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by CTuttle

Ex-Marine ‘Detained’ For Facebook Posts [Updated]

4:21 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

(Author Note: Raub’s FB post ‘The Truth’ is featured in the ‘see more’ section)

Brandon J Raub:

The Revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it. ;)

· August 14 at 12:15pm ·

Unfortunately, the wrong people showed up at his door…

“I’m currently in John Randolph in the psychiatric ward being held against my will,” Raub said in a telephone interview… …Raub said Secret Service, FBI and Chesterfield police officers came to his home Thursday. “They were concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials,” he said.

He was taken to the Chesterfield police station and then to the hospital, he said.

“I talked to a Secret Service gentleman for 20, 30 minutes,” Raub said. “I was very cooperative and answered everything honestly.

“I really love America, and I think that idea that you can be detained and sent somewhere without due process and a lawyer … is crazy.” {…}

“Our office had received a complaint about threatening posts,” said Dee Rybiski, spokeswoman for the Richmond FBI office. “As we would do in any circumstance such as this, our office along with Chesterfield Police (Department) officers went to interview Mr. Raub.

“The FBI did not arrest him,” Rybiski said. “We are not commenting any further.”

Chesterfield police Lt. Rich McCullough said Saturday, “We were assisting the FBI in a matter. All we did was transport” him to John Randolph for medical evaluation.

According to Secret Service spokesman Max Milien in Washington, “That subject was not arrested by us on any charges.”

As Brandon’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, had noted, he returned about a year ago after serving in Afghanistan(He had served in Iraq earlier) and he did not suffer from PTSD. She also needs help with Brandon’s Freedom Defense Fund. He is facing a ‘hearing’ tomorrow morning at 10am, at the John Randolph Medical Center.

Already Occupy Richmond and Occupy Marines are active and had tweeted earlier:

Protest Today #FreeBrandon John Randolph Medical Center, #BRANDONRAUB 411 West Randolph Road Hopewell, VA.@OccupyRichmond @OccupyMARINES

And they do plan on protesting at tomorrow’s ‘hearing’…!

Here are some more video clips regarding Raub.

Here are five articles written by Raub that were published on Don’t Tread on Me.

DeathRattleSports asks the real burning question: Was Raub the NDAA’s first victim?

Even Zero Hedge chimed in: Former Marine Arrested For Patriotic Posts On Facebook.

This is already going viral, folks…!

We’ve got your Six, Brandon…! Semper Fi…!

Update: The Rutherford Institute, whom are defending Brandon Raub released this statement after the 3 hour detainment hearing…

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. {…}

However, as attorney John Whitehead points out, if the police have put handcuffs on you and you’re being held against your will, that qualifies as an arrest. In a hearing before a special justice on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration. Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the Facebook posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, the special justice agreed that Raub should be incarcerated at a VA hospital for up to 30 more days. Rutherford Institute attorneys are working to challenge Raub’s detention and the highly unconstitutional nature of the government’s actions.

WTF, Over…?

by CTuttle

Free Speech or Material Support?

5:20 pm in Uncategorized by CTuttle

As part of a sting against anti-war activists suspected of connections to terrorism, on September 24 the FBI raided six homes in Minneapolis-St. Paul and elsewhere in the country. At the Hard Times Cafe in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, we interviewed peace activist Mick Kelly while the FBI searched his apartment above the cafe.

Wow, why am I suddenly channeling O’Donnell’s "I’m you" spell err… spiel? I did admire Mick’s pluck when he’d mentioned his arrests for actively protesting our Imperialism, they’re certainly badges of honor to wear proudly…! Personally, I’ve never been arrested, whatsoever (knock on wood)! I do have some fond memories of sleeping on my State Capitol’s lawn a few times, for several different protests in my heyday…!

CityPages’ Nick Pinto recently reported…

Minnesota activists raided by FBI refuse to testify

…Judging from the subpoenas, the grand jury is specifically interested in any contact the activists may have had with members of Hezbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Jess Sundin, one of the Minneapolis activists subpoenaed, said any charges of material support of terrorist organizations are baseless. "Nobody has sent a dime or materials of any kind to these organizations," she said. "All we’ve done is to learn the stories of some of these people and to share them. If they’re going to prosecute peace activists in the U.S. for sharing stories, then all Americans have something to worry about."

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago declined to comment on any aspect of the case. [...]

All have notified the U.S. Attorney’s office that they won’t be testifying, citing their fifth-amendment rights against self-incrimination. If the government grants them immunity, however, they will have no legal basis for refusing to testify.

Sundin said she won’t take part in the grand jury, even if she is granted immunity. That could lead to charges of civil or criminal contempt, and possible jail-time.

Now, being a paralegal who knows his way around a Law Library, I think it’s foolish to not ‘appear’ at all… They can readily ‘appear’ and plead the Fifth to every pertinent question, except maybe name, sex, etc…! Even if you’re granted ‘immunity’ answer every question with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’…! How simple, no…?

But, I digress…

Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff wrote a pretty compelling piece yesterday…

Raids on Activists May Indicate FBI Abuse of Power

…The spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis said, "the warrants are seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism."

All the individuals involved in the raids denied their connections to terrorist organizations, and said any meetings or contact they may have had with the groups were perfectly legal. [...]

Just days before the raids of activists in the Midwest and North Carolina, the Department of Justice released a report finding that between 2001 and 2006, the FBI kept tabs on activists affiliated with Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), Catholic Workers and Quakers. According to the report, the agency improperly placed these individuals on terrorist watch lists, and gave inaccurate and misleading information to Congress and the public about its activities. [...]

For Rowley, the focus of the raids on individuals who have been involved with anti-war movements indicates an extreme illogic in American national security policy – "the mentality to believe that if you are against the war on terror that somehow makes you a terrorist."

The raids on the homes of activists "did signal that the war on terror," Rowley said, "has now been turned inward on domestic advocacy groups."

Our FBI is yet another tentacle of the massive Vampire Squid, that is our sprawling Intel/MIC Complex…!

*gah*