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. bring troops home and they clear the gangs drugs murder, more murder here than war. the current police can lead them to big busts, they know where they are but threaten their families. troops know threaten me and bury you in 3 days. who laughs then. i’d give the drugs 3 months to be cleared upleave 100 troops there and new town that supplied them. 500 times 20 groups we pay them for man uviers otherwise. felons to build fences other crimnals to do chaingang cleaning sewers and septic tanks. cleaning streets i want the people who can’t protect themselves to go anywhere in safety.

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  2. wrote 27 times no reponse even for issues we agree. i have 27 plans netting 18trillion in 1 year plus i believe i found 7 more and podssibly 19trillion more 44 trillion once i check 19 trillion out. no war everyone home. immediately all ilegals go no exception not kids nor husbands no excuses you go your americans can stay or go with you but your gone national. guards and troops bust the war on drugs. when 200 troops make a bust the fine is 200000 per person can’t pay chaingang 2nd offense 400000 and 1 year chaingang. harsh yes solve problem yes

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  3. Good old Ron, he always starts babbling about issues that will divide his support and divide the voters. The reason is, he knows he won’t be the Repub choice and so he doesn’t have to worry about it. He’s not stupid. Very clever actually as he keeps his name in lights while not having the least intention of becoming the president. He would have to be absolutely daft if he didn’t understand that! Ho hum.

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  4. WROTE TO 27 TIMES ON ISSUES WITH OPLANS MOST YOU DISAGRE WITH, BUT FOR NOW I’M SURE YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM. TOO BUSY AND NOT ENOUGH HELP. IT’S A SHAME BECAUSE I AM HANDING THE PRESIDENCY ON A PLATTER. 1. PEOPLE VOTE ALL BILLS THATS HOW IT USED TO BE. $15 HR MINIMUM WAGE. I’LL SHOW FACTS LATER 3. LAWS ARE ENFORCED TO THE MAX AND ALL FELONS WORK ACHAIN GANG. NO FREE RIDES I SHOW 25 MILLION JOBS BY THE LAWS. NO UNEMPLOYMENT EVERYONE WORKS. NO FOOD STAMPS HOUSING,CLOTHING, FREE MONEY FOR NOTHING, NO WELFAREWHEN ILLEGALS LEAVE WHICH

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  5. I am so damn sick of the Government all together. There is where reform needs to take place. Let me run the Nation for one week and no voting…just do as I suggest. I promise it will be justice for all. God has blessed this nation and the Government has damned it.

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  6. Ron Paul is the only candidate I would consider voting for. I have looked at all the others and I am amazed that anyone would take them seriously about being President of the United States. They have no brains and no convictions other than to big business which is backing their candidacies.

    Romney and Perry speak non-sense about American strength. It is just campaign hook um. I have no clue about what the two front runners will do to create jobs or improve this economy. They speak in vague terms. Either of them would be a disaster as president. Ron Paul is the real deal.

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  7. Ron Paul is the only candidate I would consider voting for. I have looked at all the others and I am amazed that anyone would ever that them seriously about being President of the United States. They have no brains and no convictions other than to big business. Romney and Perry speak non-sense about American strength. It is just campaign hook um. I have no clue about what the two front runners will do to create jobs or improve this economy. Either of them would be a disaster as President. Ron Paul is the real deal.

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  8. The National Security Agency (NSA) is already targeting Americans illegally. Google: Akwei vs NSA to learn how.

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  9. We all are!

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  10. who to trust and what about the importance of any person?I think who is at least good for the people and honest with his designation.I am just confused about both of these?>?><>?

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  12. Could you make any more sense Dr. Paul? Thanks for being such an honest voice.http://waxortallow.blogspot.com/

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  13. Such a comments should not be passed over web.I think such a topics make complications and controversies.So i am totally against of such a topics to discuss openly.

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  14. Ron Paul is the way out of our mess that Obama got us into . But we have bigger problems with the people this whole wallstreet thing is going to blow up the Unions are getting in on it and that is going to be trouble watch and see

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  15. Assassination of Americans is wrong no matter how you slice it. We’ve bent the law to its breaking point. It’s time to get back to law and order. President Ron Paul 2012.

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  16. The wording is wrong again. Unless you are a relative of Anwar al-Awlaki this guy has little importance and his death is not a tragedy. It’s the judicial precedent and the fact that one day, a US president could kill far much people than what any terrorist could have dream that matters. He is out of touch with the concern of most people. Few could identify with this guy, but more with a group of gun owners, journalists, protesters. If a commando is sent to capture the guy and he is killed when he resist, it’s not a big issue, it’s rather that the killing was decided in advance

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  17. Its not the Democrats, its not the Republicans…its both of them. He might be on the Republican ticket, but thats only because this country is rediculous with how a person gets on a ballot. The problem has always been about the choices we were given…Its time to choose the RIGHT person, not the one who can speak well, or looks great in a suit. WAKE UP AMERICA! Vote for Ron Paul!

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  18. what other Americans are on Obama’s kill list?

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