With nearly forty years of research and experience as activists, campaigners, writers and practitioners, Open Minds is established as the country’s leading authority on cultic abuse and terrorism.
While fear focuses on the very real threat that terrorism poses to the lives of so many people worldwide, the methodology behind this frightening phenomenon is little understood or publicised.
Open Minds is a tightly-focused project which addresses the lack of background information about terrorist groups; how they recruit and maintain their members, how they train their members to perform suicide and other terrorist missions, and how they are organised.
The site is designed to act as a starting point for anyone who wishes to find out more about the way terrorists are created. The site aims to act as a resource and also as a portal to further information.
The information which we have presented in the site is not a result of academic or scientific study, instead it arises directly from the experience of those involved in the issues covered. We have survived and escaped from these organisations and in order to make sense of our experiences have conducted extensive research into this phenomenon to discover whether what we went through was happening elsewhere.
We were perturbed to find that what we experienced as members is common to other terrorist and extremist groups, and even more concerned at the lack of public information about this aspect of terrorism. We hope this site both answers questions and raises a lot more. Further research is needed in order to bring to light the methodology behind terrorism.
As well as prompting more research, we hope this site will give greater access to and promote the relevance of the experience and knowledge of former members of terrorist groups. With their intimate, inside knowledge of these groups, former members must be cast as among the foremost sources of information from which to assess and understand the issues which they raise.
The basic premise of our site is that recognised patterns of cult behaviour – whether as a full-blown cult or utilising some of the methodology of cults – precede and underlie the use of terror. Terror as a tool is not a simple act, it arises from complex thinking and highly sophisticated methods of manipulation of its actors.
From this analysis, we do not suggest that all cults could eventually use terror. But we believe it is correct to claim that all terror has its roots in cult methodology.