Raven 23: Presumption of Guilt

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 Dec 8, 2019
Caping for war criminals and murderers should be a punishable crime.

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How did four highly decorated American soldiers become prisoners of war in their own country? This series re-examines the US Department of Justice’s controversial prosecution following a controversial battle in Baghdad. Why did the DOJ hold multiple trials for over a decade? Was the DOJ seeking justice? Or playing politics?

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Stand Down!
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Several eyewitnesses directly contradict the US government's two primary charges against "The Nisour Four."  First, they prove that these wrongly accused military veterans faced major enemy fire in the battle at Nisour Square.  Second, they show that the US government's star witness - Jimmy Watson - was a major catalyst in the debacle. In fact, the incident originated with a rogue decision by Watson to disobey a direct order to stand down.  Instead, he commanded his men directly into the eye of the storm. And Watson's disobedience on the battlefield would soon lead to dishonesty about what really happened that day in Nisour Square.   

Feb 11, 2020
Clint Lorance Interview
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Clint  Lorance served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army in Afghanistan when he was selected for the dangerous job of Platoon leader in June, 2012.  The following month, Clint ordered HIs men to defend themselves against three Taliban soldiers speeding towards them on motorcyles.  Rather than receiving a commendation, he was unjustly found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.  He was confined in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for over six years until he was fully pardoned and ordered released by President Donald Trump in November, 2019.  

​Similar to the case of the Biden Four, Clint did not receive a fair trial.  The government withheld key information from the jury.  The prosecutors did not disclose evicence which would have cleared Clint of any wrong-doing - "biometric data" (fingerprint and DNA evidence).

The prosecution also failed to notify the  jury that witnesses against Clint were themselves initially accused of murder, given immunity from prosecution, and were ordered to cooperate with prosecutors.

Clint Lorrance walked into the Army recruiting station in Greenville, Texas on hIs 18th Birthday to join the Army as a military policeman.  

​On December 13, 2002, Clint's 18th birthday, Clint walked into the Army recruiting station in Greenville, Texas, and joined the Army as a military policeman (MP). For the next decade, he served HIs country with honor and distinction, only to find HImself unjustly imprisoned for six years.  So more than half of HIs entire life has been spent either defending HIs country or serving time in prison for crimes that he did not connect.  

Miraculously, Clint has refused to yield to anger or bitterness.  Since being released, he has dedicated substantial time and energy to making sure other veterans who were unlawfully imprisoned finally recieve the justice they deserve and the freedom stolen from them by a political prosecution.  The majority of this time hahahahas been spent raising awareness about the political prosecution of the men of Raven 23.  

Dec 18, 2019
Ground Truth
2787

The U.S. government’s mistakes in its occupation of Iraq coalesce in a deadly firefight on Sept. 16, 2007 in Nisour Square, in the heart of violence-ravaged Baghdad. The gun battle between Blackwater’s Tactical Support Team and armed insurgents echoes the struggle of U.S. Armed Forces to distinguish friend from foe in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. Innocent lives are tragically lost in the crossfire.

Dec 13, 2019
Civil War
1773

As the civil war in Iraq grows, the United States looks to private contractors to provide critical security services.  Blackwater emerges as the poster child of private military contractors (PMCs).   They are willing  to take on any mission, regardless of the danger it presents both to their contractors' safety and the company's portrayal in the media.  

Nov 23, 2019
Unintended Consequences: 1 Vindictive Judge, 19 Suicidal Hijackers, and 3,000 Innocent Victims
1429

The decision of a notoriously vindictive judge destroys the career of a promising FBI agent and creates a chilling effect among every branch of law enforcement.  As a result, several known terrorists travel freely in the United States before murdering 3,000 people on 9/11.  As American soldiers risk their lives overseas, different law enforcement employees reveal how that decision prevented them from sharing information about the HIjackers with the FAA and other law enforcement agencies.  



Nov 15, 2019
Universal Deceit
1670

What would you do if nearly every institution we are supposed to trust - the government, the media, and the judiciary - conspired to lie about you?  That is exactly what happened to four Blackwater contractors who now sit behind bars for crimes that they did not commit.  George Orwell famously stated that “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” After years of interviews and research, the revolution officially begins with this episode.   


Nov 11, 2019
Saving the Pentagon from Itself
1346

On September 10, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presents his vision for a new type of military that relies heavily on privatization.  Rumsfeld claims that he is not trying to destroy the Pentagon, but “save it from itself.”  At the exact time that he is giving his speech, four radical Jihadists are checking in to the Marriot Hotel in Herndon, VA. 

Less than 24 hours after giving his speech, Donald Rumsfeld would no longer be talking about war in the figurative sense.  He would be involved in it literally, as he bravely rushed into the embers of the West Wall of the Pentagon to save lives. 

Aug 11, 2019
Trailer
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How did four highly decorated American soldiers become prisoners of war in their own country? This series re-examines the US Department of Justice’s controversial prosecution following a controversial battle in Baghdad. Why did the DOJ hold multiple trials for over a decade? Was the DOJ seeking justice? Or playing politics?

Jun 16, 2019