Ron Paul: Let Bounty Hunters Capture Bin Laden

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, The War On Terrorism

Haha, I really like Ron Paul…

From Politico:

Paul has offered legislation (H.R. 3216) to authorize Bush to issue “letters of marquee and reprisal” to those private citizens or entities that want “to seize outside the geographic boundaries of the United States and its territories the person and property of Osama bin Laden, of any al Qaeda co-conspirator, and of any conspirator with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda who are responsible for the air piratical aggressions and depredations perpetrated upon the United States of America on September 11, 2001,” or future attacks.

Paul offered this proposal back in October 2001, arguing that it would allow “Congress to authorize the President to specifically target Bin Laden and his associates using non-government armed forces. Since it is nearly impossible for U.S. intelligence teams to get close to Bin Laden, the marque and reprisal approach creates an incentive for people in Afghanistan or elsewhere to turn him over to the [United States].”

Let the free market solve the problem and thereby make al Qaeda members continually nervous that they’re just going to be taken out by mercenaries.

Game on!


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27 Responses to “Ron Paul: Let Bounty Hunters Capture Bin Laden”

  1. bret Says:

    It’s the only rational way to take on a non-state entity like Al-Qaeda. It’s pointless to throw a conventional army at them. And yet we keep repeating the mistakes of Vietnam, blah blah. Stupid military-industrial complex. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX FOR A CHANGE GUYS MKAY.

  2. Gordon Says:

    How is this different from the $50 million bounty?
    I’d assume US citizens can claim it too.

  3. Danny Says:

    The free market really can solve anything!

    Bounty Hunters would be so effective…. it’s brilliant!!

    Why is Paul right about Everything?….It’s almost disturbing.

  4. DosPeros Says:

    One of the best damn ideas I have ever heard! Come on Jimmy, I can feel you falling in love with this man. Ron Paul 2008.

  5. Johnny Says:

    Ron Paul is okay, but what a retarded idea. Imagine how many innocent middle-easterners Joe Sixpack will think is Osama Bin Laden and attempt to shoot them/detain them.

  6. zenpiper Says:

    Brilliant. There are plenty of retired special ops guys around who would love to go on a mission like this.

  7. Kurt in Georgia Says:

    This guy is unreal. Ron Paul is obviously a gift from heaven. The real thing!

    Legalize Freedom!

    Vote Ron Paul!

  8. Tim Says:

    Hiring bounty hunters is too efficient and there’s no profit to be made. In addition, it seems the US may actually be friendly with Bin Laden, due to alleged Bush family connections.

    Let Ron Paul kick the money changers out of the temple, and only then will we have a chance to reduce the role of violence in the world. Let the infinite, luscious sprawling fields of peace and creativity rule human society, instead of war. Let art, literature and music become the foundation of the world’s economy. Let the artists rule the world, in everlasting peace and beauty.

    It’s right here in front of us, at any given moment. All we need to do is create communities that become living examples, for others to follow suit.

    There’s no need to kill your enemies when you can ritualistically “kill” them, or humiliate them — in the same way primitive tribes have done, for thousands of years. War to eradicate an enemy exists purely for profit, and nothing more.

    The archetype of the “enemy” cannot be destroyed. It will always sprout up again somewhere else, as soon as you think you’ve killed all your enemies. The reason for this is that archetypes exist in the human mind, and not in the “external” world. Ancient, primitive tribes know this, and they ensure their own survival by not killing their enemies, who practice the same thing.

    Our religious leaders need to stand up and begin uniting nations with this level of wisdom and understanding of how the world and the human mind works. Where are our religious leaders? Where are our real leaders? Where are the Boddhisattvas?

  9. John Howard Says:

    If that had been done at the beginning, the Muslim world would be cheering us instead of hating us. We had sympathy from many of them folowing 911. Thanks to Bush and the military, they now all hate us. This is just one of many many great ideas from Ron Paul.

  10. Awesome... Says:

    You know Dog the Bounty hunter went into Mexico to capture wanted felons in the US. All it takes is the right amount of money to get people to do the dirty work for you.

    Just think about it. A billion dollar bounty on Bin Laden would motivate just the type of people we need to get him. It would also be PHENOMENALLY cheaper to do this than to run dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which have done nothing to capture him.

    Ron Paul is right as usual. Ron Paul in 2008!

  11. Steve Trinward Says:

    it’s funny, though … back during the 2000 election, Harry Browne while running as the Libertarian party nominee for President, made a similar coment about world leaders

  12. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    One of the best damn ideas I have ever heard! Come on Jimmy, I can feel you falling in love with this man. Ron Paul 2008.

    Hrmmm… starting to appeal to me… wait… Damn. I just read “John Howard’s” comment above, and I realized that, despite the coolness of that bill, this Ron Paul guy really doesn’t have a clue.

    Besides, I’m sure whatever bounty hunters are out there with the capability of taking him down have already considered the 50-million as a bounty. OBL is probably dead by now anyway.

    If the Man who will “kick the money changers out of the temple” (was Tim’s post brilliantly sarcastic, or stark-raving mushroom-induced madness? I don’t know…) added a bounty for Ahmadinajad, Assad, Nasrallah, Ibrahim Hooper, or any other of these psychotic Saracens, Mohatmetans, and Musselmen that menace the free world today, then I might reconsider.

  13. Amwidkle Says:

    Jimmy… your logic is flawed on so many levels. Here’s one.


    Do you deny either of the following:
    1. That the U.S. had sympathy in the Arab world after the 9/11 attacks.
    2. That Bush’s foreign policy has incited anti-American hatred in the Arab world.
    If so, then you are a hypocrite. If not, then you are utterly blind to the world around you. Choose wisely.

    Oh wait, you’ve already chosen.

    Jimmy… there’s still hope. Go to and research his positions. I’m sure you’ll find his worldview a bit more, ah, nuanced than that of Sean Hannity, or Michael Savage, or whoever runs your mind nowadays.

  14. somebody Says:

    I hear all these criticisms of Ron Paul’s bill, but nobody ever offers a better plan. It’s either a bounty or invade every country bin Laden goes into.

  15. joshuabruce Says:

    Its funny how critics try to smear “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” as savage or backward yet these same critics would invade a country with massive bombardment and kill thousands of innocents. Hypocrites! Yes assasination is ugly but way less satanic then our ongoing wars. Godspeed to this man Ron Paul.

  16. bret Says:

    Difference between Ahmadinejad and Bin Laden? One of them hasn’t conducted a terror attack on US soil.

    Ditto Assad, Nasrallah, and I have no idea who Hooper is.

    But, if YOU want to kill the ragheads, I’m sure you could hire you some mercs to do it. Once we get Ron Paul elected, there’s going to be a whole lot of Blackwater turkeys looking for something to do. Surely you can form up your own, WASPy/red-blooded American Al Qaeda, Jimmy.

    Frankly, I don’t understand why people call this a “wacky” idea. It’s as if the military is the only tool for ANY job. How is that intelligent? And in any event, haven’t they shown they cannot accomplish the objective? What’s the use in continuing to get them killed? Hire a whole bunch of mexican or colombian drug lords… I guarantee, problem will get itself solved in a hurry.

  17. Greg Says:

    Bush’s way is much better. We give up some liberties, some good soldiers lives so that Haliburton and his buddies make a bundle. Can’t wait to see Bush go and Ron Paul step in!

  18. Jimmy (the Wild-eyed Lunatic) Says:

    Jimmy the Dhimmi… you seem to be a stark-raving mad lunatic with no purpose. Did you lose your mommy at the supermarket, and things haven’t been the same since? Your rants are wild-eyed, foaming-at-the-mouth tirades with bits of paranoia and heaps of anger.

    I’m not sure if you should be running around in the world. Tell us, do you own any weapons that we should be aware of?

  19. ronpaulfan Says:

    Ron Paul’s Speech of Sept 25, 2001 promoting the Marque of Reprisal.

    What I find amazing is that no other candidate has offered this solution and what I find more amazing is that the Framers of the Constitution gave us guidance on how to deal with non-state terrorists and pirates in our simple four page Constitution.

    I weep that we ignored their advice.

  20. Center of Attention » The Moderate Voice Says:

    [...] Justin Gardner thinks Congressman Paul may be on to something in the latter’s call for incenting bounty hunters and mercenaries to capture O.B. Laden. [...]

  21. Kevin Says:

    Where’s Boba Fett when you need him?

  22. Volunteer Voters » The Libertarian War Terror Says:

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  23. Peter Hughs Says:

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  24. Jim S Says:

    How is this a new idea compared to the reward already being offered for Bin Laden?

  25. mike mcEachran Says:

    Boba Fett is being digested for a thousand years inside a sand worm. Totally lame.

    Yeah bounty hunters are a great idea. How IS this different than the $25M reward? How is this different than the way the Industrial Military Complex throws guns and mone at the problem. I’m sure the CIA is passing around loads of cash trying to get close to OBL. At least they probably were until they made a deal with the devil, Musharaf. And it’s lead nowhere. The guys in the tribal regions of Afganistan don’t care about our money, or even their own lives. They’re thinking about the 700 virgins they’ll get in the netherworld. I’m sorry, but I think this idea and the Military Industrial complex problem are evidence of the same problem. We want to throw money and guns at everything. Its like we just cant believe that people live for other reasons. Why do we refuse to try and understand why they’re all crazy, murderous towel heads? I’m not defending them, as you can see, I’m just saying guns and money keep getting us deeper into the quagmire. Don’t we need to think of something else?

  26. Mike Says:

    I like the bounty hunter idea. They should get Blackwater out of Iraq and send them after Bin Laden. Or get Executive Outcomes ( South Africa Mercenary Company) to catch Bin Laden. Those guys are the real deal and they are all volunteer. No American soldiers have to die and Bin Laden would be pushing up daisies right now.

  27. Samantha Says:

    In the end it wasn’t bouter hunters that got him!

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