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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
– George Orwell

brandon-raub-arrestIn a story all over the Internet, facebook posts very much like the information I present here brought the Gestapo, Stasi, Securitate, KGB oops, I mean the USA federal authorities to this man’s home. Accompanied by local jackboots, they scooped this man up for the crime of free speech.

Former U.S. Marine’s Patriotic Facebook Posts Land Him in Psych Ward

They ALMOST let him be escorted back inside and get dressed, but this guy was pretty scary to them, so instead they kept him cuffed and hauled him off in his skivvies.

They didn’t “read him his rights” for a very good reason: He had none. They weren’t there with a warrant. No, they were there because the FBI has completely run amok and because local law enforcement is so dang proud to be hanging out with the big boys that they will participate in beatings, lynchings and torture as long as the popular kids will let them be with The In Crowd.

Garsh, this is more fun than squrshin tadpoles.

Since there are rules to be followed for putting people in jail, they take their kidnap victim instead to a psych ward (our budding Ministry of Love?). Brandon is imprisoned there without warrant, habeas corpus, lawyer, calls to outside, and the other nicities that old scrap of paper promised. Some deviant-in-charge with an empowering parchment framed on his wall tells Brandon he’s going to fry his brain with forced application of psychotropic drugs. For a guy who stands out because he can still use his head, that is a serious threat indeed.

Fortunately for Brandon, he had stalwart friends and good neighbors. Protestors outside his prison cell kept public attention and pressure on the inquisitors, while pro-bono legal aid cavalry brought justice and liberty through an honorable judge.

This was a very near thing. Smart, shy, cautious or fearful people, at this point, quit saying anything the FBI or federal government doesn’t want to hear. Many of us apparently don’t qualify to wear those adjectives. I’m sure hoping I have some good friends if the jackboots show up at my door.

If we just sit down, shut up and let them do whatever it is they want, we can be safe. May your chains set lightly upon you.

NO. What WE must do is speak loudly. Speak often. Speak everywhere. Yell the truth from the rooftops. Hang on to Internet freedom as if our life and liberty depends upon it… because it does.

Many think the right to keep and bear arms; the right to defense is paramount. It most certainly is at the top, but it stands alongside, shoulder-to-shoulder with the right to communicate freely.

It will never be easier to fight for liberty. If we don’t now, it will most asuredly be harder soon.


The news story below is copied from The American Free Press. I post it here to protect against broken links. Go there to see it in its original form with numerous hot-links for reference.

Former U.S. Marine’s Patriotic Facebook Posts Land Him in Psych Ward
September 05, 2012

Brandon Raub, a twice-decorated former Marine who was taken into custody in mid-August for posting messages on the Internet

By Mark Anderson

Brandon Raub, a twice-decorated former Marine who was taken into custody in mid-August for posting messages on the Internet alleged to be “terrorist” in nature, was released on August 23 following a judge’s order. According to the civil rights watchdog group legally defending Raub, his arrest could be a foreshadowing of arbitrary detainment without criminal charges under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The happy ending involving Raub, 26, follows a brief but dark episode in which it appeared Raub was destined to be held without charges in a psychiatric ward near Richmond, Virginia.

Raub’s place of residence in eastern Virginia—a rental home owned by his mother, Kathleen Thomas—was reportedly swarmed around 7 p.m. on August 16 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Secret Service agents and Chesterfield County police. Speaking to Internet radio host Josh Tolley, Mrs. Thomas said, “He was questioned . . . he was very calm and not violent. He was handcuffed, and he was not read his rights,” though she did not witness the event. Raub, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was reportedly taken away in his underwear.

Some of Raub’s messages were said to question the official 9-11 story, among other things.

Virginia’s “state law for civil commitment” [“Emergency Custody” Code § 37.2-808] had been cited to detain Raub, not the NDAA. The NDAA refers to the law signed by President Barack Obama on December 31, 2011, that codified indefinite military detention without charge or trial when based on national security concerns such as allegations of terrorism.

“In an unexpected ruling handed down [August 23] . . . Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett dismissed the government’s case against Brandon Raub . . .who was arrested by local police and FBI agents, detained in a psychiatric ward and forced to undergo psychological evaluations based solely on the controversial nature of lines from song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games which he posted to his private Facebook page,” said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, a civil rights organization in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Judge Sharrett dismissed the petition for involuntary commitment on the grounds that the petition ‘is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy,’” Whitehead added in an announcement.

Whitehead, in a prior news release, added: “For government officials to not only ‘arrest’ [him] for . . . exercising his First Amendment rights [to freedom of speech]—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.”

Just after his arrest, Raub was taken to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia. But he was transferred to the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Salem, Virginia, for an expected 30 more days of mental “evaluation” on the order of a “special justice,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead told AMERICAN FREE PRESS: “If they would have searched his home they would have found he had no weapon. . . .This is what’s called ‘pre-crime’; they’re trying to ‘predict’ crime.”

Whitehead questions whether “probable cause” even matters anymore to law enforcement and believes this case is based on the wrongful premise of the NDAA and may be a sign of things to come.

“All they need is a statement you make. This is the only case I’ve had in my life that gives me the creeps, and I’ve done a ‘zillion’ cases,” he told AFP.

“Raub was not arrested and he faces no criminal charges in Chesterfield. As this is not a criminal matter, Chesterfield police have no further comment,” is all the police would tell AFP, in the form of a written statement.