A Virginia judge ordered the release of a former Marine who was detained against his will for writing anti-government statements on Facebook, putting to rest any argument that there must have been something more to his detainment.
No, there wasn’t. Brandon J. Raub, 26, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested by FBI, Secret Service and local police for expressing his controversial views.
The exact thing he was supposedly fighting against overseas.
Trying to make light of the situation, authorities claim he was never “arrested” because he was never criminally charged, but that makes it even worse because if they could have dug up some law he was violating, then they would have been able to somehow justify it.
But no matter how hard authorities try to spin it, Raub was arrested because he was detained against his will on suspicion that he was about to commit a crime.
Except the only evidence they had were vague statements about a pending revolution – not much different than what many of my Facebook friends write.
The closest thing he ever said to committing a violent act was when he wrote, “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads,” but he never made any indication of whose head or whether he was speaking metaphorically.
I could say the same thing in preparation for my upcoming trial and it would only mean that I intend to slap Miami-Dade police and prosecutors silly with the Constitution.
And just for the record, I don’t literally mean that I am going to slap them with a copy of the Constitution, which they obviously wouldn’t recognize anyway.
Some critics are saying this is the Obama’s first example of detainment under the National Defense Authorization Act, which had a provision that allowed the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects by the military.
But that provision was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in June, setting the course for a possible appeal by the administration.
Virginia Cop Block, who has been covering Raub’s detainment for the past week, has posted several videos, including interviews with his lawyers and his mother.
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