Based on nothing, Ann Althouse has said she doesn't "think" there's such a thing as brainwashing.
Of course, Ann Althouse has been brainwashed a long time:
While America was traumatized by the televised explosions, murders, and manhunt for the Boston bombers, 25-year-old "Connie" was recovering from her own trauma in an Athens area treatment center.
Her five-month stay in a Nigerian cult-camp has given her a different perspective on how Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar may have committed to a killing-cause.
"My heart actually kind of goes out for the young guy who, as awful as it is, I believe you have to be totally mind controlled ... to do something like this at the age of 19," she said.
"You don't just do something like it for the sake of it."
We interviewed Connie at Wellspring, a cult-deprogramming retreat near Albany, Ohio.
She asked to use a pseudonym as she's involved in an investigation of the organization she was in.
While the wooded retreat shielded her from much of the national coverage during the events surrounding the bombings, she was able to view some television and hear about the latest from her counselors.
The answer to the question of "why" being asked by most touched by the bombings comes easy for her.
At the age of 19 herself she was led to a cult in Lagos by her mother in an attempt to curb her rebellious spirit.
Though that experience was six years ago, she found herself continually depressed by the experience.
Yes, oh yes, we must always curb "rebels". Oh man, just wait until Connie gets out of Wellspring:
She'll find encountering the blogosphere to be just as depressing, if not more so.
If she thinks being in a cult was rough, she'd better prepare herself for being out of it:
Those in positions of authority, and who should know better, will really send her off the rails,...