Saturday Book Review: Liberty Defined by Ron Paul: Assassination
If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.
It appears that many people in government want us to believe that the greater danger is coming from people like the underwear bomber rather than from our own government.
And it is with statements like that in which Ron Paul begins to expose his true kook-self as a hater of everything America currently stands for.
As the title suggests, the focus of this chapter is assassination, specifically the assassination of those that want to destroy America. In the opinion of most non-kooks (such as myself), if you hate the American government then you are an enemy of the state and deserve to be assassinated (at best and only if you have no other information to give us).
Ron Paul obviously disagrees. He thinks people should be entitled to their own opinions, no matter how asinine those opinions are. He also seems to think that things like extrajudicial killings and torture of those that oppose the American government is a self-perpetuating cycle that only results in more and more terrorists. The government (and patriotic non-kooks) would argue that is only true if you run out of drones to eliminate these terrorist threats.
This does get a bit tricky when you consider that, in order to protect us from evil terrorists, sometimes it is necessary to assassinate American citizens such as Anwar-al-Awlaki as well (also his 16 year old son and everyone else stupid enough to be within his immediate vicinity – collateral damage). The writ of habeus corpus may have been around for 800 years, but if the US government decides that you are now an enemy, you do not deserve a right to trial.
And in the end, it makes us all safer (and by us, I mean us non-kooks that agre with the government at all times forever and ever).