FBI Special Agent Michael Lever’s Less Flattering Description of DOS

FBI Special Agent Mike Lever

We have heard a lot lately about how good DOS was for some of the people in it. We heard from Michele Hatchette in two installments what she thought. 

DOS Slave Michele Hatchette Defends Allison Mack Part 1 – Masters Told Slaves About Collateral, Chains and Brand in Advance

Michele Hatchette: Allison Mack Was Committed to Helping Her Slaves Achieve Goals

Part 3 of Hatchette’s defense of DOS is in the cue. Before we publish, it would be pleasant to hear from someone who thought less kindly about it.

DOS was a large part of the criminal case against Keith Raniere. FBI Special Agent Michael Lever was the lead agent on the case.

 So let’s hear from him.

Below is what Lever said about DOS in February 2018 – a month before the FBI arrested Raniere.

He said it in a legal affidavit. Below is a slightly edited version to conform to non-legal style and readability. 

Speical Agent Michael Lever

By Michael Lever

DOS Founding and Structure

In 2015, a secret society was developed within Nxivm called “DOS” or the “Vow”

DOS is an organized criminal group operating in the Eastern District of New York and other parts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

DOS operates as a pyramid with levels of “slaves” headed by “masters.” Slaves are expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid….

Raniere alone forms the top of the pyramid as the highest master. Other than Raniere, all participants in DOS are women. Raniere’s status as head of the pyramid was concealed from all newly recruited slaves other than those directly under Raniere.

Meaning of DOSDOS stands for “Dominus Obsequious Sororium,” which at least one DOS slave was told by her master translates to “Master Over the Slave Women.”

According to a Latin expert I consulted, this phrase is broken Latin. Obsequious” is an English word. The Latin would properly be “obsequiosarnm.”

“Sororium” would properly be “sorornm.” It roughly translates to “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions.”

Recruiting and Collateral

From its inception, DOS masters recruited slaves mostly from within Nxivm’s ranks. When identifying prospective slaves, masters often targeted women experiencing difficulties in their lives, including dissatisfaction with the pace of their advancement in Nxivm.

While avoiding the words “master” and “slave” in the recruiting pitch, a master would tell a prospective slave that she had the opportunity to join an organization that would change her life. The master then told the prospective slave that to learn more, she had to provide “collateral,” to ensure she would keep what she was about to learn a secret.
Collateral consisted of material or information the prospective slave would not want to be revealed because it would ruin her or someone close to her.

Collateral included

  1. sexually explicit photographs
  2. videos made to look candid in which prospective slaves told damning stories (true or untrue) about themselves, close friends and/or family members;
  3. letters making damaging accusations (true or untrue) against friends and family members.

In many cases, the masters helped prospective slaves develop ideas for what would be appropriate collateral, or instructed prospective slaves on lies to tell to make the collateral more damaging.

After prospective slaves provided collateral to learn about the organization, the masters informed them that DOS was a women-only organization and the goal of DOS was to eradicate weaknesses in its members.

Raniere’s role as the highest master was not mentioned.

The masters also told prospective slaves that their respective relationships would be of “masters” and “slaves,” using those words.

If prospective slaves expressed hesitation about the program or about becoming “slaves” and having “masters,” the masters downplayed the terms, saying that all women are slaves to various things.

Allison Mack was a First Line master

Masters also used Nxivm techniques to manipulate prospective slaves into believing that any hesitation to join was due to their weaknesses. The hesitation itself was evidence of why they needed DOS.

Prospective slaves who agreed to join DOS were told they had to provide additional collateral, similar in type to the collateral they had already provided.

Some slaves were told they had to collateralize all aspects of their lives, including signing over any assets, disclaiming their faith, and doing things that would ruin their careers and relationships if the collateral were released.

DOS slaves understood that if they left DOS, spoke publicly about DOS, or repeatedly failed DOS obligations or assignments, their collateral could be released.

All DOS slaves were ultimately required to provide collateral beyond what had initially been described.

Lauren Salzman First Line Master

Most DOS slaves were not initially told they would have to provide collateral every month. In most cases, the DOS slaves provided additional collateral beyond what they initially understood was expected. This was partly because they feared the collateral they had provided would be released.

DOS slaves were also regularly given assignments to complete by their masters, including reviewing ESP materials and doing other work for Nxivm or Raniere. This work included reviewing and editing dense articles written by Raniere and, at least in one case, transcribing interviews of a high-ranking member of Nxivm for a memorial service hosted by Raniere.

In addition to completing acts of care and assignments, DOS slaves were required to participate in “readiness” drills. These drills aimed to have everyone in the DOS pyramid respond by text message at any given time of the day or night. Readiness drills, along with other aspects of the DOS program, resulted in the slaves suffering from severe sleep deprivation.

Loretta Garza First Line Master.

DOS slaves also had to engage in acts of self-denial or acts that would cause them discomfort, including taking ice cold showers for several minutes, standing for an hour at 4:00 a.m., and performing planks (a difficult exercise where one rests on her forearms and tiptoes and keeps her back as flat as possible).

DOS victims believed they had to complete their assignments and comply with readiness drills and acts of self-denial or risk release of their collateral.

Additionally, several DOS victims believed their success in the Nxivm ranking system depended on successfully completing DOS assignments.

Monica Duran a First Line DOS master

Furthermore, masters informed their slaves that if they failed to complete their assignments, it reflected badly on the masters and could cause them to be punished by their masters.

In at least one instance, a master who, unbeknownst to her slaves, was herself a direct slave of Raniere’s, told her slaves that she could be punished by being paddled or put in a cage by her master, i.e. by Raniere, for her slaves’ failure to succeed at “readiness.”

Nicki Clyne was a First Line MasterBrandingMany of the DOS victims were branded in their pubic regions with a cauterizing pen in a process that took twenty to thirty minutes.

Rosa Laura Junco was a First Line master.

During the branding “ceremonies,” slaves were required to be fully naked, and the master would order one slave to film while the others held down the slave being branded.

Some DOS victims were told that the brand stood for the four elements (the lines represented air, earth and water and the cauterizing pen represented sealing with fire).

However, it is clear that the brand in fact consisted of Raniere’s initials.

Camila was a First Line Master [by MK10ART.]
Masters told their slaves after the branding ceremonies that the videos of the branding ceremonies and photographs of the women with their brands were additional pieces of collateral.

The image below is a picture of victim Jane Doe l’s brand as it appeared on her body shortly after the procedure. The second image shows the brand turned counter-clockwise with Raniere’s initials (the “R” upside down) superimposed.

Daniela Padilla, one of Keith Raniere’s first line masters.

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1 year ago

I imagine during the sentencing of Ms. Mack when AUSA Tanya Hajjar claimed that Allison Mack cooperated, the FBI agents bit their tongues to keep from telling the truth.


[…] We have listened to FBI SA Michael Lever […]

1 year ago

Frank, I understand that you are a journalist and that you are doing your job reporting on Raniere, because he continues to do things from prison that are newsworthy.

But if the women involved finish serving their sentences and stay out of trouble and try to live quiet lives, will you continue publishing stories about them, or will you leave them alone?

Frank Parlato
1 year ago
Reply to  Kevin

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1 year ago

Super genius Keith Raniere got the Latin wrong? How could that be?

Dossier Project – your new assignment. Recon how this happens so Raniere’s status as super genius remains intact. Point for creativity and the delusion of accuracy.

1 year ago

Frank, seeing how invested the first line masters were to the grandmaster I wonder how Sarah E could not see that anything was going on with Lauren and KR. Sarah spoke at lengths on the Vow about how close she and Lauren were. How did she not see it? Was Lauren able to hide this secret so well? Did Sarah not see anything going on?

Frank Parlato
1 year ago
Reply to  AI

I don’t know. I would say Lauren was very persuasive. She recruited the most slaves. Sarah believed in her, more than Raniere, I guess.

Imagine her surprise when she found it was the rascal’s initials. She went wild and did not stop till the whole thing fell down.

Aristotle’s Sausage
Aristotle’s Sausage
1 year ago

Finally, the truth. The plain, unadorned, objective truth.

Looks pretty bad, doesn’t it? That’s because it was bad.

Blackmail, lying, manipulation, power play, slavery. SLAVERY.

Branding young women on their pussies while they were held down naked. Branding them with Raniere’s and slave master Mack’s initials. (Look at that first photo of the the brand and tell me it’s not “AM”.)

Lied to, blackmailed, and branded.

Forced to submit to humiliating exercises any time of day or night at their master’s whim.

Forced to submit to an endless cycle of blackmail.

All of this came out at trial. Testimony from multiple firsthand witnesses. All of it backed up by physical evidence including Raniere and Mack conspiring over the branding ceremony itself.

“Held down,” Raniere specifies, “like a sacrifice”.

This is why Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

This is why he was convicted on every single count he was charged with.

This is why the jury reached its guilty verdict in a couple of hours.

It wasn’t evidence tampering by the FBI, it wasn’t a media hate campaign. It was the simple facts of the case, a mountain of evidence and the egregious nature of the crimes.

We owe the FBI and the US Attorneys Office thanks for investigating and prosecuting this outrageous sex trafficking cult. There are some who would smear the FBI with groundless absurd accusations of malfeasance. I insist that Agent Michael Lever and the FBI, and Moira Penza of the US Attorneys Office, deserve nothing but praise for bringing this criminal to justice.

The only issue with this case is that there aren’t a dozen of Raniere’s co-conspirators serving lifetime prison sentences along with him.

1 year ago

Agree 💯, Aristotle!

1 year ago

You misspelled *DOS* as “DO” in the beginning of your article on the sub headline that reads,

“By MIchael Lever

DO Founding and Structure”

You also put wrongfully capitalized the *i* in “Michael Lever”.

Frank Parlato
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thank you. I fixed the typos.

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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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