Ron Paul Speaks the Truth...
Transcript of Ron Paul Video:
My Topic For This Evening Is Now Assassinations.
When We Have Allowed Ourselves To Become?
Are We No Longer A Nation Of Laws?
Have We Become Instead A Nation Of Men Who Make Secret Arrests?
Are Secret Prisons Now Simply Another Tool Of The Federal Government Law Enforcement?
Is Secret Rendition Of Individuals Now Permitted Out Of Misplaced Fear?
Have We Decided That The Writ Of Habeas Corpus Is Not Worth Extending?
Is Torture Now An Acceptable Tool For Making Us Safe?
Unfortunately, The Single Answer To All Of These Questions From The Leaders Of Our Country And To Many Of Our Citizens Appears To Be Yes.
And Now We Are Told That Assassination Of Foreigners As Well As American Citizens Is Legitimate And Necessary To Provide Security For Our People.
It Is My Firm Opinion That Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth.
Secret Arrests, Secret Renditions, Torture And Assassinations Are Illegal Under Both Domestic And International Law.
Be Anathema To The Constitutional Republic.
The Real Threat Doesn't Arise From Our Failure To Torture But Rather Desense Advertising Our Nation To The Neglect Of Our Civil Liberties Fought And Died For Over The Centuries Is The Threat.
The Concept Of Habeas Corpus Existed Before King John Was Forced In 1215 By His Rebellious Barons To Sign The Mag In A Carter.
This Expression Of Individual Liberty Which Has Survived 800 Years Greatly Influenced The Writing Of Our Constitution And Our Common Law Heritage.
Today, We Hardly Hear A Whimper From The American People Or Our Government As Our Cherished Liberties Are Eradicated.
Instead, We Have A Government That Deliberately Or Contest Traits Needless Fear And Makes People Insecure Enough To Ignore Of Their Lost Liberties.
The Latest Outrage Is The Current Tration's Acknowledgement That We Now Have A Policy That Permits Assassination, Not Only Of Foreign Suspects, But Of American Citizens As Well.
Of Course, The Cia Has Used Secret Assassinations In A Limited Fashion For Decades Despite International And Moral Law.
When Done Secretly As Done In The Past, Our Government Recognized That Assassination Was Illegal And Wrong.
Frightingly, The Policy Is Now Explicit.
National Intelligence Director, Dennis Blair, In Open Testimony Before The House Intelligence Committee On February 3 Of This Year, Acknowledged That American Citizens Can, Indeed, Be Assassinated At Our Government's Discretion.
Attempted To Assassinate Al-Waki And This Was Secret And He Doesn't Deserve Individual Rights And Some Unknown Individual In The Administration Has The Authority To Declare Him A Threat And Therefore A Legitimate Target For Assassination.
Yes, I Know, He Is Probably A Very Bad Person.
Yes, I Know That Only A Few Persons Are On The Assassination Hit Lit.
I Know That Artificially Generated Fear Makes A Large Number Of Americans Inclined To Applaud This Effort That Will Make Us Safe.
If This Becomes Standard Operating Procedure And A Permanent Precedent Is Established, Let Me Assure You That This Abuse Of The Law Will Spread.
It's Time For Congress And The American People To Wake Up To The Realities Of The Dangers We Face.
We Must Remember As Members Of Congress That We Have Taken An Oath To Protect And Defend The Constitution From All Enemies, Foreign And Domestic.
It Should Not Be That Difficult To Distinguish The Danger Betweenen Underwear Bomber And A Government That Favors Assassinating American Citizens.
And I Yield Back The Balance Of My Time.