1984 Thought Police - Marine arrested by FBI and Secret Service for posting anti-government rants on his private Facebook page
- Feds force man into mental hospital.
Something stinks here. Without a warrant the FBI and Secret Service show up at an ex-Marine's home and place him in a mental hospital for posting on his private Facebook page.
Now I don't know this young man. He could be troubled or a patriot. But what I do see is a Federal government reading our Facebook pages and no doubt reading this Blog too.
So as long as the Feds are reading this, here is a big "fuck you" for trashing the Bill of Rights.
Former Marine Brandon J. Raub has been ordered to stay in a mental health institution for a month without any charges – and contrary to the American constitution, his defense says. His supporters are concerned any American could end up in Raub’s shoes.
US police detained Raub, 26, a Marine Corps veteran, on Thursday, without presenting any charges and even without reading him his Miranda rights, and took him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he is currently being held involuntarily, his defense said in a press-release reports RT News.
A video of his detention emerged online, triggering outrage online, including among American citizens and human rights activists.
"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," said John Whitehead, executive director of the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group that has come to the Raub’s defense.
Raub’s mother Cathleen Thomas told in an interview with CBS 6, a local news network, that the evaluation, as she was told by her son, “was 15 minutes long, and basically the evaluator said that he was not ready to go back into society and he needed additional psychiatric treatment.”
At a hearing on Monday held in the mental institution, government officials confirmed Raub’s Facebook posts as the only reason for his detention, paying no attention to his comments that those online messages were wrongly interpreted.
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.
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.
The big concern, Whitehead said, is whether government officials are monitoring citizens' private Facebook pages and detaining people with whom they disagree.
Whitehead said some of the posts in question were made on a closed Facebook page that Raub had recently created so he questioned whether anyone from the public would have complained about them.
Read more: (Fox News)
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