by Dr. D ~ May 27th, 2013
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Today is Memorial Day in the USA. A day in which we acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice made by many over the years to preserve our country and our freedoms.
With that in mind it is totally unacceptable that veterans that did survive their military service to our country may now be in the process of being targeted for using their personally paid for freedom of speech to criticize the government and particularly the Obama administration.
Here is a case where a veteran was arrested and placed in custody for comments he placed on his p[personal Facebook page. From WND:
A lawsuit has been filed by officials with the Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Marine who was jailed and held for the comments he made on Facebook – comments that expressed a dissatisfaction with the present direction of the U.S. government.
According to officials at Rutherford, the civil rights action names as defendants members of law enforcement and the government who were involved in last year’s episode where Marine veteran Brandon Raub, 27, was arrested by a swarm of FBI and Secret Service and forcibly detained in a psychiatric ward for a week.
His crime was posting controversial song lyrics and political views on Facebook, the institute reported.
In one of his postings, he cited the evil in the world.
“The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them,” he wrote.
He was released later when a judge stepped in and concluded the prosecution’s 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.”
Response: According to the Rutherford Institute, after this case received attention their organization was inundated with calls from veterans with similar problems with the government:
“Since coming to Raub’s defense, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by military veterans across the country recounting similar incidents. In filing a civil suit against government officials, Rutherford Institute attorneys plan to take issue with the manner in which Virginia’s civil commitment statutes are being used to silence individuals engaged in lawfully exercising their free speech rights,” the organization said.
“Brandon Raub’s case exposed the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that is targeting military veterans for expressing their discontent over America’s rapid transition to a police state,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.
Several years ago we posted our concerns about this administration and particularly about some comments made by the Department of Homeland Security that they were concerned about ‘home grown’ terrorism coming from conservatives, Christians and military veterans. Many found it hard to believe at the time.
Recently it came out that the Obama administration had targeted conservative and Christian groups using the IRS. Now with this article comes the news that apparently veterans expressing their views and using their freedom of speech to criticize government policies are also being targeted by the Obama administration.
My question is this- where is the main stream media when we need them? If this was done under the Bush administration you can bet it would be all over the news and the reporters would be relentless in their pursuit of the truth. Meanwhile President Obama continues to get a pass even when abuses of power by his administration are exposed on nearly a daily basis. *Top