Rep. Ron Paul expanded on his comments earlier this week critical of the Obama administration for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
In an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News, Paul said “as President, I would have arrested Awlaki, brought him to the U.S., tried him and pushed for the stiffest punishment allowed by law.”
Paul wrote that he believes in the rule of law and the killing of al-Awlaki is the latest in a long line of unconstitutional acts by President Obama that includes military action in Libya and health care reform.
Paul was asked on Friday about the death of the suspected terrorist at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
Paul said the precedent of striking against Americans, even those suspected of being terrorist masterminds, is not a good one.
“If the American people accept this blindly and casually, have a precedent of an American president assassinating people who he thinks are bad, I think that’s sad,” he said.