Last week, Charlie Savage, one of the best reporters in the country, wrote an article that revealed the existence of an internal memo from the Romney campaign that clearly states that, if elected, he would bring back torture — euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
By contrast, Mr. Romney’s advisers have privately urged him to “rescind and replace President Obama’s executive order” and permit secret “enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives,” according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum.
While the memo is a policy proposal drafted by Mr. Romney’s advisers in September 2011, and not a final decision by him, its detailed analysis dovetails with his rare and limited public comments about interrogation.
“We’ll use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now,” he said at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December.
That memo itself says, “Governor Romney has consistently supported enhanced interrogation techniques” and that he had “recognized for years that the sounder policy outcome is the revival of the enhanced interrogation program.” The only question in the memo was whether he should say that publicly before being elected or merely promise a thorough review of the question after he’s in office. There is no question that a President Romney would bring back torture.
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