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Minority Report Is Here: The Chilling Case Of Brandon Raub

A day more significant than 9-11-01 should be marked in the history books: 8-16-12. On that day an American, minding his own business, outside of ranting on his Facebook page, was forcibly taken without charge from his home. – Robert Wenzel, EconomicyPolicyJournal.com.

I really would like nothing better than to spend Ron Paul’s birthday watching old videos of him schooling Rudy Giuliani on foreign policy, playing with my dog and just forgetting about all the ills of the world for the rest of the afternoon. But alas, the life of a libertarian blogger isn’t always so easy. I’ve been following the story of Brandon Raub for the past several days and it simply can’t be ignored. For those not up to speed, this article from Business Insider sums it up fairly well.

Brandon Raub is an ex marine who was also seemed to be a liberty advocate, as he wrote several articles on liberty and economics for the website Don’t Tread On Me and also ran a small numismatic coin business from his home. On Thursday August 16, a swarm of law enforcement officials including the Chesterfield Virginia Police, the FBI and The Secret Service showed up at his home and took him to a psychiatric ward for “evaluation”. This was apparently due to some Facebook posts Raub had made as well as his signing a petition calling for a new investigation into the events of 9/11. Let’s take a look at a sampling of these Facebook posts:

I feel like I am standing at a great crossroads. As if a storm of destiny is about to pick me up and take me to fight a great battle. A battle I could have never imagined existed.

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"But he was nuts"

Im sure that will be the justification cry from a majority of the people who actually hear about this story. Everyone is so ready to defend state actions like this, but god forbid an employer wants your fb password!

Wait...oh, I am so confused...

I thought you were psychotic if you didn't have a facebook account. Oh dear, (wringing my hands), I wish they would make up their minds.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

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Welcome to the USSA.

It is kidnapping, plain and simple

Yet if he resisted, it probably would have been a SWAT execution.

Yep

Good he went quietly or they would have had all the excuses to shoot him and brand him as a psycho