This politically motivated detention discredits psychiatry

To the Editor:
It is a serious error to label people mentally ill based on their politics and theology. Brandon Raub’s unlawful detention is case in point.   

Occasionally people really are so ill that they need to be taken into custody, both for their own protection and the sake of the community.   

Brandon Raub has demonstrated himself to be unusually sane.  Keeping him imprisoned in a mental institution and facetiously pretending he isn’t well calls the practice of psychiatry in the U.S. into question.  It forces every citizen to wonder if our public mental health authorities are mentally and morally fit for their duties.

Obviously, Brandon Raub suffered no significant mental illness.  By pretending he did and pretending nameless, faceless “crisis workers” were responsible for Mr. Raub’s unlawful detention, Chesterfield Police, the FBI and the Secret Service have done psychiatry a huge disservice.

Nameless, faceless “crisis workers” can’t be held responsible for this sort of crime.  They did not interview Mr. Raub, and they didn’t kidnap him from his home and hold him prisoner.  If these “crisis workers” are to be held responsible for depriving citizens of the exercise of their Constitutional Rights, then these “crisis workers” may no longer remain nameless and faceless.   That’s not how due process works in the United States.

The crimes committed against Mr. Raub are so egregious that there will definitely be a civil suit, and possibly criminal charges.  Eventually the names of these “crisis workers” will be known, as well as their true role in these serious violations of public trust and Mr. Raub’s Constitutional rights.

The assorted miscreants culpable in Mr. Raub’s unlawful detention had better hope the stress of being kidnapped and held prisoner does not cause Mr. Raub to become emotionally ill.  They had better pray devoutly that Mr. Raub isn’t made ill by psychotropic drugs, assaulted by real mental patients or abused  by sociopathic orderlies.   The eyes of the world are on Mr. Raub and his kidnappers.

We know a political prisoner when we see one.  There will be a reckoning in a court of law for every crime committed against Mr. Raub.  Each minute that passes while Mr. Raub remains a prisoner compounds the culpability of his tormentors.

Elizabeth Conley