Government Seeks Life Sentence for Raniere – Cites the Need to Protect the Public From Him

Mk10Art painting of Keith Raniere

The U.S. government has laid bare its feelings about Keith Alan Raniere – and asked U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis to sentence him to life imprisonment.

In a 59-page “Sentencing Memorandum”  – [pdf-embedder url=”” title=”Document 914 – Government’s Sentencing Memorandum (08.27.2020)”] – Government’s Sentencing Memorandum (08.27.2020)” – that was filed on August 27th, the government has argued that “The sentence imposed on Raniere should reflect the immeasurable damage he has done to his victims. To protect the public from the defendant and to justly punish his years of crime and exploitation, the Court should impose a Guidelines imprisonment of life imprisonment”.


Raniere’s Communications Have Been Monitored Since He Was First Imprisoned

Echoing as Jim Morrison intoned years ago that “The time to hesitate is through”, the government acknowledged for the first time in its latest filing that it has been monitoring Raniere’s communications at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) – which it is legally entitled to do – by quoting some of his direct communications with Nicki Clyne and Suneel Chakravorty.

Nicki Clyne dancing for her Vanguard

For example, in an email to Clyne on November 7, 2019, Raniere wrote:

“I believe the sorority is good—not just good and even noble, but great—and vitally important for women and humanity.

“It is tragic the current organization has been stymied by a few envious men abusing position[s] of power in government, media, and film; some women who didn’t live up to their sacred honor and vows; and people in general who just feel threatened by this idea. The missing part of our society, found in a secret group of women like this, aches to be embraced; we should deeply mourn it[s] possible loss. It is a living thing, a precious thing, and an essential thing to complete the human story: groups that are different are not necessarily bad, and ways of journeying through our lives, only for the few, and too intense for the many, are foundationally important for all of us.

“This sorority is such a thing: living, precious, intense, and some would say even sacred. If the current group of committed women, for whatever reason, do not carry [t]his considerable body of knowledge, practices, and skills forward, some other group of brave courageous, women should—even must—somehow, somewhere. It’s here, waiting for the right women, right now. Who will carry forth this burning torch of light?”

Also, in a March 12, 2020 telephone call with Chakravorty, Raniere stated that Daniela [the woman he confined to a room for almost two years] “…would have to go back to Mexico or she had to explain to people how she was going to stop from all the stealing and the other things that she was doing. She also had to finish a book report. She had a number of different book reports she was supposed to do and she was seen as being very prideful about it and no matter what, she would do anything, you know, say anything, but never just sit down and simply finish the book report.”

It’s now obvious that the government has been monitoring all of Raniere’s communications – except, of course, those with his attorneys – since he was first incarcerated at MDC back in March 2018.

Why the world’s self-proclaimed “smartest man” never figured this out will remain a mystery for the ages.


By Utilizing the Guidelines, the Government Has Increased the Likelihood of a Life Sentence  

Rather than base its recommendation on raw emotion – “This guy is a scumbag who deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life” – the government has utilized a brick-by-brick analysis that cites the “Federal Sentencing Guidelines” every step of the way.

As a result, Raniere’s attorneys will have to argue that the evidence provided by the government does not meet the requirements of the guidelines rather than simply arguing that the recommended sentence is excessive on its face.

Good luck with that, Marc Agnifilo and Paul derOhannesian.

Marc Agnifilo [l] and Paul DerOhannesian [r] will have a difficult time challenging the government’s recommendation of life imprisonment for Keith Raniere.
Of course, it probably won’t help that Raniere indicated in an  April 8, 2020 telephone call with Chakravorty that “the major witnesses all lied” and that “this judge is corrupt”.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, the sentencing judge for Keith Raniere and all the other Nxivm defendants. Raniere thinks he’s “corrupt”. 


The Contest to Prove His Innocence

Raniere also directed his supporters to develop a podcast – and to set up a contest in which “..members of the public would be invited to find purported errors in Raniere’s prosecution and trial in exchange for a cash prize.”

Presumably funded by Clare Bronfman – or perhaps by Nancy Salzman, who may not have left all the on-hand cash behind to be found by the FBI agents who confiscated over $500,000 when they executed a search warrant on her former home –  this contest was going to award $25,000 to every contestant who found certifiable errors in the government’s prosecution of Raniere.

MK10ART’s sketch of the villainous Keith Alan Raniere and his financier, the sinister Clare Webb Bronfman

For unknown reasons, the proposed contest never materialized.

But at least Nicki Clyne and her NXIVM cohorts showed up to dance in front of MDC on numerous occasions.

The government’s filing also notes that Raniere has continued to regularly contact his supporters throughout the time he has been incarcerated at MDC – and that he has even entered aliases for them in the Bureau of Prison’s contact list in order to prevent detection.

“For instance, it appears that in July 2020, the Bureau of Prisons suspended calls between Raniere and Mr. Chakravorty for a period of time. On August 11, 2020, Raniere entered an individual under the name “Isaac Edwards.” The address provided by Raniere for “Isaac Edwards” is fabricated and the phone number provided by Raniere for “Isaac Edwards” belongs to a burner phone. Subsequent calls between Raniere and “Isaac Edwards” reflect that ‘Isaac Edwards’ is Mr. Chakravorty”.

Good grief, Vanguard, I don’t want to sound mean-spirited but you should be sentenced to life imprisonment because you’re just too fucking stupid to be allowed to run free on the public streets again!


Stay tuned. We’ll have more on this breaking story tomorrow…

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  • Thanks KR. Another ‘corrker’ as we say here in the UK. I personally think that Raniere would be up to mischief the minute he was released at any age. He is not one who can be rehabilitated in my opinion. I am not a forensic psychiatrist, but I have discussed Raniere with a friend who is, and she was not optimistic about any possibility of his rehabilitation.

  • Suneel Chakravarty, not ChakravOrty. That is just not a name, and these Hindi names have Sanskrit roots, with its ancient 52 letter alphabet, unlike our alphabet with half that amount of letters. The names have distinct meanings and significance. Chakravarti is usually an indication of South Indian culture and is a term of “rulership.”. As you might know, chakra is “wheel.”. A Chakravarthy (or varthi) is one who commands the motion of the wheel, so to speak.

    Now back to your scintillating article!

  • K.R.-

    As always excellent reporting.

    If you are a bookie:

    1. In your view…What’s the over/under on Vanguard surviving 20 years in prison?

    2. On a prop bet, which sex act Vanguard will perform first in prison, oral or anal: what’s your pick?

    3. On a parlay bet of how many and which of the 4 females defendants who pled guilty…How many and which ones will go back to Vanguard after their sentences are complete?

    Do see good value in any of these wagers?

    Would you put a “lock” on any of these bets?

    What’s your VIG?

  • I wonder who would win a match between THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD and BRUCE LEE. BRUCE may be faster, but THE BRAIN LORD IN CONTINUOUS EXPANSION has the advantage of anticipating all his future blows and developing a quantum response based on String Theory in a micro-second.

    • That’s a really good article. How did they get the victim impact statements??? Frank, you need to get on that!

  • Well, this is interesting. I can’t wait for the next installment. I didn’t think his conversations could get much more ridiculous but then the contest was mentioned. If he is pulling stunts like calling the judge corrupt and hiding the identity of people he is communicating with while awaiting sentencing, he is extraordinarily thick, senile, or knows for certain he will never set foot outside prison again. I think his best bet is to start communicating with a ‘Nancy’ to fill his days.

  • Right now, the government is in a titanic battle to protect America from a virus.
    In that battle, the government has thrown millions of people out of work and out of school.
    The resulting social chaos has resulted in increased drug and alcohol abuse as well as soaring numbers of deaths from suicide and overdoses.
    Spousal and child abuse are up.
    On top of all that, corrupt political hacks are promoting race wars and riots around the country. These same political hacks want to defund the police and empty out the prisons.
    As for citizens who try to defend their lives and property from howling, bloodthirsty mobs, they are treated like criminals by a government that claims to protect them.

    But the government will protect shit-brained actresses and heiresses from a transparent goof ball charlatan cult guru.

    Mark my words:
    If the demented, depraved, degenerate Dumbocrat party takes over, Keith Raniere will be released in a general amnesty.

    Does anyone believe that Raniere is more of a pedophile than Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, or Joe Biden?
    Flashback: CNN Montage of Their Current Candidate, Creepy Joe Hugging Hillary and Sniffing People

  • Not only a scumbag who deserves to rot in prison but an unrepentant scumbag. Totally lacking remorse.

  • Extraordinary. And it reveals why there is no rush to arrest Nicki Clyne. She is burying Keith and the government is perfectly happy letting her provide the shovels and do the digging herself.

  • Sounds to me that Raniere is making a late run for an insanity defense, but alas, the world’s smartest man didn’t realize it’s too late for that. LOL

    The time to find errors in the prosecution’s case was during the trial, too late again. LOL

    Raniere just can’t seem to get it up in a timely manner on a consistent basis. LOL

    • But Raniere is a madman. He’s just not considered medically insane. There’s a distinction.

      “The madman’s explanation of a thing is always complete, and often in a purely rational sense satisfactory. Or, to speak more strictly, the insane explanation, if not conclusive, is at least unanswerable; this may be observed specially in the two or three commonest kinds of madness. If a man says (for instance) that men have a conspiracy against him, you cannot dispute it except by saying that all the men deny that they are conspirators; which is exactly what conspirators would do. His explanation covers the facts as much as yours. Or if a man says that he is the rightful King of England, it is no complete answer to say that the existing authorities call him mad; for if he were King of England that might be the wisest thing for the existing authorities to do. Or if a man says that he is Jesus Christ, it is no answer to tell him that the world denies his divinity; for the world denied Christ’s.

      Nevertheless he is wrong. But if we attempt to trace his error in exact terms, we shall not find it quite so easy as we had supposed. Perhaps the nearest we can get to expressing it is to say this: that his mind moves in a perfect but narrow circle. A small circle is quite as infinite as a large circle; but, though it is quite as infinite, it is not so large. In the same way the insane explanation is quite as complete as the sane one, but it is not so large. A bullet is quite as round as the world, but it is not the world. There is such a thing as a narrow universality; there is such a thing as a small and cramped eternity; you may see it in many modern religions.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

      Raniere inhabits his own little world where he’s the center of attention. Everyone knows the common saying for such a person. He believes the world should revolve around him and perpetually acts in a way in which he thinks it does. In fact, he explains things in a manner in which he cannot see beyond his own little world. In fact, you could say his world is not bigger than the current cell he occupies in MDC.

      • My comment was intended to be humorous, not serious. LOL

        Such is the written word – sarcasm is often not spotted – which is why Scott’s radio/podcast is superior to written comments. LOL

        • —Raniere just can’t seem to [get it up] in a timely manner on a consistent basis.

          …Sounds like someone is projecting again. Hey, it’s tough on a man when he can’t get it up.

          Care to share buddy?

        • “All the will-worshippers, from Nietzsche to Mr. Davidson, are really quite empty of volition. They cannot will, they can hardly wish. And if any one wants a proof of this, it can be found quite easily. It can be found in this fact: that they always talk of will as something that expands and breaks out. But it is quite the opposite. Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else. That objection, which men of this school used to make to the act of marriage, is really an objection to every act. Every act is an irrevocable selection and exclusion. Just as when you marry one woman you give up all the others, so when you take one course of action you give up all the other courses.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

          • “What we call emancipation is always and of necessity simply the free choice of the soul between one set of limitations and another.”- G.K Chesterton

            “Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline.” – G.K.Chesterton

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