January 5th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Pakistan: Taliban brainwashing children

"When we got to this compound it was shocking for us," Lt. Col. Yusuf tells us, standing in the middle of what the Pakistani military says was a brainwashing center - for children.

It was here, according to the Pakistani military, that children aged 12 to 18 were turned from innocent youngsters into cold-blooded killers, willing to blow themselves to bits as suicide bombers.

The discovery of the compound was first reported in Pakistani media last month. Yusuf says his unit took it over after a three day battle with militants.

Part of the compound consists of four rooms - each wall adorned with brightly colored paintings in clear contrast to the barren and harsh landscape surrounding it. The children were told that this was what awaited them in heaven.
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  1. Derek

    Ron, I'm glad you normally don't resort to name calling, and I would recommend you refrain from doing it in the future. Instead of making a fool of yourself, why don't you give a logical reason to refute Nina's claim. It seems obvious to me that there are countless parallels between radical Christianity and Radical Islam. George Bush, a man who claims God told him to invade Iraq, was responsible for over one-hundred thousand deaths. All religions "brainwash" their children – it is not unique to Islam.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    Are you seriosly comparing a radical terrorist training center that turns children into suicide bombers to Jesus Camp? I normally wouldn't resort to name calling but in this case i have to. You are an idiot.

    January 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nina

    Is this really that much worse than what Christianity – or all other religions, for that matter – do to children? I've seen some pretty awesome representations of what "Heaven" is supposed to look like – soft clouds, golden gates, beautiful angels, etc. I think other religions are just as guilty of brainwashing children and adolescents. Ever seen "Jesus Camp?"

    January 6, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    The CIA must be green with envy. For many years the CIA attempted various methods of programming a sleeper into an assassin, all of their efforts failed. The low-tech Muslim indoctrination found in madrassa's however has supplied Muslim organizations with as many potential suicide bombers as they need. Thanks largely to the religious freedoms shared in the Western Nations, such a individual can easily enter and penetrate their targets.

    There are around 100 different trigger verses in the Koran which the madrassa's force their children to memorize and repeat over and over again in a trance like mantra. Discipline appears to be swift and hard handed for children that appear to be initially distracted in their studys. The end results appear to be entirely successful in molding these children into faithful Muslims that are willing to carry out the duty's and obligations of their Muslim faith as dictated by the Koran, Muslim Ayatollahs, Clerics, Mullahs and Immans in their districts and clans.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |