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!

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  1. this may be the last time we have a chance

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  2. this may be the last time we have a chance

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  3. omg stop letting them get in control we need to rise up right now

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  4. omg stop letting them get in control we need to rise up right now

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  5. Dr Paul should talk about the chem trails being knocked out of our sky's. that should make a lot of people start paying more attention.
    He already got my support but if he replaces them chem trails with WEED trails sprayed daily, Ahhhh that would be LOVE

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  6. Dr Paul should talk about the chem trails being knocked out of our sky's. that should make a lot of people start paying more attention.
    He already got my support but if he replaces them chem trails with WEED trails sprayed daily, Ahhhh that would be LOVE

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  7. im gonna wright him in also and my whole family

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  8. im gonna wright him in also and my whole family

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  9. I am a Ron Paul supporter too. All I do is spend my entire day on the internet and whine in the comment section of every political article I read, mostly about how they don't talk more about Ron Paul.

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  10. I am a Ron Paul supporter too. All I do is spend my entire day on the internet and whine in the comment section of every political article I read, mostly about how they don't talk more about Ron Paul.

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  11. Obama is a fcking devil for signing the NDAA

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  12. Obama is a fcking devil for signing the NDAA

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  13. Ron Paul voted against it, and has criticized it from the beginning. Obama campaigned against it, but has been a far greater enemy to civil liberties than Bush ever was, even seeking far more terrifying powers over the people, such as the NDAA.

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  14. Ron Paul voted against it, and has criticized it from the beginning. Obama campaigned against it, but has been a far greater enemy to civil liberties than Bush ever was, even seeking far more terrifying powers over the people, such as the NDAA.

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  15. I'm glad the resolve is strengthening among those who are pro-Liberty. We need to show the GOP that they can't win without the libertarian vote. Maybe if we cost them a few elections, they'll stop marginalizing us.

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  16. I'm glad the resolve is strengthening among those who are pro-Liberty. We need to show the GOP that they can't win without the libertarian vote. Maybe if we cost them a few elections, they'll stop marginalizing us.

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  17. Yeah! Fuck the GOP. They're screwed no matter what. Ron Paul supporters wont vote for Romney.

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  18. Even as the last few embers of our once mighty Republic die out, 90+% of Americans still deny there was even a fire.

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  19. Ron Paul voted against the Patriot Act.

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  20. oh please obama is only following bush's patriot act in which ron paul's idiotic co-workers and democrats voted for but the people allowed it.

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