Rand Paul Constitutional Arguments

Rand Paul gave some wonderful reasons why it is illegal to kill an American Citizen, on American soil. The Bill of Rights, Amendment 4 states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Amendment 5 states: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without the due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In other words, an American citizen, on American soil, may not be killed by some politician or operative of the government. If there has been no indictment, and no trial by a jury, and no judgement of the death penalty, yet our Department of (In)justice, Attorney General can’t give a simple answer to the question of whether or not a drone can kill an American Citizen on American Soil. This is not a Dictatorship, nor are we ruled by a King or Emperor. It is time and past time to rein in this government.

People including myself, have asked for the military to take a hand in protecting our borders, since the Mexican Federales fire on our people all the time, but our military cannot be used to protect our country. Here is the wrong in all of this, the military cannot protect us, but can be used to kill us in DIRECT Contravention of the Posse Comitatus law. This law was passed after the War between the States. It can be found in 18 USC § 1385 and basically says you cannot use the armed forces of the United States Federal Government as a law enforcement group inside the United States. This is why the very idea of having a drone strike against an US Citizen is reprehensible. It is morally bankrupt policy when it is used even overseas to kill a terror suspect, along with whatever innocent people may be around them at the time.

Write to your congress persons, your senators and tell them what you think about even the possibility of such an act inside our nation.

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