Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Blacklist" episode "The Kenyon Family" shows domestic terror by brainwashing and mind control

The Blacklist”, with James Spader (who talks like Nolan Ross in “Revenge”) presented, in “The Kenyon Family”, a somewhat believable “extreme right” cultist terror threat is proposed.  In eastern Tennessee, the Kenyons maintain a large estate that resembles David Koresh at Waco, except that they allow other criminals to store WMD’s (especially Syntex) on their property.  They also have a polygamy system (lke Colorado City, AZ), but resulting in exiling of many boys, who have formed their own terror group.  In the meantime, the cult also practices brainwashing or mind control that sends people to various locations in cars to act as suicide bombers, with massive explosions capable of obliterating whole city blocks.  The brainwashing somewhat resembles the idea of “Manchurian Candidate” programming, as well as the “brain triggering” with free sim cards in the recent movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (Movies Feb. 15).  The episode, like "Kingsman", also had a scene of a mass "suicide" at a church service. 
The Kenyon group also has an “end of days” theology claiming that the family will inherit the world and that Kenyon will rise to become an angel.  A real angel, if you met him, would be something else (more like a Clark Kent). 
The group is also shown as wanting to have a sovereign country within the southern Appalachians, threatening other property nearby, in a manner comparable to ISIL, as if this sort of "cult plus conquest" movement is possible with any religion or belief, not just Islam.  CNN has been discussing the "sovereign citizen" problem as involving up to 300000 people in the US, and they also litigate with "paper terrorism." 
The episode seems relevant given recent talk that ISIS us a “doomsday cult” within Islam, trying to set up a caliphate for Armageddon.  It also could be compared to Jim Jones and The People’s Temple, which was a far Leftist cult that committed mass suicide in 1978. 
I guess the other obvious mental association for me might be Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. But their activity is just demonstrations and (anti-gay hate) speech. 
Picture: Mid Tennessee, my trip, May 2014.  

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