Romney In 2007: Close Guantanamo? No. Double Guantanamo!

[h/t RHawk301 for the video]

Today is the 10th anniversary of the prison opening at Guantanamo Bay. On a day where protesters are marching in Washington to protest the fact that it remains open (thanks to Congress), it might be fitting to see what Mitt Romney thinks about it, as clearly articulated in a 2007 GOP debate.

At about 26 seconds in:

Now you said the person's going to be in Guantanamo. I'm glad they're at Guantanamo. I don't want them on our soil, I want them on Guantanamo where they don't get the access to lawyers they get when on our soil. I don't want them in our prisons. I want them there.

Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo. We've got to make sure that the terrorists--

And there's no question that in a setting like that where you have the ticking bomb, that the President of the United States, not the CIA interrogator, the President of the United States has to make that call. Enhanced interrogation techniques have to be used. Not torture. But enhanced interrogation techniques.

Sadly, too many Democrats and Republicans alike agree with him. To this day. Congress continues to block funding detainees' transfer from Guantanamo to prisons in the United States. One of the biggest outcries when Eric Holder announced trials of certain detainees would take place in Federal court was around the idea that they would be subject to the full due process of law. This continues to this day.

I'm certain that if Mitt Romney were asked about this, he wouldn't back down. As President, he would double the number of detainees at Guantanamo and re-institute waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques."



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