Raniere in ‘double bind’ in dealing with me

Master Raniere with his Prefect, Nancy Salzman.
The writer points out a 'mistake' in judgment the 'perfected' Keith Raniere made and how that places him - in his own jargon- in a 'double bind.'
Readers of the frankreport seem to be steadily increasing.
I suspect that some of the readers are regulars who come daily to read new postings.
While most are from the USA, some are from Mexico, India and the Fiji Islands and, of course, Canada.
Today we had visits from Sweden, Thailand and Brazil as well.
Here is a comment from a reader:
“The reason that I think your narrative will be so effective in raising doubts in the faithful is that you were close enough to have seen things, but weren’t actually a member.” 
I would like to expand on this point for it raises an issue of conflict between NIXVM leader Keith Raniere and myself.
The Non Disclosure Agreement which NXIVM students have to sign (But which I did not) and the general secrecy make it hard for outsiders to know enough to criticize the program.
I’m sure that is by design.
Raniere knows that cult experts would point out how he uses all the standard psychological pressures and hypnotic tricks on students.
(See the studies Morris Sutton commissioned and Rick Ross published at https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/NXIVM/ )
The training contains “pre-emptive” defenses against insiders who leave NXIVM then try to persuade others to leave. Those who have taken the courses and left are said to have “taken the fall” (a rather childish reference to Lucifer/Satan in Paradise Lost). In NXIVM jargon, that means that they have inverted values, meaning they try to destroy things BECAUSE they know they are good.
Since NXIVM is by self-definition perfect, if someone who is a member leaves NXIVM, it is, by NXIVM standards, Prima facia evidence that one has inverted values, and have thus “taken the fall”.
The logical conclusion is that an ex-member’s criticisms of NXIVM are lies.
But in my case it is different.
I have an unique combination of inside knowledge of the top, and yet I did not leave NXIVM since I never joined it.
It’s not so easy to paint me as having inverted values based on leaving NXIVM.
Consider, Raniere had ample opportunity to use his ‘infallible insight’ into human emotions and must have found me to be ‘ethical’ since he did indeed trust me with significant projects. 
Raniere claims to be ‘totally integrated’ (and no one else is, although he will allow that Nancy Salzman is getting close.)
By integrated, he means there is no discrepancy between reality and his perception of reality. Discrepancies between reality and perceptions are ‘dis-integrations’ in NXIVM-speak.
So it is not possible (in NXIVM -logic) for him to have been wrong when he judged me to be ethical, as evidenced by trusting me with public relations and real estate consulting.
This puts him in a ‘double-bind’ (more NXIVM-speak, stolen from neurolinguistic programming, which stole it from Milton Erickson).
One could argue, “either I am ethical, or Raniere is not actually ‘integrated.'”
I would argue that, more likely, both are true.
Keith Raniere claims he is integrated and Nancy Salzman is close…. So how did he make so many mistakes?

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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