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!


  • DO you need a RED SEA TO SHOW You, it will be to late, the only thing that can save this place is UNITY, and A UNITED LABOR, and GIVING EARTH BACK to us and CREATE EQUALITY.


  • admit you havent adressed any point ive made to you with logic and common sense. you pose straw mans. thats what people like you do best. you think your batting for a team, but youre a mental slave. want to know what i do know you sychophant? i know that if Paul becomes president and pulls our troops back the military industrial complex is finished. i know that we will stop our descent into tyranny. I know that you are a tool of mainstream thought.

  • now just to see where you are…who do you support? who will you be voting for ?

  • what does this have to do with anything….i go to Drudge (best non-partisan outlet there is) : nothing. i go yahoo (most biased online mainstream news source there is) : nothing. i go to google its not even on the main news page. why would i ever agree to anything that google reports? do you know who google is? do i care if a little money is thrown around when the Fed prints trillions and bankrupts the world? go back to your little cave. not of your propoganda even lifts my eyebrow.

  • just admit you don’t know what you’re talking about

  • Study: Ron Paul’s House seat enriches his family‎

    Washington Post (blog) – 11 hours ago

    Ron Paul (R-Texas), a GOP presidential hopeful, paid more than $300000 in salaries or fees to his daughter, brother, grandson, daughter’s mother-in-law,

  • Why Ron Paul Spends More Per Vote Than Any Other Republican …‎

    International Business Times – 1 hour ago

    By Sara Dover: Subscribe to Sara’s RSS feed Ron Paul has the fewest votes of any Republican presidential candidate this year, but his campaign spending

  • I’d be whiping my ass with the ballot of I keep putting down names that don’t give a fuck about the common person

  • i find your idealism admirable. you havent yet got the stage where you will extrapolate the reality of where we live and that state of our humanity. We have to evolve through peace or (i hope not) almost complete apocalypse. only then can we achieve the type of utopia you and all people deep down crave

  • they are ripping him apart, look at google news

  • oh and just one more thing. if that stat were true they would be ripping him apart with it as we speak

  • i see that you’re trying to dodge the fact that ron paul is a corrupt career politician

    do you think it’s appropriate that ron funnels donations to his family members?

    i’m an independent businessman and i back up my claims with references

    check you mail

  • oh so you are a sponsored disinfo think tank? thanks for revealing and completely discrediting yourself.

  • have you had head trauma in your lifetime? not being mean, its a serious question. i have a relative with it and i can understand if things arent clear for you anymore

  • what grade are you in?

  • Freedom can only come from equality that is why you see this world wide collapse happening. It has to Change to Equality for all or We all DIE along side of the eartH/Heart you live on!

    ROMNEY 562
    SANTORUM 249
    GINGRICH 137

  • This is a World Wide Phenomenon, it will take a World Wide UNITY OF LABOR, For everyone here is being Abused by this Inequality system of Earth. And when I say Everyone I am also stating the Other Life forms here that sustain your living. From the small Micro Organisms to you on top of this Food Chain that travels in a circle of life!

  • wrong again, it’s from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

  • I’ll leave it you these Paul bots are pissing me off so much I’m grinding my teeth at night.
    Godspeed my brother