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Rand Paul: Try, Convict and Lock Up Terrorists In Guantanamo

• randpaul2010.com

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2009

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Leading United States Senate candidate Rand Paul today criticized the Obama administration’s decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and try terrorism suspects in United States Civil Courts.

“Foreign terrorists do not deserve the protections of our Constitution,” said Dr. Paul. “These thugs should stand before military tribunals and be kept off American soil. I will always fight to keep Kentucky safe and that starts with cracking down on our enemies.”

Dr. Paul believes in strong national defense and thinks military spending should be our country’s top budget priority. He has also called for a Constitutional declaration of war with Afghanistan.

 

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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TL said: "Is there something about Section 1 Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution people don't understand? The article that provides for military tribunals to try and punish...others violating the law of nations"

 Actually it provides that Congress has the authority to define and punish such.  Military tribunals are not mentioned, nor would they fall under "define and punish," since that means clarifying in law (and not retroactively too) and assigning punishment.  The trial looks to be held in federal court unless you can find some authorization elsewhere for Congress to say different.

TL further states: "Is there a plot afoot to degrade real U.S. citizens down to the level of terrorists under a guise of raising terrorists up to all the constitutional protections we enjoy?"

Those Constitutional protections are government protecting out Rights, not something conferred upon us by a benevolent government.  They are the same Rights held by every individual on the planet -- including the terrorists -- it is just only those coming under the sphere of the U.S. Constitution's "authority" are to be protected by the U.S. government.  The rest of the world is on its own.

Comment by TL Winslow
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Is there something about Section 1 Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution people don't understand? The article that provides for military tribunals to try and punish pesky pirates and others violating the law of nations? Is there a plot afoot to degrade real U.S. citizens down to the level of terrorists under a guise of raising terrorists up to all the constitutional protections we enjoy? It's not L'Oreal, they're not worth it, sorry. 

Islam is a horrible anti-religion whose god Allah in the Quran commands all true believers to trample all other govts. standing in its way, along with believers in other religions, and set up the horrible Sharia theocracy. Ever since Muslim jihadists started messing with the U.S. on its own soil, they have been slapping their thighs at our confusion in how to deal with them, along with the suicidal stupidity of permitting mass Muslim immigration that will produce time bombs like Maj. Nidal Hasan. Why are we er, dithering? Because Westerners are history ignoramuses when it comes to Islam's 1400-year track record, and are like ostriches with their heads in the sand, when it's so easy to learn what's coming free on the Internet. To get started, study with the Historyscoper and arm your mind with the hairy facts at http://go.to/islamhistory

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Pat, if all he did was oppose civilian trials and the closing of Guantanamo he would have a case.  But he went way beyond that in justifying his statement.  Way beyond support.

Comment by Patricia Hampton
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 I agree with Rand Paul completely. These people should have been tried a long time ago and either sentenced or released, depending upon the verdict. Military tribunal is the only logical place to try people accused of war crimes. What are the alternatives?  Keep them forever incarcerated without a day in court?  Send them home to a far worse fate?  Release them into society where they can take another shot at us?  They need to be tried.

Comment by Christine Smith
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 Disgusting.

Comment by Barry Hess
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WTF?  If he only said it to placate the people....why'd he say anything at all?  On the other hand, the most logical thought is that this really is how he 'feels'.  If so, the apple appears to have fallen well away from the tree.

Comment by Steve Freedom
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Sadly, I feel he is saying what is required to win this election in a very traditional State. He would not stand a chance if he were to come out and say otherwise to the Kentucky voters.But does that make it right to say anything to get elected?

Not sure how I feel about this, certainly wishing at this point I hadn't contributed to his campaign now. The camp at Guantanamo goes against everything I have ever belived in about this country, everyone is entiitled to a fair trial (not a military tribunal).

I am deeply disappointed in Rand Paul.


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