Operation Underground Railroad and Religious Extremism

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and former CIA agent Tim Ballard wear their devout Mormonism on their sleeves when they promote a paramilitary team that swoops in to rescue child sex slaves from sinister traffickers and pedophiles. My third-in-a series video op-ed examines the Mormonism factor, that is to say how extreme religious views impact the venture Operation Underground Railroad (OUR). And how radio-TV commentator and conspiracy theorist, Glenn Beck, also a Mormon, had more influence on OUR’s birth than anyone else, including Ballard, who was one of the original founders.

For additional articles covering OUR, please go to ACJ Investigates- Derailed: Operation Underground Railroad
Editor’s Note: Lynn Packer is an award-winning investigative reporter, television news consultant, law consultant and author of “Lying for the Lord: The Paul H. Dunn Stories“. Mr. Packer graduated from Utah State University with a broadcast journalism degree. He then served in the United States Army from ’68 through ’70 in Vietnam as a television news anchor and producer for the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), Quang Tri detachment. He was awarded the Bronze Star. For 15 years Mr. Packer reported for KSL Television News in Salt Lake City. His teaching career spanned ten years as an adjunct journalism instructor at Brigham Young University and the University of Dortmund in Germany. We’d like to thank Mr. Packer for his service, dedication and contributions to journalism and ongoing quest for the truth.

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