|This is Brandon Raub Veterans, and those with facebook, my space and blogs, watch your back.|
I don't have a Facebook or a MySpace page, and I am not planning to get one. I do however, have a blog or two, and one has to wonder whether Soviet tactics are emerging in the US in an attempt to control ideas as they are exchanged on the internet.
I find the post below terrifying. It was told to me originally by my gunsmith this week, who probably is one of the best informed people I know. When I first moved to Virginia in the mid nineteen eighties, we lived for a time in Chesterfield, Virginia. Chesterfield was as freedom loving as any other place, and had a large highly trained police force. I still have friends who are on the Chesterfield County Police force as do my eldest kids. I suppose that whether Chesterfield County Police were justified in their questioning of decorated US veteran Brandon Raub depends upon what he placed on his page, which incidentally was only supposed to have been available to family and friends, and which the FBI, we now know, routinely scans.
How long will it be before Amnesty International has campaigns to rescue political prisoners from the mental institutions and prisons of the United States ?
Raub has since been released:
The writing below the two sets of undulating lines, is the sole work product of :
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#8 Hauled Off To A Mental Institution For What You Believe
Do you ever worry that what you post on Facebook could get you involuntarily committed to a mental institution?
Well, that is exactly what happened to one military vet recently.
A former Marine named Brandon Raub was hauled off to a mental institution because of what he posted on his Facebook page.
This is how the Economic Policy Journal summarized what happened to Raub....
The muscle used to grab Brandon Raub was local Chesterfield County, VA police. Also present during the grab were agents of the FBI and of the Secret Service.The claim that Raub is "not under arrest" is completely and totally ridiculous. The authorities came to his door, slapped handcuffs on him and are holding him in a mental institution against his will.
Both the FBI and the Secret Service claim that they were only observing and not participating in the grab. The Chesterfield County police initially stated that they were only carrying out a request from the federal agencies.
The police also claim Raub is not under arrest, even though he was led away in handcuffs and is not permitted to leave the psychiatric ward of a hospital---even though it appears that Raub is not in any way in need of psychological care.
I note this happened in the United States of America, with local police, FBI agents and Secret Service taking part.
And now he has been transferred to a facility that is 3 hours away from his family, his supporters and his legal team.
What in the world is America turning into?
The Rutherford Institute is defending Raub, and the following is an excerpt from a statement about this case on their website....
“This is not how justice in America is supposed to work—with Americans being arrested for doing nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights, forced to undergo psychological evaluations, detained against their will and isolated from their family, friends and attorneys. This is a scary new chapter in our history,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “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.”This is the kind of thing that we have seen under brutal totalitarian regimes in the past. Dissidents are grabbed by authorities and taken to mental institutions where they are conveniently "disappeared".
This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in America.
But it is happening.
And you know what? Before the authorities start attacking people for exercising free speech on Facebook perhaps they should clean up their own house.
It turns out that thousands of DHS employees have been convicted of crimes in recent years. The following is from a recent CNS News article....
There have been 2,527 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees and co-conspirators convicted of corruption and other criminal misconduct since 2004, according to a federal auditor..