Operation Vigilant Eagle: Obama Targets Vets In War On Free Speech


Obama's war on our fundamental rights is devastating. The enemedia performs like state-run media and covers for this incredible rout. It is shocking. And in all of these grotesque anti-American maneuvers, Obama and his thugs are always using Orwellian language. 'Operation Vigilant Eagle' criminalizes free speech and targets our nation's best -- our vets.

Veterans are being singled out and arrested and labelled as mentally sick for criticizing Obama. Obama created this to stop criticism of him and his administration.

Operation Vigilant Eagle: Is This Really How We Honor Our Nation's Veterans? OpEd News (thanks to Laura)

Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 23 million veterans who have served in World War II through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the plight of veterans today, while often overlooked, is common knowledge: impoverished, unemployed, lacking any decent health benefits, homeless, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, marital stress.

Making matters worse, thanks to Operation Vigilant Eagle, a program launched by the Department of Homeland Security in 2009, military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are also being characterized as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be "disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war." As a result, these servicemen and women--many of whom are decorated--are finding themselves under surveillance, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, or arrested, all for daring to voice their concerns about the alarming state of our union and the erosion of our freedoms.

"Jailed for Facebook comments, Marine sues" WND.com

'Case exposes government system that is targeting military veterans'

It happens in China routinely. It frequently happened in the old Soviet Union. Undoubtedly in North Korea, although generally there's no one around to witness it. But in the United States? It happens here, too, apparently.

A lawsuit has been filed by officials with the Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Marine who was jailed and held for the comments he made on Facebook – comments that expressed a dissatisfaction with the present direction of the U.S. government.

According to officials at Rutherford, the civil rights action names as defendants members of law enforcement and the government who were involved in last year's episode where Marine veteran Brandon Raub, 27, was arrested by a swarm of FBI and Secret Service and forcibly detained in a psychiatric ward for a week.

His crime was posting controversial song lyrics and political views on Facebook, the institute reported.

In one of his postings, he cited the evil in the world.

"The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them," he wrote.

He was released later when a judge stepped in and concluded the prosecution's case against Raub was "so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy."

The lawsuit asks for damages for Raub for the attack he endured. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., and claims Raub's seizure and detention were part of a plan executed by the Obama administration called "Operation Vigilant Eagle."

That, the institute explains, was a federal program to do surveillance on military veterans who express views critical of the government.

Institute attorneys claim the attempt to label Raub as "mentally ill" and authorities' efforts to involuntarily commit him into custody was intended to silence his criticism of the government. However, they explain the strategy also violated Raub's First and Fourth Amendment rights.

"Since coming to Raub's defense, The Rutherford Institute has been contacted by military veterans across the country recounting similar incidents. In filing a civil suit against government officials, Rutherford Institute attorneys plan to take issue with the manner in which Virginia's civil commitment statutes are being used to silence individuals engaged in lawfully exercising their free speech rights," the organization said.

"Brandon Raub's case exposed the seedy underbelly of a governmental system that is targeting military veterans for expressing their discontent over America's rapid transition to a police state," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

"Brandon Raub is not the first veteran to be targeted for speaking out against the government. Hopefully, by holding officials accountable, we can ensure that Brandon is the last to suffer in this way."

It was last Aug, 16 when Chesterfield police, Secret Service and FBI agents arrived at Raub's home and asked to talk with him about his Facebook posts.

"Like many Facebook users, Raub, a Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, uses his Facebook page to post song lyrics and air his political opinions. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials handcuffed Raub and transported him to police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will," the Institute reported.

"In a hearing on Aug. 20, government officials pointed to Raub's Facebook posts as the reason for his incarceration. While Raub stated that the Facebook posts were being read out of context, a Special Justice ordered Raub be held up to 30 more days for psychological evaluation and treatment."

When Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, however, found out about the case, he ordered it dismissed and Raub released, because there was no evidence of a case.

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  • jenkem5

    There was plenty of evidence. Reams of illegal electronic surveillance, e-mails, phone records, phone recording's ect. They just didn't have any warrants for ANY of it so it's not admissible in court... Yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matheus.grunt Matheus Grunt

    Being a combat veteran myself, and getting out 7 years ago also, I find this operation coined by the DHS POS tyrants interesting. I've heard about it and read about it back in 2009 and 2010 when it was first out and nothing this administration does surprises me. Look at the battles between the Red's and the White's Armies back in the early 20th Century over in Russia. The Red's came in and killed the Russian veterans & civilians afterwards when they promised not to confiscate weapons, but did anyways. Stalin took over right after.

  • LYNCH

    At what point do you openly call it totalitarianism and a coup on our Republic? AFTER they come to shoot us? what if you don't make it to a courtroom cause they 'got burned' last time they left the 'suspect' alive. when it looks like it, feels like it, and shoots at you in your home IT'S TOTALITARIANISM.

  • Richard Holmes

    Let the bullets fly.

  • benth163

    So we can ask, where in the H*ll is our Congress, and why are they not impeaching that SOB we call a president. Of course Biden will not be any better as he is a part of that same clad coin. The CIA, DHS, NSA, etc., etc. must be done away with or we will continue to have our rights curtailed by clandestine operations within our borders by the secret government !

    The corruption is so deep that nothing but an absolute clearing of all offices which are not absolutely essential to the running of our government must be conducted !

  • vchorseguy

    @ZaMan. Why is it when anyone disagrees with a Lib they are a racist? Why is it when a Lib says anything against Bush or any Concervative it is the truth? Why is it Libs always spout off about the Constitution yet won't uphold it? Why is it Libs ignore Libs failing to uphold their oaths of office? Why is it Libs never accept that being honorable isn't confined to race? And why is it Libs ALWAYS go to the lowest common denominator when speaking? The favor of a rational response would be appreciated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matheus.grunt Matheus Grunt

      Because liberal leftists aren't able to make real arguments, they just pout like children do when they don't get their way.

  • Joseph James

    well Im off to drop the obama kids off at the white house...errr I mean time to take my morning shyt

  • WATCHER

    Obummer migh tbe surprised when he declares Martial Law and finds that no one shows up. Who knows, he might enjoy prison life and the warm showers with his staff.

    • JC

      We can hope! :)

  • isaidit

    I kind'a think this country will never have another black president, male or female, why you ask, its a matter of trust and common sense------case closed

  • isaidit

    Hey o'bungo, you would not know a vet from your racist ass------You have proven many times over that you make me wanna puke------

  • jvb1980808

    And yet Obama remains POPULAR and UNTOUCHED by all these scandals. This should scare the beejeezus out of people. The fact he walks about UNSCATHED by one glaring error after another....he hovers above it all.

  • OIFAlumni

    These slimey civilians can go F-K themselves.

  • Darryl Cole

    Anti-racists" say there's a RACE problem. They say it'll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and "assimilate" to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these "anti-racists" say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they're anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  • Tom Townsend II

    I also hope that Raub's attorneys filed theft charges against the government for any property taken during his wrongful apprehension and not returned and sued for any and all damages to property and all damages from the government's search of his computer and anything else they examined without proper due process, actual commitment of a crime on Raub's part and their illegal search and seizure without reasonable probable cause. These abuses should also be highly and repeatedly publicized with those responsible not only being sued (both government offices involved and individual offenders who violated the rights and the U.S. Constitution) for each and every case that has existed and that ever come in the future each time it happens into perpetuity.

  • TAM44

    I'm a vet and I'm proud to say, barack hussein obama you sissified BOY STFU you would not make a pimple on a real mans butt. Your a pathetic lying illegal from hell who has been out to destroy America from day one for your cowards the murdering muslim brotherhood you worship.