Nothing is more anger-inducing than needless death at the hands of a government official. And in the Amazon Prime Video documentary Send Me, we hear more about one of these terrifying incidents.
Per a report from The Daily Wire, several operators from an evac team noted in the documentary that a U.S. army colonel refused four busloads of Americans, orphans and others with verified paperwork out of Afghanistan, even though they had paperwork. The team noted that he turned them away believing their papers could have been faked. However, their turning back resulted in their deaths at the hands of the Taliban, who had overtaken the country.
According to former Army Ranger and MMA fighter Tim Kennedy, the incident took place just days prior to Americans pulling out of the country, stating that the colonel had said, “No, I don’t care who they are, those people get back on those buses and they go back into Kabul. Get em off this base.”
Kennedy added, in his own words, “There’s not enough capacity in my soul to be able to mourn four busloads of people that are about to die because the time spend (sic) on anguish and mourning could have been spent saving other people.”
Former Force Recon Marine Chad Robichaux, another member of the team, added that “some of those” victims “are children,” and was furious that they “just sent back to the Taliban” because of the colonel’s command.
Here to speak to us now is Michael Letts, who has spent over 30 years in law enforcement, so he knows quite a bit about authority and working closely with his fellow men and women in blue. He’s also president, cofounder and CEO for InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable foundations and sponsorships. His expertise should weigh heavily on this matter.
- What one word describes your feelings when it comes to the situation that Send Me discusses?
- What do you believe the colonel could have done differently to save these lives, instead of simply believing that the paperwork was fake? Could there have been others that have died from these decisions as well?
- If you were in charge of investigating this situation, what would you charge the colonel, if anything, with? Could he face treason (or something worse) for his actions? Would you check for other connections as well?
- This situation was seemingly “swept under the rug” until the documentary came about. Do you believe this was done for political purposes, or perhaps incompetence?
- How well can you relate to Robichaux, Kennedy and the other members of the evac team considering the hell they had to go through in Afghanistan?
- After your career in law enforcement, why did you decide to create InVest USA?
- Where can others learn more about InVest USA, as well as how they can contribute to help fellow police officers?
- More information is available on the official website at http://www.investusa.org.
Send Me is currently available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video. Other purchase options are also available.
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.