This morning, a friend texted to ask if I wanted to see the Caviezel movie “the Sound of Freedom”. My answer? A resounding no.
That’s not to say child trafficking isn’t real. I believe that it is. I believe sex abuse is an enormous problem (for anyone who doesn’t, please read The Franklin Coverup, which predates the Q nonsense). However, this movie smells really bad to me, and here’s why.
The movie features the story of Tim Ballard, a former ICE agent, recounting an allegedly true story of his encounter with the overwhelming issue of child sex trafficking. He’s given multiple interviews in both print media and video detailing the case featured in the movie (calling it his origin story), and viewers are told the movie is based on a true story.
Most reasonable adults understand that “based on a true story” means its mostly true but some creative liberties have been taken. The problem is, when we compare Ballard’s own words, which mirror the movie’s plot, with actual court records of the case the movie focuses on, we see that creative license has been taken with nearly the entire thing: The boy was an American (not Mexican as alleged by Ballard), he was taken across the border with the knowledge and consent of his family, there was no “raid” as Ballard tells in his origin story, the sister was not being trafficked as portrayed in the movie, and on & on. Really, Ballard’s entire narrative (and the SoF plot) is debunked by the court records, which are available online.
I’m struggling to find any truth to the movie. Really, what we have here is a typical case of pedophilia where the victim was molested by a trusted family friend. This is NOT a story of machine-gun, muscle-laden heroes rescuing children from a mass sex trafficking ring. Please note: pedophilia is horrific & gravely evil. I am not trying to make light of the plight of this young boy who has undoubtedly suffered so much. But his story has been used for stolen valor, in my opinion.
Therefore, I see no reason to spend my time and money on what appears to be a psy-op of some sort. Why not just declare the movie to be a fictional story that highlights the plight of trafficking victims? Why go through all the trouble to convince people this is real & Ballard is some sort of single-handed hero? Why all the adversity-marketing, convincing good people that “they” don’t want you to see this? Tickets for this movie went on sale in June, weeks before its release in July, with heavy social-media marketing. And Caviezel himself appears at the end of the movie encouraging viewers to buy more tickets so they can help end child sex trafficking. Huh?? How does buying tickets to a fictional movie end child sex trafficking? Why is there no mention of organizations that do help these victims? Or training programs for civilians to spot potential trafficking situations? And I have a few questions about Ballard’s organization he founded for that stated purpose: Operation Underground Railroad, (O.U.R.). O.U.R. is a nonprofit, so its form 990s are available for public perusal. And at the height of the movie’s popularity, Ballard quietly stepped away from his own organization. Fishy, to say the least.
Yes, I believe child sex abuse and child sex trafficking are real problems, and gravely evil ones. But I think instead of subjecting myself to what looks like:
- a potential grift for the Mormon church (Ballard is a Mormon and O.U.R. has ties to lots of prominent Mormons)
- a psy-op that could be used to re-elect Trump by invigorating his MAGA base
- Or worst case scenario it’s trauma-based mind manipulation to condition people to accept legislative changes that would further empower the surveillance state “for the safety of the children.”
Instead, I’ll be praying for these victims as well as for all children. It’s not hard to see that all children these days have been heavily sexualized by the society we live in and the perverts who run it. The confraternity of St Nicolas was created for that purpose, and I trust Divine Intervention for more than any Hollywood grift. St Nicolas, pray for us, and pray for an end to the scandalization, abuse, and trafficking of children.
For your reference:
- The Confraternity of Saint Nicholas: a public association of the faithful who, through prayer, fasting, and good works, are dedicated to the protection of all children from scandalization, abuse, and trafficking.
- https://americancrimejournal.com/the-arrest-of-earl-venton-buchanan/ (court documents embedded in this article)
ep-1469/ (Ballard discussing his “heroics”)
#SoundOfFreedom claims to be based on the true story of Tim Ballard's life. He's reached near sainthood. Questioning him or his movie attracts a litany of nasty accusations (watch comments below). But the truth matters. And Ballard appears to have a problem with the truth. 1/
— Red Pilled America (@RedPilled_USA) July 13, 2023
Update from Supernerd: The comments feature wasn’t supposed to be active earlier — that was my fault! Thank you to everyone who submitted a comment but comments are going to be disabled going forward. My apologies for this. –Sn