Beyond true or false: 9 different possibilities for Raniere’s claims on bio

A problem to solve for the man who says he is noted as one of the top three problem solvers in the world, or the people who follow him. His bio is not quite right.

At best it is poorly presented. At worst it is dishonest.

There are several claims that Vanguard (AKA Keith Raniere) makes on his webpage that would in all likelihood not withstand scrutiny by any scholarly body.

A humble college professor could not make such claims as Raniere makes without substantiation. His students would call him on it.

In recent weeks we have suspected that some of Raniere’s claims are:

  1. True; provable
  2. Half true; provable.
  3. Opinion stated as fact.
  4. Expressed foolishly. (would not withstand intelligent scrutiny or acceptance by intelligent people, not because of whether it is true, but by how it is expressed. i.e illogical, fantastical; incomprehensible etc.)
  5. Accidentally misleading (poorly expressed).
  6. Deliberately misleading; not technically a lie (but a lie by omission)
  7. Provable lie
  8. Questionable, but verifiable (lack of information or sources cited on bio; may be hard or easy to verify. May be true or not true; can be proven or disproved.)
  9. Questionable; not verifiable. Lack of information, no sources; may be true but cannot be proven.) Raniere’s word being the only source. Raniere may know if it is true or untrue or may have forgotten, or through mental illness, imagines something is true when it is actually not; is a delusion.

For each of his claims in his bio, I plan to categorize under one of these 9 possibilities (there may be more) and discuss why they belong in such a category.

I will also suggest ways readers can ascertain if Raniere is telling the truth and/or if his claims are accurate.

I am convinced that no one should follow a teacher who claims to possess higher knowledge or can teach deeper philosophical truths, who lies about his qualifications as a teacher.

Does anyone disagree?

If your teacher is lying to you about something so important as his own qualifications  – how do you trust such a teacher?




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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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