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Paul stands up for Constitution

Published: Mon, March 11, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

As more details COME TO light on the Department of Justice White Paper, the memo on the legality of drone strikes against American citizens, the little publicized nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has become a major issue.

Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., has taken a stand against this encroachment of constitutional rights, along with five other senators.

Sen. Paul filibustered the nomination of Mr. Brennan to proclaim his disagreement with the Obama Administration’s position that drone assassinations of American citizens, while on American soil, are legal. Our Constitution requires that no citizen can be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” Does the presidential oath of office state that the president is to “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution as long as it is convenient…”? No, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land and does not allow for exceptions to broaden the power of the government to ignore our basic rights to kill American citizens without due process.

No president or bureaucrat, regardless of party, can ignore our fundamental rights and kill an American citizen without the constitutionally mandated due process of law guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. The Constitution was written to protect citizens from government. The Eighth Amendment also protects us from “cruel and unusual punishments.” The Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Louisiana that the death penalty for tried and convicted child rapists violates the Eighth Amendment. Does not that protection apply to the assassination of an American citizen via drone on the mere suspicion of terrorism? If the court would consider something of that order to be “cruel and unusual punishment”, one would think it would surely consider a policy as egregious as this to be in violation of the Eighth Amendment. I believe so, and I believe that most of my fellow Americans do as well. This policy is in violation of at least two amendments of the Constitution, and thus I applaud Sen. Paul for his courage on this issue.

Tex Fischer, Youngstown

The writer is chairman of the Teen Conservatives organization in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.


1redeye1(5052 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

KSU Grad quit drinking the kool-aid and start thinking on your own. This arsehole is nothing more then a power -grabbing arsehole. I really do believe he would use drones on our own citizens if he gets the chance. Then LIE to the public on why he did it. This boy does whatever he feels like, without even consulting congress on anything . So stick it!, You probably voted for him

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2thediffrence(13 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Rand Paul is an idiot. Keeps saying Hitler was elected and he wasn't he was appointed. Also keeps referring to The President as Hitler. AllTea party people are nut bags who do not understand government and do not want government they want anarchy. Rand Paul IS THE PERSON HE'S WARNING EVERYONE ABOUT.

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3HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Mr Fischer,
you wrote: "the little publicized nomination of John Brennan has become an issue"
Were you on another planet for the past two months? Brennan has been on the hot seat since Obama nominated him.

Rand Paul just used the Brennan confirmation proceedings as a soapbox to espouse his liberitarian agenda. His fillibuster had little, if anything at all, to do with Brennan's confirmation.

In the end the Senate confirmed Brennan by a wider margin than Obama's reelection.

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4Woody2(26 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

So you are now saying that the constitutional guarantees of due process can be ignored if there is an imminent threat?
Please clarify!

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5Woody2(26 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Got nothing to say? No defense?

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