Top Priority: The Terror Within

Friday, June 29 - Thursday, July 5, 2012

This ground-breaking docu-movie dares to venture far beyond your typical documentary. It brings forth an incredible true story of sincere patriotism, unprecedented retaliation, heartbreaking loss and empowering redemption. Julia Davis served her country as a former Customs and Border Protection Officer, working at the largest and busiest land border crossing in the United States. She made a report to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task force about the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to properly process admissions of aliens from terrorist countries. Instead of investigating a breach of national security Julia exposed, the DHS branded her a “Domestic Terrorist” and commenced 54 investigations against an inconvenient truth-teller. For doing her job, Julia Davis becomes the enemy of the state. The full might and unlimited resources of the government are unleashed against her, as well as her family and witnesses. In a startling culmination, the DHS stages a commando-style raid of the Davis’ home with a Blackhawk helicopter and a Special Response Team.

The documentary bravely sheds new light on the tormented last days of the film star Brittany Murphy, who was subjected to surveillance, wiretaps and other terror tactics for refusing to back up the government’s false allegations against Julia Davis. Retaliation reaches an unprecedented magnitude, including four unexplained deaths, Hollywood, the Mafia, false imprisonments and the unlawful use of helicopters and airplanes for warrantless surveillance – at the expense of American taxpayers. TOP PRIORITY: THE TERROR WITHIN corroborates every stunning revelation with court documents, government reports, photographs, audio tapes and video footage. It’s an empowering story of exposing corruption, facing unprecedented retaliation and prevailing against all odds. The truth is no longer a secret.

  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 114 minutes
  • Director Asif Akbar

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