A message for law enforcement and military

Second AmendmentStatists who hold power in Washington, DC, state capitals, major U.S. cities, and even small towns like Burlington, Vermont have revealed their game plan to “eliminate ‘gun violence.'” Unchecked, this effort will undoubtedly produce the same kind of results as the Federal government’s largest abject failure, the “War on Poverty.” More Federal gun control will also fail, and lead to terrible disasters throughout the country.

Real Americans know that gun control laws have unintended consequences. When gun ownership is severely restricted or outlawed, only criminals have guns. And they know law-abiding citizens are unarmed.

The statists’ desire to restrict, regulate or even remove your Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms is overwhelming. They are openly urging President Barack Hussein Obama to violate the Second Amendment by issuing an executive order that would likely:

  • eliminate access to hundreds of different kinds of guns
  • impose strict, new laws on law-abiding citizens, unnecessarily regulating or perhaps outlawing the private sale or purchase of weapons
  • severely limit the number of rounds in a legally owned clip or magazine
  • require fingerprinting and photo identification – stored in a national database – for all legal gun owners

Ordinary Americans have common sense enough to know that more gun control laws are not the answer. They are angered and frustrated as politicians disregard and flagrantly violate the plain language of our founding documents. If you are a member of law enforcement or the military, here is a special message for you:

Please feel free to share this clip with others. You may also be interested in the good work being done by Oath Keepers.

‘Un-Constitutional laws aren’t laws’

Joshua BostonWatch as former U.S. Marine Joshua Boston, who served eight years in Afghanistan, calmly explains Second Amendment rights to smug CNN newsreader Randi Kaye, who apparently hasn’t read our Constitution or the Bill of Rights:

Radical leftist democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced proposed legislation to ban 120 specific weapons, guns that have any military characteristic, and many semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Boston originally posted his letter on CNN’s iReport on December 27, 2012 in response to Feinstein’s calculated attack on the Second Amendment:

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully submitted,

Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps 2004-2012

Boston is correct: We are not subjects, we are free citizens. We are not servants of elected officials. We are not peasants. And we, the American people, deserve much better than the likes of Dianne Feinstein.

FBI, Secret Service take decorated Marine into custody

Updated 21 August 2012

The recent arrest/detention of a decorated, honorably-discharged U.S. Marine is raising serious concerns about the federal government policing peoples’ thoughts and political speech – a right guaranteed to U.S. citizens in the Constitution.

According to a report by WTVR CBS Channel 6 news, attorneys from the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties group, are now representing former U.S. Marine Brandon Raub. The 26 year-old was detained on August 16, 2012, by Federal authorities – apparently solely for posting controversial opinions on Facebook.

The Rutherford Institute issued this statement on August 20:

The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a former Marine, 26-year-old Brandon Raub, who was arrested, detained indefinitely in a psych ward and forced to undergo psychological evaluations based solely on the controversial nature of lines from song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games which he posted to his private Facebook page.

Although the FBI and Chesterfield County police have not charged Brandon Raub, a resident of Chesterfield County, Va., with committing any crime, they arrested Raub on Thursday, August 16, 2012, and transported him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will due to alleged concerns that his Facebook (FB) posts were controversial and “terrorist in nature.”

In a hearing held at the hospital, government officials disregarded Raub’s explanation that the Facebook posts were being interpreted out of context, sentencing him up to 30 days’ further confinement in a VA psych ward.

In coming to Raub’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging Raub’s arrest and forcible detention, as well as the government’s overt Facebook surveillance and violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon. This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub is no different from the majority of Americans who use their private Facebook pages to post a variety of content, ranging from song lyrics and political hyperbole to trash talking their neighbors, friends and government leaders.”

Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was detained by FBI agents and police officers at his home in Chesterfield County based upon the nature of content posted to his Facebook page in recent months.

Like many Facebook users, Raub uses his FB page to post songs lyrics and air his political opinions, as well as engage in virtual online games with other users.

On Thursday, August 16, police and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asking to speak with him about his Facebook posts. They did not provide Raub with a search warrant. Raub was cooperative and agreed to speak with them. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials then handcuffed Raub and transported him first to the police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will.

Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube. Law enforcement officials have stated in press reports that Raub was not arrested. However, as attorney John Whitehead points out, if the police have put handcuffs on you and you’re being held against your will, that qualifies as an arrest.

In a hearing before a judge on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration.

Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the FB posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, the judge agreed that Raub should be incarcerated at a VA hospital for up to 30 more days.

Rutherford Institute attorneys are working to challenge Raub’s detention and the highly unconstitutional nature of the government’s actions.

The video linked here includes a segment from a recent broadcast on the Josh Tolley Show. In this August 17, 2012 clip, host Josh Tolley interviews Kathleen Thomas, the mother of honorably discharged U.S. Marine Sergeant Brandon Raub.

According to Thomas, her son served honorably in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Thomas alleges that her son was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Secret Service agents, as well as Chesterfield County (Virginia) Sheriff’s deputies. She claims that law enforcement officers “questioned him about his Facebook posts.”

Thomas also states that Raub was not arrested, and was not informed of his Miranda rights. According to Thomas, her son was taken directly to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia.

At the 10:15 mark, the radio show clip ends, and the viewer can see a man in handcuffs being put into a marked police car and driven away.

A brief search of Facebook seems to indicate that Raub created at least two accounts. His original profile, as Brandon J Raub:

 His second profile, as Raub Brandon:

This second profile contains an interesting description:

In addition to Facebook activity, Raub has contributed several posts on a blog titled “Don’t Tread on Me.” His articles there include:

There must be more to this story. We will post updates as they become available.

Google honors D-Day veterans

Internet giant Google is known for clever, relevant graphics prominently displayed on their search page. June 6, 2012 marks the 68th anniversary of the invasion of Europe by Allied forces in Normandy, France – commonly referred to as “D-Day.”

And here’s how Google honors our World War II veterans on June 6:

Let’s say thanks!

How easy is this?
 
With the help of many partners, Xerox is supporting a wonderful web site that every American patriot should make “liberal” use of! It’s called Let’s Say Thanks, and makes it simple for us to thank our troops.
 
The site features lots of patrotic images created by school students across the United States. Sponsors underwrite all of the costs to send a personalized postcard to a soldier, sailor, airman or marine overseas.
 
Choose a card design, personalize your message of gratitude and hit “send.” That’s how easy it is.