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