Did the US military just hang Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel at their Guantanamo Bay naval base?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Military Hanged Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel To Death!
On 18 November 2022, Michael Baxter (real name : Michael Tuffin) wrote an article claiming that the US Navy just hanged Moderna CEO, Stéphane Bancel at its Guantanamo Bay naval base!
It is long and rambling, so please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : US Military Did NOT Hang Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel!
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“.
This disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him 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 personally debunked earlier:
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- Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Arrested For Murder?!
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Fact #2 : No Legitimate Report Of Stephane Bancel’s Arrest
Only Real Raw News has published his fantastical account of US special forces arresting Stéphane Bancel outside a DC restaurant. That’s because Michael Baxter / Tiffin made it up.
Naturally, there is no news from any legitimate news outlet, or the US military, about Stephane Bancel’s arrest sentencing and hanging in Gitmo.
How likely is it for a one-man operation like Real Raw News to have a scoop on this “story”?
Fact #3 : Moderna Is A Public-Listed Company
Moderna is a public-listed company, and is traded on the Nasdaq as MRNA. Its shareholders would have to be informed if their company CEO was really arrested, and sentenced to death.
It is NOT POSSIBLE to keep quiet and pretend it didn’t happen. It’s not even legal to cover up such an event from the shareholders.
Fact #4 : Stéphane Bancel + Moderna Issued A Press Statement
On Thursday, November 16, 2022 – one day after Real Raw News claimed Stephane Bancel was sentenced to death, Moderna announced positive results for its two bivalent vaccines targeting the Omicron variant of COVID-19 – mRNA-1273.214, and mRNA-1273.222.
Instead of being incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, as Michael Baxter/Tiffin claimed, Stephane Bancel announced from Cambridge, Massachusetts that:
Only Michael Baxter / Tiffin can persist with such a stupid lie, and only his idiotic fans will continue to believe his fake stories.
Fact #5 : Only Enemy Combatants Are Detained At Gitmo
It is ludicrous for Real Raw News to claim that a US military tribunal in Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) convicted Stephane Bancel, and sentenced him to death.
The Guantanamo Bay prison is only used to detain high-value enemy combatants. Stephane Bancel is not an enemy combatant by any military or legal definition, and would never be detained there.
If Stephane Bancel really committed a crime in the United States, he would have been brought to trial in an American court.
Fact #6 : US Military Tribunals Are Only For Foreign Combatants
It is also stupid for Real Raw News to claim that Bancel was trialed and convicted as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal, when he is a French civilian.
Military tribunals in the United States can only be conducted for members of enemy forces during wartime. The United States is not at war with France.
Needless to say – Stephane Bancel is also not in the French military, so even if he was arrested, there is no way he would be tried in a military tribunal.
Fact #7 : Death Sentences Take Years To Execute
It is also hilarious that Real Raw News readers actually believe the bullshit that someone sentenced to death would be executed just days later.
That may be possible in a country like North Korea, but certainly not in the United States
Death row inmates in the United States wait an average of 178 months – about 15 years after their sentencing, before they are executed.
In fact, none of the six Gitmo inmates charged with capital crime in the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and the attack on USS Cole in 2000, have actually been trialled to date, never mind convicted and sentenced to death.
Fact #8 : US Military Has Not Executed Anyone Since 1961
Even though the US military has killed many combatants intentionally, and civilians as collateral damage, they have not executed prisoners since 1961.
There are four US military inmates on death row, but none of them have been executed so far.
Fact #9 : US Military Cannot Execute Anyone By Hanging
The US military can no longer execute anyone by hanging. In fact, the last US military execution by hanging occurred in 1961 – their last execution ever.
If the US military has to execute anyone, only lethal injection is allowed. Death by hanging is no longer allowed.
Everything that Real Raw News posts should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.
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