A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.
Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia’s Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”
Police — acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional — took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.
He didn’t harm anybody, and didn’t direct threats at any individual. He was talking politics, and support his views or not, that’s what the 1st Amendment is all about. And he’s now in government custody.
This reminds me of my statements about the Ruby Ridge Massacre: “They don’t sound so crazy when the government executed their family.” Given that he’s been detained, maybe he’s dead-on right!
This is shameful, and illegal!