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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Brandon Raub: Former Marine Held by FBI for Patriotic Facebook Entries

Christine Rubino and other teachers are being fired for writing on Facebook. This is a national alert about illegal violations of First Amendment rights semmingly sanctioned by our government.

We must do something to stop this.

Betsy Combier 

U.S. Marine Arrested for Facebook Posts


Feds retaliate against another critic of the U.S. government.

Brandon Raub
Brandon Raub is a decorated Iraq and Afghanistan War Vet. Photo courtesy: United Truth Seekers

(SALEM / RICHMOND) - A decorated U.S. Marine who served his nation in two wars, Brandon Raub, of Richmond Virginia, was arrested for airing his critical views of the U.S. government on Facebook this weekend. We just reported yesterday that a Human Rights activist in Bahrain is being prosecuted for six Twitter messages. Politically, this country is increasingly resembling Bahrain and other nations that arrest those who speak out critically over federal policy.
His mother, Kathleen Thomas, says it is another case of the word 'terrorist' being applied to arrest and detain a citizen. You can hear the pride she feels for her son when she explains what he has been through, and by all counts Ms. Thomas makes her points loud and clear.
The law enforcement officials rolled up to the man's home around 7:00 last night. "He was there, the FBI, Secret Service and Chesterfield Police showed up in a storm," she said.
Thomas says her son was questioned about why he was writing certain comments, "He basically said 'I have some disagreements with the government and share this', and they said, 'You have to go with us'".
"He was handcuffed, not read his rights, put into a Chesterfield Police Department vehicle and taken to John Randolph Psychiatric Hospital in Hopewell, Virginia," Thomas said.
Agent Sherry Grainger with the Federal Bureau of Investigation called Kathleen Thomas, who described the conversation.
She said, "I am with the FBI" and "We have taken your son. He has been arrested by the Chesterfield County Police Dept because he assaulted an officer and resisted arrest. He has been arrested and taken to the Chesterfield Police Department."

The agent asked about whether her son was violent, Thomas explained that he was not, but that he loves his country. She asked the FBI agent if freedom of speech still exists in the United States.
"Yes we still have freedom of speech", Grainger reportedly said.
The FBI agent reportedly added, "The threats that he was making were terrorist in nature," telling Thomas roughly the extent of information that has been released so far, which is not much. Thomas was able to talk to her son on the phone.
As to what he is being charged with, she said, "He does not know, he has no idea why he is being held, he is told he will see a judge on Monday."
As referenced, the FBI agent, Grainger, reportedly told the woman that her son Brandon Raub was arrested for assault and resisting arrest… It was later when Grainger stated that the threats made by Raub was "terrorist in nature".
We do not have a track yet on what the comments on the Facebook page were, or if this arrest and failure to charge and administer Miranda Right, is an aspect or development of the new U.S. federal government's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which has Americans bewildered, frightened and angry.
Thomas said in regard to the political view she and her son share, "We're not violent but we're very serious about what we believe. He is a patriot, He basically said that they, the government, are lying."
Our friend and fellow writer in Occupied Palestine, Siraj Davis, knows well that 'terrorism' is a label applied to those who resist fascist rule and decree. With regard to the arrest of this Marine, he said:
    I checked his profile out. This guy doesn't belong in jail :) The guy has a picture with his own personal firearm on his fb profile. Yeah okay, so do millions of people on Facebook, some I know personally. Some of the "seditious" things he said were 9-11 was done by the government (even going to such length, and an interestingly detailed thesis, of providing evidence to augment this), the War on Terror is a lie, Americans are killing innocent people in the ME, the current federal banking system is corrupt and unfeasible to Americans, and that the George Bush's family rapes little children :) I think there is circumstantial evidence to prove all of the above and none of what he says offends ME as an American. In fact if any American has publicly stated any of the above, you may be next.
    Personally, I think our tax money was just wasted toward arresting, detaining, and charging an innocent man who became victim to a witch hunt. This case is indicative of what I have been stating two years ago, I am sadly crying on the inside as I watch my own government terrorize some of its own people for thinking and living differently from the others. What separates the US government from World War II Germany and Japan!?
    I hope the best for this gentleman and that God protects and blesses him. This man only wanted to express his disapproval of everything happening in America and sought to provoke the minds to consider that if change does not occur, Americans all over the US will consider making the change themselves. Why should we punish a voice from one of our own who is stating what many are inured, scared, or too apathetic to state publicly?
    Oh!! Another thing, this guy liked playing rap music on his Facebook such as John Cena's WWE entrance theme. So I advise everyone to stay clear of that song.

The video shows that the arrest was non-violent. Marines know when to employ self-defense and when to comply with an impossible situation.
Brandon Raub is a Marine with serious background, but it is extremely noteworthy that he was a Sergeant of Marines and a fairly young one it appears. This is a sign of a tremendous individual capable of beating amazing odds.
I personally think it makes the rambunctious agents in the federal government squirm when they consider the power and pull that current and former U.S. Marines have in regard to community leadership. They don't seem to find a great deal of comfort in the existence of Occupy Marines which we are proudly part of.
People trust and respect the word of Marines far more than their overpaid cousins in law enforcement who lap from the public trough while working as the guard dogs of a government descending into non-existence due to its ridiculous policies that favor war over the poor.
Brandon Raub, you're on point Brother, but we have your six- your Brothers and Sisters will see you are out of there soon enough...

The President of the United States: Free Brandon Raub

His arrest based on his patriotic Facebook posts is against the Freedom of Speech. He is in no way a terrorist and only wants to see this country turn around. Petition for his release and for everyone's freedom of speech. The government does not have our permission to monitor our Facebook posts and they do not have persmission to arrest someone for non-violent patriotic posts. Here is the link with all the information we have: Sign now!!


Raub Brandon: Former Marine Held by FBI for Patriotic Facebook Entries

Former Marine Raub Brandon is being held by the Chesterfield County Police after the FBI and Secret Service last night (8/15/12) investigated the former Marine for his patriotic Facebook Posts according to this radio interview. According to the interview given by Kathleen Thomas, Brandon is being held in a mental facility. Mother Jones magazine: Did Congress Just Endorse Rendition For Americans?

Raub Brandon: Former Marine Held by FBI for Patriotic Facebook Entries
Former Marine Raub Brandon is being held by the Chesterfield County Police after the FBI and Secret Service last night (8/15/12) investigated the former Marine for his patriotic Facebook Posts according to this radio interview. According to the interview given by Kathleen Thomas, Brandon is being held in a mental facility. Mother Jones magazine: Did Congress Just Endorse Rendition For Americans?



Former Marine Raub Brandon's Facebook page

Why was Raub Brandon Arrested? (Video)
August 17, 2012 06:50 PM EDT

Marine Raub Brandon of Richmond, VA, was taken by FBI and Secret Service and nobody knows why. Syndicated talk show host Josh Tolley conducted an interview with Brandon's distraught mother, Kathleen Thomas. She confirms that Brandon was questioned about his "terroristic" Facebook posts before he was hauled away.

Brandon's mother provided Tolley with details about Brandon's "patriotic" Facebook posts may have put the Marine (not on active duty, but has served in Iraq and Afghanistan) on the government radar. So what makes a Facebook post concerning enough to justify arrest? If one was calling for the bombing of white babies, for example, is that not as horrific as these posts?

Ms. Thomas said that she and her family are "strong patriots that believe in our country." She says that her family is "vocal" about their belief in the Constitution.

Does being "vocal" about displeasure with the government mean that one could justifiably be carted away? Whether one agrees or not with Brandon, the story should be concerning.

Listen to the interview with Brandon's mother here:

Josh Trolley Show

Video of Raub Brandon's handuffing and removal from his home

President Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite "Serious Reservations"
January 02, 2012 10:10 PM EST

From Hawaii on Saturday, President Obama signed the $662 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The Defense Bill is renewed every year to decide the budget and expenditures for the US Department of Defense. This year, some troubling provisions are included in the bill that have many concerned. The president signed the bill because military funding was due to expire, even though he has "serious reservations."

At issue are several detainee provisions that would "allow the military greater authority to detain and interrogate U.S. citizens and non-citizens and deny them legal rights protected by the Constitution," according to the Washington Post. In essence, if one is a suspected terrorist, whether it is a U.S. citizen and whether it is on U.S. soil, the government can detain the suspect indefinitely, without a trial. Once the controversy was starting to bubble surrounding these provisions, an amendment was introduced that stated that indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial was forbidden. However, that amendment was rejected in the Senate by a vote of 38-60.

Additionally, the Defense Bill applies sanctions to Iran to encourage them to abandon their nuclear program, as well as freeze $700 million in aid to Pakistan. Also troubling is that any terrorism suspect can be transferred to any country. There is a very good discussion of this provision at Mother Jones, where relevant sections of the bill are highlighted.

Obama stated that "I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens." The disturbing thing is that now, he CAN. He is not saying that detaining American citizens is illegal, he is just saying that he will not do it. He goes on to say that "Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation." Again, this should not be open for interpretation. This bill is troubling because it opens the door for "exceptions."

From the ACLU to Glenn Beck, everyone seems to have a problem with this bill. Even the President, who said in a statement, "The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it." Obama goes on to say, "My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law." How will the next administration "interpret" the bill?