This is a great interview where Glen Beck talks to Brandon Raub’s attorney, John Whitehead. Both Glen Beck and Whitehead state that they’ve been “getting calls from everybody,” including veterans’ organizations, reporting law enforcement harassment of war veterans. In Raub’s case, not only was he involuntarily committed due to this harassment, but also a psychiatrist threatened to forcibly medicate him. Whitehead reports that he is preparing a lawsuit against the government due to this outrageous violation of Raub’s rights.
In an unexpected ruling handed down today by Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, the judge dismissed the government’s case against Brandon Raub, the Marine 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. 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.” Raub is expected to be released immediately.
“This is a great victory for the First Amendment and the rule of law,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub was arrested with no warning, targeted for doing nothing more than speaking out against the government, detained against his will, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys. These are the kinds of things that take place in totalitarian societies. Today, at least, Judge Allan Sharrett proved that justice can still prevail in America.”
Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was detained by FBI agents and police officers at his home in Chesterfield County based upon the nature of content posted to his Facebook page in recent months. Like many Facebook users, Raub uses his Facebook page to post song lyrics and air his political opinions, as well as engage in virtual online games with other users. On Thursday, August 16, 2012, police and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asking to speak with him about his Facebook posts. They did not provide Raub with a search warrant. Raub was cooperative and agreed to speak with them. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials then handcuffed Raub and transported him first to the police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will due to alleged concerns that his Facebook posts were “terrorist in nature.” Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube.
In a hearing before Special Justice Walter Douglas Stokes on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration. Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the FB posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, Stokes sentenced the former Marine to up to 30 days’ further confinement in a psychiatric ward and signed a court order for Raub’s involuntary admission to the Veterans Hospital in Salem. In coming to Raub’s defense, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute challenged the actions of Chesterfield County, Va. as procedurally improper, legally unjustified, and in violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights. Institute attorneys appeared before the Circuit Court on August 23 to request that Raub be transferred back to John Randolph Medical Center while Institute attorneys attempted to secure his release. However, Judge Allan Sharrett declared the government’s case to be lacking in factual allegations and ordered Raub immediately released.
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A Texas judge in an interview broadcast on a Fox TV newscast predicted a US civil war if Obama is reelected. He contends that Obama will call in UN troops and that that will create further unrest. These comments begin at about :30 of the video. To see the Houston Chronicle story on this, please click HERE.
A Lubbock County, Texas, judge is asking for a tax increase to hire deputies for the inevitable civil war he believes would follow President Obama’s re-election.
The way he puts it, Judge Tom Head wants to prepare for the “worst”, which to him means “civil unrest, civil disobedience” and possible “civil war”, according to a report from Fox 34 Lubbock.
Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Mark Heinrich told the station this week that a 1.7 cent tax increase for the next fiscal year was necessary to prepare for many contingencies, including Obama’s re-election. He also mentioned to the station that the county needs a pay increase is needed for the district attorney’s office and more funds to pay for more sheriff’s office deputies.
“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the (United Nations), and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked the station during a Monday interview. “I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.”
Head also seems to fear the retaliation of such civil unrest.
In this Fox News 19 “Reality Check,” Veteran Brandon Raub’s attorney is interviewed about Mr. Raub’s involuntary commitment at a mental hospital. Additional details about Raub’s background, including the fact that he was a straight-A student, are revealed in this newscast.
Veteran of the Afghan and Iraq wars, ex-Marine Brandon Raub was interviewed yesterday about his 30-day commitment to a psych ward because of his anti-federal government Facebook postings:
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.
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The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported today that Brandon Raub, the Marine veteran whose mother claims was arrested because of his patriotic Facebook postings, was not actually arrested but was instead placed in a psychiatric ward “in a local hospital after being picked up by federal and local law enforcement officials concerned about threatening Internet postings.”
In a telephone interview with the Times-Dispatch, Raub stated that, “I’m currently in John Randolph in the psychiatric ward being held against my will.”
Raub, a marine sergeant in the combat engineers with service time in both Afghanistan and Iraq, said that the FBI and local law enforcement were “concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials.”
In the Times-Dispatch interview, Raub affirmed that during his 20 or 30 minute interview with the Secret Service, he was “very cooperative and answered everything honestly. I really love America, and I think that idea that you can be detained and sent somewhere without due process and a lawyer … is crazy.”
A spokeswoman for the Richmond FBI office affirmed that the FBI had received reports about Raub’s Facebook posts and suggest that that was the reason that the FBI interviewed Raub in the presence of the local police officers. The agency also denied arresting Raub. Beyond that, the FBI refused to comment.
Although the Secret Service was allegedly present during the arrest, the Washington, D.C. office stated that it had not arrested or charged Raub.
Since his discharge, Raub had been running a silver coin business out of his home.
Just two days before his rest, Mr. Raub states that men will be at his house to pick him up to “lead” the Revolution. He gives his address:
The day before his arrest Mr. Raub cryptically states that “they will say he said it to the NSA first.”
His final post appears to be the trailer from The Last Samurai.
Scattered throughout Mr. Raub’s Facebook postings are a number of conspiracy theory postings involving Truther theories, the Bohemian Grove, contrail poisoning, the Illuminati, etc. He also criticizes Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, suggesting that he knew his postings were being monitored.
There was a single overt reference to violence in the stand-alone “sharpening the axe to ‘sever heads'” comment. No Facebook threats were made toward the President or the Vice President.
My review of Mr. Raub’s Facebook page suggests a narcissistic self-delusion that he was going to be the leader of some sort of nationwide civil war. Either that, or the whole thing was a bad joke gone too far.
Nevertheless, as a former United States Magistrate Judge who has heard dozens of Glass warrant applications, my assessment is that the federal government likely had secured wiretaps on Mr. Raub’s telephone communications. It probably could have justified a warrant on the basis of what was posted on Facebook. Given the character of Mr. Raub’s Facebook postings, his telephone communications may have been even wilder.
The unveiling of the federal government’s likely indictment next week should be interesting. We’ll be sure to report it here.
He becomes much, much more aggressive in his postings a little over a week ago, practically begging someone to take notice:
Mr. Raub also began to encourage veterans to join him in his revolution and sounds increasingly more desperate in these posts from August 10 and 12:
Last week, Mr. Raub claims “the cavalry are coming” to rescue us from our “evil” government, and references the impending civil war:
And then, he overtly references violence in this post from August 13: