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New Your Post ^ | October 1, 2007 | CHARLES HURT and JEANE MacINTOSH

Posted on 10/01/2007 9:27:38 AM PDT by CHEE

A purported pyramid-scheme operator who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has reinvented himself as the head of an upstate group accused of being a "cult" - and his devotees have pumped thousands into Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run.

Executives and top associates of the Albany-based NXIVM group - along with their family members - donated $29,900 to Clinton's presidential campaign, according to federal records.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2007; 2008; albany; anchorage; arlenolsen; bronfman; clinton; cult; cultofpersonality; democratparty; electiondonations; elections; esp; hillary; hillaryclinton; hsu; keithraniere; kristinsnyder; nancysalzman; nxivm; nxivmgroup; prefect; sarabronfman; suicide
This is why Hillary does her witch sound laugh so often.
1 posted on 10/01/2007 9:27:42 AM PDT by CHEE
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Some very seriously weird people are attracted to this woman.

2 posted on 10/01/2007 9:29:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Liberalism is a death cult.

3 posted on 10/01/2007 9:36:38 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Democrats In Control! (Where's my friggin' free stuff?))
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SECT APPEAL: Members of the NXIVM organization, an alleged "cult" headed by Keith Raniere (above), have donated $29,900 to Hillary Clinton's campaign. The revelation comes in the wake of her scandal involving fun-raiser Norman Hsu.

4 posted on 10/01/2007 9:42:11 AM PDT by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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The NXIVM Files
These are the essays the NXIVM cult (aka ESP, or Executive Success Program) is suing Rick Ross over, trying to have their publication suppressed.
NXIVM is apparently a mixture of Scientology and Landmark/EST.

More information at above URL!

5 posted on 10/01/2007 9:43:23 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: All

High court rejects Nxivm appeal
Company had sued researcher over cult label, criticism on Web

Times Union/December 3, 2004
By Dennis Yusko

Albany — The U.S. Supreme Court denied without elaboration an appeal to review a case involving a Colonie human potential training company, free speech and the Internet.

The top court refused this week to hear from Nxivm, which hired the Washington law firm Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood to have allegations that the company is a cult struck from the Web site of cult researcher Rick Ross.

The decision moves the case and a $10 million suit filed by Nxivm back to U.S. District Court in Albany, which, along with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, already has rejected the injunction requests.

Nxivm sued Ross, two mental health experts and a former Nxivm student last year on the grounds that the student gave a Nxivm manual to Ross after signing a confidentiality agreement. Two doctors then characterized Nxivm as a cult.

The Supreme Court’s decision did not surprise Ross, who has criticized Nxivm’s founders, Halfmoon residents Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman, on his site with each court decision. “This is Mr. Raniere’s third and final strike. Now it’s official: He struck out,” Ross said Thursday.

Salzman released a statement: “We’re obviously disappointed with the court’s decision, which we believe is a blow to the sanctity of copyright protection. We believe there are fundamental property rights issues at stake, and we intend to continue to pursue vigorously all possible causes of action against the defendants.”

Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um) claims in its lawsuit that dissemination of confidential material caused the company to lose prominent members, thousands of dollars a day and more. But Ross’ Albany attorney Thomas F. Gleason has portrayed the postings on Ross’ Web site as Internet free speech. He has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is pending before U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe in Albany. The court will discuss the case before setting a return date, Nxivm’s attorney Justin Heller said.

Nxivm — originally Executive Success Programs — trains people in Raniere’s “Rational Inquiry” theory on New Karner Road. Plans to build a headquarters off Woodin Road in Halfmoon have collapsed since last year, when town leaders asked for more details and residents opposed it, Planning Board Chairman Stephen Watts said.

Raniere’s Knox Woods neighbors have complained about cars parked around the town houses owned by Nxivm Properties LLC, Watts said, adding the town had investigated and found no unauthorized parking or uses.

6 posted on 10/01/2007 9:49:26 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: doug from upland

ping last post (FYI)
(backyard cultists funding hillary)

7 posted on 10/01/2007 9:51:49 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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Woman is so corrupt it’s not even funny.

8 posted on 10/01/2007 9:51:55 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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the Devil’s advocate all

9 posted on 10/01/2007 9:57:48 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: xcamel; CHEE; Eric in the Ozarks; doug from upland; Grampa Dave
From the Blogosphere(CQ):

Winning The Ponzi Endorsement


Hillary Clinton seems to attract all the right money from all the wrong people. Right on the heels of Norman Hsu, the New York Post reports that another Ponzi-scheme operator has pumped almost $30,000 in contributions to her campaign (via Michelle Malkin):******************************snip*************************

Among the donors were Seagrams heiresses Clare and Sara Bronfman, whose father called NXIVM a "cult". If so, their idol appears to be Hillary Clinton. She's certainly the beneficiary. It's the second Ponzi scheme operator shown to be handling the bundling for the Clinton campaign, further demonstrating their failure to vet their contributors or their complete disinterest in doing so.

10 posted on 10/01/2007 10:02:16 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Carnies, drug dealers, cultists, Puerto Rican terrorists, convicted felons, agents of the Chinese Communists, homosexual activists... Don’t all presidential candidates have a base of support?

11 posted on 10/01/2007 10:10:01 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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More on the Albany-based NXIVM group :

NXIVM Corp. v. Ross


Subject Area(s): Copyright, Trade Libel, Trade Secrets, Trademark



Publication Medium:


Content Type(s):


Source of Law:

United States
New York
New Jersey

Relevant Documents:

12 posted on 10/01/2007 10:16:41 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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Rick Ross is the moonbat who advised the FBI and Reno on the Davidians. So we got moonbats suing moonbats.

13 posted on 10/01/2007 10:19:43 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um) claims in its lawsuit...

I would like to buy another vowel, Alex...

14 posted on 10/01/2007 10:23:05 AM PDT by Zeppo (We live in the Age of Stupidity. [Dennis Prager])
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To: Larry Lucido
On Rick Ross:

Suits Against Anti-Cult Blogger Provide Test for Online Speech


Lawsuits are occupational hazards for anti-cult blogger Rick Ross.

Sued a half-dozen times during the past decade for his public pronouncements, especially on the Internet, he's managed to win all but one case, with the help of pro bono counsel. His latest close call came in December when Landmark Education, a promoter of self-help seminars, withdrew with prejudice its federal suit in Newark alleging defamation.


Ross says his interest in cults began in 1982 when the Jewish nursing home where his grandmother resided was infiltrated by members of a sect seeking to convert residents to Christianity.

15 posted on 10/01/2007 10:27:14 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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Cackle, cackle, cackle.
16 posted on 10/01/2007 10:28:51 AM PDT by McGruff (If I can't have Cheney I guess Fred will have to do.)
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New business

The man they call “Vanguard” today is described as a “scientist, mathematician, philosopher and entrepreneur.” And he is now selling something called “Rational Inquiry.” This is what NXIVM says is a “science based on [a]…belief.”

Learning this “science” in-depth includes 16 consecutive days of intensive training 12 hours a day. This comes to 192 hours of structured coaching classes. Students may then take additional intensives, courses and attend various events and classes.

Expert opinions

Forensic psychiatrist and noted cult expert John Hochman, who reviewed the NXIVM program warns, “Mind control represents indoctrination without informed consent. It relies on calculated strategies to mislead and to misinform. It particularly relies on emotional manipulation.”

Hochman concluded, [NXIVM] is a kingdom of sorts, ruled by a Vanguard, who writes his own dictionary of the English language, has his own moral code, and the ability to generate taxes on subjects by having them participate in his seminars.”

Psychologist Paul Martin whose work is focused upon the treatment of cult victims also reviewed the NXIVM programs and compared them to thought reform often called “brainwashing.”

Martin said, “ESP has characteristics that are consistent with the themes of thought reform.”

He also offered this observation within a separate critical analysis. “What then are some of the consequences of those subject to thought reform programs? [Robert J.] Lifton [author of Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism] observed certain clinical symptoms in the subjects he studied. For example: ‘borderline psychotic state, split identity, fear…’”

17 posted on 10/01/2007 10:31:49 AM PDT by kcvl
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Tragic Death of 35 year old Linked to NY Cult

February 01, 2004 ::

“Cult” refused refund despite participant’s death The Albany Times-Union picked up the story about the tragic death of Kristin Snyder in a featured article today.

Snyder was an active participant in the controversial group NXIVM, which Forbes Magazine called a “Cult of Personality.”

“I do, indeed, feel that her involvement in ESP was a first-cause factor in her death. I do not believe that Kris wanted to kill herself. She cried out for help for almost a week, but was totally ignored,” her father told the upstate New York newspaper.

NXIVM leaders Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman did not respond to repeated requests for an interview from the Albany Times-Union.

NXIVM attorney and supporter Arlen Olsen claimed he knew nothing about Snyder and refused to comment.

It was disclosed that Nancy Salzman, called “Prefect” by her NXIVM students, personally led Kristin Snyder’s first 16-day-intensive in Anchorage.

18 posted on 10/01/2007 10:40:56 AM PDT by kcvl
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