Will the evidence be enough to overcome skepticism?

According to reports on an official FBI Twitter account, their investigation of allegations of child abuse/neglect, as well as some very disturbing crimes involving children, it seems the rumors of ‘cult activity’, in this case at least, are true. Read the account at Atavisionary, here. Also, follow the link there to Anonymous Conservative’s blog, where AC summarizes the story, which is a little complicated.

The question I am asking is: after the public has become jaded by previous allegations going back many years, will people just dismiss this as more ”conspiracy theory” or so-called ”Satanic Panic”, as so many people still do?

I think people have become so inured to allegations (including convincing reports, in this case) of this kind that they may just shrug it off as more sensationalism, with no substance to the story.

It seems as if there is little concern on the part of the ‘average’ American about the children who are likely involved in this story and many other such situations which haven’t yet been exposed. If there are actual children who are being abused, harmed, and trafficked, why so little concern, I wonder?

Or is the nature of the crimes disturbing for some people, so much so that they prefer not to think about it, or to discourage others from discussing it?

The dismissive term ”Satanic panic”, originated by some cynical person, either in the media or among the public, implies that any concern about these crimes is some kind of groundless fear-mongering. I don’t believe that; I don’t believe that the ”McMartin Pre-School” allegations were false though the jury decided they were without substance. After the trials of the defendants, because there were doubts on the part of some people, a retired former FBI agent, Ted Gunderson, conducted forensic tests of the site of the pre-school and found, among other things, tunnels below the former school. The report on what he found is here, in pdf format.

Today, most commenters online, — people I would consider more knowledgeable than the average TV-watcher who gets all his news there –may shrug this story off as another ”Satanic Panic”. We’ll see, but for the sake of those children I hope this case is not brushed aside and that it doesn’t just disappear from the news. I seldom hear anyone express concern for the kids involved; who are they, how did they get into the hands of these ‘people’? Are they missing children? Aren’t there lots of parents of missing kids who may be worried sick over their lost children? Or is this to be just another yawn-inducing story, in the jaded eyes of the ‘average’ citizen?

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