Rand Paul at FITN Summit: ‘When Someone Asks for a Lawyer, We Don’t Tell Them to Shut Up’

Rand Paul at FITN Summit: ‘When Someone Asks for a Lawyer, We Don’t Tell Them to Shut Up’

With the fear of terrorist attacks ever present in America, it’s little wonder how much some people are willing to sidestep the boundaries of law and common civility for the sake of “national security and defense”. This is not a pitch anyone heard from Rand Paul at the First In Nation Republican Leadership (FITN) Summit in Nashua, NH last weekend.

Everyone has the right to an attorney and fair trial, even when they are suspected of terrorism, said Paul at the New Hampshire FITN Summit.

One of the loudest hawks, as well as one of Paul’s biggest critics when it comes to national security, is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. The former military lawyer disagrees.

“It’s not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next,” said Graham. “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer’, you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’” (CSMonitor)

For Paul, this is unthinkable, so he asked:

“Really? That’s the kind of discourse we’re going to have in this country?” (MSNBC)

WATCH: Rand Paul Responds to Lindsey Graham’s Comments on Fox News (4/21)


“The Kentucky Republican’s point”, writes Michael Warren on The Weekly Standard, ”was that the federal government’s disregard for rule of law and the right to a speedy trial for those accused of terrorism is a slippery slope. The feds are targeting Americans with names like Mohammed right now, Paul was implying, but what if the government decided a gun-owner from rural New Hampshire, say, was dangerous to the nation?”

These were the questions Paul raised at the FITN summit:

 “Has there been a time in our history when we decided who was dangerous based on the color of your skin? Has there been a time in our history when we decided someone was dangerous because of different beliefs, didn’t look like us, or had a different religion? Are we going to give up on our right to trial so easily?”

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(Photo courtesy of Michael Vadon, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)



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