she's the latest thing the media has latched on to... sorta like elian gonzallas, and monica lewinski, heh. if you don't watch main stream news (like any news program on network tv, save for those on PBS), or read main stream news sites (like cnn.com), you're not gonna know about it, heh.
she was apparently kidnapped last june, and she was just found a few days ago... the media suspects her captors "brainwashed" her, although, i dunno... their "brainwashing" seems more akin to taming - the term "brainwashing" implies that that's your goal - i think in her case, "brainwashing" was a secondary effect. i mean, imho, if she really was "brainwashed" she shouldn't be back with her parents. if she was really "brainwashed", then her family may very well be in danger. i mean, gorrela armies in africa do the same thing... with "brainwashing" as a secondary effect as well (of course, they are actually much more brutal with the kids, so "brainwashing" would probably be that much more... effective)... these kids end up becoming soldiers, and kill for the pleasure of it. if you save them in the first few months, they may be able to recover, but after that, they're beyond hope (i once read a national geographic article about this, apartheid's in africa, the htoo twins of the God's Army, etc). elizabeth smart was recovered in about 9 months, but... her "brainwashing" probably wasn't as severe...
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