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RAUB DETENTION - The Rutherford Institute defence

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Published on Aug 23, 2012

Credit to this report is given to The Rutherford Institute, and is relayed here for greater
dissemination and educative non-profit use. An institution which is defending the Civil
Rights & Constitution of the USA against the erosion of its mandate, due to the current
Judicial & Federal attacks on its principles & populace it was implemented to protect.
(1776)
This episode begs the question:-
JUST WHO ARE THESE FACELESS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO
INSTIGATE & IMPLEMENT THESE ORDERS? -- NAME & SHAME IS
APPROPRIATE HERE I THINK!
On The Front Lines
Rutherford Institute Defends Marine Arrested, Incarcerated in Psych
Ward & Detained Indefinitely for Posting Political Views, Song Lyrics to
Facebook
August 20, 2012
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. "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."
Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was
detained by FBI agents and police officers at his home in Chesterfield County based upon
the nature of content posted to his Facebook page in recent months.
Like many Facebook users, Raub uses his Facebook page to post songs lyrics and air his
political opinions, as well as engage in virtual online games with other users. On
Thursday, August 16, police and FBI agents arrived at Raub's home, asking to speak with
him about his Facebook posts.
They did not provide Raub with a search warrant.
Raub was cooperative and agreed to speak with them. Without providing any
explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement
officials then handcuffed Raub and transported him first to the police headquarters, then
to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will.
Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube.
Law enforcement officials have stated in press reports that Raub was not arrested.
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.
Press Contact:
Nisha Whitehead
(434) 978-3888 ext. 604
(434) 466-6168 (cell)
nisha@rutherford.org

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