August 24-- It sounds like something that happened in Nazi Germany or the former USSR, but it happened in Virginia. If you're alarmed that federal agents can show up at someone's home and haul them off because of a Facebook posting, you need to watch this commentary from The Rutherford Institute. (Editor's note: A circuit judge Thursday ordered the government to release this former U.S. Marine from custody.)
Brandon Raub and the Thought Police
For nearly a week, Brandon Raub, a former marine, found himself incarcerated against his will in a psychiatric facility for posting political opinions and song lyrics on Facebook. When the government can incarcerate American citizens for merely exercising their First Amendment rights, argues John Whitehead in this week's vodcast, then we are truly living in frightening times.
On Target with John Whitehead ® is a video blog that provides viewers with Whitehead’s insightful, relevant and provocative take on popular culture and constitutional issues. Whitehead is considered by many to be a legal, political and cultural watchdog—sounding the call for integrity, accountability and an adherence to the democratic principles on which this country was founded. As Whitehead often remarks, “Anytime people find themselves under fire from both the liberal left and the conservative right, it means that that person is probably right on target.”
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