On Monday, authorities finally closed in on NXIVM co founder Keith Raniere. NXIVM initially claimed to be a self-help organization but has been controversial for years with rumors of it being a cult. Raniere has been on the run since last year after several women involved in the group came forward with accusations of torture rituals including branding, sex trafficking, and forced labor.
Keith Raniere, high-level NXIVM officials, President Nancy Salzman, Seagram Heiresses Clare, and Sara Bronfman, are now under FBI investigation. As details emerge, it is blatant this group has been well connected with many high power individuals including Senator Kristen Gillibrand and failed Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.
In 2007, the New York Post reported that top executives and associates of NXIVM and their family members donated $29,000 to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Each of them maxed out their donation limit at $2,300.
This was discovered following the arrest of Norman Hsu, a wealthy businessman who was able to raise $1.5 million in campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democrats. Hsu was charged with operating a $60 million Ponzi scheme and imprisoned. Many states also alleged Keith Raniere was running a Ponzi scheme called Consumer Buyline Inc. However, he was able to get away with only a few fines. Link HERE
At that time, the Clinton campaign downplayed the contributions from NXIVM. Yet, Hillary was not the only Clinton accepting funds from NXIVM officials, even though they were purported to be running a cult that “defrauded devotees, shattered families and drove at least one person to suicide.” The suicide victim, Kristin Snyder, wrote in her journal prior to allegedly drowning herself:
“I was brainwashed and my emotional center of the brain was killed/turned off.”
This was after a series of Synder undergoing expensive, “intensive” studies in the organization. Her body was never found.
Regardless, at least 3 NXIVM officials, Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters, were allowed to become members of Bill Clinton’s organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. Their membership is significant considering CGI membership is by invitation only with a pledge of at least $15,000 per year.
Democrat Senator Gillibrand has been ensnared in the scandal as well, considering her father Doug Rutnik was once a lobbyist for NXIVM and Raniere. After the senator denied having prior knowledge to the activities, GOP candidate Chele Farley states “For Kristen Gillibrand, the self-proclaimed #MeToo Senator, to claim ignorance about a notorious sex-slave cult, in her own backyard, is simply hard to believe.”
DOS: The Secret Society
According to the FBI criminal complaint, Raniere (also known as “The Vanguard”) founded an umbrella company called Executive Success Programs, INC (ESP). Under this umbrella company, he set up NXIVM headquarters in Albany, New York. Today, the company operates all over the Americas including the United States, Central America, Mexico and Canada.
The organization attracts its victims by offering classes which promise personal and professional development. They are told in order to reach certain levels they must keep paying, go to classes and recruit others to join.
In 2015, a secret society was formed within NXIVM called the DOS. DOS is an organized criminal organization operating in the district of New York, other parts of the US, Canada, and Mexico. According to the document, DOS engages in “interstate and foreign commerce.” DOS works in pyramid formation with different hierarchal levels of slaves who are headed by masters. Slaves are forced to constantly recruit slaves of their own for grooming purposes. Raniere, of course, operates as the highest level of masters. According to the women coming forward, they stayed in the cult, even though they were forced into sex, torture and doing other “favors” for their masters, due to brainwashing and blackmail.
Read the FBI criminal complaint HERE.
It has been estimated about at least 12,000 people have attended NXIVM classes. Notable clients include Richard Branson, Antonia Novello (former Surgeon General) and Vincente Fox’s daughter, Ana Fox. Hollywood actress Allison Mack also joined the group and escalated herself into “top slave” after recruiting other actors and actresses. The Dalai Lama even accepted the invitation to speak at World Ethical Foundations Consortium, an organization founded by the Raniere and the Bronfman sisters.
The Bronfman sisters appear to be the major financial backers of this criminal organization. They come from an immensely affluent family and are heiresses to the Bronfman billionaire fortune after their father Edgar passed. Edgar Bronfman was also born into wealth, his father Samuel opened up Seagram Company Ltd. after leaving the Soviet Union. After taking over the company, Edgar later became the President of the World Jewish Congress where he gathered ties to global leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, the Clintons, Obamas, and the Bush family. Because of this family history, the Bronfman sisters have far-reaching contacts throughout the world.
Throughout the years, the sisters have given Raniere millions of dollars and paid for private air travel worth about $65,000 a flight. Clare Bronfman would constantly fly the cult leader out to her one of her private islands, in Fiji. Recent reports now state that NXIVM physician Dr. Brandon Porter administered “experiments” on some of the women. Apparently, he would show them footage of other women being murdered and dismembered while examining their brainwaves and video recording their reactions. Despite close involvement with Raniere and revelations about the NXIVM affiliated doctor, the Bronfman sisters still maintain their ignorance regarding the egregiously illegal activities within their company.
New details on the case are constantly being released after the detainment of Keith Raniere. It is impossible to know just how damaging this scandal will be to some of the wealthiest elite circles; but the potentiality is astronomical with clear ties already appearing from Hollywood celebrities, businessmen, and politicians.
Written By Fulcrum Contributor Yvonne Parkinson