Brandon Raub is abducted, August 16, 2012
Martha Dodd wasn’t particularly happy when her father was appointed U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933. When the family arrived in Berlin, Martha found the city irresistibly fascinating, and she immersed the tour guide in a steady stream of questions about architecture, history, and culture.
The touring car soon arrived at the Reichstag building, which four months earlier had been the scene of an arson attack that precipitated a politically convenient crisis. The terrorist incident, which was supposedly the work of a small knot of saboteurs led by a Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe, provided the impetus for passage of the “Law for Removing the Distress of People and Reich” – the “Enabling Act” that served as the legal foundation for the national socialist dictatorship.
At this point – July 1933 – the National Socialist Party had not fully consolidated its power, and many Germans publicly speculated “that the Nazi regime itself had orchestrated the fire to stir fears of a Bolshevik uprising and thereby gain popular support for the suspension of civil liberties,” observes Erik Larson in his recent book In the Garden of Beasts. “The upcoming trial was the talk of Berlin.”
Martha noticed that “contrary to what news reports had led her to expect, the building seemed intact,” Larson relates. “The towers still stood and the facades appeared unmarked.”
“Oh, I thought it was burned down!” she commented to the agitated protocol secretary who was conducting the tour. “It looks all right to me. Tell me what happened.”
In reply to Martha's request, the protocol officer grabbed the young woman by the arm and hissed: “Young lady, you must learn to be seen and not heard. This isn’t America and you can’t say all the things you think.”
People who challenged the government’s official version of events by asking impertinent questions faced the prospect of “protective custody.” In Berlin circa 1933, this was called schutzhaft. In the contemporary American Reich this procedure is called “emergency custody.”
Brandon Raub, a Marine combat veteran, was abducted at his home in Chesterfield, Virginia by a thugscrum of federal officials and local police on August 16. He wasn’t charged with a crime; instead, he was taken into schutzhaft on the pretext that some of his Facebook posts concerning current affairs evinced symptoms of mental derangement or terrorist inclinations.
Raub was handcuffed by the police when he displayed “resistance” – in this case, passive non-compliance. Following a perfunctory mental status hearing, Raub was confined to the John Randolph Medical Center, a branch of the American psychiatric gulag – or what the Soviets called the psihuska.
I recognize that this description mingles totalitarian idioms, but this is necessary in order to capture the specific flavor of American’s version of the Total State. It doesn’t offer the lurid pageantry of National Socialism, nor does it mimic the same drab, soul-deadening grayness of the Soviet model. America’s “soft” totalitarianism blends some elements borrowed from its Soviet and Nazi predecessors, while adding a generous helping of the State-supervised consumerism depicted by Aldous Huxley.
The legend on this federally subsidized vehicle reads "Free speech unit."
Raub came to the attention of his overseers after publicly expressing doubts about the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks – the contemporary “Reichstag Fire” incident that led to the USA PATRIOT Act and the Bush administration’s open-ended Authorization for Use of Military Force. Those two measures, taken together, constitute the modern equivalent of Hitler’s “Enabling Act.” Raub demanded the arrest and prosecution of elected and appointed officials responsible for myriad crimes against liberty and decency.
Although Raub was seized at gunpoint and dragged from his home in handcuffs, none of those who committed the act will admit to “arresting” him.
“The FBI did not arrest him,” insisted Bureau spokesliar Dee Rybiski.
Raub “was not arrested by us on any charges,” insisted Secret Service apparatchik Max Milien when asked about the case.
“We were assisting the FBI in this matter,” simpered Lt. Rich McCullough of the Chesterfield Police Department. “All we did was transport him” to the psychiatric gulag.
Totalitarian states always require acts of immaculate suppression: Millions are seized, imprisoned, and slaughtered, and those atrocities somehow commit themselves without the conscious involvement of individuals.
One incident like the abduction of Brandon Raub could be considered an anomaly; two may be a coincidence; three constitute a pattern. Raub is just one of several Americans who have recently been taken into shutzhaft by operatives of the Homeland Security State.
Several months ago, Washington, D.C. resident Matthew Corrigan, a depressed veteran seeking help for a sleeping disorder, was arrested by a SWAT team after he mistakenly called the National Suicide Hotline. Despite the fact that he was neither a criminal suspect nor a suicide risk, Corrigan – like Raub -- was hauled away in handcuffs and imprisoned.
When Corrigan, an Army Reservist employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, placed the phone call on February 2, 2010, he hadn’t slept for several days. He dialed what he thought was the number to the Military Emotional Support Hotline. While speaking with a counselor, Corrigan mentioned that he was a veteran, and answered “yes” when asked if he owned a firearm. He then turned off the phone, took a sleeping pill, and retired for the night.
At about 4:00 a.m., Corrigan was startled awake by the sound of his name being called through a police bullhorn. Ordered to come out of the house, Corrigan did so, locking the door behind him. He was surrounded by police, handcuffed, and put in the back of a van. When the officer commanding the Emergency Response Team (ERT, the local equivalent of SWAT) demanded access to his home, Corrigan replied: “There is no way I am giving you consent to enter my place.”
Lt. Robert Glover, the on-scene ERT commander, angrily replied: “I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullsh*t!” and ordered the team to invade the property. Corrigan was taken to a VA hospital, where it was determined that he wasn’t a suicide risk. Despite the fact that he hadn’t been charged with a crime, Corrigan was held in jail for roughly two weeks before being released. He was also required to report each week to Pretrial Services.
In Corrigan's absence, the SWAT team ransacked his residence. Without either a warrant or probable cause, the police deployed a bomb squad to search for explosives and firearms. They eventually found two handguns and a rifle, all of which were legally owned and properly stored.
Corrigan was not the first innocent gun owner to be seized by a SWAT team and detained without criminal charges owing to his suspected psychological instability.
On March 8, 2010, David Pyles of Medford, Oregon awoke to find his home surrounded by company-strength contingent of police -- two SWAT teams, officers from two local police departments, sheriff’s deputies from two counties, and troopers from the Oregon State Police. A few days earlier, Pyles had purchased two handguns and an AK-47 rifle. Shortly before he used a tax refund to buy the guns, Pyles had been put on administrative leave by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This convergence of events led police to categorize Pyles — without evidence of criminal intent or derangement — as a “disgruntled employee” planning retaliation of some kind against his ODOT supervisor. The police that surrounded his house demanded that he submit to a mental health evaluation. They also seized his firearms for “safekeeping.”
“They woke me up with a phone call at about 5:50 in the morning,” Pyles recalled later. “I looked out the window and saw the SWAT team pointing their guns at my house. The officer on the phone told me to turn myself in. I told them I would, on three conditions: I would not be handcuffed. I would not be taken off my property. And I would not be forced to get a mental health evaluation. He agreed.”
The negotiator, being a police officer, performed as he was trained to – that is to say, he lied.
"Thought Criminal" Gregory Girard.
“The second I stepped outside, they jumped me,” continues Pyles. “Then they handcuffed me, took me off my property, and took me to get a mental health evaluation.”
Within a few hours Pyles had been discharged from the hospital. He never saw the inside of a jail cell. The local police — most likely in reaction to a nation-wide outpouring of outrage triggered by their persecution of an innocent gun owner — returned the firearms, albeit not before lying to him again by claiming that he would have to undergo a second “background check.”
All of this, according to Sgt. Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police, was a successful exercise in “proactive” police work.
The February 2010 paramilitary assault on the Salem County, Massachusetts home of engineer Gregory Girard was an even more egregious case. Girard had an unremarkable gun collection – at tota 11 legally purchased and registered rifles and two handguns. The police who stole Girard’s property described that collection as “an alarming, nearly military-grade stockpile,” and his food storage supplies, flashlights, batteries, and camping gear as “military-style items.”
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