Op-ed by Rear Admiral John Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.).
As Dr. Seuss’s esteemed socio-political activist and commentator, the Lorax, once observed, ‘A tree falls in whichever direction it is leaning. Be careful of which way you lean.’ Since 9/11 many Americans have, for the first time in our nation’s history, been leaning in favor of so-called ‘enhanced interrogations,’ the Orwellian euphemism for torture. Indeed, during the Bush administration, it was established U.S. policy.
More recently, with the exception of Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman, all the original GOP candidates said they supported enhanced interrogations including waterboarding. Mitt Romney has said he doesn’t support torture but so far has been vague as to whether he believes waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ are torture.