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Marine Arrested For Spreading 9/11 Truth On Facebook

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Ex-Marine Brandon Raub was incarcerated and  forced to undergo a psychological evaluation after he posted comments on social media which criticised the American government. 

“This case was about more than one Marine’s right to not be targeted for speaking out against the government,” said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, who represented Raub in his fight over his 2012 detention. reports:

“It was about whether Americans have the freedom to criticize the government without being labeled ‘domestic extremists’ and stripped of their rights,” he said.

“Unfortunately, in refusing to hear this case, the Supreme Court has left us all vulnerable to the possibility that we can be declared mentally unfit, handcuffed, arrested and locked up against our will simply for exercising our right to speak truth to power,” he said.

Raub was decorated for his service, which included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Returning home, he used his Facebook page to post song lyrics and his political opinions. Among other things, he called for the arrests of federal officials.

On Aug. 16, 2012, “Chesterfield police, Secret Service and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asked to speak with him about his Facebook posts, and without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, handcuffed Raub and transported him to police headquarters, then to a medical facility, where he was held against his will for psychological evaluation and treatment,” Rutherford said.

When his case got the attention of Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, he ordered Raub’s immediate release, stating the government’s case was “so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”

But he already had been locked up a week.

Rutherford attorneys filed their lawsuit against the government in May 2013, challenging their actions as procedurally improper and legally unjustified.

Court documents confirmed state and federal prosecutors – at the time Raub was snatched by police – found there were no grounds for criminal charges against him.

At issue was the behavior of the mental-health screener, Michael Campbell, who allegedly failed to exercise reasonable professional judgment in wrongly concluding Raub was mentally ill and dangerous, violating Raub’s Fourth Amendment rights.

“They were concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials,” Raub told the Richmond Times Dispatch in a phone call from his hospital bed at the time.

Raub accused the government of lying about 9/11 and spoke of “starting a revolution,” mere words he had taken no steps toward carrying out, according to his attorneys. Raub said he doesn’t even own a gun.

The appellate court noted Raub never threatened violence, and he was detained on orders from Campbell after only an interview by Campbell of officers who had talked with Raub.

“Whether it’s a Marine arrested for criticizing the government on Facebook or an ex-husband jailed for expressing his frustrations through rap lyrics on Facebook, the end result is the same – the criminalization of free speech,” said Whitehead.

In coming to Raub’s aid, Rutherford Institute attorneys challenged the government’s actions as a violation of Raub’s First and Fourth Amendment rights.

In February 2014, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting concerns of government suppression of dissident speech as “far-fetched.”

Rutherford said that on appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, its attorneys “claimed that the Chesterfield County mental health screener who recommended Raub’s seizure and commitment failed to exercise reasonable professional judgment in wrongly determining that Raub was mentally ill and dangerous, and that Raub’s seizure and detention were the result of a mental health screener’s dislike of Raub’s ‘unpatriotic’ views on federal government misconduct, thereby violating the ex-Marine’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The appeals court subsequently affirmed the lower court judgment.”


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    Total 13 comments
    • BombsAway

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the ‘Volunteer’ BABY-KILLER from mindless WAR MONGERING ameriiiSCUM got arrested!
      :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz:
      GOOD! :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:

      Serves you right, young, volunteer WAR CRIMINAL “marine” for ‘your’ WAR MONGERING CUNTry, the jew-nited Fraudulent Fascist states of TORTURE, MEDICAL, and MILITARY TERROR!! :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:

      :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: REMEMBER, Young People of ameriiiSCUM! :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:


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      AND NOT WORTH DEFENDING with your :cool: life!

      • Damien

        Did you get out on parole?

        • BombsAway

          Very special Training has been completed, INSANE euro-Caucasian female biiiitch that ‘believes’ in the TALL TALE of the white-skinned mangod FABLE!
          :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

          • Theron

            Hey Redman. Changed your name huh?
            Dance to the troll music injun.

            • Sean

              In the Immortal words of Henry Kissinger, who Sailed with Columbus the Last Day Before all Jews were Booted out of Spain, who helped Found America on the Babylonian Talmud, who Fought in Endless Campaigns Worldwide in helping his Brethren Trotsky, Mao, Stalin, Truman, Tojo, FDR, Churchill, Eisenhower, Napoleon and Hitler.

              ‘Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy, who have helped us throughout History to Enslave the World, Time and Time Again.’

              Henry Kissinger – War Hero, Statesman, Author and Champion of Freedom Worldwide :mrgreen:

      • duncombemu

        BombsAway, you’re coming across like you’re a “warm steaming dog turd”. :wink: :wink:

      • Red Mann

        Be kind to this young Marine, as he was misled, but now, is awakening to the fact that he is on the side of the BAD guys!

        GOOD LUCK, young man!

        • Judge Roy Bean

          You are not making any sense, anyone with sense know how off base and corrupt the American government has become and probably up to 2/3 could be arrested for something they have done in government that is not constitutional and that applies right down to city government.

      • robobbob

        youre a blow hard moron
        the american public is the product of a systematic indoctrination program of at least one hundred years in the making. forced public education is used to control peoples ability to think critically, while the major media steers the public perception of reality.
        this marine has taken the enormous step of taking the red pill and waking up to the world, and took action to warn others
        for this you heap mounds of crap unto him and the countless others yet to awaken
        you think you are a brilliant erudite of truth, secure in your self righteous delusion that some how you are the holder of reality, when like everyone else, you only think you know your own small little corner of it. you think that belittling others some how raises you up as some sort of paradigm of virtue, when in fact you are part of the problem
        instead of attacking a nascent member of the truth community, how about working to support them. a member i might add that has already done more, and paid a higher price for truth, then your cowardly little keyboard commander exploits.

    • Klemens

      Four books you should read to understand the world of today!

    • Anonymous

      When you join the military, you relinquish your ‘constitutional rights’. You swear an oath to obey the POTUS so you CANNOT speak against the POTUS or his government, otherwise your oath to obey him, regardless of WHO that person is (eligible or not), has been violated.

      The moral of the story? NEVER, EVER, EVER, join this demonic organization called the U.S. military. They will destroy your life.

    • Anonymous

      Stupid is, as stupid does.

    • FraMar

      Those of you who disparage this marine are despicable, unless YOU KNOW that HE, PERSONALLY, is guilty of the crimes of which you accuse him. Otherwise, he is a man who risks his life to PROTECT YOU, or at least at the moment. But that’s another subject.

      So WHO is the scum?

      What you SHOULD have picked up on, is that the next time someone is arrested and denied all of their civil rights, IT MIGHT BE YOU, and judging from the verbiage in several of the comments, IT COULD HAPPEN to you. Remember that the 1st Amendment is NOT ABSOLUTE in assuring free speech, and is becoming LESS protective of that right very rapidly, recently, as your government whittles away at your freedoms.


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