A day more significant than 9-11-01 should be marked in the history books: 8-16-12. On that day an American, minding his own business, outside of ranting on his Facebook page, was forcibly taken without charge from his home.
The muscle used to grab Brandon Raub was local Chesterfield County, VA police. Also present during the grab were agents of the FBI and of the Secret Service.
Both the FBI and the Secret Service claim that they were only observing and not participating in the grab. The Chesterfield County police initially stated that they were only carrying out a request from the federal agencies.
The police also claim Raub is not under arrest, even though he was led away in handcuffs and is not permitted to leave the psychiatric ward of a hospital---even though it appears that Raub is not in any way in need of psychological care.
I note this happened in the United States of America, with local police, FBI agents and Secret Service taking part.
This is extremely chilling. The presence of the FBI and Secret Service certainly implies a significant degree of planning in this effort at a very high level.
I wouldn't doubt there are tens of thousands of people who have written comments on Facebook similar to those written by Raub. Never before would any of those people feared a knock on the door from local police and federal agents. That has changed.
Let's see if America cares, and what uproar the Raub Grab causes. If it doesn't cause major uproar amongst the people, government has won a major battle against its citizens. I have written before that as long as we have free speech, we have a great amount of freedom in this country, but once freedom of speech is gone, it's all down hill from there. Fearing a knock on your door because of what you might write changes this country big time.
We are at the edge, if there is no uproar with the government backing down, this country is no better than the old Soviet Union.
My guess is that we will lose. There aren't enough people who care. From here on out, watch what you say and what you write, even on Facebook.