Demand Brandon Raub's kidnappers be held accountable
Don’t Let Conspiring Virginia and Federal Officials Hold Themselves Above The Law In Kidnapping And Assaulting Brandon Raub
For Justice To Be Served, VA and Federal Officials Involved MUST Be Charged With Assaulting and Kidnapping Raub And If Convicted Serve Time In Prison For Their Crimes
This America is not America the Land of the Free.
On August 16 last, a combined militarized strike force of local, state and federal “law enforcement” personnel (including local and state Virginia police, Homeland Security, FBI and Secret Service agents) kidnapped, assaulted, unlawfully detained and gratuitously committed former marine Brandon J. Raub of Chesterfield Virginia to a psychiatric ward for Facebook postings he had made that were critical of the government. Mr. Raub was not charged with any crime or wrongdoing beyond a bogus accusation by local police to the press and Raub’s family after his kidnapping that he “assaulted an officer of the law and resisted arrest” although even these spurious charges never were formally filed against Mr. Raub.
Soon after Raub’s kidnapping, a local Virginia magistrate (a government bureaucrat, not a real judge) refused to release him but still did not charge him with any crime nor did he in anyway justify continuing to hold Raub in custody. Instead, the magistrate unlawfully ordered Raub to be held in custody over the weekend at a local mental institution for so-called “preliminary evaluation.” After a hearing on Monday, August 20, a Virginia “special justice” (also a bureaucrat lawyer, not a real judge) further ordered Raub detained for an additional month, again without charging him with any crime or wrongdoing, and additionally ordered the Virginia captive to be transferred to a Salem Virginia hospital where he was involuntarily committed to another psych ward.
Thankfully, John Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute stepped up to defend Mr. Raub. The Rutherford Institute is a courageous civil liberties organization that takes on cases like Mr. Raub’s that no one else will touch. In this video, Mr. Whitehead explains that what happened to Brandon Raub in Virginia is the model for what is spreading all over the country.
As Whitehead says: “We are moving into a surveillance state. Anybody the government perceives as a threat can be arrested and put into a mental institution [think old Soviet Union]. They are called ‘Civil Commitments.’ Police arrive at your door; they arrest you; they don't charge you with a crime; they take you to a mental institution” -- for political statements they don't like -- 20,000 times a year in Virginia alone.
Whitehead described what happened after Raub was kidnapped and the Virginia law-enforcement bureaucrats got him in their clutches:
“. . .the August 20 detention order was 'rubber-stamped' and represents the corrupt system in Virginia...This is the so-called judge – he’s a lawyer, not a real judge – it’s like what you would see in a bad movie.”
After a national outpouring of indignation and outrage over these criminal government actions taken under the color of law, the Virginia government panicked, and on August 23 in a surprise move at what was supposed to be just another “routine” hearing to overrule Raub’s objection to the transfer, another Virginia judge ordered Mr. Raub released on narrow technical grounds. In his release order, the judge said, “The [government’s] petition is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”
Now, we can fully expect to see the Commonwealth of Virginia and federal officials who conspired to kidnap Mr. Raub and violate his constitutional rights mobilize a cover up to make these reprehensible incidents quietly go away. Don’t let them get away with it. Don’t let Virginia politicians sweep this under the rug.
Everyone involved in this illegal kidnapping and unwarranted detention must be held to account. Every official involved in this criminal conspiracy—local, state and federal—must be charged, arrested and tried on charges of kidnapping and assault. Moreover, it was unambiguously clear from the outset that local, state and federal officials at the highest levels criminally conspired to raid Mr. Raub’s house unlawfully, forcibly arrest and detain him without charging him with any crime and then conspired to justify their illegal actions with bogus accusations of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer of the law. Therefore, all the conspirators and perpetrators of these despicable acts should be charged and tried on racketeering charges under the “Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.”
If justice is to be served, all government officials—local, state and federal—convicted must be brought to justice, under the regular judicial guidelines for sentencing criminals who are convicted of kidnap and assault under the RICO statute. One can fully expect the government to hold themselves above the law with claims of so-called “sovereign immunity.” Don’t let them get by with it. Demand that all the government officials involved in these incidents be held to account under the same laws and under the same terms that apply to ordinary citizens who criminally conspire and then kidnap and assault another person.
This criminal conspiracy between Virginia and federal officials is so outrageous that the ramifications of these unlawful actions go far beyond the harm done to Mr. Raub himself; they undermine the constitutional foundations of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Therefore, the public is entitled to see all communications among local, state and federal agencies and personnel involved in these unlawful actions taken under the color of law.
Revolution Pac has just begun the fight to stop these kinds of unconscionable criminal actions by our national, state and local governments. To begin our efforts, we are gathering signatures of concerned citizens like you to this letter, which we will send to the Virginia Attorney General demanding that he take legal action to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
Lawrence Hunter, Ph.D.
209 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
P.S. We are relaunching the Revolution PAC. This letter was not part of the relaunch plan but we could not be silent on this disturbing violation of Civil Rights. This is what Ron Paul has warned us about for decades and unless we do something about it now, we may lose our liberty for the remainder of our lives. Revolution PAC will stand up and fight each and every battle for Liberty, not just the ones at the ballot boxes. Our new chairman, Dr. Lawrence Hunter already is ringing their bells in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA with a stinging column at Forbes.com, which also has been re-posted at LewRockwell.com. Please help by contributing $25, $50, $100 or more today to support the battle for our freedom.