Wednesday, May 29, 2013

[Peninsula-Patriots] Fwd: Vets/DHS/Brandon Raub

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Obama Administration and DHS Spying On Veterans

AUTHOR Kristin Tate
May 28, 2013 8:09am PST
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have had their privacy rights violated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who calls the targeted vets "suspected terrorist".
What a nice way to thank those who fought tirelessly for our country… Good grief.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have been monitoring white supremacists and "militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups" for terrorist activities since 2009. Somehow, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have fallen into these closely-watched groups, on the grounds that they are possible terrorists.
This is all done through a program called "Operation Vigilant Eagle". When the program began, it caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and dropped by the mainstream media. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary told NBC in an interview, "This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans."
In February 2009 (shortly after Obama's inauguration), a Vigilant Eagle memo was put out, saying the purpose of the program was to "share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat."
Since President Obama stepped into office, the DHS has issued several reports about a "wave of terrorism" by Republicans  – these reports have targeted all levels of conservatives from off-duty cops to Tea Party members. Vigilant Eagle is merely an unjust expression of these partisan preferences within the DHS.
Brandon Raub, a Marine vet, was arrested last year by FBI and Secret Service agents. He was then held for a week at a psychiatric facility… All because the vet complained about the government in blogs and on Facebook.
Then I guess I should be taken away too — I've made blogging about the government my fulltime job!
One of Raub's "questionable" posts read, "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."
Wow, I really feel like I'm in imminent danger after reading that…
Raub was finally released when a judge decided that the case against him was "devoid of any factual allegations." Gee, really took a genius to figure that out. It is crystal clear that Raub's arrest was Operation Vigilant Eagle's attempt to stop him from criticizing the government.
Since his release, Raub has been contacted by numerous other veterans with similar stories.
The Obama Administration has managed to criminalize those in our society who should instead be honored as heros: our veterans. We cannot let this administration continue to steal freedom from our vets. Something must be done to stop this, and someone must be held accountable — are you listening, Janet Napolitano?

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