'Operation Vigilant Eagle' Spies on Veterans Who Speak Too Freely

In 2009, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security began a program to monitor white supremacists and "militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups" for terrorist activities.

Included among the suspected terrorists were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

At the time it was revealed, the program called "Operation Vigilant Eagle" caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and buried by the media.

For the DHS, Vigilant Eagle was the expression of the misdirected paranoia that exists at the agency's highest levels, which since President Obama stepped into office have issued multiple reports about a supposed wave of terrorism by American conservatives of various stripes, from Tea Party members to off-duty cops.

At the time, Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary and chief conspiracy theorist, told NBC that, "This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans."

Tell it to Brandon Raub.

Last year, Raub was arrested by a small mob of FBI and Secret Service agents and held for a week at a psychiatric facility, all because the Marine vet likes to gripe in blogs and on Facebook about the federal government. (Who doesn't?)

According to WorldNet  Daily, one sample of his posts reads, "The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them"

Ah, yes. You can feel the imminent danger.

He has filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Wonder if another visit to the psych ward is in order?

He was only released last time after a judge stepped in and admonished the agencies holding him that the case was "devoid of any factual allegations."

Raub's attorneys claim that the arrest and forcible commitment were an attempt by FBI and other officials with Operation Vigilant Eagle to silence Raub for his criticism of the government.

Documents about Operation Vigilant Eagle show the project idea was hatched in December 2008 as a joint operation of the FBI and Defense Department, as the Bush Administration was packing up and the Obama Administration was moving in, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By February 2009, just weeks after President Obama's DHS opened shop, a project memo stated that the purpose of Vigilant Eagle was to "share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat."

Supposedly, this assessment of a suddenly "growing threat" was based on confidential information, undercover sources and "publicly available" information -- I'm betting the Huffington Post or Mother Jones, but the memo doesn't specify.

Raub's attorneys say they've been contacted by numerous other military veterans recounting similar stories.

After his arrest on August 16, Raub was ordered by a "Special Justice" to be held for 30 days for evaluation and "treatment." The arresting officials specifically stated his Facebook postings were the reason for his arrest.

Fortunately, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett heard about the case and intervened, throwing out the allegations by the feds.

If this is how we treat our veterans, our country has crossed the line and joined other countries like China and the Soviet Union that use tactical psychological "treatment" and detention to silence the opposition.

Thanks to the Obama Administration, the freedoms our brave veterans fought to protect are slipping away daily.


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  • Bobseeks

    Government by democrat fascists is a malignant cancer - it is time to take a chainsaw to it and cut it down to size.

  • fliteking

    Uhhh, let me guess . . . many of who they were investigating also happened to be "Tea Party" members., right?

  • James White, M.D.

    One living in this dark century where words like "gay" are substituted for "sodomite" should realize that George Orwell's worst nightmares are now not only realized, but are far exceeded. "Speech police" and "thought police" are seen in the form of ordinary citizens in malls, on the streets, and especially on college campuses, which "colleges" have merely become instruments of brainwashing the young.

    It may be too late, but if freedoms of speech and thought--not to mention the right of private property, and the entire bill of rights--are to be preserved, we Christian soldiers must arise and fight for the truth and the liberty that enshrines the "last best hope for mankind." God is still in charge, and Jefferson was right when he said "the tree of liberty requires frequent watering with the blood of tyrants and patriots." Dominus vobiscum.

  • Screeminmeeme

    Gee.....Isn't this called 'profiling'?

    It's interesting to note that while our vets are being targeted, Muslims are not....tho they are the ones who have attacked America time and time again? Where's the survelliance of and raids on mosques (where Mohammed stashed his weapons, thereby setting a precedent)? Why the appeasing of the enemy instead of support for those who courageously fight for us? Why the elimination of FBI/Military/police training programs which teach the truth about Islam and Jihad?

    And this is not the only way our government is hurting our vets. Those with PTSD are being ''treated'' with a cocktail of psychotropic drugs which are killing them or turning them into zombies. It's medical malpractice and a way of exterminating a group of people who would certainly oppose Obama should he make his move.

    Plus....the deliberately misleading name of ''Operation Vigilant Eagle'' is an offense. The American bald eagle has always stood as a symbol of freedom and what the government is doing is robbing vets of theirs.

    We need to root out the traitors within our government walls and try them for the subversive betrayers that they are. ......starting with Chicago homeboy, Obama.

    • shamu9

      You mean, Chic'ago' Sreet, Nairobi Kenya??

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.andersonsr Robert Anderson Sr

        The TALKING HEAD that the CHICAGO MAFIA put into office ! That's is ALL he knows is RUN his mouth !! His WHOLE ADMIN. is set up to TOTALLY DESTROY OUR COUNTRY !!

  • Ranchman

    Wow. What can somebody really say in these comment areas which will be strong enough? Ironically, I'm sitting here watching Fox News right now (Memorial Day, 1330 hrs) and they're talking about "drug cocktails" being given to our soldiers with PTSD. They say the soldiers are "guinea pigs" for Big Pharma.

    This nation has devolved into tyranny, with Obama leading the way. No, it didn't start with Obama, but it sure has escalated under him. It is our Constitutional right to "form well regulated militias." We also have the Constitutional right to both criticize our govt and to "petition for redress of grievances," which the govt totally ignores when we try to. What's a Patriot to do? It just seems as if our only outlet is commenting online, and now that's even being prosecuted.

    • Gil Jones

      Ranchman: "What's a Patriot to do?" As a fellow patriot I looked at one fact: Obama is up against 300+ million with as many guns. His media uses Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals," rule #1 as a suppression technique to supplement his severe personnel shortage. When he decided to take on the 2nd he found his 'Waterloo.' As long as the 2nd runs in the background we don't have to do much. We should however start with RICO and purge the system. I suggest we let him and his cohorts continue their journey in the 2nd's mud...Semper Fi

  • Sid Stringer

    This just show's how guilty our Gov. is. Not to mention scared of us. The best it can do is take away Our Constitutional Rights, and lock us up over our expression's.? It's sad our Gov. wants to walk in the footprints of failed policies and their "Leaders" instead of following the path created by our Founding Fathers that has been paved with the blood of so many patriots.

  • Gil Jones

    The use of "tactical psychological treatment and detention to silence the opposition," is a known suppression technique. It's used in the absence of personnel, or shortage of personnel. The media perpetuates this technique with 'leaks' which is in keeping with Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" #1: Power is not only what you have, but what your enemy thinks you have."

    Obama, and a few thousand of his fellow insurgents, are up against 300+ million with as many guns. We shouldn't be surprised when their media uses this technique. With the 2nd amendment running silently in the background, a technique from our Founding Fathers, we should not be surprised to see Obama kicking doors in at press conferences, i.e. sit tight and let'em stick in the 2nd's mud...Semper Fi

  • JuneUSA

    They put their lives on the line for the privilege of "speaking freely". That is their right and our government needs to be held accountable for illegally spying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Lee/507767258 Bill Lee

    I am glad this Judge had the power to stop this illegal act. But Obama has entered into more and more illegal activity. I am not sure anyone has the power to stop him.

  • rchguns

    The real reason for this program was to make sure that absolutely no one could oppose diaper head Obama's agenda. He makes no bones about his hatred for the US military both active duty and retired.
    Of the people who were on the top of these lists you'll find Military Veterans, Tea Party Members, anyone who speaks out about conservative viewpoints, anyone who believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and even more disturbing any Christian groups who speak out against Obama's policies.

    You could actually say that anyone who has the misfortune of being Christian, conservative, or non-black. The corruption in this administration runs so deep that it makes the KGB look like Cub Scouts.

  • edinflorida

    A little federal intimidation should shut up those pesky freedom loving Patriots. The new Socialist Kid in town don't need any bumps in the road taking the US down the Liberal highway to Communism. Millions have died to prevent the spread of Communism around the world and to think we voluntarily voted one into the White House as our President. Now we will all see where Liberalism takes us. It will not be a pretty sight.

  • http://americaisboiling.com/ frog-out-of-kettle

    I'm a retired vet and I am sure I am on their list. The irony here is that obama and his administration are the domestic terror threat and is an enemy to the constitution. He is incompetent, a traitor, and the worst POTUS ever including Carter. I support his removal via impeachment and the peaceful resistance against tyranny as all good Americans should as instructed by our forefathers. That is my opinion and my exercise of free speech. We are dangerously close to a police state if not already there.