A. Barton Hinkle on the Government Violating Rights in the Name of Fighting Terrorism


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When alarms went up last year about some potentially ominous postings on Facebook by a Marine Corps veteran named Brandon Raub, it's understandable why law-enforcement agencies thought they should look into the matter. But what happened next, reports A. Barton Hinkle, is less easy to understand. Or accept. In short, Raub was held against his will for a week on the basis of nothing stronger than vague concerns fueled by some intemperate writings.