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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 24, 2013 / 16 Tammuz, 5773

Why Was Former Marine Held in a Psych Ward?

By Rick Jensen





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You come home from serving your country in Iraq or Afghanistan. You're honorably discharged and considering your next job or career. Meanwhile, you also blog and post personal political views and song lyrics on Facebook. You have threatened no one, but that doesn't stop the FBI and police from showing up at your door.

You're handcuffed, taken away, briefly interviewed by a psychologist and confined in a psychiatric ward against your will.

You're not charged with any crime. Without legal representation, you disappear. Perhaps for a few months, maybe a couple of years. You could be administered drugs.

Attorney John Whitehead, a respected attorney who heads The Rutherford Institute, a nonpartisan civil rights organization he founded and operates with his wife, tells me this has happened to about 1.5 million Americans this past year.

How many Americans have been administered psychotropic drugs against their will?

"While we have assisted other veterans and been alerted to the fact that other veterans are being targeted, we cannot vouch for how many others, other than Brandon (Raub), have been faced with the possibility of forced medication."

John tells the haunting story of Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who was forcibly taken from his home on August 16, 2012, by FBI agents and police in Chesterfield County, Va. and placed in a psychiatric ward against his will.

His crime?

Posting personal political views and song lyrics to his Facebook page. Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube, which has since gone viral, and the public continues to clamor for his release (watch the video here: http://tinyurl.com/lc9w6tj).



"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 where he was forced to undergo psychological evaluations," Whitehead said.

"Fortunately, in an unexpected ruling handed down by Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, the government's case against Brandon Raub was dismissed on the grounds that the petition for Raub's detainment 'is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.'"

You are likely disbelieving this story. I would if I hadn't interviewed Mr. Whitehead many times over the years concerning civil rights cases he has successfully litigated. He's genuine.

John also warned that the psychiatric interview was only two minutes long. The psychiatrist claimed it was 15 minutes long.

Really? The government is sentencing former military men and women to psychiatric centers with no criminal charges based on two-minute or 15-minute interviews?

The psychiatrist said that it was Brandon's long pauses between questions that compelled him to commit Brandon.

Fortunately, John Whitehead was able to help Brandon and was informed by other veterans groups that other veterans are being targeted for Facebook posts.

How can they do this without arresting someone?

Involuntary civil commitment.

Cornell Law School defines involuntary civil commitment as "the admission of individuals against their will into a mental health unit."

Useful when someone truly is a danger to themselves or others. Not when used to confine honorably discharged military men and women back from Afghanistan and Iraq when they exercise their constitutional right to free speech with no threat to any others.

I asked John what can we, ordinary citizens do to stop this Orwellian torment.

He said, "Start local groups. Meet and share this information. Invite your senators and congressional representatives to your meetings and share this information with them. Ask them to help stop this government force against citizens legally expressing their personal views from the privacy of their own homes. Protest."

I will use this column to lobby my congressional delegation as well as all those who read this paper and/or website. I will direct them to Rutherford.Org and demand they use their authority as elected citizens to end this constitutional crisis.

Will you?

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