The Cult of Al-Qaeda?

Welner, Michael
October 2001
Forensic Panel Letter;10/1/2001, Vol. 5 Issue 10, p1
Academic Journal
Emerging from fragments of clues about the September 11 terrorists and their confederates is strong evidence that forensic psychiatrists have seen before � in the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, and other destructive cults. William Pierce, for example, whose anti-Government rhetoric in "The Turner Diaries," is certainly as apocalyptic as the vision of Al-Qaeda, has never been able to inspire more than lone-wolf terrorism. Destructive cult leaders answer to no one. Destructive cult leaders, in their modus operandi, exhibit the synergy of the most devastating qualities of man: psychopathy, sadism, and power.


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