Ex-Marine held without charge over Facebook posts is finally released

In a bizarre and scary story a 26 year old former Marine, Brandon Raub, was detained and held despite no charges against him. The ordeal ended up lasting about a week before a judge ordered his release earlier today.

The Blaze explains:

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia’s Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”

Police – acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional – took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.

"Now let me make it clear," Glenn said. "I haven't read the entire Facebook posts or anything.  From what I've seen with this guy, I don't agree with him.  He's a 9/11 Truther, but you know what?  Just because I don't agree with him doesn't mean I don't stand up for him.  Just because he believes something that I think is crazy doesn't mean that I don't stand up for his right to say it.  He apparently said sharpen my axe; I'm here to sever heads.  Okay, is that smart?  No, that's really colossally stupid.  Could it be metaphorical?  Yes.  Could it be a long string of alarming threats?  Yes.  We don't know."

"Here's what we do know, and the media is not showing you a massive governmental shark bump," Glenn said.

Earlier in the show, Glenn had discussed how before sharks attack, they bump their prey to test for any defenses and agressiveness.

" The police have decided to act under state law that allows emergency temporary psychiatric commitments on the recommendation of a health professional.  Whew.  Look out, gang.  This guy has not been charged with a crime.  Forget whatever this guy was saying on Facebook.  If he was making threats, fine.  Give the guy a call, knock on his door, pay him a visit.  Chat with him.  Do it the right way.  Get a warrant.  But to detain him for months at a time to undergo psychiatric evaluations, that is 1984.  That is the former Soviet Union.  That is much scarier than anything anybody could have possibly posted on Facebook.  No Miranda rights, no warrant, no charges.  In America."

"Number 39 on the 1963 list of Communist goals is dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose your Communist goals," he added.

"Where is anyone that complained about warrantless wiretaps?  Where are they?  Where are the people on the left and the right?  Where are the Republicans and the Democrats?  This is un‑American.  This is a shark bump.  Can we get away with it and no one say a word?  The answer so far is yes.  I do not agree with this guy.  I do not like what he posted on Facebook.  I don't think it's reasonable.  I don't think it's sane.  I don't think it's right.  But we still live in the United States of America, and he has a right.  And if you cannot defend the people that you despise, if you cannot defend the people that you disagree with, you're in trouble because who will defend you?  If this guy is building some bomb, then I want to know about it.  But you should be able to make that case to a judge and get a warrant.  And if you can't, hands off.  This is exactly what President Obama said:  He didn't want Americans scooped up in the middle of the night.  That's exactly what's happened.  And they've put him into a psych facility."

"My gosh, America, where are we headed?"

Raub was released today after a judge ruled that there was no legal ground for his continued detention.

Last night on Real News, the panel tackled the story as well:


First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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