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Bringing Torture Back: Romney Wants to Waterboard Again

So now Mitt Romney wants to bring waterboarding back?Mitt Romney said he plans to "use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now,” at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December. (Stephen Morton for The New York Times)

An article buried on the bottom of page 13 of The New York Times on Friday revealed that Romney’s national security team has recommended to him that he rescind President Obama’s executive order barring torture.

The Times article, by the great Charlie Savage, also notes that Romney last December said he didn’t think waterboarding was torture and that he would use techniques—isn’t that a creepy word—that Obama refuses to use and that are not allowed by the Army manual.

This puts Romney squarely back in the sadistic Bush-Cheney camp.

And little wonder: Because many of the people on his national security team actually served in the Bush-Cheney administration and backed waterboarding and other kinds of brutalities.

This is not a lovely glimpse into what a Romney presidency would look like.

In fact, it’s a horrifying flashback, and a reminder that the neocons and Cheneyites are just biding their time, waiting for their opportunity to abuse power once more.

This is what happens when there is impunity, as Professor Al McCoy of the University of Wisconsin argues. By not prosecuting Bush or Cheney or Rumsfeld or Alberto Gonzales and other senior officials who designed the torture policy, and by not prosecuting the CIA agents who actually did the waterboarding, President Obama has left the door open for the torturers.

And they’re lining up to get back in.

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