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Would Assassinating You Violate Judicial Procedure? No, Says the Attorney General.

Written by Gary North on March 14, 2012

So, you think the U.S. Constitution guarantees due process of law. Well, what if it does? It’s an old document. Who cares what the voters’ original intent was? Not the Attorney General of the United States, certainly.

He gave a prepared speech at Northwestern University Law School recently. In his speech, he made it clear that the federal government has decided to adopt an updated view of the fifth and fourteenth amendments, the Due Process clause.

Holder explained the government’s rationale for killing Americans as a pre-emptive strike against terrorism. He said:

Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.

What, Constitutionally speaking, separates membership in Al-Qaeda from membership in any other group that has been identified by some President’s Administration as a terrorist organization? Judicially, Holder said, there is no Constitutional protection. Then what is the protection? This: the pre-assassination estimated effects of any post-assassination public protest.

In short, it all depends on what the assassination bureau thinks it can get away with.

David Galland has assessed this speech.

Simply put, what the administration is now claiming as standard operating policy is that it can formulate certain procedures on an ad-hoc basis and call it “due process.” Provided their functionaries follow that process, the government is free to do virtually anything, in this instance, kill citizens.

Note also that Holder doesn’t make a distinction between targeting US citizens here versus abroad. This is a blanket statement.

When I initially read Holder’s remarks, I was sure there would be a massive outpouring of popular indignation, outrage even. And I confess to hoping that maybe, just maybe, this would be the final straw to get the citizenry off their couches to put an end to this long step down the path of fascism.

But there was barely a peep. No cries for Holder’s resignation, or for Obama’s impeachment, either of which would have been entirely appropriate in a nation where the citizenry hadn’t already been cowed.

It was also telling that even though Holder’s declaration of the administration’s coup against the constitution was delivered at a law school, the audience didn’t rise to their feet in shock but rather waited politely for him to conclude his remarks before rewarding him the obligatory applause. Given that these were students of the law and so should know better, I can only conclude that even though they saw something – in this case the ungloved hand of fascism – they decided to say nothing.

Holder got away with it. The government will get away with it.

The government is tightening the noose. Holder’s speech was a trial balloon to see how far the government can go before it encounters political resistance. It can go a lot further. It is just getting started. This is the judicial legacy of 9-11.

Most Americans at the top of the power pyramid have lost the will to resist. The professors of law say nothing. The rest of the elite will say nothing.

The man in the street neither knows nor cares.

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21 thoughts on “Would Assassinating You Violate Judicial Procedure? No, Says the Attorney General.

  1. EHeassler, USN Ret. says:

    I think the purpose of this is to establish a precedent for the legality of murdering citizen enemies who for now, have been Americans gone rogue so to spead and have taken up arms against their own country, albeit oversees. The next step will be to murder them in the USA. The follow-on step will be to label more and more people "Enemies Of The State" and murder them, too. Soon, this administration, if allowed to continue will just start murdering its political enemies, real or perceived. New Black Panther Party, here we come.

  2. exbuckeye says:

    Maybe the reason no one objected was because they didnt want their name to be added to the DHS "Watchlist"
    Or they didnt want to become a target for the assassination bureau.

    Ya think? DUH!!!

  3. Welcome to Obamas America! We are now all targets if we oppose the governments actions.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    A key word here in the intrepretation is functionaries, who can assassinate an individual? In other words, an appropriate action of an "occupy group" member may kill you and be within their judicial rights!

  5. As in my other posted comments: BIG BROTHER! BIG BROTHER! BIG BROTHER!!!!! (as in Orwell's "1984"). I read that book when it first came out when I was in college; it has taken a little while to happen, but it has and is happening NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Bill McCroskey says:

    Couldn't agree with you more….itty bitty steps….test the water….in the racing world we keep making components lighter until they break….then we know we've reached the limit. Holder and the government are applying the same principle in a most sinister immoral way.

  7. Remember; the returning war veteran, the nice lady next door that cans her own homegrown garden vegetables, the neighbor that has a few hurricane or earthquake supplies stored away, any sane individual that disagrees with this Monster Administration – could be considered a threat and a target ! Wake Up !

  8. I believe the pendulum swings both ways. Maybe Holder needs to watch his back?

  9. The Zionists are using the same playbook in America today that the Nazis used in Germany in the 30's, while they whine that no one can criticize their actions because of what may or may not have happened to their ancestors during WWII.

  10. “…Welcome to Obamas America!…”

    This has been going on for over 100 years, e.g., Lincoln, Garfield, Patton, Kennedy. Those — even at the highest levels — who challenge U.S. government borrowing or the infiltration of our government are killed off.

    But, money to fund The Machine is drying up, thank God.

  11. There is no evidence that this is going to be used against anyone other than terrorist dirtbags who have taken up arms against the U.S. This article is just paranoid speculation.

  12. Do they not realize that if they can "legally" assassinate us then we can "legally", well….? You fill in the blanks.

  13. Sorry OregonMuse, You apparently trust this administration a lot more than I do. I don't thrust this imposter in the Oval Office
    any futher than I can throw a liberal communist.

  14. I see Holder has his head up a body cavity that can not be mentioned again . Or is it still ?

  15. Now that the government has this power, whats to stop it from being used down the road against ANYONE? The main idea of the constitution was to constrain and separate the powers of government. The government has just claimed the right to kill ANYONE it wants at will. If that doesn't make you feel sick in your gut nothing will. The basic right to life is no more.

  16. Jumpingjim1 says:

    Are you Crazy ? This is just another example of Obamanation & his hencemen of trying to Supercede the Constitution , Step by step ! I wopuldn,t put it past them to have implemented a sale of America to the Islamic people !

  17. Paul Trombley says:

    Given that these were students of the law and so should know better

    David Galland is a fool if he can write that without trying to be sarcastic. Reality is that most people go to law school for pretty much the same reason that Ghandi cited, namely, so that later on they can win honors and riches for theirselves. So the useful careerist gets to law school ready to be indoctrinated in whatever is needed to pass the bar exam. Furthermore, most Americans who get to law school known basically nothing about the law, which is astonishing given that they've probably just finished their 16th year of schooling, not counting kindergarten. And during that time they've been indoctrinated in the religion of republicanism in the form preached by Publius and his allies.

    Consider what happens when the law student gets to con law class. Does that student contemplate carefully the absurdity of Article VII? Well, no, as they later prove when swearing to uphold the federalists' hoax. Bear in mind now that Article VII is moot prior to establishment, and even upon the 9th ratification, which happened to come from NH's convention, one still cannot invoke A7 as a basis for establishment without arguing in a circle.

    Galland simply expects too much from people who, even if they care enough to think logically about what they are being taught, are badly outnumbered by people who are expert in dealing with skeptics.

  18. SEAN MURRY says:

    Holder has his head in his rear.

  19. Ole in WI says:

    Only the 2nd amendment is now protecting us from an outright move to tyranny from this administration. This is PRECISELY why is was put in the Constitution. But, I fear the left is trying to push the right into a conflict. Look at how Obama supported the OWS folks, nothing more than groups of thugs (The arrest records PROVE that). They are trying very hard to get a rise out of us, so they can declare martial law and\or use Holder’s view to then call those folks out as terrorists and “legally” assassinate them. Soros is pouring millions into supporting local anti-gun ordinances around the country. He is the head of a large snake, and we all know the best way to deal with that. Only an armed populace is keeping them at bay, they are trying their best to end that.

  20. PrincessPhilly says:

    That is exactly what the communist government wants. To have people afraid they will be assinated so the communists can take full control over this country with no resistance. Americans will blindly follow and just let this country become communism.

  21. Are you really that naive?

  22. I've got news for you, bub, gov't has ALWAYS had this power to kill you, or me, or anyone else. Nothing has changed except the technology. You expect words written on a piece of paper to protect you. And I'm supposed to be the naive one?

    Your "what's to stop it from being abused down the road" argument sucks, by the way.The threat of abuse does not invalidate use.