The case of the Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Julia Davis has been suppressed by the government - that is, until now. After she exposed the government's failure to follow its own procedures with respect to admissions of aliens from terrorist countries into the U.S., Julia Davis was falsely branded a "Domestic Terrorist" and subjected to retaliatory tactics of unprecedented proportions. Phoebe Gallagher writes, "The film chronicles how the Department of Homeland Security, seemingly egg-faced and embarrassed, retaliated against Davis for exposing their weak system. With their endless supply of resources, the government used every scare tactic and smear tactic in the book to get their revenge against Davis - and anyone connected to her. Blackhawk Helicopters were dispatched to her property, armed DHS Agents and a US Marshal conducted warrantless searches of the Davis's property, and those linked to Davis - including her parents and husband, veteran Hollywood stuntman B.J Davis - were treated in an equally frightening, ill fashion."
The review also touched on another surprising angle of the story: the connection to the late film star, Brittany Murphy. Gallagher notes, "There's a second, very Hollywood headline grabbing story captured within the distressing film too- and that's one of the mysterious death of Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy. Most of us were led to believe by the authorities, and in turn the glossies, that Murphy was an out-of-control wild child of Hollywood whose addiction to illusive drugs and mental issues led to her downfall. The filmmakers say that's far from the truth - not only did Murphy not have a drug problem, nor was she as "insane" as she was made out to be, but she too was a victim of a government smear campaign. One that may have ultimately led to her death. According to the film, the government would hurt "Clueless" star Murphy's name and career, put men in black on her tail at very corner (of every film set) and cleverly cover up any involvement or link they had to the woman's death. The film, accompanied by the words of the actresses father Angelo Bertolotti, clears Murphy's name ten-fold aiding the viewer to not only develop a new appreciation for an actress that was sickeningly thrown into the 'Looney' corner and labelled a drug addict, when she seemingly wasn't, but hope for some kind of upper vengeance. It's very disturbing. You'll ache and rumble with the filmmaker's descriptions as to what was purportedly done to the talented Hollywood star (and husband Simon Monjack, who also passed away under suspicious circumstance) and yearn for more answers."
The review aptly surmises that in this case, unforgettably darkened by 4 witness deaths, "any man or woman that stood by Julia Davis would pay the price either physically or emotionally; Murphy was no exception. It's tragic to say the least."
Phoebe Gallagher concludes that "Top Priority: The Terror Within" is a "frightening, touching and well structured story" - "a remarkable film" that will leave the viewers "terrified that this could happen to you."
Prominent national security whistleblowers who attended the premiere were firsthand familiar with such terror tactics. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, author of the New York Times bestseller "Operation Dark Heart", passionately spoke out about the plight of whistleblowers onstage at the Academy. In an attempt to silence Shaffer's protected disclosures, the government bought and burned 10 thousand copies of his book. Anthony Shaffer addressed all American citizens when he stated, "we should all be grateful for Julia and BJ - for having had the courage to endure the painful turn of events where the government of our nation not only turned its back on them - it did everything it could to destroy them - and still, they have been able to tell their story."
Anthony Shaffer asserted that "Top Priority: The Terror Within" is an "outstanding movie - one that exceeds every other modern documentary I've seen."
Emmy Award winner Leslie Dutton of the Full Disclosure Network, who attended the premiere, praised the filmmakers of "Top Priority: The Terror Within" by stating, "It is nothing short of a miracle that you got those favorable court decisions. I admire your tenacity and courage to expose what happened. Your movie will have great impact, because it will encourage others to fight against the evil forces inside our government, which is unquestionably a Patriotic endeavor."
CIA whistleblower, Alan Premel, also known as the Clandestine Comic, presented his unique creation to commemorate the unprecedented magnitude of retaliation encountered by Julia Davis, her family members and witnesses. In front of a packed auditorium, Premel passionately urged the public to support the plight of whistleblowers. "We do everything we can to protect America", he said, "but we can't do it alone."
In his review of "Top Priority: The Terror Within" Alan Premel wrote: "The retaliatory undertones ring loud and clear in Top Priority - Silence, Discredit and Destroy. After watching this well written and equally well directed docu-movie you will agree that no one understands the misfortune of being silenced, discredited and destroyed as well as Julia Davis. Directed by rising star Asif Akbar, Top Priority reserves no punches as it bravely tells the untold and unbelievable real-life story of National Security Whistleblower Julia Davis who once served our country as a customs and border patrol agent under the guise of the department of homeland security. Davis' reward for drawing the attention and shedding light on a real-life breach of national security was to be arrested, discredited and branded a domestic terrorist by DHS."
Premel noted that this unbelievable true story is stranger than fiction, writing "The amount of government wrongdoing, oppression and discrediting will leave you shocked and dismayed. Such brutal law enforcement tactics and retaliation would have been expected from a 1930′s pre-FBI and prohibition era law enforcement and not the system of checks & balances and oversight we have today in 2012. There is no shortage of intrigue in Top Priority, when the plot thickens, a young Hollywood star dies, Julia Davis is the target of 56 unlawful investigations, there are more suspicious and untimely deaths. By the time you would imagine the story is ending the mafia gets involved and the story, again, bravely charges on. At every twist and turn during the feature you will find yourself shaking your head in dismay at the overwhelming evidence presented by first hand audio and video interviews."
Premel described the mood of the audience, which "collectively jeered and laughed as official government documents are being shown side by side blatant lying testimony," followed by gasps, tears and shock during the course of the emotion-filled feature. He praised the Director of the film, Asif Akbar and Producer BJ Davis for being so "masterful in the presentation and execution of this highly controversial case. Top Priority is a blitzkrieg of truth and vindication that continuously pummels and humiliates DHS for 95 minutes." Premel writes that the conclusion of "Top Priority: The Terror Within" was "followed by an eruption of thunderous applause and a standing ovation."
Alan Premel concluded his review by stating that "Top Priority was the first documentary ever allowed to premiere at the academy for its opening debut and it was fitting because if the ballots went out today, Top Priority would be bringing home an Oscar for best documentary."
Filmmakers with Fleur De Lis Film Studios expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards whistleblowers - America's unsung heroes, vowing to continue their tireless efforts to bring such stories to the forefront of public attention.
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