Marine Imprisoned After Making A Facebook Comment Sues Government
May 26, 2013 12:51pm PST
What in the heck does the First Amendment mean if US citizens can be detained for Facebook posts critical of the US government?
Marine veteran Brandon Raub, 27, is suing after he was jailed for questioned the government story about 9/11 and wrote about “The Revolution” on Facebook. I’m not saying those are smart things to do. But his right to do them is supposed to be protected by the US Constitution.
Whether it’s subpoenaing AP phone records for daring to report on the Obama administration, using the IRS to target Tea Party and small-government groups for audits, or spying on Fox News and then lying about it, this administration has really not been the best on free speech.
World Net Daily is reporting that multiple FBI, Secret Service agents and local police descended on him and held him in a psychiatric ward against his will for a week. He faced up to 30 days in the ward, until another judge threw the case out because the case against Raub was “so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”
Raub’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., seeks damages and claims what happened to him was part of a Obama administration plan called “Operation Vigilant Eagle.” The Rutherford Institute describes it as a federal surveillance program targeting military veterans who criticize the government.
It does appear that there was an attempt to label Raub as “mentally ill” and involuntarily commit him for criticizing the government. The prospect of involuntary commitment and a mental illness label should terrify all of us.
Do you think anyone should ever go to jail for criticizing the US government?