Fans of freedom should be terrified by a recent largely unreported story of a former soldier who was arrested and has been detained in a psychiatric hospital simply for expressing his First Amendment right to free speech.
Brandon Raub of Virginia has been detained against his will for what police called “ominous posts talking of a coming revolution”. If you are wondering where Mr. Raub was making these comments and if he had directed them toward anyone specifically – it was all on Facebook, and the comments were not directed at anyone specifically. To make matters worse the comments were made on a closed group page that was only open to three members, so one wonders just how it was that the government got a hold of the information. Did one of Raub’s close associates turn him in, or is the government monitoring social networking sites, like Facebook, for conversation it deems “dangerous”?
The FBI spokesperson gives us even more reason to fear for our rights even as she tries to assuage the fears of fans of the First Amendment.
“Dee Rybiski, an FBI spokeswoman in Richmond, said there was no Facebook snooping by her agency. “We received quite a few complaints about what were perceived as threatening posts,” she said. “Given the circumstances with the things that have gone on in the country with some of these mass shootings, it would be horrible for law enforcement not to pay attention to complaints.””
So the FBI is now arresting people based on complaints by anonymous sources? The FBI is now also acting as some sort of science fiction pre-crime unit arresting citizens before they commit a crime and sending them to reeducation centers? Follow her logic folks – the FBI had to act because someone complained and then we read his comments and thought this guy might kill a bunch of people because he has some anti-government ideas. We better arrest him before he actually does anything wrong, and then we should stick him in a psychiatric hospital because he has weird political beliefs that we don’t agree with.
Are you terrified yet? You should be, because you could be next.