Guest View: ‘The Dumbest Man in the World’; on Raniere’s statement distancing himself from DOS

Keith Raniere at V-Week 2016.

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Ed. Note: This guest view is in response to Keith Raniere’s “Letter from the co-founder” on the Executive Success Programs website where Mr. Raniere attempts to distance himself from DOS.

The Dumbest Man in the World

Giving Keith Raniere every possible benefit of the doubt, some members of JNESS (Allison Mack and/or Lauren Salzman?) started the DOS program of deceptive recruiting, blackmail, slavery, starvation, and genital branding, and kept it initially secret from Raniere, the self-proclaimed smartest and most perceptive person in the world.

Raniere eventually found out about DOS, if only by reading Frank Report. So what did he do?

Raniere could have said, “Don’t brand! Certainly don’t brand my initials! Don’t even tattoo, certainly not my initials! At most, ask members to wear a little decorative ankle bracelet that can’t be removed symbolic of the sorority, and without my initials! Don’t ask women to go on an unhealthy starvation diet! Don’t ask women to take a vow of slavery, to me or anyone! Don’t collect embarrassing collateral, or ask members to sign over their bank accounts or real estate! And don’t be deceptive when you recruit!”

And if the DOS organizers didn’t agree, Raniere could have publicly repudiated DOS as soon as he learned what was being done “behind his back.”

Instead, Raniere is trying to DEFEND the DOS abuses, and promote further DOS recruitment!

Raniere is just a hopeless sociopath.

Keith Raniere had nothing to do with DOS – at least that what he claims in a letter to his followers.

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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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