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:


POLL: Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

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Just one day after Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, which left over 1,400 people Israelis dead, 34 different student groups from Harvard University wrote a joint statement pinning the blame of Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel. In the following days after publishing this callous statement, these students staged a walkout and rallied in support of the Palestinians. As Glenn has discussed, this is not an isolated event, and campuses across the country have hosted similar rallies where antisemitic jargon like "we don't want no Jew state" and "globalize the intifada" is freely spewed.

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

While the Universities have not officially backed any of these rallies or student groups that organized them, they haven't stopped them either, which raises the question: should they? On one hand, these are American students in American Universities, who are protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, history tells us how dangerous antisemitism is if left unchecked; and what of the rights of Jewish students to be safe on the campuses they pay to attend? Let us know what you think in the poll below:

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests? 

Would you feel safe if your child attended a University that allowed pro-Hamas protests?

 Should Universities allow pro-Israel protests?

Is pro-Hamas rhetoric protected by the First Amendment?

POLL: What do YOU think Israel should do about Gaza?

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Should Israel take over Gaza after defeating Hamas? This contentious historical question has resurfaced amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas' terror attacks, which resulted in the greatest death of Jews since the Holocaust. Biden and the global elites have warned Israel against occupation of the Palestinian territory. When asked on 60 Minutes if he would support the Israeli occupation of Gaza, Biden said, “I think it would be a big mistake.” Today Glenn responded to Biden’s answer: “I don't think it's a mistake to occupy."

This has been a long-standing, polarizing issue that is now more relevant than ever, and we want to hear YOUR thoughts. Let us know in the poll below:

Would you support an Israeli occupation of Gaza?

Do you think the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are justified?

Do you think a two-state solution is still possible?

Funding IRAN?! Here are the TOP 5 reasons Joe Biden should be IMPEACHED

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On September 12th, the House announced an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden with allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. Naturally, the media quickly jumped to the President’s aid claiming that “there is no evidence to support these claims” and that the whole affair is a witch hunt.

If you’ve been listening to Glenn, you know that this is simply not the case. Biden has been committing impeachment-worthy deeds before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office—there’s no shortage of evidence to justify this inquiry. Here are 5 scathing reasons why Biden should be impeached:

He was responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster.

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The Biden administration began with the US's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Under his watch, Biden left thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban's hostile regime. Countless Afghan allies have been murdered by the Taliban due to the Biden administration's negligence.

He was involved with Hunter Biden's illicit foreign business dealings.

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There is clear evidence that Joe Biden was more than aware of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. From suspicious money laundering through the Biden family's accounts to Joe's involvement with important business meetings within Hunter's company, there is mounting evidence to warrant an impeachment inquiry.

He lied about his involvement with Hunter's business dealings.

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Not only did Biden involve himself with his son's less-than-legal foreign business ventures, but he lied to the American people about it too, claiming he had NO KNOWLEDGE of what was going on.

He failed to protect the Southern border, and actively made it worse.

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Biden singlehandedly turned the Southern border into the worst illegal immigration crisis in US history. He reversed many policies set in place by the Trump administration, resulting in 2.3 million illegal immigrants flooding into the US under his watch, a historic high.


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Biden reversed the Trump-era policy that halted all funds going into Iran. The Wall Street Journal revealed the smoking-gun evidence proving that Iran trained AND funded Hamas before its gruesome terror attacks against Israel. Moreover, shortly before the attacks, the Biden administration unfroze $6 BILLION dollars of Iran's assets as a part of a prisoner swap. On top of this, Biden resumed $200 million worth of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza that Trump had ended—because the money was being used to buy weapons for Hamas.

Top 5 economic milestones that show HOW BAD Bidenomics has made the economy

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From groceries to house prices, everything seems to get more expensive, and you can thank Biden for that. Glenn recently exposed the truth about 'Bidenomics' and the havoc it has wrought on the American economy. Here are five economic milestones during the Biden administration that expose the glaring track record of "Bidenomics:"

In July 2022, the inflation rate hit 9.1 percent, a 40-year record high.

In June 2022, gas hit an all time record high of $5 a gallon for the national average.

61 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck as of this September.

Interest rates reached a 15-year high at 5.25 percent and are still increasing.

Americans have $1 trillion in collective credit card debt, in part due to food/staple pieces being very high.