All Eyes on Iowa
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:12
- Date Dec 27, 2011
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Are welcome back an interesting discussion now about this this latest polls have Ron Paul holding a slim lead over Romney among likely Iowa caucus voters but critics say Ron Paul's campaign is based.
Off of doomsday scenarios that's a quote.
The presidential candidate rest recently released this statement about congress passing a bill to fund the Department of Defense says quote.
When the bar is low enough to include political enemies.
Our descent into totalitarianism.
Is virtually assured the national defense authorization act that's what we're referring to.
He says accelerates it significantly.
Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson junior he's here the morning.
Walk us through this murky -- -- -- -- Peterson received the defense authorization act and specifically the area which is out of contention is this idea that the united his government could in prison indefinitely those.
Folks who are presumed to be of terrorism related charges but maybe not necessarily have gone through the process of laws that right.
Won't necessarily yes you're talking about al-Qaeda we're talking about terrorists are talking the people who -- not Americans who can be detained.
And it arises from the concern that many Americans and people in congress had.
That we were going to be treating terrorists like common criminals in US courts -- so this.
Is a capacity to detain terrorists like al-Qaeda this is the rationale being if we can kill them.
Overseas right there should be an availability in the law to keep didn't -- indefinitely.
Is it black and white -- -- -- think the concern in would you agree or disagree with Ron Paul has -- his assessment read another quote from this piece in the hill what he is quoted as saying it contains very basic and very critical stipulations about the due process of law now.
The government cannot imprison a person for no reason -- with no evidence presented without legal can.
I think it's constitutionally sound thereof -- it under that under that law and the federal courts are and other relief.
And I think it's a perversion to say otherwise what he's saying his.
And I'm not sure whether it's America first -- Apocalypse Now he's talking about a Soviet style.
He says that we are descending into tyranny.
-- -- you don't believe that his drive dies that it's and it's overblown that at the least and credible and that the word.
Look there are a number of Republicans there are a number of constitutional scholars who believe that the Patriot Act was a violation of direct civil liberties -- and there are a lot of people beating that -- Republicans were not necessarily happy right although me it seemed that way so the Patriot Act he says is one step in that direction.
And -- he says the next step is now the defense authorization he says.
A lot of things he talks about totalitarianism.
Is what we saw -- Mussolini.
With -- it in in North Korea that's totalitarianism.
And to compare.
That what I think is a sound a provision.
Innate defense provision 670 billion dollars for Afghanistan and -- Iraq is really off the map.
So is it black and -- come back to that there's about I do believe think that is where our baby is it so cut and try to say that this particular person is he's not American he's a terrorist we know that for sure therefore that person can be held indefinitely is it that black and well I I I I but I believe it is but I think it's part of a greater picture.
In which he believes.
That we should not have troops overseas we should bring them home we should cut the defense.
And that any intrusion at all.
Who as he believes it to American society is a step towards tyranny as step towards totalitarianism.
You know you look at his views in terms of defense.
And national security according to one -- men and Eric -- Darrow.
-- done -- says that run hole did not believe that we should enter World War II.
That it was none of our business in quote saving the Jews in World War II.
Now he also believes that the same time that this provision in this law adopted by congress signed by the president.
You know -- many Democrats many Republicans for it.
That it's -- out totalitarianism.
-- I think it's important to look at the context in which he's.
Approaching the world is it America first.
Or is it Apocalypse.
Is everything a doomsday.
Based upon government intervention.
Peter Johnson -- it would junior we said it was an interest in disguise it and thank you so what in the states might have been --