December 23, 2021 Updated 3:58 P.M.
The group was founded in 2009 and supports servicemen and women, first responders, opposes communism, and has assisted hurricane relief in several states like Texas and Florida. When President Donald Trump visited Southwest Florida, Ferran was placed on the security detail by the U.S. Secret Service.
The page boasted over 2 million Facebook followers, nearly 1 million Instagram followers, and 50,000 Twitter followers. In 2018, these pages were banned.
Rick Ferran, the founder and owner of the page, says that his page was first banned for posting about the Benghazi tragedy; Extortion 17, the most deadly helicopter crash in U.S. history; and President Barack Obama’s ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal.
After President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, Facebook cleansed the platform of thousands of pages. During the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Facebook listed Ferran’s brand as a “violent organization,” took down his personal page and groups, and blacklisted the link to his website.
The group also hosted a radio show where they interviewed several popular figures like Allen West, James O’Keefe, Dinesh D’Souza, and others.
In 2020, Ferran, a Cuban immigrant who fled to the United States to escape crippling communist dictatorship and hardship, had his LinkedIn page removed for posing with him and customers with a rifle. He says that several of the customers in the photos were minorities.
Ferran became a U.S. Marine at age 17.
FCV spoke to Ferran about the censorship he faced when coming to the United States in the pursuit of freedom from communism.
“They continue to [silence] me for being a legal immigrant, communism survivor and Marine Veteran with constitutional conservative views,” he said.
“As for me, I am [a] communism survivor, the second I let them win I will become a slave. Even if I have only five listeners instead of thousands, I will speak out,” he continued.
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