US Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul (file photo)
Source: Press TV
US Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has accused the US President Barack Obama of pushing for institutionalization of martial law in the country.
Paul (R-TX) made the comments during an interview with famous American radio talk show host Alex Jones on his program the Alex Jones Show on Tuesday, the US alternative media outlet infowars.com reported.
The congressman criticized the Obama administration's attempt to include an 'indefinite detention' provision in a defense budget authorization bill.
The Republican cited an example from the National Defense Authorization Act, which he said, was worded in such a way that allowed the government to detain the US citizens indefinitely without trial.
Paul said that the act institutionalized martial law, jeopardizing the freedom of the US citizens.
The congressman has urged the Americans to wake up against, what he calls, the arrogance of the administration.
In addition, the frontrunner called for the immediate dismissal and interrogation of Attorney General Eric Holder over a gun-smuggling scandal, saying that Holder's involvement in the affair should provide enough substance justifying his removal.
He also called on the United States to pull out of the Western military alliance of NATO - as part of which the country has been leading a years-long deadly war in Afghanistan.
Lately, Paul has been relentlessly critical of the Obama administration and has largely been the only presidential aspirant to take on the issue of civil liberties, which neither Obama nor his fellow Republican frontrunners seem concerned with.
“Today it seems too easy that our government and our congresses are so willing to give up our liberties for our security,” he said during a presidential debate earlier this election season.
“I have a personal belief that you never have to give up liberty for security. You can still provide security without sacrificing our Bill of Rights,” he noted.