Although Brandon Raub fully expected hostile feedback over his Facebook posts, he likely never expected law authorities to appear at his door.
A long-time critic of the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve, the 26-year old former marine had published a series of posts on Facebook arguing, among other things, that the event of September 11, 2001 was a government plot, that the U.S. government is run by a closed group of insiders, and that the global elite consisted of "pedophiles who rape children." His posts, peppered with comments over "starting the revolution" were certainly provocative but he was careful not to make formal threats that might lead to his being charged with a crime. Instead, police officers came to the house in Chesterfield, Virginia where he had been living and took him, in handcuffs, to the John Randolph Psychiatric Hospital in Hopewell, VA for an involuntary psychiatric examination.
There are still conflicting accounts concerning which law enforcement agencies were involved and the exact circumstances under which Raub was taken to hospital. While representatives of the Chesterfield, Virginia police department insist that the former marine was never formally charged and that they were simply assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the FBI has publicly denied being involved. Both Brandon Raub and his mother insist that the FBI agents on the scene stated that Raub was taken into custody for "assaulting a Chesterfield police officer and making threats that were terrorist in nature."