HOLMBERG: Brandon Raub shares theories about American threats

Posted at 11:15 PM, Sep 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-12 09:15:46-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- A decorated U.S. Marine war veteran has a lot of theories about who’s really running the country and the world's banks.

Brandon Raub, recently released from a psychiatric hospital, says those extremely wealthy individuals and organizations want to enslave us, and calls it an emergency situation.

Raub's Facebook postings about that conspiracy, with language that seemed to advocate violence, led federal agents as well as Chesterfield Police to come to his home to question him last month.

In his first sit-down interview with a news organization, Raub says a federal agent collapsed in his front yard that night leading to a "physical situation." He says he was detained by authorities under what’s called an emergency detention order –  an allegation that he was in danger to himself and others – and a subsequent mental health evaluation led him to be committed to a psychiatric hospital until lawyers from the libertarian group, The Rutherford Institute, took up his cause. The case was picked up by conservative websites and made national news.

In a wide-ranging interview, the 26-year-old talked about what he calls direct threats to freedom in the United States, and around the world.  Among his claims, he said the Israelis were responsible for attacking the World Trade Center on 9/11.

There is a short and a long video version of this interview here. It is largely unfiltered, the thoughts of a man who some say was detained for challenging authority by using free speech.

You be the judge.

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