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. runelord37

    and i applaud you...remember though that there is still hope. however small

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  2. superoctane

    Go do your homework kid.Adults are having a conversation here.

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  3. runelord37

    they have made first world citizens complete mental slaves. our "labor" means nothing to them because they usurp the resources of third world countries and the serfs there are their labor.

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  4. chronofusion

    i've spoon fed your childish ass enough TRUTH for one day. You must now get off your lazy ass , grow up, and do SOME REAL research there little spanky. as Jackie Chan's character said in the movie "Forbidden Kingdom" , " how can you learn more when you already know so much. EMPTY YOUR CUP". as in grow up, forget the lies you have been brainwashed to believe from mommy and daddy and your school life and DO YOUR OWN REAL research other than main stream media.Then you'll wake up.

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  5. theoremaxim

    I'm not doing anything, ever. I quit working because the only thing I do when I work is support the system. I live on nothing any longer, not because I can't work, but because I will not work and contribute money to these murderous scumbags. I do not accept any money from the government. My family helps me pay the utility bills. I grow my own food and can it. I make my own beer. I grow my own tobacco and roll my own smokes. I need nothing from those traitors. Fuck'em all.

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  6. runelord37

    make one educated point against one of Paul's stances. just one

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  7. chronofusion

    HAD you done some REAL research, you would have already known that RON PAUL is the ONLY real HONEST choice we have had as a nation in more than 5 decades. John F Kennedy probably being the closest thing to ron paul as he created executive order 11110 to restore power to print america's dollar BACK to the US treasury INSTEAD of the federal reserve ( who has PROVEN to devalue our dollar since 1914.), then not even 5.5 months later. he's assassinated..geee.coincidence, lbj overrules 11110. move on

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  8. runelord37

    and your IQ is probably very low... do some psychedelics....might improve your cognitive function. but do it supervised for gods sake lol

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  9. superoctane

    The NDAA doesn't exist the NDRP doesn't exist? Better check again.

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  10. chronofusion

    fake..? lol. YOU STUPID child. wake the fuck up and DO SOME REAL RESEARCH..the only fake fags..are the 3 stooges that are left in the gop nomination race=santorum (war monger like bush), romney (can't make up his mind whether he wants to govern a country from swiss cheese or or easy cheese mentallity and is the biggest flip flopper since Hilary clinton), and Gingrinch ( anyone of real intelligence could spend all day explaining how UNqualified his womanizing ass is). move on kid. ya lost.

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  11. chronofusion

    vote the same ways you always have= because the guy in the suite speaks complete sentences or has a stupid catch phrase like " yes we can...we shall overcome..blah blah.."

    This coming from the same generation that elected a man that looks EXACTLy like an old man version of BEAVIS and just as STUPID ( motor voter act of 1993, selling out our military secrets to china....dee dee deeeee, want more examples? RESEARCH IT).

    Are enough of you all going to GROW UP nov 5 2012 & VOTE RON PAUL?

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  12. michiyoyoshiku

    He's talking about laws and provisions THAT DON'T EVEN EXIST

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  13. superoctane

    So you think liberty and justice is insane? We are the crazy people?

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  14. michiyoyoshiku

    No you're pathetic you choose this fake savior thinking he is the solutionANA to all your small problems. AND like any member of a cult your savior is insulted. You insult them back.

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  15. runelord37

    the only positive result i see from this if Ron doesnt get in (other than laying a heavy foundation for Rand) is that it will permanently fracture the GOP. now all we need is the permanent fracturing of the Progressive Democratic party. then Libertarians can step in. once we can achieve a political atmosphere where its only different degrees or shades of Libertarian then we can finally breath clean air again.

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  16. chronofusion

    It's simple. Either you support YOUR FREEDOMS. OR you want to PISS them away like you have the past 100 years ( since you let woodrow wilson sign into law without congressional vote...the creation of IRS and power of federal reserve into usa december 24th 1913...which ..tadaaaa...was not long before america's FIRST world war...coincidence? gee...hmmm. )

    Either vote Ron Paul and FIGHT the stupid machine that likes fucking you in the ass on your paychecks for reasons you dont allow..or

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  17. runelord37

    no, they are insane enough to think they can control chaos on this scale. they shall reap what they sow. every action has an equal an opposite reaction. either we shall perish as a species or we will evolve. but they will never "win"

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  18. chronofusion

    you're pathetic kid. This video wasn't about catering to your insecurities. When you learn how to read something other than the main stream media provides, you'll realize how wrong, silly, and idiotic your comment was as a whole and the individual meanings of your sentences. Proof is you fear the truth and CHOOSE not to THINK for yourself instead of letting the nazi like cops and government and typical gop and democans think FOR you. You'll grow up one day kid. Until then. move on.

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  19. superoctane

    This is something that everyone should be concerned with.I think that there should be a law that all elections must have a paper trail and the counting be public and open.There is no democracy if elections can be manipulated and stolen with the press of a button.

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  20. runelord37

    hang in there buddy, dont throw your life away fruitlessly. not all ends can be seen yet

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  21. michiyoyoshiku

    NOBODY likes Ron Paul. You're in a fantasy world if you think he's winning anything. Even listening to this garbage here I FINALLY have proof Ron Paul is batshit insane. PROOF with his own words.

    BUT this will be negativly commented, Paulbot bullies will talk shit to me nothing that hasn't happend before but the proof is in the pudding Ron Paul is an unelectable lunatic and his supporters are just as demented as he is.

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  22. Freshoffdahoodbro

    I urge everyone to type "Ron Paul 60 Minutes" into google and sign the petition to get him on CBS. Only need another couple thousand signatures. Anything to help Ron am i right?

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  23. brickmudge

    IGNORE ANYONE AND EVERYTHING THAT TELLS YOU THAT RON PAUL IS NOT ELECTABLE! VOTE FOR RON PAUL 2012 EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WRITE-IN THEIR NAME! ON THE OTHER HAND, DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THE SCUM BAGS OF ANY PARTY THAT IS BEING SAID TO BE THE "FRONT-RUNNER!"

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  24. runelord37

    Marx was brilliant, but came to incorrect conclusions about viable systems of economy, which unfortunately led to another branch of collectivism rearing its ugly head to poison the world. socialism is insolvent in a constitutional Republic

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  25. runelord37

    youre an idiot

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  26. Budvb

    The Military will join the Labor movement for they too are being Abused for Profits as well, as well as Most of the World. This movement will spark a world Change and Happiness to all those that Live here!

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  27. Budvb

    It's already begun, It starting right here right now with you and I discussing to show these Power Players that it's us that Labor in Charge then those that Abuse us and Our Earth, for their own Fun and to not Share it with all!

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  28. superoctane

    Well if you can somehow convince the world to go on strike then I would believe the laborers control this world.Basic necessity rules though.People need to feed themselves and their families.They have bills.They have responsibilities that prevent them from taking over the world.

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  29. Budvb

    We're in Control, but those who want Power over you, try to control your way of thought, so they can have even more Power over you and Your Labor. When will we Realize that if we want to Change the System it's up to us all, not just Ron Paul but us that LABOR as a commodity!

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  30. superoctane

    Ron Paul has a sane approach to world affairs.He isnt a fear mongering,military industrial complex crony.He doesnt want to "RULE" you and the rest of the world like so many other politicians feel they have a right to do.All Ron Paul wants to do is protect your liberty and our homeland.Ron Paul does not want death and destruction unless it was absolutely necessary for the welfare of the United States and he would go through congress before he went to the UN to do it.

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  31. Budvb

    When you people realize that World is ours, and can't be sold for Profits, is when you will Realize who is really in Charge here. It's not the Corporations or your Elected Officials but us as LABORERS are in Control of Our Future and Future we Want. Not some Politician or some Corporation serving the Interests of Money over OUR LABOR! This is when you people will Realize this is OUR WORLD, and We all are Owners of IT. Not just a few People that we allow to Rule over us! Sorry Ron Paul it'sTRUTH!

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  32. Budvb

    You slave to the Money changers you Serve and must beg them for your daily bread. Why do you have to beg when the world is ours and not just theirs?

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  33. superoctane

    I do believe Ron Paul can make a difference and so do millions of others.You have to start somewhere.Ron Paul as president is a great start.

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  34. Budvb

    It's your world to lose, as well as mine, sorry that you have a mind block and don't want to learn. I will be waiting when your ready to have Equality.

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  35. superoctane

    I agree.Greed on Earth has gone beyond psychotic in its nature.Thats why we need a good man in the White House who cant be bought by the bankers and corporations.

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