Former Marine Targeted by Federal Vigilantes Files Lawsuit

M. Catherine Evans
The case of veteran Marine Brandon Raub exemplifies a government turning on its people. Agents of the federal government under the FBI program "Operation Vigilant Eagle" not only surveilled Raub's Facebook postings, but went to his home, arrested him without probable cause, jailed him, temporarily placed him in a mental hospital then transported him to a veterans' facility for the mentally ill. From August 16, 2012 to August 23, 2012, Raub was at the mercy of federal "vigilantes" until a circuit court judge released him because an August 20 petition claiming that Raub was mentally ill was "so devoid of factual allegations that it could not reasonably be expected to give rise to a case or controversy." Tuesday, Raub filed a federal suit in U.S. District Court for the eastern District of Virginia, arguing he was illegally detained as part of an effort to suppress his freedom of speech.  The complaint, Raub v. Bowen, et al, lists 15 defendants, including members of the...(Read Full Post)

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