Editor's Note: Brandon Raub is a former U.S. Marine who was detained by the FBI for psychiatric evaluation after posting violent song lyrics and Sept. 11 conspiracy theories on Facebook.
When you listen to the man Virginia tried to "disappear" into its psychiatric gulag speak for himself, you realize just how sane and articulate Brandon Raub is.
The next Brandon Raub could be any one of us in the Liberty Movement, which is why it is imperative that we all rally round him to see justice done by holding the local, state and federal officials involved in his kidnapping to account under the same criminal statutes that ordinary citizens would be prosecuted under for committing similar acts.
Indeed, Raub-like "disappearings" are happening across America as local, state and federal officials conspire to twist and distort already-dodgy civil-commitment laws into weapons of mass tyranny the old Soviet Way.
Is this to be the new Virginia Way?
According to Raub's attorney, John Whitehead, in the first three weeks of August alone, 20 people were "disappeared" out of Raub's home county (Chesterfield County, population 320,000) into the Virginia psychiatric gulag.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli must do the right thing and not give the individuals responsible for this horror immunity from prosecution behind the shield of so-called "sovereign immunity."
If he does, you will know for sure just how corrupt and rotten America and Virginia have become.
And he must not pretend that no real infraction of the law has occurred with these police-state actions. Woe betide all Virginians if Kenneth Cuccinelli decides to play Pontius Pilate on this one.
Sovereign immunity is unfit for a free society in which sovereignty resides with each and every individual, not the state, and it should not be used as a shield to protect government officials from prosecution for clearly lawless actions.
Sovereign immunity is inappropriate in a democracy. As the United States Supreme Court held in Albert Hess and Charles F. Walsh, Petitioners v. Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp.
"Expansive 11th Amendment jurisprudence is not merely misguided as a matter of constitutional law; it is also an engine of injustice. The doctrine of sovereign immunity has long been the subject of scholarly criticism. And rightly so, for throughout the doctrine's history, it has clashed with the just principle that there should be a remedy for every wrong. Sovereign immunity inevitably places a lesser value on administering justice to the individual than on giving government a license to act arbitrarily."
Even more importantly, arguments to shield government officials from crimes they commit under the guise of "sovereignty immunity" or the "state's dignity" have no place in a society in which the people, each and every individual, are sovereign, not the collective state.
Putting government officials above the law through sovereign immunity allows government actions to be severed, and thus sanitized, from the human actions on behalf of the state taken by real people.
This process of abstraction creates what William Grigg calls "Immaculate Suppression: People are seized, imprisoned, and sometimes slaughtered, and those atrocities somehow commit themselves without the conscious involvement of individuals."
If government bureaucrats and elected officials, including judges and all their bureaucratic variants, are not held accountable under the law in exactly the same way as ordinary people would be for similar acts, those officials are putting themselves above the law and on a par with Almighty God himself.
Someone should remind Mr. Cuccinelli, who professes to be so righteous a man that he felt compelled to Photoshop a breastplate onto the image of the Roman goddess Virtus in the Virginia Seal to cover her bare breast — part of the official Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia for more than 220 years — that the real indecency would be to sweep the Raub obscenity under the carpet and let the criminals acting under the color of law off scot-free.
There is not a fig leaf in the world big enough to cover that obscenity.
Lawrence A. Hunter, Warrenton