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August 21, 2012

Combat Marine veteran detained for 'anti-government' Facebook posts

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Former Marine Brandon J. Raub, who served tours as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, never wrote anything threatening to kill anyone. Instead, Raub, who's apparently a 9/11 truther, made "libertarian-type posts" about how he believes the U.S. government was complicit in 9/11 and one of his Facebook posts supposedly pictured the gaping hole in the Pentagon accompanied by the question "where's the plane?" While I certainly disagree with his truther's theory om 9/11, nonetheless ... even in 'Obama's America' ... he still has every right to voice his opinion.

Fox News reports:

A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia's Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: "Sharpen my axe; I'm here to sever heads."

Police -- acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional -- took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.

A Virginia-based civil liberties group, The Rutherford Institute, dispatched one of its attorneys to the hospital to represent Raub at a hearing Monday. A judge ordered Raub detained for another month, Rutherford executive director John Whitehead said.

"For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon," Whitehead said.

Raub's mother, Cathleen Thomas, said by telephone that the government had overstepped its bounds.

"The bottom line is his freedom of speech has been violated," she said.

Read the rest, here.

It appears clear that in what is - for now, 'Obama's America' ... government officials are now monitoring citizens' private Facebook pages and detaining people with whom they disagree.


Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been set up here to support Brandon Raub. You might want to check it out and offer your support by 'liking' it ... but be careful about what you say ... if Obama's thought and speech police don't like it, you just might be the next to get a visit from the FBI and find yourself stuffed in a mental facility for a few months on the "recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers" - without recourse or any legal rights, of course.

Hat tip - Michael B.

Posted by Hyscience at August 21, 2012 12:55 PM

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