WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The future of use of torture as an interrogation technique may rest on differing attitudes of the presidential candidates, a Romney campaign document suggests.
A five-page policy paper entitled “Interrogation Techniques,” written in 2011 by the Romney campaign’s foreign policy brain trust, comprised mostly of veterans of the George W. Bush administration, presents a hard-line attitude toward interrogation including approval of prolonged sleep deprivation, shackling into “stress” positions and waterboarding, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Among the Obama presidency’s first acts was an executive order restricting interrogators to a list of non-abusive tactics. Although his presidency has offered a hawkish approach to other counter-terrorism issues, such as drone strikes and indefinite detention, the no-torture policy has been maintained, the newspaper said.
Romney’s policy paper acknowledges it is difficult to ascertain the outcome if the Bush policy continued, but it argues that Obama’s approach “hampered, or will hamper, the fight against terrorism” by restricting techniques “that we should feel, as a nation, that we have a right to use against our enemies.”