Republican state senators in Georgia attended a four-hour closed door briefing last month in which they were told that President Barack Obama and the United Nations are using "mind-control" practices to force through a land use agenda.
The briefing, organized by state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), consisted of a presentation by birther activist Field Searcy regarding Agenda 21, a sustainability plan adopted by the United Nations in 1992. During the briefing, part of which was recorded by Better Georgia, an Atlanta-based watchdog group, Searcy accused the U.N. of using socialist practices to force a relocation of Americans from suburbs into cities, and seeking to implement mandatory contraception to curb population growth, Mother Jones reported. Rogers, who has pushed anti-Agenda 21 legislation in the past, did not seek reelection as majority leader during a GOP caucus meeting on Thursday.
Searcy, who had a falling out with a Tea Party group earlier this year, told state senators that the U.N. and Obama are using mind-control techniques to push the plan, which does not have the force of law in the United States.
Mother Jones reports Searcy's comments:
They do that by a process known as the Delphi technique. The Delphi technique was developed by the Rand Corporation during the Cold War as a mind-control technique. It's also known as "consensive process." But basically the goal of the Delphi technique is to lead a targeted group of people to a pre-determined outcome while keeping the illusion of being open to public input.
Rogers said that he organized the lecture based on constituent requests.
Rogers announced on Thursday that he would not seek another term as majority leader, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, though he will remain a state senator.
"I am honored to have served four years in leading the Republican majority," Rogers said in a statement, according to the Cherokee Ledger-News. "After months of consideration I ultimately decided that the toll of serving my Caucus was taking too much from my family"
Agenda 21 was adopted by the U.N. in 1992 during a climate change summit in Brazil and has been a target for Tea Party activists in recent years, including adoption of resolutions condemning the plan in several state legislatures over the past year. The program set up the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which conservatives accuse of trying to govern land use in the United States.
"They are very slowly implementing rules and regulations that have not reached a high level yet," New Hampshire state Rep. Anne Cartwright (R-Alstead) told The Huffington Post in May, referring to the ICLEI. "They are implementing it through zoning, planning and regional planning things that impact our property rights."
Kansas state Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) told his colleagues during a May debate on his resolution opposing Agenda 21 that the program included "indoctrination" that is "connected to an intense socialistic philosophy." Republican legislators in Kansas called portions of Agenda 21's plan, which includes the promotion of bike paths, solar panels and land use regulations, "radical" and "destructive to the American way of life."
"This is a real problem," Kansas state Rep. Charlotte O'Hara (R-Overland Park) told her colleagues in May. "This has infiltrated our country. You would be amazed at the local government entities in our country that are involved."
The Agenda 21 debate has led some Democrats to criticize Republican opposition to the plan. New Hampshire state Rep. Christopher Serlin (D-Portsmouth) called Agenda 21 opponents' thinking "real tinfoil hat material," while Kansas state Rep. Mike Slattery (D-Mission) called the Kansas legislative debate in May "wasteful" and condemned his colleagues.
"Stupid is as stupid does," Slattery said during the Kansas debate.