Friday, May 24, 2013

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Marine Veteran

Brandon Raub today

   Brandon Raub is a former US Marine.  You may remember last year, I brought to your attention that Mr. Raub wrote some unflattering things concerning the present regime on his Facebook page, which was supposed to have been private, and there only for his friends and his family.  The FBI is apparently able to read anything you place on Facebook, without a warrant, and so you might consider as to whether you want an account there or not.

Raub served tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq as a Marine from 2005-2011.
       Consistent with the evolving culture of intimidation with the present regime, he was promptly arrested by Chesterfield County, Virginia law enforcement. A group of US Secret Service and FBI descended upon his home.  He was arrested and immediately taken to a psychiatric facility a distance from his home, which made it difficult for friends and family to visit him.  He was in effect, isolated from friends, family and his attorney.  The message being that if you badmouth the present regime, then you must be crazy and so we'll help you cool your heels in a funny farm for awhile.  This of course will help to discredit such individuals when they try to talk to others afterward.

       A week later a judge released Mr. Raub as there never had been any reason for locking him up.  He never was a danger to himself or to anyone else. He didn't even own a gun.
       This week the Rutherford Institute's lawyers are filing a lawsuit in Federal Court . The complaint, filed in  Richmond, Virginia alleges that Raub’s seizure and detention were the result of a federal government program code-named “Operation Vigilant Eagle” that involves the systematic surveillance of military veterans who express views critical of the government. Institute attorneys allege that the attempt to label Raub as “mentally ill” and his involuntary commitment was a pretext designed to silence Raub’s speech critical of the government and that the defendants violated Raub’s rights under the First and Fourth Amendments.

        Many people will be watching this case carefully.   We presently have a regime which systematically spies on our veterans,while looking for ways to keep guns from us,  uses the IRS to suppress fundraising of the opposition, sells weapons to Mexican cartels,  collects broad brush e-mails and communications from the Associated Press, and from the Fox network, fails to defend its own diplomats in unstable countries, and spends money egregiously.   The culture of intimidation is more like the old KGB than it is our beloved America.  This is what we presently know.  Imagine how much we don't know.  Our Constitutional rights are being diluted and disregarded on a daily basis.  Write your Congressman and Senators regarding this travesty and the others now, while it's still legal under this administration to do so.

Here is the full complaint as filed in a Richmond Virginia Federal Court

If they forcibly hospitalized Brandon Raub for his political views, I wonder what they did to the performers of this song:

 America's Coming Back                                                 by The Voters

Our prior posts, on this topic, which I wrote when this first happened can be found at:


Gorges Smythe said...

Shame they weren't so quick on the muslim mass murderer in Texas.

Sr Crystal Mary said...

This is a sad state of affairs isn't it!! I am Australian and married to a former U.S. marine who served in Vietnam, I created a Blog for him to bring to attention his suffering and lack of complete compensation.. Yes, my hubby, like many of these wonderful men, suffers a mental illness named P.T.S.D. I have a Post Grad in Mental Illness and my heart goes out to all who suffer, especially our service men and women.
But to use the DSM to strike a soldier down because he speaks out, is evil. Good on him for doing so and good on you also for bringing it to everyone's attention. I came here through Gorges Smyth's Blog...he is supporting you.

JaneofVirginia said...

Crystal Mary, Thank you for much for your post. I hope your husband is receiving good care and is able to enjoy his life. My family and I thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his service.
I agree with you in that using the DSM to silence people is not only evil, but it will prevent others who actually need care from doing so, and so it is doubly evil.
Gorges is a wonderful and very bright man. It's great to hear he supports this blog. Very best wishes to you and your husband.

JaneofVirginia said...

Great point Gorges, They probably had him doing his own mental health reports.

kymber said...

Jane - this kind of stuff upsets me to no end and makes my blood boil! but i am super glad that they are filing this lawsuit - this stuff needs to stop happening, more people need to become aware and your government's crazy actions need to be curtailed. woops - if we weren't on a "list" before, i think that my comment just put you and i on the "list". sorry 'bout that. keep up the good work are keeping folks aware and you are sharing all of your prepping knowledge - both very important things in this day and age.

*stops ranting* your friend,

JaneofVirginia said...

Who knows, the way we're going I may be a refugee from the US !
Thanks for your supportive words, Kymber.