Charlatan convicted of crimes which sociologists claim 'do not exist'
I thought that Indian law enforcement agents (whom I know are are regular followers of your Site) might be interested in a 'debate' which I have recently had with an academic. This (apparently highly-educated) person first gave me a potted lecture on the origins, and inevitability, of crime, according to the 'Marxist Theory of Conflict'. She then confidently informed me that 'sociology divides crime into three main groups: crimes against property (theft, vandalism, fraud, etc.), crimes against the person (assault, murder, rape, etc.) and victimless crimes (drug-taking, prostitution, etc.). However, when asked what sociology has to say about criminogenic cults ruled by sanctimonious charlatans (who suffer from severe and inflexible Narcissistic Personality Disorder) who have steadfastly pretended moral and intellectual authority whilst perpetrating all-manner of crimes in which they have systematically blamed their victims to prevent them from complaining, there was stoney silence. The academic (who had previously scoffed at my contention that a clique of co-opted sociologists have conveniently failed to recognize the obvious fact that crimes can be committed against the human mind) claimed to be completely unaware that the US Dept. of Justice currently estimates that more than 85% of all frauds perpetrated in the USA are not reported to law enforcement agencies. She did, however, accept that a recent trial in the UK has revealed that a sanctimonious charlatan, Michael Lyons, was able to pose as a 'Spiritual Healer' for 22 years - during which time he raped probably more than 100 young women, the majority of whom didn't approach law enforcement agencies http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7911698/Michael-Lyons-may-have-raped-dozens-more-women.html .
As you already know, a controversial government-funded charity, 'INFORM' ('Information Network Focus on Religious Movements'), is run by group of sociologists in the UK who are followers of Prof. Eileen Barker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Barker. These academics (who perversely refuse to employ the term 'cult', but who talk about 'anti-cultists') were involved in the Lyons case. Some of his many victims are known to have been in contact with 'INFORM', but it remains unclear when these victims first broke silence, how many there were or whether they were immediately passed to law enforcement agents. A senior member of 'INFORM', Amanda Van Eck Phd., has recently made a non-specific public declaration to the effect that 'INFORM' worked with the UK police and prosecutors on the Michael Lyons case. In reality,UK police and prosecutors tried to force 'INFORM' to release all its Lyons-related records, but the organization hired expensive attorneys (presumeably using UK tax-payers' money) who successfully argued that these were confidential documents, subject to the UK Data Protection Act and European Human Rights Legislation, which could only be released with the permission of the persons involved.
After a mistrial in 2009, Lyons was finally convicted and sentenced to 10 years prison in July 2010, for raping one woman and assaulting another. The prosecution had taken great pains to explain to the jury how Lyons was a dangerous and manipulative guru who had brainwashed not only the women whom he was accused of raping and assaulting, but also a number of other uncomplaining victims who, under his influence, had perversely and falsely tried to discredit as 'liars,' his few complaining victims. Even though, legalistically, brainwashing does not exist in the UK, the jury accepted this common-sense explanation of how a serial rapist had managed to remain at large for 22 years. Interestingly, the unmasked 'Amway' Lord Haw Haw, Mr. 'IBOFB' Steadson, has previously made vague reference on your Site to the founder of 'INFORM', Prof. Eileen Barker. She is, in fact, one of the nameless 'mainstream academics' whom Mr. Steadson has claimed support his own declaration (as a qualified psychologist) that mind control and brainwashing techniques only exist as discredited, comic-book conspiracy theories.