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!


  • Go Occupy an insane Asylum

  • You and I tell the truth and this cult bullies us because of it. FUCK THEM and FUCK RON PAUL

  • If there was any proof that Ron Paul was corrupt it would have brought him down long ago. Even to the people that despise him know they can’t come close to being half the man he is. His integrity alone shuts these people down like the roaches they are. Signs of whats to come right in there face, yet they still sound off for the corruption needless wars and killing never knowing truth from lie looking at life through a peephole and whats good for them alone.So bring Ron Paul down with your proof?

  • If the SHTF and the dollar collapses.I bet you will be more prepared to survive the chaos that ensues better than most.

  • Remember everyone. we now know who “they” is. we have come so far since the Warren Commision. this is the penultimate moment, and we are at the cusp of potential wordwide change and the move towards a global liberty that allows us to meld through the middle path. Sovereignty without war. what a light we can shine for those if we merely reach out and grab what was already written for us long ago.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • make one educated point against one of Paul’s stances. just one

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.