The Seed is a behavior modification program official closed down after an investigation done by the US Senate.
The program was founded by a recovering alcoholic named Art Barker <Ref>Has Operation PAR become the new treatment arm, The Straights of Drug Free America Foundation?</Ref>
Most information indicate that it shut down in 70's after the Senate hearing, but the "Seedlings" as they are called are still seen around Florida, when they leave their lockdowns <Ref>Thread about Seeds continued existence </Ref>. Spin off like Operation Reentry should also be in operation.
The methods used in The Seed are still forced upon teenagers today. Mel Sembler - a parent of a detainee in the program - started Straight Incorporated. When Straight Incorportated closed down in 1989 the methods were used in modified versions by Kids Helping Kids and Pathway Family Center - both programs with management once employed by Straight. In Canada a similar program - Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center - built on the use of the same methods.
So the methods once compared by United States Senate to the North Korean brainwashing of American POW's are still used on teenagers today.
From a report to the Senate <Ref>A homepage about the life of Mel Sembler</Ref>:
"In some instances they were locked in rooms by themselves and denied food for days. They also reported that they were made to sit in chairs without speaking while listening to others berate them for hours...I recently interviewed a child that would be diagnosed as an emotionally unstable personality with paranoid overtones. The use of the above noted practices with his kind of child could easily result in a precipitation of major mental disturbance. Fortunately this child was able to run from the Seed before very much damage had been done to her psychologically. She did manifest some confusion and paranoid ideation which she felt was a result of the manner in which she was treated by the Seed personnel. I have also interviewed children who made suicide attempts following their running from the Seed. Overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and despair were in evidence."
[Jeffrey J. Elenewski, Ph.D., clinical psychologist - This letter was included in the 1974 Senate report on the Seed.]
- Info: Pinellas County American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Collection, Nelson Poynter Library
- Info: Art Barker on Internet Movie DataBase
- Survivor group: private community, Msn