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!

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=bodinian bodinian

    I don’t care what the prejudice right-wing says, I am a Liberal and I am voting for Ron Paul. FOX has used my name as a pejorative to anyone who they don’t agree with, but they don’t even know what I stand for. I am for liberation of the people from oppression, and the oppressor is the authoritarian political atmosphere of our time.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=tadpoleposition tadpoleposition

    Skipped your meds again?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=tadpoleposition tadpoleposition

    What’s worse than this is Obama doesn’t really even make a decision on his own. In reality, if “he” decides to kill someone, he’s actually following whatever the invisible wing of the government orders him to do. America is jacked the hell up!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AnglesM888 AnglesM888

    US IS FINISHED, HEHE :-) OH WELL WHEN YOU ARE SO STUPET THAT YOU GO IN BED WITH DEVEL, THEN YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET….
    The Brits have destroyed the world, and the last bet was the Us of A hehe
    The world as we know is finished, with all that Gen. manipulated poisen that they are Force Feeding you…. Eat , eat and eat hehe GOOD LUCK.. .:-)

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dustinseth1 dustinseth1

    St. Charles county in Missouri was also a complete sham. You can look up several videos showing temporary chairperson Eugene Dokes hijacking the meeting and trying to have those with cameras arrested.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RONPAULFREEDUMB RONPAULFREEDUMB

    due process and the rule of law do not need to be “restored.” They have not gone anywhere. More paranoid rubbish from Ron Paul.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AlienBeliever897 AlienBeliever897

    These elections are being rigged. You just have to look at places like Maine, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Washington, etc., and it’s pretty obvious that the GOP is rigging the votes,

    Ron Paul is the only candidate to get these huge rallies and marches across the country with thousands of supporters, while Romney and Santorum struggle just to fill a room! Yet we’re supposed to believe that they’re beating Paul??

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheIronKat TheIronKat

    For his second Term 😀

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Lukamusic81 Lukamusic81

    Ron Paul is the Only candidate who will receive my vote, Peace, Love, Truth

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=CirosKhan CirosKhan

    RON PAUL 2012

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    RON PAUL 2012

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    RON PAUL 2012

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Angsc09 Angsc09

    Hurry up people, it still not too late, remembering all your fatherland have done to this country what is today as they sacrificing to build what is become today. As it is now run by Big Business that funded by Bankers as their agent Zionism have the power to control everything due to your stupidity government that have caused you. It time to fight back or else live in the tyranny forever.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Angsc09 Angsc09

    Hurry up people, it still not too late, remembering all your fatherland have done to this country what is today as they sacrificing to build what is become today. As it is now run by Big Business that funded by Bankers as their agent Zionism have the power to control everything due to your stupidity government that have caused you. It time to fight back or else live in the tyranny forever.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kenjams kenjams

    RON PAUL 2012

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    RON PAUL 2012

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nomoreslavelife nomoreslavelife

    this isnt about the u.s anymore or any country but the people of the whole world are in danger this is a good and evil battle that has been going on right in front of us all for years pay attention

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nomoreslavelife nomoreslavelife

    this isnt about the u.s anymore or any country but the people of the whole world are in danger this is a good and evil battle that has been going on right in front of us all for years pay attention

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=VGTheater VGTheater

    I hope Ron Paul or Rand Paul run for president on 2016 T_T

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=VGTheater VGTheater

    I hope Ron Paul or Rand Paul run for president on 2016 T_T

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