WASHINGTON, D.C., October 29, 2012 — The job of an American presidents is to enforce the law, not make it. When we allow the president the right to create “kill lists” of people (including American citizens) whom he and he alone will order killed without trial or indictment, have we erased the law? When we pass laws allowing the president to order detained – without charges, indictment or trial – American citizens for as long as he pleases, have we not shredded the intent of the Constitution?
Gary Johnson says “yes, we have.” And it must stop.
The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution goes a bit further than the “I plead the Fifth” that you hear on crime dramas when the accused exercises the right to silence, avoiding self-incrimination. It is, however, short and to the point, certainly nothing that could be accomplished in today’s government:
“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 offense 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 due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
The United States is party to the Geneva Convention, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention, which deals with the treatment of civilians. Part of it echoes the Fifth Amendment where it states:
(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
The United States ratified a United Nations Treaty on April 10, 1981, which contains a protocol prohibiting the use of incendiary weapons (pretty much anything that goes “boom” when it hits) against human beings. These weapons are intended for structures, vehicles and the like.
So please, for the love of God, can anyone explain to me how one man, whether he is the President of the United States or not, can execute, without charges or trial, hundreds of human beings, many of them innocent, some of them Americans, using drones armed with missiles?
Saddam Hussein was hanged to death with less evidence on similar charges.
When Robert Gibbs from team Obama was questioned regarding the execution of a 16 year old American citizen whose father was linked to al Qaeda, the response was “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well-being of their children.”
Yet people cheer Obama in the streets, they send him money in hopes that he can convince the majority that he is our only hope moving forward.
That, perhaps, is not even the greatest tragedy. Perhaps the greater tragedy is that the man most of us consider our only other choice for President said, “I support that entirely, and feel the President was right to up the usage of that technology.” Much of the world is coming to the conclusion that WE are the terrorists, so cheer on.
We do have other choices. One of them is Gary Johnson. He will stop Obama’s illegal executions, and unlike Mitt Romney, he’s never been a cheerleader for them.
For more information on a candidate who will stop the illegal wars and executions, please visit: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/
For more information on treaties regarding International Humanitarian Law, please visit: http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf
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