Meet the Arizona Mafia — But Can They Do Anything to Help Emiliano Salinas Avoid Indictment?

Janet Napolitano - head of the Arizona Mafia
Since Burke is close to his Mafia compadres on the other side of the border – especially the Salinas crime organization – it puzzled me why Bronfman would have selected him to represent her in what could result in a significant prison sentence for her.
I suspected at the time that Burke was planted on her team to covertly protect the Salinas’ interests – which was primarily to ensure, even if Bronfman had to take the fall, that Emiliano Salinas would not be indicted.
So far it has worked, but the winds of change have been felt, rustling in the distance.  Sources say that while Clare has been convicted and is to be sentenced in April, that Emiliano is still under investigation in the Eastern District of NY.
So once again let us have a look at the team, that would do just about anything to protect Emiliano: The Arizona Mafia.
First of all – it is called the Arizona Mafia – but it is not connected to the Sicilian Mafia. It is a political-social group known colloquially in Washington, D.C. and beyond as the “Arizona Mafia.”
This Arizona-based group is known to include some of the most ruthless political operators within the U.S. Democratic party or to phrase it better, they have been in the past, “the strong arm of the Democratic party.” They are tied to Obama, to Clinton and to the Salinas political family in Mexico.
The ties are clear, real, and verifiable from multiple sources. The ties of the “Arizona Mafia” within the United States Democratic party and their business dealings, social friendships, and interests in Mexico suggest and reveal numerous current and past ties between the Democratic Party and former Mexican President Carlos Salinas.
There are significant sub-members and branches of the “Arizona Mafia”. However, to include those names, at this time, as members of the “Arizona Mafia” would not be as relevant to readers at this time as the top 10 members.
Although there are big, “A-list” names in the United States Democratic Party who are doing corrupt business with the Arizona Mafia – members in the U.S. and Mexico – they are not directly in the “Arizona Mafia” themselves and so the distinction must be maintained.
First off – the leader of this group is Janet Napolitano. She is the boss.
The history of the Arizona Mafia is the history of how a group of Napolitano’s friends gained political experience, moved from Arizona to Washington, D.C., and became the social group known as the “Arizona Mafia.”
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In 1993, Napolitano was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.

At the state level, Napolitano won a statewide election and became the Attorney General of Arizona from 1999 to 2003.

Napolitano then won an extremely close election as governor of Arizona in 2003 against Republican Matt Salon.

Napolitano credited former Nogales, Arizona Mayor Marco Lopez, “the youngest Mayor in America,” for delivering the votes the night of the election, that she said pushed her over the top and made her governor of Arizona.

In August of 2008, Napolitano, her right-hand man, Dennis Burke, Noah Kroloff, and Arizona-Mexico Commission Director Marco Lopez, flew together with Jeffrey Peterson on Peterson’s Cessna Citation X private jet, from Phoenix, Arizona, to Denver Colorado, where Napolitano gave a speech endorsing presidential candidate Barack Obama.

At that convention, Hillary Clinton nominated Obama as the official candidate of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.

On November 4, 2008, Obama won the presidential election.

The next day, November 5, 2008, Napolitano and her right-hand man, Dennis Burke, joined the Obama-Biden Transition team in Washington, D.C.

The following month, in December of 2008, Obama nominated Napolitano as his candidate for Homeland Security Secretary.

Napolitano remained governor of Arizona until January 2009, when she became the 3rd Secretary of the United States Homeland Security (DHS).

DHS Offices include the Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, FEMA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Coast Guard, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Napolitano named her most loyal and closest friends and allies to posts within the Department of Homeland Security. Many of these individuals moved from Arizona to Washington, D.C.

When the “Napolitano crew” arrived in D.C., they were known by friends and colleagues as the “Arizona Mafia,” a joke name that referred to how ruthless and willing they were to do absolutely anything in support of their boss, Napolitano.

Many in D.C. were rightfully terrified to hear that they had engaged in a dispute or problem with a member of Napolitano’s “Arizona Mafia,” due to the reputation they developed for ruthlessness.

The top 10 Arizona Mafia members are, in rough order of importance:

1. Janet Napolitano 

The Boss. Former chief of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a top member of the Democratic Party. Napolitano was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the world’s eighth most powerful woman in 2013.

Napolitano left DHS after many department scandals. She was known in Arizona for her backroom deals and ruthless targeting of conservatives.

At the time of Napolitano’s resignation, there was suspicion in the press about why she had resigned. Many believe she abruptly left DHS because of some sordid dealings that were about to be discovered.

“Napolitano Leaving DHS Under Cloud of Suspicion”

While Napolitano ran DHS, aside from other scandals, there was an important federal discrimination suit, which  accused Janet Napolitano of “turning the department into a female-run ‘frat house’ where male staffers were banished to the bathrooms and routinely humiliated.”

James Hayes Jr., who retired as New York’s top Homeland Security cop, claims Napolitano filled top spots in Washington, D.C., with two of her gal pals who were bent on tormenting male employees.

The suit identified them as Dora Schriro, who is Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction – and Suzanne Barr, the chief of staff for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

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Dora Schriro, named in reverse sexism lawsuit.


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Suzanne Barr resigned as chief of staff for Immigration.

In 2014, a Senate oversight panel found that Charles Edwards, formerly the Inspector General of Homeland Security (DHS), “altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general.”

Edwards “routinely shared drinks and dinner with department leaders and gave them inside information about the timing and findings of investigations.” The investigation found that “Edwards improperly relied on the advice of top political advisers to then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and acquiesced to their suggestions about the wording and timing of three separate reports.”

The investigation stated “We found that Mr. Edwards was a compromised inspector general . . . who was not exercising real oversight,” and “Any report generated out of his office would be suspect.”

Edwards resigned from his office three days before he was scheduled to appear at a Senate hearing to answer questions. The hearing was canceled.

Finally, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this about Napolitano: “Secretary Napolitano’s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was defined by a consistent disrespect for the rule of law.”


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Except for the lead dog – Janet – the view is always the same. Dennis Burke – flunky of Janet Napolitano – did her dirty work and followed orders. What were his orders in his representation of Clare Bronfman? What are his orders concerning Emiliano Salinas?
2. Dennis Burke
Janet’s right-hand man and ally of many years. Burke was Janet’s top deputy at the Arizona Attorney General’s office – and her Chief of Staff, the top position under her in the Arizona Governor’s office.  He was named as United States Attorney for Arizona on September 16, 2009. He resigned in August of 2011 amid pressure from the United States Congress in the wake of the Gunwalker scandal, also known as Operation Fast and Furious, within the ranks of the U.S. Justice Department, specifically the FBI.
In Operation Fast and Furious, thousands of weapons were trafficked to Mexican drug cartels, with the Obama administration’s knowledge. Burke’s resignation was the most senior resignation. President Obama asserted executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Fast and Furious.
The left stream media barely made a peep.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder was criticized for ‘Fast and Furious’ obstruction. In 2016, a judge ruled against the executive privilege – and ordered that certain documents be released to Congress.
In March of 2018, the Trump administration announced that Fast and Furious documents previously withheld by Eric Holder would be released.

The truth about the Fast and Furious matter is still shrouded in a veil of confusion and secrecy.

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3. Noah Kroloff

Was Deputy Chief of Staff under Napolitano. That position may have been his first job as a lawyer.  Kroloff was appointed as Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security when Napolitano became Secretary of the agency. Noah is a tough negotiator who is known as “Napolitano’s bulldog.”

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Look out for his fangs – he bites – friends and foes alike.

Marco Lopez – now a top aide to Carlos Slim and Carlos Salinas in America. He is putting pressure on to ensure Emiliano Salinas is not indicted.

Formerly Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, he was called the “youngest Mayor in America” by CNN.

He was Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, an official Office of the Governor in the State of Arizona (the Governor is the Chairperson of the Arizona Mexico Commission). Lopez then became the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. He was appointed as the Chief of Staff of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a federal law enforcement agency with 40,000 employees when Napolitano became Homeland Security Secretary.

CBP is the largest federal law enforcement agency.

In 2011, with the assistance of his friend and business partner, Jeffrey Peterson, Lopez formed his own consulting business, Intermestic Partners (“Intermestic”). Intermestic’s first client was Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Soon thereafter, Marco Lopez became Carlos Slim’s “Senior Advisor” and “Senior Advisor” to Grupo Carso, Carlos Slim’s Mexican global business conglomerate. Lopez also serves as an advisor to Carlos Salinas, the former President of Mexico, and is a close friend of his son, Emiliano Salinas.

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Beware of that smile. John Sandweg is no one to mess around with – especially if he is smiling at you.5. John Sandweg 
Formerly a criminal defense attorney who “represented accused and convicted murderers, sex offenders and pedophiles and fought for the release of violent convicted offenders.” Sandweg is a political ally who raised campaign finance money for Napolitano from 2002 to 2008 in Arizona.

He became General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security under Napolitano. Resigned from DHS after six months on the job.  He was then named acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under Napolitano.

His appointment was scrutinized due to his scanty law enforcement experience. He was criticized for taking an active stance in the obstruction of Freedom of Information Act requests which outlined spending by the DHS from the 2009 stimulus package.

A 2011 report readied for the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., delineates paperwork reflecting that Sandweg – a top political appointee in Napolitano’s inner circle and senior adviser – was in charge of “halting releases on behalf of the [Office of the General Counsel] and the Office of the Secretary.”

Sandweg is frequently a commentator in the national media.

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She used her office at Homeland Security to intimidate and sexually abuse her emasculated male underlings.

6. Suzanne Barr 
Daughter of formerly powerful Arizona Republican war hero, Burton Barr. “Suzie” was formerly an aide to  Napolitano in Arizona. She was named as Chief of Staff of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when  Napolitano became DHS Secretary. She resigned from ICE in September of 2012 after being accused of creating a  sexualized office culture that was hostile to men.

Barr’s resignation was covered by the national media. A discrimination suit was filed against Barr and Napolitano.

She was accused of cultivating a “frat-house”-style work environment.

She resigned after numerous ICE employees came forward to complain about “lewd” conduct inside the agency, submitting sworn affidavits that depict graphic comments made by her and other female top officials working under DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The affidavits were given as part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed by James T. Hayes Jr., the then-head of the New York office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

See:   ICE chief of staff on leave after new allegations of lewd conduct surface

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Dora Schriro -cut from the same cloth as Napolitano – ruthless, vicious and corrupt.

7. Dora Schriro 

Previously the director of Arizona’s State Department of Corrections under Napolitano. Brutally corrupt and tough. Involved in scandals in Arizona and everywhere she has worked.

Was called “pound for pound…the most unflinching ramrod that has ever run Arizona’s troubled prison system.”

She was appointed as Special Advisor on ICE and Detention & Removal at ICE under Napolitano at DHS. She was sued, named with Suzie Barr, in the ICE reverse sexual discrimination Lawsuit.

Schriro has spent her career running jails and prisons including a stint as the Connecticut State police commissioner. Formerly commissioner for New York City’s corrections department.

Said to be corrupt in every position she has held.

Times Editorial Cites ‘Outrageous Behavior’ By Dora Schriro, Now CT Public Safety Commissioner

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Mark Sullivan appeared in court for Keith Raniere.

8. Mark Sullivan 
Mark was Director of the United States Secret Service while Napolitano was DHS Secretary. Involved in a prostitution scandal while he was the Secret Service director. He has been publicly accused of intimidating (the following is copied from Wikipedia): In April 2012, a  scandal involving the President’s security detail received international press attention. The scandal involved 11 agents and more military personnel from all four branches who allegedly engaged prostitutes while assigned to protect President Barack Obama at the 6th Summit of the Americas in Cartagena,  Colombia. As of April 24, nine employees had resigned or retired. A Senate subcommittee found that the  DHS inspector general was influenced in his review of the Secret Service prostitution scandal.

See: Departure adds to concerns about Secret Service probe

Also significant is that this is the same Mark Sullivan who appeared in court in 2018, at the request of Keith Raniere’s attorneys – as the man who would supervise the Home Detention of Raniere on a Bronfman-funded bail package. The judge refused the applicaiton.

It was curious to see a member of the Arizona Mafia selected by the Bronfman/Raniere legal team to be in charge of supervising guarding Raniere.

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9. Victor Flores

Previously the President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission under Napolitano. Has been in Senior management at Arizona’s two largest public utilities (electric companies). Was Director of Executive Projects and Support in the Community Development Department at Arizona Public Service (APS). Previously Senior Government and Community Relations Representative at Salt River Project (SRP).

He declined moving to Washington, D.C. under Napolitano, as his wife had been appointed as a Superior Court Judge in Arizona by Napolitano.

A fiercely loyal member of the Arizona Mafia.

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Little fat boy Luis Borban Holguin

10. Luis Borbón Holguín – A Mexican citizen from the state of Sonora, Mexico. Previously the bag (luggage) carrier and errand boy for Sonoran Governor Eduardo Bours who used to be a friend of Janet Napolitano.

He is now top assistant/aide and 24/7 companion to Marco Lopez who is the top representative of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and former Mexican President Carlos Salinas. For that reason, Borbon can sometimes be seen in social media pictures with world leaders and celebrities. A fiercely loyal member of the Arizona Mafia. His nickname is “gordito” (little fat boy).

Somehow this group of highly suspect and dangerous individuals are involved in the ongoing Bronfman-Raniere-Salinas federal investigation.
It promises anything but well.
Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

This was a huge waste of time.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

I think the Arizona Mafia’s power has dissipated, just as the Clintons’ has. It’s past time to drain those swamps.

3 years ago

A fact-check turns up that since 2013, Napolitano has been President of the entire University of California system:

That’s the sort of job that tends to keep someone busy more than full-time. Wikpedia shows she’s the daughter of a doctor who was the dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine – not the scion of a Sicilian crime family.

She seems like a very unlikely candidate to be running some sort of “mafia.” Some of the others may well be typically corrupt political operatives, though.

And I don’t doubt that corrupt things go on in Arizona. It is after all a state where in the “conservative” North, the FLDS was allowed to run a virtual pedophile kingdom for the better part of a century, until very recently – the sort of thing Raniere could only have dreamed of.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymaker

Yeah, I’m sure Napolitano only hired these people away from Arizona when she went to Washington because they needed jobs, she’s a nice little angel.

3 years ago

Interesting. Funnily enough, I found this thread on Twitter. There have been a couple of deaths recently linked to this bunch.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Pyriel

I wonder what the status of Jeffrey Peterson’s lawsuit against Burke & Co. is. His twitter account went silent and that one was started just recently and looks to be run by Jeffrey as well.

3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

So far, Peterson’s lawsuit again Burke did not accomplish much. It was dismissed against Burke and remains pending against the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Nor did the lawsuit Burke launched against Peterson work as Burke had hoped. It was dismissed against Peterson and remains pending against a law firm.

In both cases, only the lawyers made any money so far. Par for the course.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
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3 years ago
Reply to  Pyriel

Nice work dude but our people gave Paralato the heads up yesterday. The last guy to b be listened to in this is Anonyfaker.

February 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm
The fact AMLO called for former President Salinas’s arrest (see attached article — sorry, it’s in Spanish but you can translate it with Google Translate) a week ago…is unprecedented in the past 30 years of Mexican history. This article is a BIG DEAL
Salinas debe ser enjuiciado: AMLO • Forbes México
AMLO manifestó que Carlos Salinas es el padre de la desigualdad moderna, por la privatización de empresas públicas del país y debe ir a juicio
as each President has been covering up for the prior President until AMLO came along who is truly shaking up the establishment.

Ok so think about it…things are heating up for Salinas, the most corrupt and powerful President in the old corrupt Mexican establishment,
Salinas’s people in the U.S. are led by former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s #ArizonaMafia … and all of a sudden we see #PhilipHaney suicided and someone you may not have heard of, my old friend Kevin Spidel who was trying to break away from them.


3 years ago

More conspiracy theories from Jeff Peterson as he avoids his indictment for swindling senior citizens out of $5 Million dollars.

3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

How did the “swindled senior citizens” narrative hold up in your sham Arizona lawsuit CV2019-006555, Dennis?

Inquiring minds want to know. Because according to several drafts of the sham lawsuit itself, and twenty-one Plaintiffs, you were the source of the incorrect facts contained in that sham lawsuit.

Those twenty-one Plaintiffs have now paid a ton of money to Noah’s lawyer friend, Leo Beus, based on your lies.

Your own relative, Charlie Gardner, said, “Beus is really ‘soaking’ us.” (DIRECT QUOTE)

But your story wasn’t true, was it Dennis?

Discovery revealed that no one was “swindled.” Peterson and Silberman were DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE from the accusations arising from your “swindled senior citizens” narrative. Because the facts suggested by your narrative are NON EXISTENT.


Repeating FALSE FACTS a thousand times to every party you can find over THREE OR MORE years do not make your facts true.

The only ones “swindled” were the twenty-one Plaintiffs you lied to, so you could use THEIR MONEY to RETALIATE against your former business partners.

Sound familiar?

The DOJ I.G. found you previously retaliated against your coworkers in the Fast and Furious scandal.

You’re a vindictive one, aren’t you Dennis.

Investigators continue to speak to families and others affected by Fast and Furious. Kent Terry is at the middle of that investigation. The staff of several United States Senators are involved. There was another conference call last week.

There are many others aside from your former business partners who are well aware of your vindictive tendencies and lies


Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Except he didn’t. LOL

3 years ago

Well what do you know?
Attorney Neil Glazer’s law firm, Kohn Swift and Graf of Philadelphia, was involved in the litigation against USC, the University of Spoiled Children, in Southern California involving Doctor George Tyndall, a gynecologist at USC’s student health center who liked to take pictures and videos of women’s private parts and then sell those pictures and videos to the Philippines.
Just like Allison Pimp Mack liked to do at NXIVM.
Where are all those nudie photos and videos that Allison Pimp Mack took?

July 3, 2018 – KS&G has been retained with co-counsel by a former USC student in the University of Southern California (“USC”) sex abuse case. As part of the representation, KS&G is continuing to investigate allegations of widespread sexual abuse by George Tyndall M.D., a gynecologist at USC’s student health center, and USC’s role in failing to protect students. Jonathan Shub, a California licensed attorney, is leading the case for KS&G.

The USC case was a class action law suit and the NXIVM case is a RICO lawsuit with TRIPLE damages.

All of Them Witches
All of Them Witches
3 years ago

If you followed through on your “research”, you would know that the case was recently settled.

3 years ago

In b4 Heidi.

3 years ago

A woman led office operating in a highly sexualized atmosphere?
Don’t tell me Janet Napolitano is a lesbian!

“Janet Napolitano’s Lady-Friends Don’t Like Men, According to Angry ICE Employee”

“This lawsuit was discovered by conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, who claims Schriro is Napolitano’s “lesbian girlfriend,”

We need to free the Vanguard right away so that he can cure Janet Napolitano and her girl friends of their lesbianism.

3 years ago

“Janet Napolitano & UC’s “Powerful Coterie of Lesbians”

All of Them Witches
All of Them Witches
3 years ago

Welcome to the Shadowstate Report, with the occasional contribution from Frank Parlato.

For those scoring at home, Frank’s article did not mention Allison Mack, but Shadow(I’m not Obsessed)State’s comments mentioned her twice. Again, with apologies to “The Dude”, A. Pimp Mack really ties Shadow’s room together.

Putting it another way, Sarah Edmondson can pout and pull down her Levis a little and show the world the mark NXIVM made on her. Allison Mack left her mark on Shadowstate, and while none of us can see it, we are reminded daily (by SS58) that the mark is there. Get some help man.

When you say “triple damages” you sound like a Thomas Cooley School of Law dropout. If you say “treble damages” you might convince someone you completed at least a semester at that other pillar of midwestern legal education, John Marshall Law School. Since you seem to have become a Neal Glazer “groupie” (and I am sure you have already offered your considerable expertise to the distinguished barrister from the Backwater of Brotherly Love), it would behoove you to master the lexicon.

Now let me understand this. You tell us all you despise Allison Mack because of the way she treated women, but if these women were lesbians you might have looked the other way? And you mention “curing” lesbianism? Very enlightened.

Speaking of which, your phone is ringing. Jussie Smollett wants a sponge bath.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

At least the Mack references were related to the story, that’s real progress for Mr. Shadow. Why can’t you be thankful the plethora of Mack-related stories has stopped? LOL

About the Author

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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