Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rand Paul: Attending Radical Speeches Should Result In Deportation Or Imprisonment

Interviewed by Fox’s Sean Hannity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that attending a radical speech should result in deportation or imprisonment. His remarks came in the context of discussing profiling at airports. Listen:

Paul: I’m not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they’ve been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they’ve been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders. It wouldn’t be that they are Islamic. But if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison. (h/t: Think Progress)

Attending a speech is an "offense"–and one worthy of such punishments? Quite a radical departure from the First Amendment and due process. Paul fought against the excesses of the Patriot Act. Are the sentiments above those of an advocate of civil liberties and a libertarian?

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