On August 16th, 2012, former Marine Brandon J. Raub was arrested at his home by the FBI, US Secret Service, and the Chesterfield County (VA) Police department. [Video below]
What was this Iraq and Afghanistan veteran arrested for – without a warrant? The posts on his Facebook page. Reportedly, the posts on his page – which consisted of controversial song lyrics, and his personal dissatisfaction with the US Government – were deemed controversial and terrorist in nature. Upon his detention, authorities brought Mr. Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center for evaluation
Virginia Cop Block – a site dedicated to educating citizens about their rights and exposing those who violate them – reported that these agencies used a “Green Warrant”, stating the follwoing:
Virginia CopBlock has learned that this form of arrest/detention is known as a “Green Warrant”, often known as a “Mental Health Warrant”. If a person is credibly believed to be a potential threat to themselves or others, a “Green Warrant” can be issued. This allows government authorities to arrest and detain the person for up to 72 hours; and have them evaluated to determine if they are “mentally unfit”, and would pose a threat if released.
Upon the news breaking, The Rutherford Institute released a statement stating that they will be defending Brandon Raub. According to their website, The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization, provides legal assistance at no charge to individuals whose constitutional rights have been threatened or violated.
On August 20th, a three-hour hearing was held to determine if Raub would be released from the John Randolph Medical Center, or if he would be detained for a longer duration. The judge decided that Raub was to remain in detention.
Following the hearing, The Rutherford Institute released the following statement:
In a hearing held at the hospital, government officials disregarded Raub’s explanation that the Facebook posts were being interpreted out of context, sentencing him up to 30 days’ further confinement in a VA psych ward. In coming to Raub’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging Raub’s arrest and forcible detention, as well as the government’s overt Facebook surveillance and violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights.
Stay tuned to Conservative Daily News, as we will bring you more details as they happen in this case.