Accuracy in Media

Accuracy in Media (AIM) has learned that John Bolton’s new accuser, Lynne D. Finney, who claims that he yelled at her more than 20 years ago, is a controversial speaker on the subject of “recovered memories” and charges $90 an hour for “conversations” on how to find “inner peace.”

“One wonders if Ms. Finney ‘recovered’ her memories of Bolton through hypnosis or New Age spiritual techniques,” declared Cliff Kincaid, editor of AIM.

Described in anti-Bolton press accounts as just a “motivational speaker,” Finney is an activist who proclaims on her website that “We are becoming One” and that, “Like popcorn, we are all popping faster and are reaching enlightenment at a rapid rate.”

Finney, whose anti-Bolton charges have been the subject of stories in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and other papers, also claims to have been taught by “Tibetan monks and Master Nome in Santa Cruz, California.” Master Nome is a Hindu religious teacher. Finney was described by The New York Times as “a leading practitioner of recovered-memory therapy, including the use of self-hypnosis, a practice that some studies have shown can result in the creation of false memories.”

“In this new millennium, we entered an era of human evolution where we can reinvent ourselves and create new realities,” the Finney website declares. “We all have the ability to clear out our limiting beliefs and behaviors and tap into the infinite power of Consciousness.” The website describes her “many realities,” including as “diplomat” and “United Nations policy advisor to the Agency for International Development.” The latter is apparently a reference to the position in which Finney claims to have been yelled at by Bolton, then the top lawyer at USAID.

Reached by telephone, Finney refused to comment, saying, “I’m not going to talk to the press until after the [Senate Foreign Relations] committee interviews me, which I understand is going to be sometime this week?I’ve just been advised to do that.”

Stories say that Finney emailed her comments about Bolton to liberal Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, a strong opponent of Bolton and member of the committee, who passed them on to the press.

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