It has been quite some time since I've posted anything on this blog; life has simply been busy, but I hope to remedy things as the 2012 election season heats up.
For today, I'd simply like to post the position of the various Republican candidates on the issue of torture/enhanced interrogation and related issues. I'm drawing my summaries from various sources, so I'll include a selection of links at the bottom of the post.
The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Gingrich: Has been quoted as saying that waterboarding is something America shouldn't do. Believes that Guantanamo should remain open until the terrorists disappear.
Huntsman: Opposes waterboarding; calls Guantanamo an "imperfect solution" but criticizes Obama for breaking his promise to close it.
Paul: Opposes torture and waterboarding as illegal and immoral; opposes Patriot Act; thinks Guantanamo should be closed.
Perry: Says he opposes torture but approves of enhanced interrogation which includes "any technique" used to save American lives. Supports keeping Guantanamo open.
Romney: Favors enhanced interrogation techniques and will not say whether waterboarding qualifies as such a technique. Has said Guantanamo could be doubled in size if needed.
Santorum: Voted to renew Patriot Act. Would continue using Guantanamo for terror suspects. Says that waterboarding is effective. Said John McCain didn't understand how enhanced interrogation works, that the object is to break a man so he will become cooperative.