UPDATE: Marine Vet Still Being Held By Government over Facebook Posts

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Brandon RaubLate last week we posted an article about Brandon Raub, a former Marine that served tours as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, who was detained by the U.S. government for psychiatric evaluation after posting anti-government messages on Facebook. Raub’s was taken into custody by FBI and Secret Service agents after they say he was making “terroristic posts” talking of a coming revolution.

Earlier this morning, a judge ordered Raub to be detained for at least another 30 days for “further evaluation.”  The Judge completely ignored Raub’s explanation that his posts were being read out of context and dismissed his attorney’s First Amendment defense.  The Judge sided with the government, who at the special hearing admitted that Raub’s posts were the reason for his detainment .  They stated that his postings were controversial and “terrorist in nature.”

The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group who is providing legal support for Raub 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,” “This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here.”

Brandon Raub is no different from the majority of Americans who use their private Facebook pages to post a variety of content, ranging from song lyrics and political hyperbole to trash talking their neighbors, friends and government leaders.”

Brandon Raub Speaks out from psych ward….

Raub was able to call into an internet radio show and addressed some of what is happening to him. Here is the Video…

Earlier this year, Rand Paul warned that National Defense Authorization Act would allow the federal government to lock up American Citizens who disagreed with the government. It seems his warning may have come true; this may be the first publicized case of the NDAA being used on an American Citizen.

Ron Paul on Detention of American Citizens and the Death of Liberty

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9 Responses to " UPDATE: Marine Vet Still Being Held By Government over Facebook Posts " Please share your thoughts...

  1. Scott S. says:

    I think…wait a minute. We no longer have a right to say what we think. I guess I need to ask Eric H. what I’m supposed to think, before I comment on this. I’ll guess I’ll have to get back to you on this.

    • church says:

      That’s right guys no more freedom…but hey even the soviet govt. collapsed….bide your time and wait….

  2. trisha m says:

    My thoughts , this is no longer the America we thought
    We lived in. We might as well be in China , N. Korea, or Russia.

  3. Chris_Redhorse says:

    Ok, as somebody in a similarly exposed situation, I have some questions. 1) Was Raub in a Title 10 Active status when these posts were made? 2) WHAT were the posts, in their entirety, with the dates and times of the postings, for contextual purposes? 3)Under which laws was he specifically charged? 4) Why was he allowed and why did he expose himself further by doing a public online interview while in custody?

  4. Joe Car says:

    Damn good thing we live in America, home of free and the brave. It is just a little while before we are all being held.

  5. john says:

    He’s been released folks.

  6. Michael says:

    Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
    Patrick Henry 1775
    If these words are dead in your minds, and these ideas are dead in your hearts then America too has fallen. RIP sweet liberty.

  7. J says:

    People, it does not matter what he said on his facebook. In America, kidnapping is illegal, but Obama is fighting hard to make it legal. It’s a shame to see some of you quibble over his facebook posts and entirely miss the heart of the matter. This is not a free country.

  8. PapaPete says:

    I am amazed that so few questions were asked about a post with so little information. 90% of the posted did not use their critical thinking! Here it is in a nutshell
    1. Join military
    2. Shut the hell up and follow or be punished

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