A Different Type Of Terror

"I became stronger. I climbed on top of the roof of the car. They gave me a weapon and put some marks on my face. I was no longer human. I could do anything."

          A child soldier given psychoactive drugs in order to kill
          Sierra Leone

In 1999, journalist and author, Alexander Cockburn wrote about the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski's history as a volunteer for mind-control experiments at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Cockburn asked, "Did the experiment's long-term effects help tilt him into the Unabomber's homicidal rampages?…How many other human time bombs were thus primed? How many of them have exploded?"61

Drugged Children Used For Armed Combat

Around the world, some 250,000 children, some as young as seven, have been used by revolutionaries and terrorists for armed combat. In Afghanistan, for example, about four in 10 soldiers are younger than 18.62

According to a UNICEF report, many children have been given amphetamines and tranquilizers to enable them to "go on murderous binges for days."63 According to Tina Susman, African correspondent for Newsday, "A close look into the faces [of these children] revealed hazy, bloodshot eyes behind the pervasive dark sunglasses, the result of drugs forced upon them or taken voluntarily to dull the fear of death."64

Corinne Dufka from Human Rights Watch, stated, "It seemed to be a very organized strategy of getting the kids, drugging them up, breaking down their defense and memory, and turning them into fighting machines that didn't have a sense of empathy and feeling for the civilian population."65

These same types of drugs have been used to train children in terrorist and revolutionary activities and murder. For example, revolutionaries in Sierra Leone, Africa, abducted Siamba at age 12 and gave him cocaine and amphetamines to prepare him for combat. Human Rights Watch reported in 1999 that "child combatants armed with pistols, rifles and machetes actively participated in killings and massacres, [and] severed the arms of other children....Often under the influence of drugs, they were known and feared for their impetuosity, lack of control and brutality."66

But, as Mr. Cockburn warned, "There are other human time bombs, primed in haste, ignorance or indifference to long-term consequences. Amid all the finger-pointing to causes prompting the recent wave of schoolyard killings [in the U.S.], not nearly enough clamor has been raised about the fact that many of these teenagers suddenly exploding into mania were on a regimen of antidepressants."67 Eric Harris, one of the shooters at Columbine, was taking an antidepressant known to induce psychosis which, in turn, can produce "bizarre, grandiose, highly elaborated destructive plans, including mass murder…," according to a drug expert.

Schoolyard "Terrorism"

Time and time again, those who have been subjected to psychiatric or psychological "therapy," especially drugs, are offenders of the worst kind. Drug-crazed youngsters, even in Western countries, have proven themselves capable of the most callous violence imaginable while on psychiatric drugs. For example:

On May 21, 1998, 14-year-old Kip Kinkel shot and killed his parents, then went on a wild shooting spree at his Springfield, Oregon, high school that left two dead and 22 injured. He had undergone psychiatric drug treatment and psychological "anger management" classes.

Between 1988 and 1992, there were reports of 90 children and adolescents who had suffered suicidal or violent self-destructive behavior while on one antidepressant. The Food and Drug Administration's own Adverse Drug Reactions reports revealed that a 12-year-old suffered hostility, confusion, was violent and became "glassy-eyed" on the drug; an 18-year-old was hospitalized after being on the drug for 270 days and had reportedly sexually assaulted and stabbed a store clerk; a 16 year-old who had been on the drug for 50 days reported hostility, psychotic depression and hallucinations when there had been no prior psychiatric history.