According to reports, Brandon Raub is a former, decorated Marine who came back from Iraq about a year ago. He reportedly made anti-government comments on Facebook. (There is something about making threats on Facebook that doesn’t quite compute. It seems a little like writing four-letter words on cupcakes.)
FBI and Secret Service interpreted Raub’s comments as threats of a “terrorist nature” and subsequently arrested him. Since his arrest, Raub has reportedly been shipped off for a psychological evaluation–apparently to discover if he was suffering for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by his tour in the Iraq.
So far, it appears that Raub’s been “detained” for allegedly resisting arrest–but not for making terrorist threats.
His mother and one other party allege that Brandon did not resist arrest. They imply that the FBI’s claim that Brandon resisted arrest is a lie.
But if you watch the first video, you’ll see a serious abrasion on Brandon’s back that appears to be fresh. This abrasion is consistent with some sort of struggle either immediately before or shortly after Brandon was “arrested” and might be evidence that Brandon did, in fact, “resist” arrest . . . or “detention” . . . or maybe he just resisted fascism. But there may have been some actual “resistance”.
The videos are chilling. They claim or imply that America has become a country where people can be arrested and taken to mental health facilities for merely criticizing the government. The Raub incident is disturbingly Orwellian–especially for people like me who spend a lot of time criticizing the government.
However, I do not yet know what Mr. Raub actually said on his Facebook account. Did he merely criticize the government or did he make clear, overt and violent threats? If he threatened the President, like it or not, he should have expected the Secret Service to come a-calling to investigate whether he’s just another loudmouth or if his threat was credible.
In fact, I have a friend whose son (about 35 years old), sent an email to Obama earlier this year that was critical of Obama. The government interpreted the email as making “terrorist threats”. My friend’s son sent the email on a Thursday, and on the following Monday–just four days after he’d sent the critical email–the Secret Service and local police arrived at my friend’s home, “detained” his son and ultimately shipped him off to the mental health facility at Terrel, Texas where he spent a month or six weeks.
I know my friend’s son and he’s no terrorist. He criticized the government and/or Obama, but he had no plan or intent to attack anyone. So his sudden arrest/detention also sounds Orwellian, doesn’t it?
But, in fact, my friend’s son was living with him because the young man was a little mentally-unbalanced. So, it wasn’t exactly a surprise when the gov-co shipped him off to Terrel, Texas, for a psychological “tune-up”. What was a surprise for everyone (including me) was that after the young man returned, it was undeniable that his psyche was dramatically improved as compared to his condition before the arrest/detention. Truth is, being arrested/detained by the gov-co turned out to be a blessing for my friend’s son.
My point is that–no matter how much I may despise what passes for “government” these days–not everything government does is wrong or scary or even “Orwellian”. Hell, not everything they do is even stupid. Much of what government does may be questionable, but is nevertheless, on balance, “OK”.0
I’m not saying that any mental health care will be beneficial for Mr. Raub. Back in the 1990s, I heard and believed reports about a brilliant individual who was highly critical of government and devised strategies to legally thwart government. He was “captured” and shipped off for mental health care and his brain was reportedly destroyed by government-issued drugs.
Mental health care is government’s last defense against dissidents. If gov-co has no legal basis for stopping dissidents, they can always allege the dissident must be nuts–and by the time gov-co is finished with a particular dissident he may well be too mentally impaired to function.
I’m no fan of government. Still, it’s important to recognize that some of what government does is . . . excusable. I’m not alleging that the government’s arrest of Mr. Raub is justified. I’m saying I don’t know whether the arrest was or was not even marginally “justifiable”. I’m not even arguing whether Raub’s arrest was right or wrong. (It was probably wrong.)
But whenever the subject of fear (or something scary) comes up, I’m reminded of Revelation 21:8 which includes a laundry list of those destined for damnation. The list includes several classes of people (murderers, liars, etc.) who you’d expect to be damned. But the top of the list is “those who fear” (or the “cowardly” in some Bible versions). Fear itself is ungodly.
Therefore, I don’t trust anyone who sells fear. More importantly, I’m not going to be stampeded into a state of fear by a couple of YouTube videos (below).
We live in difficult times. It’s hard to discover the complete truth about anything. It’s important that we keep our wits about us and not succumb to fear every time we see something that might be “Orwellian”.
Imagine that Ron Paul was elected President. Imagine that a group of radical Muslims threatened President Paul’s life. Would you want the Secret Service to quickly investigate and perhaps “detain” such radicals? Of course, you would.
Well, I know it’s hard to believe, but some people actually feel the same way about Obama. No accounting for taste, hmm? Nevertheless, whatcha gonna do? In this era, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw threats.
Here are the two videos. Consider. Don’t succumb to fear.
video 00:04:20 Raub’s arrest.
video 00:10:16 Mr. Raub’s mother commenting on her son’s “arrest”: