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. knowescapex

    I am actually completely against the use of force, which is why I support Ron Paul. I do not, however, accept that marxist socialism has anything to do with Liberty and Free Will. Sorry man, but the comment you responded to was me putting (simply) that flaming out on chat is stupid. IE: The use of threats, violence, or fighting (even in words) is not required to make an intellectual debate.

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  2. Budvb

    lol Takes a Movement to change things, if you think Just Ron Paul can change the World your wrong, look through History!

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  3. superoctane

    Ron Paul is working on it.He fights for the people.

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  4. Budvb

    Yes that why this needs to be done World Wide, They too are suffering as we are, even if they're working! The Snake is sucking the Life from this Earth and abusing us all for this thing called Profits!

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  5. Budvb

    That' won't Happen! Not till you have Equality for all!

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  6. superoctane

    Most of the worlds labor is done in China.Try to find something other than food that is made on your continent let alone your country.

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  7. superoctane

    Step one is to get Ron Paul in the White House.He wants to get the federal government out of your personal life and out of your pockets.

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  8. Budvb

    you're just fighting, what is earned by that but death and destruction! We need a UNITED WORLD OF LABOR to show it's us that Labor that create all the things we Enjoy!

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  9. Mrinebriation

    if i believed what you say i would agree with you but i dont, i think you are paranoid uneducated idiot. and worse of all you just like the rest of the paultards are arrogant about your ignorance and paranoia. so go suck r0n's dick while he shaves a gold bar up your ass and dont forget to thank him for allowing you to touch his holy 80 year old body afterwards

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  10. Budvb

    Without our Labor they're Nothing! And we those that Labor are more Powerful then those that Do nothing over us but make us Slaves.

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  11. knowescapex

    See how quickly excuses come into play when someone points out that being a dick is just plain stupid lol.

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  12. Budvb

    That why we need to Fight and have a Labor movement against these people who are Kings over us! And show them without Labor they can not be Kings over us for we're all Equal!

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  13. superoctane

    No we are not shareholders.99% of the worlds wealth and resources are owned by less than 1% of the people.Billionares own this world.They own the press.They try to own your perception.You must keep this in mind during these troubled times to make informed opinions.Dont just get your information from the MSM.Look at multiple sources.In an ocean of half truths,the truth is out there if you look.

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  14. Shonenut213

    Let me guess I bet your voting for Romney? Hahaha fucking tool. Go suck a fucking dick bitch ass moron Romneytard and fucking die faggot!!!

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  15. Budvb

    Don't forget Equality for all! without Equality you can never have Peace, Love and the Truth!

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  16. psovegeta

    Wouldn't say "sacrifice" ourselves to Ron. But we gotta be smarter about our support. 4 years ago I just simply wrote in Dr.Paul's name on the ballot but this time I actually voted for 34 delegates that I knew were dedicated to Ron Paul at my local caucus.

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  17. Mrinebriation

    you are the coward, if you are not willing to sacrifice yourself to ron so that your children can be saved from the apocalypse like future that will hit the world if anybody, but ron becomes the president

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  18. superoctane

    No other candidates allow comments on their videos but Ron Paul.It must have been someone else who posted the video.

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  19. Jurassicparkrules96

    No, its a comment I found on a Mitt Romney video, I just copied and pasted it here to see what kind of a response I would get because lately I have been seeing a lot of comments similar to this.

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  20. superoctane

    Ok you dont like Paul supporters.So are you here to convince us to support someone else or are you here to be a troll.To entertain yourself by insulting people in a cowardly way.

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  21. Jurassicparkrules96

    They don't have a reason.

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  22. jkuess

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  23. Mrinebriation

    if i believed what you say i would agree with you but i dont, i think you are paranoid uneducated idiot. and worse of all you just like the rest of the paultards are arrogant about your ignorance and paranoia

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  24. BarrackBLEWit

    He hasn't won a straw poll, that is correct. But like it or not we have the majority of delegates from every Caucus state. Hate us if you will, I will still stand up for your rights. I will still protect your liberties. I will still champion your freedoms. And I will do so even if you Crucify me as you would have done to Jesus. Less than 1/3rd of Colonialists supported our Revolution the first time, I do not blame you for standing with the Establishment. Just know I do what I do for you also.

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  25. knowescapex

    Wow, then your not much of a Ron Paul supporter are you? MOST of those supporting ron paul are too busy handing out flyers, going to GOP meetings, trying to get the word out to friends and relatives. (I get your a sarcastic prick, but you generalize people like that, and you are going to get stomped on by some of the smartest most dedicated supporters of a presidential candidate in the last 30 years.)

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  26. superoctane

    What makes Ron Paul a nut case.Give an example of what he has said or done that makes him crazy?

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  27. knowescapex

    RIIIGHT because having Ron Paul talk about "chemtrails" or "9-11" or anything else that the "media" has deemed "conspiracy theory" is a GOOD idea. It would make him look like a total outcast. He is doing the right thing, focusing on financial issues and ending war.

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  28. sfiorare

    ron paul is a nut case, america doesn't want him as president, he hasn't even won a single primary, not one

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  29. knowescapex

    NDAA, HR347, NDRP, Patriot Act I , Patriot Act II... do you have any idea what your talking about?

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  30. superoctane

    Let me guess...your first language is troll.

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  31. knowescapex

    Hey look, some foreign asshole who cant even spell, would rather blame the people of the US, then see that SO MANY OF US are fighting to try and get our system back under control. Where are you from ? Does your country have lots of problems? Before you tell all of the people of a nation "we deserve what we get", why dont you try and see it from our point of view. We are watching this nightmare unfold from the INSIDE. They will be coming after US next, because so many are rising up to stop them

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  32. superoctane

    So the defenders of liberties and the Constitution are tards?You live in the wrong country.You need to find yourself a nice cozy dictatorship.

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  33. Mrinebriation

    you're grammar is, for lack of a better word, paultarded. and dont excuse yourself by saying English is your second language. English is my second language, yet i still can form a coherent sentence.

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  34. gunitup234

    Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights from U.N. Arms Treaty WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced legislation this week to protect the rights of American gun owners from being undermined by a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Second Amendment Sovereignty Act, S.2205, would prohibit the Obama Administration from using the "voice, vote, and influence" of the United States during Arms Trade Treaty

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  35. Mrinebriation

    i thought paultards were the defenders of liberties and the Constitution, isnt your life worth saving you children, friends, families and most importantly ron paul's future. just get a couple of more paultards to commit suicide with you and that may elevate ron paul in the next primary. you will be remembered as a hero.

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