain to be able to feed themselves and their families.

    What causes Stockholm Syndrome? Captives begin to identify with their captors initially as a defensive mechanism, out of fear of violence. Small acts of kindness by the captor are magnified, since finding perspective in a hostage situation is by definition impossible. Rescue attempts are also seen as a threat, since it's likely the captive would be injured during such attempts.

    It's important to note that these symptoms occur under tremendous emotional and often physical duress. The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of interpersonal abuse, and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors.


    One only needs to view the history of the Civil War in the United States, particularly the 'real' history of Texas, (not the fairy tales presented in the U.S. approved textbooks) to see an entire map of what is going on in Iraq. As it was in Texas 1861-1900, so shall it be in Iraq. One generation passes and the atrocities committed by the villain are forgotten and the villain remains a benefactor and Overlord until the people in Texas and Iraq eventually overthrow the occupiers.

    The insurgents coming in from the outside world to Iraq could upset the apple cart for the hostage taker. Those have not been subjected to the day by day authority and atrocities of the captor villains. They can actually persuade or 'remind' the Iraqi people who destroyed Iraq, who holds the carrot, who is their current Lord and Master. The insurgency is the bane of this psychological war.

    The Iraqis should be very wary of the 500 being released by the 'nice' villains. These 500 may have been brainwashed and it is quite probable they are 'sleepers' inserted into the masses to locate and report back to the captors any Iraqi that might cause trouble or raise up dissent to the captor's forced authority.

    One can look at the history of any imperialistic colonizing nation and see this mass psychological warfare and the Stockholm Syndrome being used to take advantage of the hostages. Even Rome understood and used this strategy. They would choose the ablest men of the hostages and grant them freedom and 'enlarged' positions in the Roman army. Rome would even allow the hostages to keep their 'kings' if the nation would submit to Roman Supreme Authority.

    The United States will 'generously allow' Iraqi U.S. sympathizers to become government leaders in Iraq. The trade off for this newly created 'high' position, is the guarantee from the poor brainwashed traitor to deliver loyalty, submission, and allegiance to the foreign power holding the entire nation hostage.

    In the first draft for a new constitution, (a government style forced upon Iraq by the hostage takers), the constitution did not meet the demands of the U.S. The Iraqis cancelled the power of the occupiers in this draft. The same was true in Texas in the 1860s-1870s and all of the Southern States. We have been 'stuck' with constitutions allowing the U.S. total control and authority over our nations in the Southern U.S., since the Reconstruction (the hostage taker's nice name for Occupation).

    Why did Louisiana look to Washington DC, instead of within for answers to the devastation from the hurricane? There still remains that obligatory responsibility of the occupiers to restore what they destroyed. They are still the Lord and Master over Louisiana, and Louisiana's king (governor) had to pay homage to the Lord and Master first, for all its subjects held in bondage, to the hostage taker (U.S.) It was the U.S. that built those levees. It was the U.S. that built inferior levees. It was the U.S. that refused to maintain and update those levees. It was the U.S. that drained the bayous in contravention to nature in Louisiana that ultimately caused such atrocities.

    Australia and Canada are 'allowed' to have their own 'kings', as long as they remain loyal subjects of the Crown of England. They have yet to achieve full independence from England, and operate as vassal nations paying and owing homage to the Queen. Some historians claim the U.S. is also a vassal to the English Crown.

    Thirteen nations in the Southern United States are allowed to have their own 'kings' as long as these people and kings pay homage and tithes to the Crown in Washington D.C. They can even put their own people in as the King of D.C., as long as this king guarantees to keep and hold reign over the vassal states in the South.

    The time of occupation will eventually come to an end, if history repeats itself, as it has time and time again. There always comes a time when the cultural identity, national identity of a people will rise up against all odds and all occupiers. This happened to Rome, and it has happened to imperialistic colonizing, England, Spain, Portugal, France, etc. History is bound to repeat itself and its trend is to throw off the tyrannies of conquerors, and restore the freedom and liberty demanded by all peoples.

    India is a prime example of a culture rising up to overthrow its villainous occupier - Great Britain. This was at a time when Britain even thought that the Indian nation was grateful for the benefits of being a vassal to England. But as history proves, benefits, no matter how good they are, do not equate to liberty and freedom. Nothing is worse than a culture being under the thumb of a foreign power, even a beneficent foreign power.

    Similarly the Iranian people also rebelled against the benefits of western civilization granted to them by their captors, the U.S. and U.K., and chose freedom and independence for themselves.

    There is the probability and all likelihood that captive nations will join and ally themselves against a common hostage taker, as England found out. The United States is just now beginning to see its hostages starting to revolt, as South Korea and Japan are complaining about U.S. troops on their soil and its intervention into their affairs. More importantly other actions of the United States threaten the peace and security of their people and are silently but actively being revolted against.

    The U.S. used psycho-warfare to achieve its illegal war against Panama, even illegally arresting the president of Panama and hauling him off to answer for U.S. Crimes. The world turned a blind eye to this absurdity of the United States and the U.S. won that psycho-war against Panama, using it as an example to other Central American nations as a warning of U.S. superiority. There was no fair play for Panama, as it became a vassal to the U.S.

    In hostage taking situations for the police there is a supreme negotiator assigned that understands and utilizes, even banks on, the Stockholm Syndrome coming into play. In the case of taking an entire nation hostage, the negotiator and the hostage taker are the same person or entity. In other words the villain hostage taker is also the negotiator for the release of the hostages. The U.S. holds all the cards, and there is no fair play for the actual hostages, as they are 'pawns in the game.'

    The negotiator has total control over the environment of the hostages and total control of how the media is allowed to view the hostage situation. You'd have to be supremely blind not to see this trait in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq. Do those Iraqi citizens that oppose the U.S. war and occupation get to go around the world and attempt to convince the other nations of the world of their peril at the hands of the U.S.? No, but the U.S. does this day in and day out, hour by hour, to convince the world of the rightness of their illegal war and illegal occupation of Iraq.

    Those people that 'see' through the thin veil of U.S. righteousness and see the war and occupation for what it really is become instant enemies of the hostage taker, including threats of war, occupation, and hostage taking in those nations that dare speak out against the U.S. lies and psychological warfare being used in Iraq.

    It is no different than a banker that says no to a hostage taking villain. The banker instantly becomes an enemy to the villain and is either tortured, threatened, or killed. Is this not identical to the way the U.S. has treated Syria, Iran, and Venezuela? The villain, the hostage taker, has threatened the entities that oppose its goals in Iraq, even though those goals are being acquired illegally.

    Once the United States has successfully used the Stockholm Syndrome to gain illicit power over a captured people, any one that threatens 'independence' from the Master Villain becomes a marked target. This has been seen recently in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and in Texas where the Independence Movements were nearly quashed by the Occupying forces.

    The hostage taker will tell the hostages that he wants to set them free, but that freedom is based on doing as the hostage taker wants, so it's not truly freedom that is offered, but conditional liberty with boundaries. When any of the hostages 'really' attempt to gain independence and freedom, they are killed, tortured, and/or made an example of, for, and in front of the other hostages.

    Such was the hostage takers' example to the people in the murder of Puerto Rico's independence leader, as was the torture and politically imprisoning the leader of the Texas Independence Movement. Such WILL BE to those in Iraq that demand 'real' freedom and independence.

    The United States has a victimizing history as a hostage taker in its 'long train of abuses and usurpations.' The world citizenry does not need to stand up in the defense of Saddam Hussein, but in defense of the Iraqi people against the villain, the hostage taker, the U.S. Federal Government. It could be a now or never situation (or at least 150 years) for the Iraqi people to see 'true' independence from their captors. In Texas its already been over 140 years. The Texan people have been brainwashed by the U.S. from kindergarten through college degrees that what they did to Texas was right and legal, when exactly the opposite is fact. Texans should be feeling a bond with the Iraqi people, that bond known only to 'hostages', held hostage by the same villain.

    It's time for the world to break the Stockholm Syndrome and not allow its use against any nation or people. This can be done peacefully by embarrassing the lying hostage taker. If one half of this planet were to email and snail mail the dummy in the White House and the 535 invertebrates in Congress -- you would see heads roll. Image is important to a hostage taker. Without that 'image' their position of power and control begins to evaporate. You've heard how Bush has sent out his pundits to 'improve' the image of the United States Federal Government.

    Remember NO ONE is out there building up the image of the hostages, the entire population of Iraq. All we hear are the 'official' statements of the villain.

    One half of the planet could re-empower the people that are supposed to hold reign on the U.S. Federal Government, the Congress. Right now they are even held hostage by that Immoral Majority, that came to power by illegal monies and vote frauds.

    The United States may be the most advanced power on earth in the means and methods of psychological warfare, spending untold millions, perhaps billions, in developing such horrendous methods to control its hostages. They proved they would use such methods to the world in 1993 at Mount Carmel, Texas, when they utilized torturous mind control on the hostages held by the U.S. Federal Government. Their alleged crime? Refusing to allow a warrant-less search while the U.S. Hostage Takers lied about having a search warrant to the public. The Villain Controlled all the news from the situation, the reasons for the siege of the church and the reasons for murdering nearly everyone there was whitewashed through government propaganda. The U.S. and it's controlled media called in so-called cult experts to declare the people there a cult, to demonize them in them in the eyes of the public. The U.S. won that battle as the people in the U.S. assumed the government was going after a cult. All religions are a cult in some way… so what? The pundits for the U.S. legitimized rather than condemned the illegal acts of the U.S. Government. All the U.S. needed was public opinion on their side (i.e., IMAGE) and they could perform any illegal act they wanted to.

    It is this same IMAGE that we could threaten with millions upon millions of emails and snail mails going to Washington D.C. Destroying this false image (the Bible calls false images IDOLS) that the U.S. needs to operate will bring the beast to its knees. If half the world threatened to boycott all U.S. made products, how fast would that insane D.C. government change its methods? Are you bowing down to a false image… an idol? You can tear down the false image without destroying the U.S. It would force the insane people inside government to run and hide, allowing true statesmen to force the U.S. back to its legitimate role of governing the relations between the states. It would make CEOs of all corporations have to beg for forgiveness for their complicity in creating an illegitimate government in the Territory of Columbia, (D.C.)

    It's past the time in the history of human events to stop the psycho-terrorism of the United States. It's time to reveal to all the world and for the people of the world to take notice that the 'benefits' provided by the U.S. to Iraq are to foment the Stockholm Syndrome. The mass brainwashing of the Iraqi people must be brought to an end. The psycho war being perpetrated is more sinister than the war of weaponry… which was a pre-concluded decision that the U.S. would win due to empirical superiority.

    The U.S. should not be allowed to win a psycho-war against the innocent people of Iraq. The United States is holding the entire nation of Iraqis hostage. The United States is also the sole negotiator. The hostages are being subjected to mind control, psychological warfare, and the U.S. is planning on taking advantage by using the Stockholm Syndrome against the Iraqi people.

    When do you say NO MORE!?

    Just say NO!
    Say no to U.S. Terrorism

    L. Savage

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