Ron Paul: Who Else Is on Obama’s Secret Kill List?





by Ron Paul

According to the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, Americans are never to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. The Constitution is not some aspirational statement of values, allowing exceptions when convenient, but rather, it is the law of the land. It is the basis of our Republic and our principal bulwark against tyranny.

Last week’s assassination of two American citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, is an outrage and a criminal act carried out by the President and his administration. If the law protecting us against government-sanctioned assassination can be voided when there is a “really bad American”, is there any meaning left to the rule of law in the United States? If, as we learned last week, a secret government committee, not subject to congressional oversight or judicial review, can now target certain Americans for assassination, under what moral authority do we presume to lecture the rest of the world about protecting human rights? Didn’t we just bomb Libya into oblivion under the auspices of protecting the civilians from being targeted by their government? Timothy McVeigh was certainly a threat, as were Nidal Hassan and Jared Lee Loughner. They killed people in front of many witnesses. They took up arms against their government in a literal way, yet were still afforded trials. These constitutional protections are in place because our Founders realized it is a very serious matter to deprive any individual of life or liberty. Our outrage against even the obviously guilty is not worth the sacrifice of the rule of law. Al-Awlaki has been outspoken against the United States and we are told he encouraged violence against Americans. We do not know that he actually committed any acts of violence. Ironically, he was once invited to the Pentagon as part of an outreach to moderate Muslims after 9/11. As the US attacks against Muslims in the Middle East and Central Asia expanded, it is said that he became more fervent and radical in his opposition to US foreign policy.

Many cheer this killing because they believe that in a time of war, due process is not necessary – not even for citizens, and especially not for those overseas. However, there has been no formal declaration of war and certainly not one against Yemen. The post-9/11 authorization for force would not have covered these two Americans because no one is claiming they had any connection to that attack. Al-Awlaki was on a kill list compiled by a secret panel within President Obama’s National Security Council and Justice Department. How many more Americans citizens are on that list? They won’t tell us. What are the criteria? They won’t tell us. Where is the evidence? They won’t tell us.

Al-Awlaki’s father tried desperately to get the administration to at least allow his son to have legal representation to challenge the “kill” order. He was denied. Rather than give him his day in court, the administration, behind closed doors, served as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.The most worrisome aspect of this is that any new powers this administration accrues will serve as precedents for future administrations. Even those who completely trust this administration must understand that if this usurpation of power and denial of due process is allowed to stand, these powers will remain to be expanded on by the next administration and then the next. Will you trust them? History shows that once a population gives up its rights, they are not easily won back. Beware.



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83 Comments:

  1. @Bobby: PLeny of evidence? Just like Casey Anthony? I'm also certain that the Constitution is above your personal opinion.

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  2. So Bobby in your infinite wisdom, when else do you think we should ignore the Constitution? I love how people like you just want to make up laws as the go....didn't Hitler do the same thing? And what is this evidence you speak of? In what court of law was it presented? Oh yes, I forgot that you decided that it was ok to be judge, jury, and executioner. :( If he was so guilty then why not use our laws to convict him?

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  3. lmao @ Ross "Purough"

    RON PAUL 2012

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  4. Douglas K. Webber

    How Stupid can we be not to take back OUR country through people like Ron Paul and Ross Purough. The economic people WE NEED at the TOP !!! D/N

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  5. Donald L Clautice Jr.

    But it is a police action, Congress has not declared war on anything since WWII.

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  6. I agree with ya 99.0 TIME Ron but not this one, isolated incident, enemy of the state alleged with plenty of evidence, made war on U.S. thereby revoking any Constitutional Privledge...and may have killed others while we attempted to apprehend...this is War not Police action...although these admins are trying to POLICE THE WORLD...

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  7. Faron Sebastian Collins

    I have seen some of the DHS, Alabama and MIAC reports somehwere around 8 Million Americans are suspected to be on these lists including supporters of Ron Paul, people who support the Constitution, returning veterans, people who question the Government etc. This should be an outrage to every American.

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  8. Charlie Linville

    Barry thinks hes cornered the community organizer template.. no way pal. you aint seen NUTHIN.......yet

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  9. Charlie Linville

    Take out the trash.. force politicians out. bring statesmen (Ron Paul) and others in by talking to your friends families and strangers eye to eye

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  10. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msnbc.msn.com%2Fid%2F44822132%2Fdisplaymode%2F1283%2Ffor%2Ffacebookvideo&h=mAQDTAPv0AQDJqae89okwCCJ9b8zW_l7VuVJ0ZrsmEK5u7w

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  11. "The defendant was aware of the danger of his propaganda and of the reasons for it. Therefore the death penalty, which is compellingly prescribed, must be imposed on him...In the event of a choice between death and imprisonment, the decision could only have been rendered for the death penalty, because the gravity and danger of the deed and the need to protect the people require it, despite the fact that the defendant is a juvenile."

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  12. "The seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener from Hamburg, sentenced to death and deprival of his civil rights during his lifetime by the People's Court on 11 August 1942 for conspiracy to commit high treason and treasonable support of the enemy, has been executed today." It's okay, it was for national security.

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  13. Veterans overwhelmingly for Ron Paul. Let's get these treasonous bastards out of office once and for all!

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  14. Abhi 'Chaos-Reigns' Kantamneni

    I'd vote for Ron Paul, except I am not American. Still, thanks for teaching me about libertarianism, Ron Paul.

    Respect.

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  15. I vote Ron Paul. I am an Army Officer, Finance Corps.

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  16. Yea Harvard law

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  17. Didn't Obama attend law school? Shouldn't he know this?

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  18. Yes! Who else. And why is it a secret and who DOES he think he is? Because he ain't!

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  19. More are becoming aware of him all the time, Phil... keep talking him up to.everyone you know!

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  20. i love this canidate and wish the american people woul open up to him!!!!

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