Susan Dones: What is Emiliano’s Motivation?

Emiliano Salinas - he barely knew the Vanguard he says nowadays.

By Susan Dones

What Emiliano Salinas Occelli and his lawyer do not understand, at least in the United States, is NXIVM’s “Confidentiality Agreement” has already been defined in a US court of law.

The confidentiality agreement does not prevent a former member from speaking about their opinions concerning the personal behaviors of founders, employees, board members or other students.

It does not prevent a former member from contacting current members and sharing their concerns about behaviors they believe are immoral, unethical or illegal.

If current members do not want to talk to those who left, they have free will and can say, they choose not to talk to those who have left. If they do not like what is in Frank Report, an article, or a TV show, they are free not to read or watch it.

It does not prevent a former member from speaking to the press about anything other than NXIVM training notes. Training was defined in federal court as “where sashes are worn, and the mission statement is being read before classes are taught”.

Certainly, DOS branding did not include wearing sashes and reading the mission statement.

How can one’s truth be an act of sabotage to alienate their customers?

NXIVM did not invent this term. The sabotage Salinas talks about ex-members causing is a “Reverse Causation.” It is Raniere’s and other’s behavior that is the cause of sabotage. It is what is alienating their customers and is the real reason centers have crumbled to the ground throughout the United States, and Canada and why enrollment is down in Mexico.

Any attempt to file a lawsuit against a former member for any of the above things is a projection of the continued harassment through the legal system. NXIVM and their leadership have been so good at using the legal system to harass so why stop now? They can no longer win with this in the United States, so they are moving it South of the Border to Mexico.

The same attempt was pretty much what NXIVM did to me after I left, when they took me to court. They filed over 200 claims against me. They said I had financially harmed their company from New York to Mexico City to Vancouver BC. The alleged I was teaching their program after I left; I breached their confidentiality agreement; I attempted to extort money from them, plus a bunch more. In the end, I beat every single count without a lawyer representing me.

It’s not because I’m super smart. I don’t have a 240 IQ; I didn’t speak in a full sentence at one years old. It’s because they lie, lie in court. The good news is when we get sued, we get to depose our accusers and be each other witnesses; that will be fun. I’d love to sit across a table from NXIVM’s leadership and asked them questions about their lives and behaviors over the past 20 years.

The other point to remember is that Mexico has no jurisdiction over American citizens. They have to come to the American justice system, alleging we broke the law, show good quality proof, give us a chance to provide counter evidence and we can fight extradition.

So don’t be fearful stormtroopers. Raniere pushed the envelope too far this time.

It sounds like Emiliano Salinas Occelli is playing like he is unaware of it. Maybe this is true, and DOS was a total secret to him. After it was exposed, he is in denial and claims he cannot believe his mentor would do something like DOS. It increasingly appears he is lying about his knowledge of DOS.

What would cause a man of his intelligence to want to pretend that DOS isn’t real and that some women felt like a bait and switch happened to them?

Emiliano Salinas is defending Keith Raniere in the Mexican press.

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  • Doesn’t the picture of Emi look like a spirit is trying to tell him something? Could it be the boggie man coming after him?

  • TY Susan, this is an excellent article. I wish it could be sent to Mexican media. I’m so sick of the incessant lies and corruption

  • The article on the lawsuits makes it sound like some of the lawsuits will be filed against Mexican citizens. Will the US court precedent about the scope of the confidentiality agreement be valid there?

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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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