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Ben Swann Reality Check: U.S. Marine Held In A Mental Hospital Against His Will Because Of Facebook Posts

Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the case of U.S. Marine Brandon Raub who is being held in a mental hospital in Virginia over Facebook posts.


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This Virgina law that can incarcerate an individual with no evidence of a crime needs to be abolished. People in Virgina need to get involved in their politics to make this happen.

I'm glad to see a judge that actually upholds his oath to the Constitution. This is rare with many of our judges.

A friend in Ben

It looks like we have a friend in Mr. Swann. He won't be reporting long.

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Why did Swann choose those Facebook entries?

I was surprised by the choice of facebook entries that Swann read for his possibly mainstream audience. Any Alex Jones listener has heard these allegations about Bush before, but they are shocking to a regular audience. At first I thought, oh no, Swann is going to make Raub look nuts to the general public. But then, maybe Swann believes it too and just wanted to pierce the veil of silence about the Bush's criminal activity and this was his chance to put it into the ears of the public. It can't be unheard now. What do you think?

He wanted to show the worst and in doing so proved no crime

was committed. We can say just about anything in most places without fear of repercussions under the 1st Amendment.

Here is the testimony of Anton Levey's son about the Bush criminal cartel.


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well, yes, that's what he said

I guess I ought to take him at face value and not read into it any further. Thanks for the link. I pray for the kids being abused. Why can't we do something now! We really need the police to learn the truth.

Sane vs Insane: Enforcement cuts both ways.

The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people, but if we tried to shut up the insane we should run out of building materials.
- Mark Twain, Following the Equator

Heaven knows insanity was disreputable enough, long ago; but now that the lawyers have got to cutting every gallows rope and picking every prison lock with it, it is become a sneaking villainy that ought to hang and keep on hanging its sudden possessors until evil-doers should conclude that the safest plan was to never claim to have it until they came by it legitimately. The very calibre of the people the lawyers most frequently try to save by the insanity subterfuge ought to laugh the plea out of the courts, one would think.
- Mark Twain, "Unburlesquable Things," The Galaxy Magazine, July 1870

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I really like the first quote

Do you know of any good Mark Twain writings on the subject of war?

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito

The oft repeated is the "War Prayer."

The War Prayer by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and sputtering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spreads of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country and invoked the God of Battles, beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpouring of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.

It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way. ...

Editor Note: Twain wrote The War Prayer during the US war on the Philippines. It was submitted for publication, but on March 22, 1905, Harper's Bazaar rejected it as "not quite suited to a woman's magazine." Eight days later, Twain wrote to his friend Dan Beard, to whom he had read the story, "I don't think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth." Because he had an exclusive contract with Harper & Brothers, Mark Twain could not publish "The War Prayer" elsewhere and it remained unpublished until 1923.

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out...and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. ..And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man"--with his mouth.
- Mark Twain, What Is Man?

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Thank you for the good words


Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito

There should be an outcry about this..



we need to stand up for all american's freedoms let not give im to tyranny folks let freedom ring! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kheyip-K4k

Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

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Mods please add this link to the OP


I think they're just checking so see if we notice

Be are bound to get bored by things such as this eventually and they know it.

What it we need to now draw the line on is how it is they are being allowed to redefine language. It would not matter if he said things much harsher than he did for he would still not actually be a 'TERRORIST' because he did not both engage in violence and issue promulgations. In order to actually be a 'TERRORIST' one must be associated with both violence and promulgations at the same time.

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we must take a stand for our first admendment rights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kheyip-K4k as american's or fall to tyranny which one america? ill take freedom.

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Is this a state judge or a federal judge? The facility he was taken to is a state facility. He's been ordered to a VA hospital, which is a federal facility.

Didn't the Chesterfield police admit they were helping the FBI? If so, why was the charging document filed by the Chesterfield police? Why was the document blank? Let me see if I understand. The FBI can now require the local police to file a blank document, and detain someone based on no charges, having committed no crime, the local police can drag that person out of their house, claim one is in need of mental health services, and whisk that person away to a psychiatric facility?


I live in Chesterfield county and the local news everywhere here is reporting the judge has ruled that he must be released.

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This is what i posted on

This is what i posted on Facebook! We all could be next!!

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UPDATE: Judge orders release of detained Marine veteran



Adam just posted he was released. Besides, how can all of us fit in the same jail cell. How bizarre this was even done to anyone. 11 years later, and all the proof it was an alleged inside job. We all know about the USS Liberty, Gulf of Tonkin, Pearl Harbor, the Maine. Do they really think the sheeple are all asleep?

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To be released? Great!

I hope the article is true!

I have seen stronger comments on the web

We are entering a new age soon. It sounds like that is what he is talking about based on his comments.

He's been ordered to be released...

Check this out

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Bump, Bump.

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-George Orwell

he's not

a terrorist he is a freedom loving american http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kheyip-K4k lets hope we all stand up for our freedoms and get our country back damn it!!!!!!!!!

Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

Let's try to establish the facts.

From to the various accounts I've read:

According to an FBI spokesperson, some unnamed individual or individuals contacted the FBI out of concern over Brandon Raub's facebook posts.

Chesterfield, VA, police, along with FBI and Secret Service agents, arrived at Raub's residence on August 16. He was questioned (by all of the above agencies?), then taken in handcuffs by the Chesterfield police to John Randolph Medical Center for "evaluation."

All three agencies insisted that Raub was NOT ARRESTED by them. He was not charged with any crime.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Lt. Rich McCullough of the Chesterfield Police Department said, "We were assisting the FBI in this matter."

According to the Chesterfield police, a judge signed off on having Raub sent in for psychiatric evaluation, on the recommendation of unnamed psychiatrists or "mental health crisis intervention workers." This is in accordance with Virginia's "emergency custody" statute, apparently.

Raub's mother was informed of his detention by a phone call from an FBI spokesperson, who told her that Raub's facebook posts were deemed "terroristic."

Now, does anyone notice something amiss about this narrative? The Chesterfield Police claim they were only assisting the FBI. This is consistent with the FBI's claim that it initiated the action upon receiving complaints about Raub's facebook posts, and the FBI's call to Raub's mother.

But then a Virginia judge invokes STATE LAW to have Raub committed to a psychiatric hospital. Who is calling the shots here? Is this just a case of local law enforcement covering its backside by making sure Raub was "evaluated" to the fullest extent allowable by law before being released, or is there a more sinister motive?

Regardless, it's very troubling that one judge and some anonymous psychiatrists, supposedly acting on complaints from anonymous facebook users, can strip a law-abiding citizen of all his rights to due process. The FBI's mention of "terroristic" facebook comments is clearly invoking the executive branch's indefinite detention provisions for terrorism suspects under the NDAA. But, as we can see by the way this has played out, the government has other ways of getting rid of troublemakers. They can be deemed "psychotic" by state functionaries, locked up and potentially drugged into submission.

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Facebook: From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli.

Written on the Facebook ™ halls... While Tripoli falls.
A marine in the sound of silence.

    Sounds of Silence

... But my words like silent raindrops (Marines) fell
And echoed in the wells of silence.

... To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that I was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence

    Marine Hymn shalt not be Sound of Silence!

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador to France, and Jonhn Adams, American ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, "Dey of Algiers" ambassador to Britain. America sought to negotiate a peace treaty based on a US Congressional vote to appease the Barabry Pirates.

During the meeting, Jefferson and Adams asked the Dey's ambassador why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners..." The American government paid millions of dollars in tribute for the safe passage of American ships near the shores of Tripoli plus the return of American hostages (Tripoli slaves). The payments in tribute and ransom amounted to 20 percent of United States government annual revenues in 1800.

Not long after Jefferson's inauguration as president in 1801, he dispatched a group of frigates to defend American interests in the Mediterranean, and informed Congress. "Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute!" Jefferson declared. He pressed the issue by deploying American Marines and America's best warships to the Muslim Barbary Coast. The USS Constitution, USS Constellation, USS Philadelphia, USS Chesapeake, USS Argus, USS Syren and USS Intrepid all saw action. In 1805, American Marines marched across the desert from Egypt into Tripolitania, forcing the surrender of Tripoli and the freeing of all American slaves.

During the Jefferson administration, the Muslim Barbary States, crumbling as a result of intense American naval bombardment and on shore raids by Marines, finally officially agreed to abandon slavery and piracy. Jefferson's victory over the Muslims lives on today in the Marine Hymn, with the line,

    "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea."

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