Proving that we are in dangerous times in this country overrun with tyranny and a violation of civil liberties, a VA Marine has just been ordered to be released from a psychiatric ward over facebook postings, what police officials deemed “terrorist in nature”.
According to court documents, a swift evaluation by social worker Michael Campbell determined Raub’s involuntary admission. The following day, a magistrate Michael S. Znotens ordered his detention at John Randolph Hospital. Raub was evaluated for an additional 15 minutes by Dr. James A. Correll and later ordered by Special Justice Walter Douglass Stoke to remain for 30 days at VA Hospital in Salem, VA.
John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil rights organization, rushed to Raub’s defense, filing multiple motions later denied, including a plea preventing Raub’s transfer away from family and legal counsel. Once denied, another appeal noting Raub’s initial detention orders did not follow the law Chesterfield PD was filed.
Judge Sharret agreed the arrest and detention actions were illegal and will request Raub’s discharge. As the Richmond-Times Dispatch reports, he was shocked by the failure of the magistrate to include in the order any grounds for holding Raub.
“The initial order was rubber-stamped”, says John Whitehead. “The special justice is very old. He had trouble hearing Brandon. He brought into the courtroom a personal cassette player – we tried to listen to it and you can hardly hear what’s being said. This is the so-called judge – he’s a lawyer, not a real judge – it’s like what you would see in a bad movie.”
“There’s a system here that is corrupt. And this guy is caught in it,” Whitehead told Business Insider. “I’m friends with the local police; I could call them right now and probably get you committed if you were in Virginia. They can arrive at your door based on somebody’s testimony or your Facebook page and take you away to a mental hospital.”
Take a search on google and you will find more and more stories that are similar to this. Freedom of speech, which is protected under the United States Constitution, is slowly being eroded thanks to overzealous politicians, political leaders and a corrupt system. While many of American’s spend hours logged behind their computer and mobile devices, turning a blind eye to such travesties, as a public speaker, and African-American against the machine, I worry deeply about examples like these.
And if you think that it won’t, or can’t happen to you, let me show you that it can. Check out what President Obama quietly signed into law almost 9 months ago:
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. As you know, the White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use it and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.
Indefinite detention means they can hold FOREVER without a judge, while denying you a lawyer, or a phone call! And while many scoff at such a notion, the aforementioned story should send a shiver down your spine proving it can happen. It sure as hell sends one down my mine. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of these incidences occur often.
This is not the, “hope & change,” that I voted for. And we all need to take a serious look — and challenge– laws that are being created which threaten us all. It’s our American duty! If the police will illegally arrest a Marine, what chance do you think you have?
“Anything you do on facebook is reported to the police.” Wake up people. Wake up!
Popularity: 1% [?]