Ron Paul: Restore Due Process and the Rule of Law

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by Ron Paul

It is ironic but perhaps sadly appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder would choose a law school, Northwestern University, to deliver a speech earlier this month in which he demolished what was left of the rule of law in America.

In what history likely will record as a turning point, Attorney General Holder bluntly explained that this administration believes it has the authority to use lethal force against Americans if the President determines them to be a threat to the nation. He tells us that this is not a violation of the due process requirements of our Constitution because the President himself embodies “due process” as he unilaterally determines who is to be targeted. As Holder said, “a careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to ‘due process.’” That means that the administration believes it is the President himself who is to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

As George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote of the Holder speech:

“All the Administration has said is that they closely and faithfully follow their own guidelines — even if their decisions are not subject to judicial review. The fact that they say those guidelines are based on notions of due process is meaningless. They are not a constitutional process of review.”

It is particularly bizarre to hear the logic of the administration claiming the right to target its citizens according to some secret selection process, when we justified our attacks against Iraq and Libya because their leaders supposedly were targeting their own citizens! We also now plan a covert war against Syria for the same reason.

I should make it perfectly clear that I believe any individual who is engaging in violence against this country or its citizens should be brought to justice. But as Attorney General Holder himself points out in the same speech, our civilian courts have a very good track record of trying and convicting individuals involved with terrorism against the United States. Our civilian court system, with the guarantee of real due process, judicial review, and a fair trial, is our strength, not a weakness. It is not an impediment to be sidestepped in the push for convictions or assassinations, but rather a process that guarantees that fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

I am encouraged, however that there appears to be the beginning of a backlash against the administration’s authoritarian claims. Just recently I did an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham who expressed grave concern over using these sorts of tactics against Americans using the supposed war on terror as justification. Sadly, many conservative leaders were silent when Republican President George W. Bush laid the groundwork for this administration’s lawlessness with the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detention without trial, and other violations. Similarly, as Professor Turley points out, “Democrats previously demanded the ‘torture memos’ of the Bush administration that revealed poor legal analysis by Judge Jay Bybee and Professor John Yoo to justify torture. Now, however, Democrats are largely silent in the face of a president claiming the right to unilaterally kill citizens.” The misuse of and disregard for our Constitution for partisan political gain is likely one reason the American public holds Congress in such low esteem. Now the stakes are much higher. Congress and the people should finally wake up!


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378 responses to “Ron Paul: Restore Due Process and the Rule of Law”

  1. sunny9000

    lol you are such an idiot it like speaking with a talking dog

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  2. Mrinebriation

    lol you are such an idiot it like speaking with a talking dog

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  3. xMYONLYKINGx

    lol wow good comeback chump…..nothin better to say than a repeat? lmao get a life troll

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  4. BarrackBLEWit

    Its donation Time people. Get off your ass and chip in 14 hours in and we’re at 260,000??? THAT IS FUCKING EMBARRASSING. Ron Paul 2012.

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  5. sunny9000

    LOL you dont have to spell perfectly but you need to form coherent sentences, you type like a 5 year old talks

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  6. Mrinebriation

    LOL you dont have to spell perfectly but you need to form coherent sentences, you type like a 5 year old talks

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  7. xMYONLYKINGx

    first off im always right lol and dont put words in my mouth ya chump i said people who think u have spell perfect on YOUTUBE need to get a life and stop telling ppl how to type as if its some big deal also if something as small as a typing error gets to u that much than yes u have no life dont deny it lol and u were not talkin politics at all…..u were talking some random troll shit so with all that said and done [get a life chump]

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  8. HOOTH2

    well said.GO RON PAUL

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  9. frontlines101

    This guy is so full of lies, dude u say u love America & wan’t us to be free from foreign policy, yet you still wan’t illegals to flood into this Country, you must fix all the nation! The following Illegal immigration issues U fail to even consider or even take 1st steps to consider the new policies!!! no Mandate E-Verify, no Reduce Overall Immigration, will not Support Local Enforcement, Will not Punish Business Violators that hire illegals!! Rick
    Santorum or Mitt Romney r great, u pick!

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  10. frontlines101

    This guy is so full of lies, dude u say u love America & wan’t us to be free from foreign policy, yet you still wan’t illegals to flood into this Country, you must fix all the nation! The following Illegal immigration issues U fail to even consider or even take 1st steps to consider the new policies!!! no Mandate E-Verify, no Reduce Overall Immigration, will not Support Local Enforcement, Will not Punish Business Violators that hire illegals!! Rick
    Santorum or Mitt Romney r great, u pick!

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  11. Ozlanthos

    Oh really? Do you think you could tell me who would be a better candidate for me to vote for this time around?

    -Oz

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  12. DigitalDogg21

    Everyone knows we must honor our king & dictators in the white house….. Oh that’s right, we live in America… FREEdom & LIBERTY comes with a price. The price of blood.

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  13. skoaile

    I would like someone to ask Obama, why is the government going against it own people, they have no right, the People Pay the government to do there Job and if you Lie and Fail to do your job you should be removed no questions asked and punished for using tax payers money els were.

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  14. Surfisher

    Ron Paul 2012 President — the only Real American!!!

    There are two reasons Romney is “winning”:

    1) Mitt’s huge bankroll is a tremendous edge, able to buy, buy and buy Votes!

    2) The GOP has chosen to do whatever it takes to assure Mitt’s nomination (legally, unethically, and even down right fraudulently)!

    See the shameful GOP’s actions in Maine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBx__69pkpY

    Also, this video — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDChEDnISOw — shows a blatant outrage of another GOP delegate fraud!

    If you love America — VOTE for Ron Paul . If you don’t — go to China!

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  15. dcplpca

    Just sent $100.00. Support all you can. This is our last chance to save our country! Dan

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  16. dragsterf

    RON PAUL MONEYBOMB MARCH 23RD

    Hey Paul supporters, its time to show Ron Paul just how any of us there are, please go to his campaign website today or tomorrow and donate something, 5$,10$,50$ whatever you can do this time around.

    I know 99% of you can donate atleast the money your going to spend on your next soda, so put your money where your mouth is and donate to a greater future, you cant expect Ron Paul to fight the revolution by himself can you?

    Ron Paul 2012

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  17. RogueCrockett

    you really are a hopeless person arnt you? XD

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  18. hookah604

    video length: 4:20 :D

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  19. MrFISTOFJESUS

    Oblivious*

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  20. MrFISTOFJESUS

    Ron Paul is wrong about everything… if you agree with everything the government is doing right now. Obviously you do because you’re so narrow minded and obvious to how a democracy works. The market isn’t supposed to be regulated. You might as well go hang out with the democratic party because the people and stances you support are much closer to the liberal side rather then the conservative. If all the candidates were in the right party, then Ron Paul would be the only republican for president

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  21. Shane m cox

    Ju88ff have u seen what’s been going on around the world? Have u seen the billions of dollars are government spends for all these wars? Have u seen how many countries hate us now? Have u seen the lawlessness that our government commits? Have u heard the federal reserve prints are money out of thin air so they can devalue our currency so they can develop a one world currency? The debt crises is world wide we are involved in to many countries we need to worry about are country our money spent here. So are u really in any position to not support Ron Paul s common sense on his foreign policy and sound money on gold not a peice of paper comming from a central bank that clearly says in the constitution not to have a central bank. How fucking dumb are you?!

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  22. FreedomsReigning

    “He believes Free Markets without Government Regulation can work”

    Like I said, You’re just a ZioFascist hack spreading your hate and racism because you know your time is almost up. Go sleep in the bed you made NAZI.

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  23. MERULZ69

    SUPPORT RON PAUL! IT STARTS HERE! SUBSCRIBE TO HIS CHANNEL!
    /user/ronpaul2008dotcom?ob=4&f­eature=results_main

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  24. williamfan210

    were suposed to be crazy because of the government? isnt it?

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  25. ju88ff

    You’re crazy

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  26. williamfan210

    i have an answer for you! Its rick santron and newt gintritch, mitt rommey and ron paul is last standers , ron paul 2012 will be last standing

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  27. ju88ff

    Who’s losing the election…? :)

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  28. MrTheKatalyst

    No I’m not, but I have a strong suspicion you may be. Wishing death upon those you disagree with is not a particularly sane way to deal with people, but it’s a moot point. I’ll leave you to troll about more RP videos, you are a great example of why people should avoid supporting other candidates.

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  29. ju88ff

    You are mentally ill.

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  30. MrTheKatalyst

    When did I claim to be a hero? You are absolutely insane. For somebody who toats around phrases like “nutjob” and “mentally ill” so liberally, you yourself seem to line up with those qualities far better then any RP supporter.

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  31. ju88ff

    There you go again, thinking you’re some kind of hero LOL. You have a very whacked perception, just like the rest of Paul and his supporters. I know what a Libertarian is. They’re utopian whackjobs. Utopia is impossible. You’re all so “pro-people” but you don’t even understand people! You’re a waste just like Ron Paul, get out of here, clown.

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  32. MrTheKatalyst

    I’m not making citations because of the Youtube character limit, and I believe you would disagree with me regardless of what facts I put in your face.

    If you’re really interested in having this argument, which you clearly aren’t, look these things up. Research the concept of blowback, the reactions to our meddling in other countries, as well as the multitude of problems with our current monetary policy and mixed economy antics. Like I said, it’s out there, it’s easy to find. Look it up.

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  33. ju88ff

    Failure of what foreign policy? The current foreign policy now is why we never had a WW3! Yeah you don’t bother explaining it, no citations or nothing, because you have none. Just another paulnut talking out of his ass thinking hes some kind of hero. But you people keep living in your own little worlds, and yet you still lose the most important thing… the election. :)

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  34. MrTheKatalyst

    If you bothered to read anything about economics, the failure that is American foreign policy since the end of World War 2, and the bureaucracy of the federal government, I wouldn’t have to explain it to you in the first place. That information is out there, but I’m not going to bother to explain it to you. You would never admit it.

    And here we come full circle back to your flawed argument that the majority is automatically right. Nice work discrediting your stance, you make it too easy.

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  35. ju88ff

    Don’t you get it already? I’ve already won. Who’s winning the election? Not Racist Paul and his supporters. :)

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