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.

  • Paul E. Pluta

    Go Ron!!! It is time to wake up and defend the republic. Ron Paul 2012!

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  • Liberty

    The latest assignation of two American citizens should be troublesome and it shouldn’t be a time of celebration. The fifth amendment was inacted by our Constitional founders because, of what had occurred in England and others countries. If you were a perceived as a threat to the Kings, Queens, or Monarchy than, you were arrested never to be heard from again. There was no trial. No rebutted evidence against you. No way to defend your freedom. The right to face your accuser should not be given away with the signing of an executive order. Maybe if we had a Congress, a President and Justices that wholeheartedly abided by the Constiution our country wouldn’t be in the mess that is.

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  • Let Freedom Ring

    Ron Paul You just Have to Win!! America Needs YOU!

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  • Brian A. Asbury

    Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Lenin, Fidel Castro, Adolf Hitler, and Hugo Chavez would approve of targeting folks they see as a threat. America, wake up!!!! Stalin would be cheering for Obama!!

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  • George Heissner

    im starting to feel a slight bit of pity for the marrionette who cant break his strings-this kinda reminds me how it must have felt when french citizens were starving and marie antonette said “let them eat cake” and was thus led to the guiottione! hope you been practicing your running obammy boy and you better be mighty fast!

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  • George Heissner

    if we were sure we were screwed im sure we would have millions of us knocking at his door this very second looking for answers and not a damned bit happy about it either.or is he leaving by the back door this very second on his way to kenya? and who mare these people protecting a person who does what he wants and not what america wants? he better grow 30 or 40 thousands of pairs of eyes dont you think?

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  • Harold McIntyre

    Knowing my luck I maybe on his kill list. But I got news for him. I can’t stand his sorry ass and I will use my right to use my shot gun to protect my self against him.

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  • McKGraKucPauNad

    When Dr. Ron knows he is correct,

    he’s tenacious as a damn Bull Dog

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  • Ben Douglas Craig Bruner

    nigger bama needs to stop that shit

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  • Wayne Conrad

    so pretty much were all fucked, great

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  • Todd Shoenfelt

    “Americans are never to be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” No, not right. It says, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury” The 5th amendment protects all persons, not just Americans.

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  • Chris Nixon

    I bet obama answers to a higher power and I don’t mean god or the american people. Someone has to be pulling his strings. Ron paul could u deal with that? Deal with having a boss or bosses that tell yoy how to run shizz. RP2012

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  • Wayne Conrad

    so there gonna kill us, i believe satanism needs blood. now i know OBAMA is a illuminati / skull n bones member. i really wish captain america was real, to destroy our corrupt government.

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  • Brandon Pierce

    The Ron Paul money bomb can hopefully get this man noticed much more than he already is. I really hope he gets elected even if it is a longshot as it is our last chance before complete destruction in my opinion. I don’t feel like rebuilding a great country but if it comes, I will be there to help.

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  • Eddie Masters

    As a reminder, please register to vote in the primaries (states have different primary rules) so we can make sure Ron Paul wins the primaries. Become a delegate too, if you can.

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  • Nikolas Petrakis

    You know, early on I was all for the killing of Alli Walla Bing Bang, or whatever his name was. But now I’m much less certain we didn’t make a stupendous mistake. Killing an enemy American on the battlefield in combat is one thing. There were American Germans and Italians fighting with the fascists in WWII and later in Korea and Viet Nam as well.

    IF we assume this nation was more interested int he Constitution in the past, how did we conduct ourselves when these traitors were collected as prisoners? To be clear, killing an American enemy on the battlefield is A-OK.

    What concerns me is the modern definition of battlefield and enemy.
    More debate is needed.

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  • John Melton

    It can’t be at the discretion of one person. Yes “he” was a bad guy but we need to think about the big picture. Grow up

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  • Mujib Ahmed

    GOP candidates shift to defense and foreign policy but they completely ignored Ran Paul in the whole news: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gop-candidates-20111008,0,1343025.story check it out

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  • John F Montross

    Hey Bobby, are you one of those who still believe in the Osama Bin Laden fairytale? Anyone with at least an IQ of 95 does not believe the US government lies that we are fed by the fascist mainstream media outlets.

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  • Mujib Ahmed

    Saturday LA times caeeies a story with this headline:

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