Did Keith Raniere learn his strategies from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard?

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology

L. Ron Hubbard was the founder of Scientology.  After reading some of his quotes, I suspect Keith Raniere borrowed more than just terminology from Hubbard, but also his strategy for attacking attackers.

Here are a few quotes by L. Ron Hubbard on dealing with enemies.


“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955


“People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organizations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear.”

Manual Of Justice (1959).


“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.”

Dept. of Govt. Affairs (15 August 1960).


“A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and actions taken against them are not punishable.”

Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 1 March 1965, HCO (Division 1) “Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists”


“Show me any person who is critical of us and I’ll show you crimes and intended crimes that would stand a magistrate’s hair on end.”

Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 4 April 1965


“This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.”

Attacks on Scientology (25 February 1966).


“ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”

L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967

[SP = Suppressive Person a.k.a. critic of Scientology]


“When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe – never permit an ‘open-minded’ approach… If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us – win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists… When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare… The proper instruction attitude is, ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable.’”

L. Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING, 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980


Keith Raniere used lawsuits to harass and discourage rather than to win.  He used legal and extralegal methods to attack. But he took dealing with “enemies”, it seems, one step further than Hubbard.

Hubbard says Scientologists should attack those who attack them.  Raniere wanted to “even the score” even with people who weren’t attacking, but simply trying to leave.

Raniere initiated attacks on people who would otherwise have left him alone and in peace. I was one of those people. So was Joe O’Hara, Toni Natalie, Mark Vicente, Sarah Edmondson, Susan Dones etc..

This relentless attack on people who otherwise meant him no harm, but who, when forced to be on defense, adopted some of Hubbard’s philosophy on defending oneself, is what actually cratered Nxivm.

It may be why Scientology is alive, while Nxivm is in tatters and its leader in jail. Once Raniere decided that someone was a “suppressive” [a term he borrowed from Scientology] or an enemy, he wanted to see them destroyed at all costs.

Had he not attacked people who were not attacking him, I suspect that today he would be sleeping till noon, then walking with some extremely slender woman in Clifton Park – holding hands perhaps, before taking her to his sex lair for a tuneup — knowing he had nothing else to do other than finding ways to happily blow through the rest of Clare and Sara Bronfman’s money and having some pizza with hot sauce [hold the garlic.]

L. Ron Hubbard’s writings, and the way Raniere likely used and misused them, however, sends a more chilling message to me. It might give us a clue as to what really happened to the late Gina Hutchinson and the missing and presumed deceased, Kristin Snyder.


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  • Scientology has also harassed people who were not criticizing it. The most significant example is probably Gerry Armstrong who created the Hubbard Archive and when he realized that the lies and exaggerations were not going to be corrected decided to leave. He wanted to leave quietly but, knowing Hubbard’s propensity for harassment, he was given documents by Hubbard’s official biographer, Omar Garrison. Rather than negotiating with him to be sure that he posed no risk, he was harassed. The 1984 Breckenridge ruling in California puts into the record the attempt to drive Gerry off the road – which could easily have had fatal consequences. People were harassed in case they spoke out – to intimidate them into silence. Hubbard ordered that the syndicated cartoonist Berry’s career should be ruined because of one mild reference to Scientology. I’d like to compare Nxivm’s documents with the ‘Technical’ and ‘Admin’ documents of Scientology – unless someone has already done the comparison.

  • […] In an earlier post Frank Report looked at the similarity in philosophies about handling enemies of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, and Keith Alan Raniere, founder of Nxivm. The principle difference between the two men’s philosophies in handling enemies it seems is that while Hubbard was decidedly in favor of attacking enemies of Scientology who attack the group, Raniere was was in favor of not only attacking those who attack Nxivm but to attack those who did not and were not going to attack Nxivm – but merely wanted to leave him quietly. It caught up with old Vanguard and is perhaps the main reason why he is likely to die in prison and Nxivm not likely to survive him. On the other hand, Hubbard has passed on and Scientology lives on. While there is much similarity in their methods of attack, even if they don’t agree on provocation, there is a one big dissimilarity between Hubbard and Raniere. In the words of one who was both a onetime Scientologist and also took a few Nxivm courses, here are some similarities between Scientology and Nxivm – and the One Big Difference. Keith Raniere borrowed mightily from L. Ron Hubbard and sued anyone who disclosed his secret teachings. Too bad Scientologists did not sue Raniere – they might have stopped the rascal from perverting their teachings into the deadly cult that Nxivm became. […]

  • Just as VP Wierwille plagarized his “revelations”, so has Keith and every other smug know it all.
    Bill Gates comes to mind. He stole that technology.
    Zuck of FB comes to mind, another thief.
    Smug narcissists considering themselves above the masses.
    They are the elite, we are the peasants and working class. Now that’s fascism.

    Consider this, ladies. Your own sex betrayed you and for what?
    Nancy, Allison, Claire, Sara, Lauren, Michelle to name just a few.

    • Heidi, that’s a big revelation that Keith had access to Scientology materials. I can understand if that’s all you want to say about it at this time. Scientology’s policy of retaliation, stated above in this blog post, has an understandably chilling effect. They allegedly kill people’s pets, or try to interfere with their livelihood. But if you ever feel safe to share more details, I think many of us would be interested, both here and on Tony Ortega’s anti-Scientology blog, The Underground Bunker.

  • One crucial similarity between Scientology and NXIVM is the recruitment of celebrities to advance the organization

    Recruiting Scientologist celebrities and getting them to endorse Scientology to the public at large has always been very important to the Church of Scientology. Scientology has had a written program governing celebrity recruitment since at least 1955, when L. Ron Hubbard created “Project Celebrity”, offering rewards to Scientologists who recruited targeted celebrities.[1][2] Early interested parties included former silent-screen star Gloria Swanson and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.[2][3] A Scientology policy letter of 1976 states that “rehabilitation of celebrities who are just beyond or just approaching their prime” enables the “rapid dissemination” of Scientology.[4][5][6]


    Scientology has also been accused of blackmailing members.
    Church of Scientology keeps a ‘blackmail’ file on John Travolta

    Belgium has charged Scientology and its members with extortion.
    Belgium charges Scientologists with extortion
    Belgian prosecutors today accused the Church of Scientology of extortion, fraud and other crimes and sought to bring it and key members to trial.

    Federal prosecutors said they were charging the church in Belgium, its European office in Brussels and 12 members with offences including the illegal practice of medicine and breaches of commercial practices.

    Prosecutors were also considering whether the church should be considered a criminal organisation after an investigation prompted by complaints 10 years ago.
    Scientology sues media outlets that want to report on the cult’s teachings.
    The exact same way NXIVM sued Rick Ross.

    When the RTC first approached the Court with its ex parte request for the seizure warrant and Temporary Restraining Order, the dispute was presented as a straight-forward one under copyright and trade secret law. However, the Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC in suing Lerma, DGS and the Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology in general and to harass its critics. As the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of its briefs and oral argument now demonstrates, the RTC appears far more concerned about criticism of Scientology than vindication of its secrets.

    — U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, Religious Technology Center v. Arnaldo Lerma, Washington Post, Mark Fisher, and Richard Leiby, 29 November 1995
    Anyone who criticizes Scientology gets attacked back with false accusations.

    “Attack the Attacker” policy
    Scientology has a reputation for hostile action toward anyone who criticizes it in a public forum; executives within the organization have proclaimed Scientology is “not a turn-the-other-cheek religion”.[18] Journalists, politicians, former Scientologists and various anti-cult groups have made accusations of wrongdoing against Scientology since the 1960s, and Scientology has targeted these critics – almost without exception – for retaliation, in the form of lawsuits and public counter-accusations of personal wrongdoing. Many of Scientology’s critics have also reported they were subject to threats and harassment in their private lives.[19][20]

    The organization’s actions reflect a formal policy for dealing with criticism instituted by L. Ron Hubbard, called “attack the attacker”. Hubbard codified this policy in the latter half of the 1960s in response to government investigations into the organization. In 1966, Hubbard wrote a criticism of the organization’s behavior and noted the “correct procedure” for attacking enemies of Scientology:

    (1) Spot who is attacking us.
    (2) Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using own professionals, not outside agencies.
    (3) Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.
    (4) Start feeding lurid, blood, sex, crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.
    Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way. You can get “reasonable about it” and lose. Sure we break no laws. Sure we have nothing to hide. BUT attackers are simply an anti-Scientology propaganda agency so far as we are concerned. They have proven they want no facts and will only lie no matter what they discover. So BANISH all ideas that any fair hearing is intended and start our attack with their first breath. Never wait. Never talk about us—only them. Use their blood, sex, crime to get headlines. Don’t use us. I speak from 15 years of experience in this. There has never yet been an attacker who was not reeking with crime. All we had to do was look for it and murder would come out.
    — Attacks on Scientology, “Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter”, 25 February 1966
    Scientology and Me
    Scientologists who break the rules are subjected to verbal and physical abuse in the same manner Allison Mack abused the slaves under her.

    In 2012, Debbie Cook, who ran the “spiritual Mecca” for seventeen years, came forward and accused the church of repeated accounts of “screaming, slapping” and being “made to stand in a trash and water’s poured over you” in efforts to confess her sins. This was all done in “The Hole”, located at Scientology’s International base in the California Desert. She claims that she was taken there against her will and forced to stay for seven weeks. The church states that she “voluntarily” participated in their program of “religious discipline”


    Both NXIVM and Scientology are anti-American enemies of freedom that should be suppressed.

    For more on the evils of Scientology see Operation Clambake.

  • Another power of scientology-type “lawfare” is that it also threatens others who are thinking of leaving and/or speaking out that it could happen to them…especially if they are high profile.

  • It appears that Raniere took a great deal from Hubbard’s manual. I fear that you are correct about Gina and Kristin. 🕯️

  • Of course Keith stole L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas and his strategies to deal with people who defied him. He’s far too lazy to come up with anything on his own. I recall it being said participants could not share their materials with anyone outside NXIVM and that makes sense since it wasn’t Keith’s material or course manuals. They contained the work done by others not affiliated with NXIVM and KAR just helped himself to their intellectual property; added some more unsavoury elements and voila – he was going to make millions and have women at his beck and call.

  • One of Raniere’s big mistakes was making it a for profit corporation instead of calling NXIVM a religion. He could have claimed all of this branding and forced sex acts are part of their religion.

  • I think the most relevant question is this…

    If Keith dropped dead today from a heart attack triggered by a total lack of pussy for 10 months…

    Would the world be a better place?

    Answer: Probably.

    Would anybody attend his funeral?

    Answer: Perhaps Jim Del Negro, Clare Bear, Allison and Pea Onyu.

    Would anybody show up after the funeral to piss on his gravestone?

    Answer: Most certainly. Maybe even a member or two from this site would stand in line for this.

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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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