Saturday, September 1, 2012

Video: First they came for Brandon Raub

A couple of weeks ago a former US Marine, Brandon Raub, was hauled off in handcuffs(but not arrested) for his FaceBook postings. Lucky for him, his brother was on hand and videotaped the whole encounter. Again, lucky for him, via the internet and FaceBook, news of this abuse of power by the FBI spread like wildfire, and a public spotlight was shone as Raub was detained for days.

From War On Terror News:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Much more from WOTN here.

According to my reading on this incident, and background, it appears that Raub is not the first to be hauled off and 'disappeared' for exercising his rights to freedom of speech.

From Special Operations Speaks:

Vets Being Rounded Up Nationwide? Must watch interview

SOS Note: The Rutherford Institute is a very respected constitutional law firm.

Constitutional Attorney John Whitehead, who represented wrongly-incarcerated marine Brandon J. Raub for free, appeared on Glenn Beck’s program to talk about how Brandon is unfortunately not alone in many ways.

I can't figure out how to embed the video interview, but it IS a must watch, so head over here to get a real earful of what dangerous times we live in; dangerous times because our freedom of speech is under attack.

Beck is right in his wrap when he says "the world is a dangerous place...but ...if we can't meet on the battlefield of to each other, we will lose the essence of who we are, and we will never be a great nation again. "

Raub has been released - with no charges laid - and has given an interview, which is a must watch.

From EU Times:

Brandon Raub makes first public comments following ordeal.

In his first public comments since being kidnapped by authorities over political posts on Facebook, former Marine Brandon Raub tells John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute that he is scared for his country.

Raub’s case went viral on the Internet earlier this month when on August 16, the former Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was kidnapped from his home by police, FBI and Secret Service agents and forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward by authorities in Virginia in response to Facebook posts which the FBI deemed “terrorist” in nature.

Raub was released after a week when a judge concluded that the original petition ordering him to be detained contained no information whatsoever on the reasons behind Raub’s incarceration.

Raub explained that one of his main concerns in being publicly vocal about his concerns with the activity of the U.S. government was executive orders that allow the state to seize dictatorial power in a time of crisis, including the seizure of private property, communications and the institution of forced labor camps...

There is much more here, and then there is this video:

Aug 28, 2012 by

Brandon Raub, a decorated marine who was arrested by federal agents and incarcerated in a psych ward for simply posting thoughts and song lyrics to his Facebook page, discusses his ordeal and his thoughts about the state of our freedoms with John Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney and President of The Rutherford Institute.

Truth of the matter is that none of us can agree 100% with what everybody else says, but it is a chill wind that blows when any one of us needs to watch our everyday conversations/writings for fear of being rounded up. I often joke about the fact that various alphabet agencies read this site (yes, not just from America, but a few other countries too.) I have no way of knowing why they check here, but I am also very vocal that no government agency will stifle the Brat 'pen.'

I am reminded of a passage from 1984:

...nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record.. (going to have to go back and re-read 1984 I reckon.)

As we are in the grips of a particularly ugly election campaign in the US, the depth of smears shows that Newspeak is alive and well as *certain* politicians try to rewrite historical facts to fit their own political agenda/narrative.

First they came for Brandon Raub. Next, they may come for you or me. By then, will there be ANYbody left to speak?

Wake UP, America....


Susan Duclos said...

Excellent piece, I slapped it up at Twitter.

Oh Hell said...

They can't silence all of us, but they will try.