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. Beautifulsky2002

    RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. lhurien

    Not the only one… I myself am horrified at what is happening to our freedom. I hope the american public will wake up and see what is happening to their freedom. Ron Paul is the only one I can vote for in good conscience. it is sad that he should be the exception rather than the rule. Maybe if enough of us speak out people will open their eyes.

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  3. Joseph La

    everyone should look at the Case of the United States of America vs Arron Burr in 1803, Jefferson said that BURR was as guilty as sin , because of this the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said that BURR could not have a fair trial so he released BURR which was Just , see how far we have sank from our founding principles for those trivia buffs Chief Justice John Jay was Jeffersons cousin , holidays must have been a real hoot for them after that

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  4. jhunted7667

    everyone should look at the Case of the United States of America vs Arron Burr in 1803, Jefferson said that BURR was as guilty as sin , because of this the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said that BURR could not have a fair trial so he released BURR which was Just , see how far we have sank from our founding principles for those trivia buffs Chief Justice John Jay was Jeffersons cousin , holidays must have been a real hoot for them after that

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  5. rephilip56

    lets not forget John Mcain wrote this bill and george bush started it. They are all new world order satanic scum

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  6. Connatiah1

    TRANFERENCE is a weapon used by the GOP to demonize Obama, and brainwash us all. It can cause delusion, confusion, and death. You will be bombarded by lies this election year. Carl Rove was Bush’s brain. Who is Romney’s brain? The Trilateral? Examples: Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist, when the fact is Obama has a PHD Constitutional law. Obama will destroy the economy, when the fact is the GOP will and has. Obama is unamerican or unchristian. Blame transference is a mind altering crime.

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  7. Baylent2270

    Ron Paul will NOT get my vote. I hear he is like the character in the storybook, “Dr. Jackll and Mr. Hyde.” He smokes meta-amph. and then he is like that Mr. Hyde character. He then does crimes and kidnapping and robbery….. and so on.

    And what’s up with that taking out his full-dentures (false teeth) and not wearing them in his videos to fool people.

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  8. Surfisher

    Unless Ron Paul wins — the below is a Final Blow to FREEDOM!

    NDAA — how it affects YOU, the US Citizen!

    Prior to this 2012 infamy — BO signing the NDAA — no US military force could be Constitutionally used to WAGE WAR against US Citizens within the USA!
    The reason Clinton used in 1993 in Waco, TX — the FBI, BATF, SWAT to kill men (who may have broken the Law), and also kill and burn to death innocent women and children, that had different religious beliefs — NOT the US Military, which only stood by and did not participate.

    Now, BO, has the POWER to determine that ANY US CITIZEN disagreeing in a “confrontational manner” is a TERRORIST! So, go ahead and start A Peaceful Revolution — your exercise of FREEDOM of Speech may be deemed “Detrimental to National Security”, and thus your actions termed as those of Terrorists, to be crushed by the greatest Military Power on Earth — OUR OWN ARMED FORCES — obeying the dictates of the Commander-In-Chief (our current and FUTURE occupier of the White House)!

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  9. ecaddrmytube

    The President has the responsibility to UPHOLD the Law. There is nothing in his job description that gives him the power to do what he has forced through and been allowed to get away with. How could anybody not see that Ron Paul should be our next President.

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  10. 2wilburc

    Only the courts provide a review of constitutionality, not the President. Any law student surely would know this. America, your freedoms are slipping from you, the rest of the (so far) free world watches.

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  11. nick b

    not in high school anymore…

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  12. nb8807

    not in high school anymore…

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  13. 32whatsup

    AMAZING RON PAUL VIDEO ————> watch?v=skwQnSH4_FA

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    RON PAUL FOR AMERICA!!!! THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MEDIA BLACKOUT EXPOSED: v=lBWMfN89I0w

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  16. skoaile

    The gonna try to come at him with the donations money bomb, they wanna bury him, they don’t want him getting money.

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  17. MalevolentClown

    4:20!

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  18. Shooter12point7

    The power Eric Holder describes for President Obama sounds just like the power a king has. How is the NDAA not a turning-point issue for anyone who does not yet support Dr. Paul? All of the other candidates think the Patriot Act & the NDAA are just wonderful things to have around. Dr. Paul is the only one who thinks the NDAA & Patriot Act are bad things.

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  19. fr8trane1000

    Idiot if you had bothered to listen to him you would understand that he would not do things like sue Arizona or fight any states immigration laws because He believes in states rights and unlike Obama and Holder He would enforce the federal laws too.

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  20. 4390100

    The people on Capitol Hill now and in our recent past need to come up for Judicial Review, but since they write the history, they will be praised instead of in Jail where most belong, and the American People thrown Propaganda and will be silenced as usual.

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  21. BootyBlister

    POWER TO EVERYONE!!!

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  22. xMYONLYKINGx

    lol and ur such a retard that there’s no point troll

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  23. loveunderlaw

    End the criminal Federal Reserve cartel now! Ron Paul 2012 or bust, save the USA, & World before it’s too late!!!

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