I have friends who support President Obama's order to execute Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan as a matter of practical necessity. Their claim is that it would have been impossible to arrest these criminals and bring them to trial. They say that in order to protect the lives of innocent Americans it is sometimes necessary to bend if not break the law, even the highest law of the land which is our Constitution.
I talk to people about Ron Paul and sort of convince them that he's the best and they say that if a guy like Ron Paul got in he'd be assassinated. What do you think about this statement? Do you think it's very likely???
Written by: Ron Paul
October 10, 2011
According to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Americans are never to be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. The Constitution is not some aspirational statement of values allowing exceptions when convenient, but rather it is the law of the land. It is the basis of our Republic and our principal bulwark against tyranny.
Last week, the assassination of two American citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, is an outrage and a criminal act carried out by the President and his administration. If the law protecting us against government-sanctioned assassination can be aborted when there is a really bad American, is there any meaning left to the rule of law in the United States? If, as we learned last week, a secret government committee not subject to Congressional oversight or judicial review, can now target certain Americans for assassination, under what moral authority do we presume to lecture the rest of the world about protecting human rights? Didn’t we just bomb Libya into oblivion under the auspices of “protecting” the civilians from being targeted by their government?
Claims that Awlaki was an Al-Qaeda leader or that he was directly involved in any terrorist action have never been substantiated. His murder was clearly just another feather in Obama’s warrior headdress as he launches his re-election campaign this autumn, notes Eric Walberg.
There is a video on youtube of Ron Paul predicting the US government assassinating an American citizen without due process. Unfortunately, it ends with a picture of Dr. Paul with the F word on it, which I find offensive.
Here is a clean version if you want to pass it on to people without offending them.
According to this newspaper report, all Obama administration officials involved were unanimous in approval of the administration’s claim of power to execute Americans without conviction, without trial, without due process, without any presentation or testing of evidence. There was not one single voice of dissent to the administration's claim to totalitarian power of summary execution over citizens. The only excuse they needed to rationalize this dangerous precedent was to have an administration employee write a secret legal memo concluding it is OK.
Oct 3, 2011 - Judge Napolitano explains why the President did not have the authority to kill Anwar Al-Awlaki
Assassinated American Anwar Al Awlaki, Guest of Honor at Pentagon, Dined with Military Brass Within Months of 9/11Submitted by We the People on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:42
Fox News reports the US citizen Obama assassinated, without any charges, had been interviewed by the FBI at least four times and was a guest of honor at the Pentagon, dining with US military commanders. What?
One of the first to speak up was Ron Paul, the Republican congressman currently running for president. It cannot be denied that Paul is a man who sticks to his principles, regardless of public opinion.
Forgive the misleading title, but I think it was the only way I could get those within the Tea Party who are adverse to the mention of Ron Paul's name to watch this video. If you guys can spread it around to tea party groups, I think some folks would change their minds on the assassination of al-Awlaki or at least have some serious reservations about how far we have come as a nation.
The idea: start talking in terms of INTERNATIONAL LYNCHING.That should warm things up a bit!