Did JAG Just Arrest 97 American Media Criminals?!

Did US Navy JAG officers just arrest 97 American media criminals in the last two months?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : JAG Just Arrested 97 American Media Criminals!

On 21 January 2024, Real Raw News posted an article (archive) claiming that US Navy JAG officers just arrested 97 American media criminals in the last two months!

As usual, the article is long, rambling and confusing, so here is an excerpt. Please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

JAG Claims 97 “Media” Arrests in Last Two Months

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Truth : JAG Did Not Arrest Any American Media Criminals!

The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Real Raw News, just to generate page views and money.

Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website

Real Raw News is a fake news website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter (real name – Michael Tuffin), claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.

That disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news to go viral, and generate money.

His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website. Here are some of his fake stories that I debunked earlier:

Everything posted by Real Raw News must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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A March 2018 screenshot of Michael Tuffin, who goes by the pseudonym Michael Baxter

Fact #2 : JAG Has No Powers Over Civilians

It is really silly for anyone to claim that the JAG officers arrested almost 100 civilians working for American media outlets like MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNBC, the BBC, Vice News, etc.

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps is the military justice branch of the American military. It has no powers or jurisdiction over civilians, even if they are American citizens.

The civilian justice system is separate from the military justice system. JAG officers can only prosecute US military service members.

Only in rare exceptions are JAG officers allowed to prosecute civilians. For example, if the civilian committed a crime on a military base, or while working in a foreign country and the local laws allow it. They can also prosecute civilians with special authority from the President, or Congress.

Fact #3 : JAG Officers Cannot Arrest Anyone

In addition, JAG officers are not law enforcement officers. They are really military lawyers, and have no powers to arrest anyone – not even military personnel.

They can investigate crimes, defend or prosecute service members accused of those crimes. But JAG officers cannot actually arrest anyone.

So it’s really silly for anyone to write stories about JAG officers arresting anyone. What a fantasy!

Everything posted by Real Raw News should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.

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