Rutherford Institute Defends Marine Arrested, Incarcerated in Psych Ward & Detained Indefinitely for Posting Political Views


Support our troops!  Support our veterans! (Unless they exercise their first amendment right to free speech.)

Please consider this recent development following the arrest of one of OUR VETERANS ..... (LINK here):

"CHESTERFIELD, VA— The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a former Marine, 26-year-old Brandon Raub, who was arrested, detained indefinitely in a psych 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. 

Although the FBI and Chesterfield County police have not charged Brandon Raub, a resident of Chesterfield County, Va., with committing any crime, they arrested Raub on Thursday, August 16, 2012, and transported him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will due to alleged concerns that his Facebook posts were controversial and “terrorist in nature.” In a hearing held at the hospital, government officials disregarded Raub’s explanation that the Facebook posts were being interpreted out of context, sentencing him up to 30 days’ further confinement in a VA psych ward. In coming to Raub’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging Raub’s arrest and forcible detention, as well as the government’s overt Facebook surveillance and violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights.

“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,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.""
Actions vs. Words
Here in Virginia, not too long ago , we were treated to the words of State government leaders that arbitrary arrests of outspoken Virginians by power-mad Federal enforcers would not be aided by State employees:
From THIS ARTICLE we learn:
"On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.
HB1160 “Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”"
Since the actions of the power-hungry Feds trump the words of the law abiding today in Amerika -a Marine veteran was locked up and sent to a psychological hospital for evaluation - with the help of the police.  

The actions of the Stalinist feds once again prove that our Virginia government workers are just talk.  There were local police involved in the arrest - so they just went along with the plan - you know - to just..... lock him up.....no charges.  Just following orders ... they obviously "know nothing" about the Bill of Rights.....but this is no laughing matter...


The point was made by citizens that the HB1160 law was just words - since nowhere did these great protectors of our rights put into their words on paper that they would actually do anything to stop the Feds if the feds did indeed attempt to violate our rights.  In this case - the local government workers masquerading as police just helped out.  I guess they care more about their stinkin' jobs than they do about the rights of the citizens they are supposed to protect.  Are you surprised?  I'm not.
Are YOU next?  

It's funny - many people think that they can call the police to save them if someone comes to forcibly remove them from their home for arbitrary reasons.  Not any more.  It's the cops and plainclothes gunslingers violating your rights now - maybe we should fire all of them before they arrest any more of us.  What good are these trigger-happy scofflaws?
When will the knock come at your door?  It may not be for you - it may be for your family member who just got home from the wars the neo-cons started.  Maybe you can very carefully, not making any sudden moves around "police" you know - very carefully hold up a copy of HB1160 when they come to get you.  It might work - but I doubt it - because laws mean nothing when you are staring down the barrel of a gun.  And that's what they brought to arrest this veteran.  They brought guns and gun-slingers - but no legal foundation for their actions.  Kinda' reminds me of a witch-hunt.  At least they didn't kill him or anyone around or any dogs.  The cameras probably helped.
I give thanks to the Rutherford Institute - because you never know - it may not be You that is next - it might be Me requiring their services.  They must be a welcome site from the inside of a jail cell - or - psychiatric hospital.  

Jail for unpopular speech.  How crazy is that?  How ironic indeed - that enforcers crazy enough to trample our Bill of Rights and everything it stands for - took their victim to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation.  Talk about the nuts running the nut-house.
If local government and law enforcement don't stiffen their spines soon - they will prove their worthlessness to a public tired of paying for them to abuse us.  If that's all they care about - their jobs - and not the preservation of liberty - perhaps after they are layed off and they start bitching they will find themselves in the very same psychiatric ward for evaluation.
Here's another LINK where we learn:
"Col. Thierry Dupuis, the county police chief, said Raub was taken into custody upon the recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers. He said the action was taken under the state's emergency custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered potentially dangerous.

He said Raub was handcuffed because he resisted officers' attempts to take him into custody."

Wowee!  This police chief is a Colonel!  Remind me to salute!  I am sorry - Colonel Sir - but it is really really really hard to understand why you had to handcuff a man upon which you had no charges....Sir.  
Oh wait - a shrink told you he's crazy?  Do the shrinks make the laws Colonel Sir?  
Or are you too chicken to face up to the feds and do your job? 

If these "mental health crisis intervention government workers" are so very keen - Colonel....... - ........SIR !.... and these "mental health crisis intervention government workers"  are so tuned in to this ONE Marine veteran - who did nothing more than exercise his rightS YOU ARE PAID TO PROTECT -how did they get "caught off guard" by this?:

"U.S. military averaging a suicide a day in 2012

(AP) WASHINGTON - Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year — the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.

The 146 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 148 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.

The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior.

Because suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, this year's upswing has caught some officials by surprise."

Our police - as a whole - are a complete disgrace to everything America is supposed to stand for.  There is no excuse for "just following orders" -prior to examination of said orders to determine LEGALITY - not over the weekend - after the fact - showing up on Monday with a new story that contradicts earlier excuses for violating a citizens' rights - NOT EVEN if those orders came from a "mental health crisis intervention government worker."
Those with no respect for the rights of citizens should quit police work or be fired.  Unless they are auditioning for a role in the stalag they are helping to erect ....

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