The Riverton Project –
Robert Ryder, the President’s oldest and closest advisor, knew exactly when America ceased to be America. It was the senseless murder of America’s favorite movie actress, Shari Benton, and her three-year-old daughter that actually tore it apart.
If the paparazzi and the country had gone wild at Shari Benton's adoption of little Leah, it was the two shotgun blasts that ended the child's life, captured on security cameras, that were the shots heard and seen around the world. Both shooters had extensive histories of violent crimes, and both had just been released from prison on good behavior.
Overnight, angry mobs and flash rioters raged through the streets of every major city in America, fire-bombing federal buildings, pulling government employees out of their cars and beating them, attacking police stations, and even in one horrific case, allowing themselves to be arrested just so they could murder every detainee in the city's holding cells before committing suicide. All of it vigilante attempts at correcting the wrong that had become America.
Ryder knew exactly what it would take to save America but convincing a standing President to commit treason was not going to be easy. Fortunately or unfortunately, Robert Ryder was very good at convincing.
In Los Angeles, a select group of recent graduates from the Police Academy was approached individually by men posing as FBI agents, offering each a chance to change the world. Although they were not told how they would accomplish this, they were told that as the best in their class, they would be linked up with their equally proficient counterparts from every other region of the country, making them a part of the most elite and best-paid police force America had ever known–one that would alter the complete concept of law enforcement in the country and, quite possibly the world, from that time forward.
The _Riverton Project_asks the question, "How much are you, as American citizens, willing to give up to stop the insanity and return to a world of safety?" "Would you be willing to give up your citizenship, your constitutional, legal, and inalienable rights?"
The answer, of course, is a resounding "No!" But the citizens of Riverton, Ohio, were not given that choice. These men and women woke up one morning to find their community had overnight become its own country within a country, with its own borders, its own rules and regulations, its own rights and responsibilities, and its own Guardian police force. It had become part of a frightening experiment to save the essence of the American dream by destroying everything that that dream had been founded upon.
The frightening thing was that the experiment worked.
This is the story of the men and women who lived it.