Opinion| A federal jury, made up of eight men and four women found sex cult founder Keith Raniere guilty on all charges – sex trafficking, racketeering, wire fraud, forced labor conspiracy and attempted sex trafficking; all conspiracy charges.
Raniere founded NXIVM, as well as the secret sub group DOS in 2015.
Prosecutors identified Raniere as the “highest master” of DOS who forced the other members—all women—to have sex with him. He also ordered the DOS members branded with a cauterizing pen, with his initials, while naked and being filmed.
Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza said that Raniere may have been known as a “human leader, a mentor, a guru’’ to his brainwashed followers, but jurors “saw him for what he really was: a con man, a predator, a crime boss.”
(ABC News) … Raniere, also known as “Vanguard” to members within NXIVM, and Allison Mack, who is best known for her role on the TV series “Smallville,” were both indicted by a grand jury in April 2018 on charges arising from Raniere and Mack’s alleged roles in a secret society [DOS] within NXIVM.
According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, Mack recruited women into what they believed was a “female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere.”
According to the criminal complaint from the Department of Justice, “in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called ‘DOS,’ which loosely translated to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,’ or ‘The Vow.’ DOS operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters.’ Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than the (sic) Raniere, all members of DOS were women.”
Now that Raniere has been found guilty, it’s time for Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand to answer some questions.
Gillibrand’s father, Doug Rutnik, had been retained as an attorney by NXIVM for four months in 2004. Rutnik was paid $25,000 per month at that time.
According to a source, “When he wanted to quit, he was falsely sued. He ended up paying them back the $100,000 he’d been paid and signing a confidentiality agreement.”
When confronted with this Senator Gillibrand hid behind a spokesman who said:
“Sen. Gillibrand had never heard of this group until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”
This defies credulity. According to an ex-member of NXIVM, Raniere operate the cult in Gillibrand’s hometown.
As well, Gillibrand’s father abandons a $25,000 per month gig four months into it when he learns of the depravity he’s being paid to defend, he gets sued, and he never once mentioned this to his daughter who is a rising powerbroker.
There was also a report in Vanity Fair, Clare Bronfman and her sister Sara, heirs to the Bronfman (Seagram’s) fortune pumped as much as $150 million into NXIVM.
Clare Bronfman also made the maximum allowable contribution to Gillibrand’s special election campaign in 2010. People in the Bronfman-Gillibrand circle talk. It’s absurd to think that with all these connections, Gillibrad heard nothing over the past 15 years.