Ron Paul: Restore Due Process and the Rule of Law

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!


  • btw , true puppets dont need to funnel donations. they live off the massive death-engine of the global elite establishment. that kind of change is trivial to them, because the wealth they actually possess isnt known. If you think Ron Paul is one of them, then i think you are far too stupid to continue a conversation with. you still belive in the right left paradigm i take it? ya , kick rocks

  • He had a lot of problems as a child. Just look his feed and his videos, all of them consist of violent video games and extremist comments that are said without logic given.

  • I think a lot of the trolls that come here to bash those of us who support Ron Paul have serious mental and social issues.I doubt they have many people in their lives that they havent already driven away.This is one of their only means of social interaction that will not endanger them.

  • When i bring out a subject i speak so u will understand what i am talking about.
    i don’t communicate in riddles such as u never watched him on CSPAN. and this means what to me?
    you keep on the chat sights and u will find someone to play riddles with, not me!

  • I wont be responding to you anymore.You are way too out of touch.

  • How old are you jack ass? I hope you die and Ron Paul dies


  • I read every last word of the NDAA smart ass

  • bullys? how old are you jackass? you walk into a room of people that congregate to make comments about someone whose ideology they support, you hurl insults and then when you get your shit fed back to you on a plate, you call it bullying? lol gtfo

  • one more thing we need to be careful how much we know or we end up in JAIL or go for a DIRT NAP……. BYe………..

  • Obviously you have never watched Ron Paul on CSPAN.

  • i could give a fuck about your non-education or what time your brainwashing occured. Mises and Hayek are right. Keynes is wrong. the end. that a high enough “grade” for you? fucking arrogant dumb prick

  • you ever hear of organized crime, our Government is into it BIG TIME! Ron Paul isn’t going to announce he is corrupt if he is and the others involved are going to keep their mouth shut. Figure some things out on your own people. u just sit there and say ahh nope he wouldn’t do that. Why is RON PAUL allowing all the bad things happen to the Constitution under Bush and Obama??? RON says he is the leader of the Constitution?????? how many years and nothing corrected or even brought to court.

  • I as you this Mr advance degree in economics.What does negative 15 trillion dollars mean.Does that make you economically strong or economically weak?

  • I know right?lol

  • Do these people troll because they are twisted or because they are paid?

  • Go join the military

  • Do you know what the NDAA is or the NDRP? If your answer is no then I suggest you LEARN SOMETHING.Type those into youtube.Stop being dependant on propaganda for your perceptions.Otherwise you will eventually be tricked into giving your life to a tyrant.

  • why even give Holder the time of day when he should know the Laws Under the Constitution and wants to use his own people to out smart the American People.
    Why are those of you that know better allowing this to happen??? This includes you Mr Paul. Yes you yourself can arrest the president or bring impeachment to his whole cabinet if need be.
    Blowing hot air for several years Mr. Paul only gets your base excited and for whose benefit. I once believed you was a trustworthy man. Prove up or give up

  • i have an advance degree in economics and was in college during 1970’s

    what grade are you in?