independent and unofficial
Prince fan community site
Mon 9th Dec 2019 2:12am
Welcome! Sign up or enter username and password to remember me
Forum jump
Forums > Politics & Religion > Nxivm...
« Previous topic  Next topic »
  New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
Author

Tweet     Share

Message
Thread started 06/14/19 7:16am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

Nxivm...

I heard about this on talk radio a few weeks ago, it sounded like I was transported back to the 1960s. Guru of higher learning and ...sex

"It just felt like in a whole different realm of darkness,"

NXIVM_Logo.png

NXIVM (/ˈnɛksiəm/ NEKS-ee-əm) is an American multi-level marketing company based near Albany, New York that offered personal and professional development seminars through its "Executive Success Programs". The company has been described as a cult and a pyramid scheme, and has also been alleged to be a recruiting platform for a secret society (variously called "DOS" or "The Vow") in which women were branded and forced into sexual slavery.

In early 2018, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and his associate, actress Allison Mack, were arrested and indicted on federal charges related to DOS, including sex trafficking. Others associated with NXIVM were also charged with federal crimes. As of April 2018, five people associated with NXIVM—Mack, NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, and bookkeeper Kathy Russell—had pleaded guilty to various charges. Raniere's federal trial began on May 7, 2019.

.

In 1998, Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman founded NXIVM, a personal development company offering "Executive Success Programs" (ESPs) and a range of techniques aimed at self-improvement. Raniere claimed that the programs' "main emphasis is to have people experience more joy in their lives." A prior business venture of Raniere's, Consumers Buyline, was accused by the New York Attorney General of having been a pyramid scheme; Raniere signed a consent order in 1996 in which he denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and to be permanently banned from "promoting, offering or granting participation in a chain distribution scheme".

.

By 2003, some 3,700 people had taken part in ESP classes, reportedly including businesswoman Sheila Johnson; former Surgeon General Antonia Novello; Enron executive Stephen Cooper; and Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox. Other participants were later reported to include entrepreneur Richard Branson (who later denied having taken the classes) and actresses Linda Evans, Grace Park, and Nicki Clyne. In the early 2000s, Seagram heiresses Clare and Sara Bronfman, the daughters of Edgar Bronfman Sr., became attached to the organization.

keith-raniere-website-photo-1.jpg?resize=508%2C337&ssl=1

During NXIVM seminars, students were expected to call Raniere and Salzman "Vanguard" and "Prefect", respectively. The Hollywood Reporter stated that Raniere "adopted the title 'Vanguard' from a favorite arcade game he had played as a child, in which the destruction of one's enemies increased one's own power." Within the organization, the reasoning for the titles was that Raniere was the leader of a philosophical movement and Salzman was his first student.

NXIVM's training is a trade secret, subject to non-disclosure agreements, but reportedly uses a technique the organization calls "rational inquiry" to facilitate personal and professional development. In 2003, NXIVM sued the Ross Institute, alleging copyright infringement for publishing excerpts of content from its manual in three critical articles commissioned by cult investigator Rick Alan Ross and posted on his website. Ross posted a psychiatrist's assessment of NXIVM's "secret" manual on his website – the report called the regimen "expensive brainwashing". The manual was obtained by Ross from former member Stephanie Franco, a co-defendant in the trial, who had signed a non-disclosure agreement not to divulge information from the manual to others. NXIVM filed suits in both New York and New Jersey, but both were later dismissed.

.

In October 2003, Forbes published an article on NXIVM and Raniere. Vanity Fair subsequently reported of the article: "People at NXIVM were stunned. Expecting a positive story, the top ranks had spoken to Forbes, including Raniere, Salzman, and Sara Bronfman. What upset them above all were Edgar Bronfman's remarks. 'I think it's a cult,' he told the magazine, going on to say that he was troubled about the 'emotional and financial' investment in NXIVM by his daughters, to whom he hadn't spoken in months." In 2006, Forbes published an article about the Bronfman sisters, stating that they had taken out a line of credit to loan NXIVM US$2 million, repayable through personal training sessions and phone consultations with Salzman. Another Forbes article in 2010 discussed the failures of commodities and real estate deals by the Bronfmans made pursuant to Raniere's advice.

.

After actress Kristin Kreuk became involved with NXIVM in 2006, Salzman and her daughter Lauren went to Vancouver, British Columbia to recruit Kreuk's Smallville co-star Allison Mack. The younger Salzman (herself a junior NXIVM leader) bonded with Mack and the latter became involved,[19] although Kreuk would subsequently leave NXIVM.[26] Mack became "an enthusiastic proselytizer" for NXIVM, persuading her parents to take courses, and, after wrapping production of Smallville in 2011, moved to Clifton Park, New York near NXIVM's home-base in Albany. Early 2007 saw a string of financial contributions from NXIVM participants to Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign, with over a dozen participants donating the maximum allowable figure of $2,300. The contributions totalled $29,900.

.

In 2008, the Bronfman sisters allegedly pressured Stephen Herbits, a confidante of their father, to ask Albany County District Attorney David Soares, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram to open criminal investigations into NXIVM's critics. NXIVM reportedly kept dossiers on Soares, Spitzer, political consultant Roger Stone, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, and Albany Times Union publisher George Randolph Hearst III in a box in the basement of Nancy Salzman's home. According to the Times Union, NXIVM "developed a reputation for aggressively pursuing critics and defectors who broke from its ranks, including using litigation to punish critics of Raniere, the organization, or its training methods."

.

The World Ethical Foundations Consortium, an organization co-founded by Raniere and the Bronfman sisters, sponsored a visit to Albany by the 14th Dalai Lama in 2009. The visit was initially cancelled due to negative press surrounding NXIVM, but was rescheduled; the Dalai Lama spoke at Albany's Palace Theatre in May 2009. Subsequently, in 2017, Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the self-styled "Personal Emissary for Peace for the Dalai Lama" who had arranged the appearance, was suspended from his position amid corruption charges; the investigation also revealed a personal relationship between Dhonden and Sara Bronfman, which began in 2009.

NXIVM has been described as a pyramid scheme, a sex-trafficking operation, a cult, and a sex cult. In a 2010 article in the Times Union, former NXIVM coaches characterized students as "prey" for use by Raniere in satisfying his sexual or gambling-related proclivities. Kristin Keeffe, a longtime partner of Raniere and mother of his child, left the group in 2014 and described Raniere as "dangerous", stating that "[a]ll the worst things you know about NXIVM are true."

4.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #1 posted 06/14/19 7:19am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

In an interview recorded in 2019 with CBC Radio, Raniere's former partner shared stories about Raniere's childhood which she claimed to have been told by his father, James. According to Barbara Bouchey, James had said: "What we did is we told Keith about how gifted and how intelligent he was. And he said it was almost like a switch went off. And suddenly overnight he turned into like Jesus Christ. And that he was superior and better than everybody like he was a deity. He said it was that [snaps] dramatic and that profound he said it went right to his head."

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #2 posted 06/14/19 7:22am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/nxivm-how-a-sex-cult-leader-seduced-and-programmed-his-followers/ar-AACSfzb?li=BBnb7Kz

Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers

When she first attended classes run by the self-help group Nxivm, Sylvie noticed multiple pictures on display of the group's leader, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard.

Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter

People in the classes, held in Albany, appeared to venerate Mr. Raniere, Sylvie testified during his racketeering and sex trafficking trial. She said class participants clapped, bowed, huddled, recited a "mission statement" and then said in unison "Thank you, Vanguard!"

The experience left her thinking she would never take another class, Sylvie said. Yet she did, eventually joining a clandestine subgroup within Nxivm in which she was called a "slave" and required to blindly obey a "master." She even allowed Mr. Raniere to perform oral sex on her, believing she could not refuse.

For six weeks, the question of how Mr. Raniere persuaded so many seemingly perceptive people to let him control their lives has hung over his federal racketeering trial in Brooklyn.

Six former Nxivm members have taken the stand, providing a window into how the group indoctrinated people, undermined their moral beliefs and convinced them to blindly follow Mr. Raniere's edicts, even when that meant breaking the law or tolerating unwelcome sexual contact.

Over the years, Nxivm's curriculum's provided the philosophical framework for a group in which members were taught to substitute Mr. Raniere's principles for their own and see deviation from his teachings as heresy. The community was an echo chamber, witnesses said, and dissenters were subject to recrimination.

At the root of Nxivm teachings, witnesses said, was the notion that people had to learn to override their instincts, behave rationally and reject social conventions that turned them into "robots."

Richard Ross, who runs the Cult Education Institute in Trenton, testified that he was hired by the parents of Nxivm members to extricate them from the group. "It became clear to me that this was a personality-driven group defined by a leader, eerily reminiscent of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard," he said.

Besides Sylvie, the jury has heard from three other witnesses: Daniela, "J" and Nicole, whose full names were withhold because they were considered victims.

Two former high-ranking Nxivm leaders, Lauren Salzman and Mark Vicente, also testified. Ms. Salzman, whose mother founded Nxivm with Mr. Raniere, was indicted along with him but pleaded guilty in March.

Dr. Janja Lalich, a sociologist at California State University, Chico, and an author of books on cults, said Nxivm shares characteristics with many of these types of groups.

Cults often display a zealous commitment to a special and unaccountable leader, discourage dissent and control members through shame, guilt and peer pressure, she said.

"The more that they have absorbed and internalized the belief system the harder it is to question it," she said of cult members. "Your personal sense of self has been replaced by your cult self and when you've become enveloped in a sphere of influence all the aberrant behavior becomes normalized."

Mr. Raniere, 58, co-founded Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um) in the 1990s as a self-help organization based near Albany. Members regarded him as the most ethical man in the world and someone who could help them lead more fulfilling lives.

Prosecutors have said that he exploited his followers, who paid thousands of dollars for courses. Among other things, Mr. Raniere is accused of founding the secret subgroup, called D.O.S., which included women who were branded with his initials and assigned to have sex with him.

He is now facing conspiracy, racketeering, identity theft, extortion, forced labor, money laundering, wire fraud and sex trafficking charges.

His lawyers have said that Mr. Raniere's teachings benefited untold people and his sexual relationships were consensual. While some may question his methods, they said, Mr. Raniere acted in good faith.

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #3 posted 06/14/19 7:23am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

AACRZa8.img?h=419&w=799&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f&x=447&y=261

During the trial, several witnesses described Mr. Raniere's exalted standing among his followers.

"People would talk about how he could affect weather, how he would affect technology," said Mr. Vicente, a filmmaker from Los Angeles. "By the time you saw him, it was a little bit like you were seeing, you know, some kind of god."

Ms. Salzman, who was among as many as 20 women said to have had a sexual relationship with Mr. Raniere, testified that some Nxivm programs were "creating a community of people and kind of even an army of people to insulate and protect Keith and his views and legitimize and advocate for the lifestyle that he wanted."

According to the testimony, Nxivm leaders sought to learn what people most wanted or feared, then presented courses as a solution.

Mr. Vicente said that some upper-level courses were aimed at changing students' "programming," likening the process to hacking a computer. The courses eroded people's "instinctual" sense of ethics, he said.

"It in essence played with our moral compass," he said.

The courses served as a recruiting ground and a means of evaluating how susceptible people were to Mr. Raniere's philosophy, said Daniel Shaw, a psychoanalyst and the author of a book that explores the relationship between cult leaders and their followers.

Mr. Shaw, who said he had spoken with 20 or more former Nxivm members over the years, said the teachings were intended to improve people's lives, but they were also designed to test the limits of how far they might go to advance Mr. Raniere's goals.

A Nxivm program called Jness taught that women are fundamentally self-absorbed, narcissistic and manipulative, Sylvie said, leading her to "hate the fact that I was a woman."

Sylvie, who joined the group at age 18, believed that additional classes could "fix" her. She testified that D.O.S. was presented as something that would "help me be the person that I've always wanted to be." Nobody told her that Mr. Raniere was involved.

To join she gave explicit photographs of herself to a senior D.O.S. member, Monica Duran. Sylvie said she was told that providing "collateral" was meant to show dedication.

In reality, she said, the fear of its dissemination made her feel she could not refuse orders from her master, Ms. Duran, including one that led her to a bedroom where Mr. Raniere performed oral sex on her.

"It just felt like in a whole different realm of darkness," she said. "It was nothing like what I expected in the conversation with Monica in the Jness room about me becoming a better person."

Some ex-Nxivm members said that they remained in the group despite reservations partly because they did not want to doubt people and programs they had trusted.

An actress from California named Nicole said she joined D.O.S. at the invitation of Allison Mack, known for her role on the television series "Smallville," whom she looked upon as a mentor. Ms. Mack assuaged any fears she had.

"I was already stuck," Nicole testified. "I wanted to believe her."

Another witness, identified as "J," testified that her D.O.S. collateral included an account of being sexually molested when she was 12. Ms. Mack later told her that fulfilling an assignment to "seduce" Mr. Raniere would help heal the trauma from that incident, "J" said.

"My understanding now is that I was being groomed to be part of his harem," she testified, adding that she fled and did not carry out the assignment.

Nxivm members were also conditioned to believe in Mr. Raniere's moral superiority. People who displeased him were often accused of "ethical breaches," witnesses said, and were expected to repair them through "penance." Those who did not could be shunned.

Daniela, whose parents moved to New York State from Mexico to join Nxivm, testified that Mr. Raniere began a sexual relationship with her and with her younger sister when both were teenagers. He became enraged, Daniela said, when she told him she was attracted to another man. But Mr. Raniere told others that Daniela was being punished for acting overly "prideful."

"I felt that I was bad, that I had done something wrong, that really I had something that I needed to fix," Daniela testified.

Finally, Mr. Raniere directed that she be confined to a room until she had mended her breach.

She remained in the room for nearly two years until her father and a senior Nxivm member drove her to the Mexican border.

"I think that we were being incredibly abusive," Ms. Salzman testified. "Nothing she could do was the right thing, and she got no help and was just cast out of the family."

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #4 posted 06/14/19 8:19am

Empress

I've been following this story. What a sick fuck this creep is. I hope he rots in hell and gets exactly what's coming to him. I just do not understand how gullible some people are. This whole thing disgusts me. Everybody involved is sick and in desperate need of a dose of reality.

  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #5 posted 06/14/19 8:51am

2freaky4church
1

avatar

[If you have nothing nice to say it's best not to post snip - luv4u]

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #6 posted 06/18/19 5:42am

OldFriends4Sal
e

avatar

moderator

http://www.msn.com/en-us/...AD0ckD_1|1

Alleged New York sex cult leader's 'out there' lifestyle not a crime:

By Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York man who started a secret society in which female "slaves" were branded with his initials and ordered to have sex with him may have led an unconventional life, but he did not break the law, his lawyer told jurors on Monday.

"The conduct, looked at objectively, is pretty out there," Marc Agnifilo, lawyer for Keith Raniere, said in his closing argument in Brooklyn federal court. "That doesn't make it a crime."

Raniere, 58, is on trial facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography. Prosecutors said he used his organization, Nxivm, which billed itself as a self-help group, to hide the secretive sorority, called DOS.

Raniere faces a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted.

In her closing argument earlier on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza said members were tricked into handing over compromising photos and confessions, called "collateral," that could be used to blackmail them. She described Raniere as a "a con man, a predator, a crime boss" who operated "through abuse and control."Agnifilo countered that Raniere never intended to release collateral and only meant to help the women with their personal growth.

He even suggested that one of the former DOS members who testified in the trial, a woman known only as Nicole, might have been helped by her time as a "slave."

"Maybe it worked," Agnifilo said.

Nicole testified that she was tied to a table and subjected to a sex act with another woman against her will while Raniere watched, coerced into having sex with Raniere several times and eventually branded with his initials.

The six-week trial has featured testimony from multiple women who said Raniere victimized them, including Lauren Salzman, daughter of Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman and a longtime member of Raniere's inner circle.

Raniere declined to testify and his defense called no witnesses.

Other members of Nxivm, which is pronounced "nexium," were charged. They include Nancy Salzman, actress Allison Mack and Seagram liquor heiress Claire Bronfman. They have all pleaded guilty to crimes but have not yet been sentenced.

The group first became known for its "Executive Success Program" courses, which purported to give students the ability to achieve their goals in life by overcoming mental blocks. Witnesses testified that leaders of the organization psychologically manipulated and abused its members and demanded total obedience from them.

(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Scott Malone, Jeffrey Benkoe and Susan Thomas)

AAD1uFn.img?h=416&w=799&m=6&q=60&u=t&o=f&l=f

Court room sketch of Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficing and child pornography is shown in this courtroom sketch in U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn

AAD1swz.img?h=416&w=799&m=6&q=60&u=t&o=f&l=f

Court room sketch of Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, facing charges including racketeering, sex trafficing and child pornography is shown in this courtroom sketch in U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn

AAD18Zt.img?h=416&w=799&m=6&q=60&u=t&o=f&l=f

Court room sketch of assistant United States Attorney Moira Penza is shown shown in this courtroom sketch during closing arguments in the trial of Keith Raniere, in New York Cit

#IDEFINEME #ALBUMSSTILLMATTER

A Liar Shall Not Tarry In My Presence
I will make you cyber shit in your pants!
What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #7 posted 06/20/19 3:09pm

KoolEaze

avatar

I find all these mind control and sex cults very fascinating. How do grown people fall for other people like that? How can one individual be so powerful and manipulative?

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




http://kooleasehvac.com/
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
  New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Forums > Politics & Religion > Nxivm...