Clinton Calls People on No-Fly List "Potential Terrorists," Due Process Hardest Hit

Remember due process? Noun. Fair treatment of citizens through the normal judicial system.

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Prior to the Republican debate last night, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to make some contradictory and downright dangerous comments, specifically about our right to bear arms.

The Daily Caller reports that Clinton tweeted “We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values.”


But then, shortly after tweeting that, she sent out this tweet regarding all the “potential terrorists” on the federal no-fly list:

See the problem?

How can you, if you have any idea what “our” values as Americans are, call people on a secret government list “potential terrorists” and then take the position that they should have their rights violated without due process?

Remember due process?

The Constitution states only one command twice. The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states. These words have as their central promise an assurance that all levels of American government must operate within the law (“legality”) and provide fair procedures.

It shouldn’t be that much of a shock to learn that a Clinton isn’t that concerned about depriving life, liberty and property without operating within the law, but that’s exactly what she’s advocating.

She’s not the only one.

President Obama is behind it completely.

“Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun,” President Obama said in his Oval Office address after the San Bernardino terrorist attack. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?”

Um, freedom? Just saying…

But let’s look at some of the “potential terrorists” or “terrorist suspects” who would be banned from buying a gun.

Yes, Sen. Ted Kennedy. But don’t take my word for it. Take his:

I got on the watch list last April. I was taking a plane to Boston and I get out to the USAIR and I come up to the counter and I said I want my ticket.

They said we can’t give it to you. I say, well, wait a minute, here is a Visa. There must have been a mix-up. And the person behind the gate said, “I can’t sell it to you. You can’t buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.” I said well, why not. We just — we can’t tell you. Well, I said, let me talk to the supervisor on that. This is at five of seven. The plane is about to leave and finally, the supervisor said okay.

And I thought it was a mix-up in my office, which it wasn’t. And I got to Boston and said there’s been a mix-up on this thing to Boston. What in the world has ever happened? Is this what happened? Tried to get on the plane back to Washington. You can’t get on the plane. I went up to the desk. I said I’ve been getting on this plane, you know, for 42 years and why can’t I get on the plane back to Boston — back to Washington. And they said you can’t get on the plane back to Washington.

So my administrative assistant talked to the Department of Homeland Security and they said there’s some mistake. It happened three more times and finally Secretary Ridge called to apologize on it. It happened even after he called to apologize because they couldn’t — my name was on the list at the airports and with the airlines and the Homeland Security. He couldn’t get my name off the list for a period of weeks.

Now, if they had that kind of difficulty for a member of Congress, they’d have it — my office has a number of instances where we’ve had the leader of a distinguished medical school in New England and the list goes on. How in the world are average Americans who are going to get caught up in this kind of thing, how are they going to be able to get treated fairly and not have their rights abused?

That last question stands today, with this debate.

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