The Government Is Apparently Completely Unfamiliar With Facebook & Conspiracy Theories

If this is enough to get you committed, then there are tens of thousands of people on Facebook who should be in an asylum.

A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia’s Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”

…A Virginia-based civil liberties group, The Rutherford Institute, dispatched one of its attorneys to the hospital to represent Raub at a hearing Monday. A judge ordered Raub detained for another month, Rutherford executive director John Whitehead said.

…Thomas said her son, who served tours as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, is “concerned about all the wars we’ve experienced” and believes the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. One of his Facebook posts, she said, pictured the gaping hole in the Pentagon and asked “where’s the plane?”

Are people who think the government was behind 9/11 crazy? Maybe a little. At a minimum, they have a difficulty with linear thinking. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re about to go on a killing spree — or at least, I hope it doesn’t, because there are a lot of people like that. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.” When crazy goes as mainstream as conspiracy theories have of late, the loons can’t be considered quite as crazy.

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