THE RITE TO REMAIN SILENT

March 8, 2017

the lethal text

CATHY O’BRIEN AND THE TRANCE-FORMATION OF AMERICA

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If a lethal text is one which destroys the mind of its reader, making it impossible to communicate the content of the text to others, The Trance-Formation of America by Cathy O’Brien and Mark Phillips comes as close as anything I’ve read. Such a controversial and widely-known work might be expected to be surrounded by oceans of commentary, promoting it, debunking it, denying it, defending it, deconstructing it…. but in the case of Trance-formation, there’s a kind of eerie silence. Even hardened alternative commentators and journalists tend to keep their distance from it. Why?

The reasons for the silence might be as much to do with legality as lethality. O’Brien’s autobiography originated as a deprogramming tool, and was revised for use as a legal deposition in the authors’ fruitless search for justice, related in the sequel, Access Denied: For Reasons of National Security

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