Marine Arrested For Spreading 9/11 Truth On Facebook

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.”

  • ang

    To be arrested, there has to be a charge and a crime, and reasonable grounds to suspect. So, just use the mental health system, arrest anyone, take them before a mental health nurse, or such, and have them signed as mad. No notes needed, or stuff like that……….( a couple of injections, the person looks mad anyway)/// This abuse has never ever stopped…………….. it can happen to anyone.

    • anne_48503

      Not if you are a soldier and are ‘detained’. Geneva Convention does not apply to detainee’s to prisoners they do. That is how they are getting away with it in Guantanimo. If you notice above they used the word ‘detained him… that isn’t arrest nor was he allowed to publicly give up information since he signed his life away to UNCLE SAM.

      My question is who did he suggest imprisonment and what was he speaking about so the citizens who love him or want to support him can raise their voice in that direction??

      • John Wedow

        To find who runs the show ask who are we not allowed to criticize. ? Nice work to the Zionist Cabal

  • signalfire1
  • Wade Dewell

    hows that peaceful protesting working guys, great results eh! ya your peaceful protesting works soooooo well that police never get arrested for muder,rapes, assaults or robberies even when caught on camera, they even get paid vacations and promotions no less. for fucks sake A PIG CAN RAPE OR MURDER OR ASSAULT YOU ON MOTHER FUCKING CAMERA AND GET A PAID VACATION>>>>>> for fucking jesus christs sake fight the fuck back this peaceful protesting isnt working and fighting back is the only thing as a society we havent tried.

    ive told you OVER AND OVER AGAIN, police are above the law and are enemies of the people and america is a facist country whom all politicians and judges are bought and owned by corporations and the rothschild bankers. the people in power are our enemies and do NOT work for the 99% no amount of holding your hands up or holding a sign will change anything in facist nazi america! clive bundy shown that armed protest and a willingness to fight and die for what you believe in WORKS

    LET IT GO, it is not a sin to fight for the right cause, there are those that words alone will not reach,the evil 1 %, global elite, corrupt governments and coprorations are such beings, i know we the people are peaceful and gentle and dont want to hurt others, but it is because we cherish life that we must protect it. our pacifism will kill us and the whole earth. we must drop our restraints and get angry, let it go, fight back only then will we gain freedom…

  • FederalReserve Brown

    its kinda like everyone knows, that matters anyway, israelis blew up the world trade center on 9/11 in a state sponsored gold heist, not even terrorism. just lain ol jeeewdyism.

  • John Wedow

    A few months ago the Feds officially recognize a new Mental Illness . The main symptom is being anti Government . As such the infected can be legally placed in indefinite protective custody . To be released upon being cured . I FUCKING KID YOU NOT . Swell built cage . The Professional Psychiatrists that discovered this new affliction are , you guessed it , Jews

  • vippy

    And people claim that this is a free country

  • sailorbill

    this is the thin edge of the sword,stop it in its tracks,zionist controlled dept. taking over the freedom of the individual this is so wrong,bad bad

  • sailorbill

    ISRAEL DID 911 every one post this now for support and truth