A Man with a Flashlight

Hillary: Guantanamo “not the real problem”
March 24, 2007, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Hell, Let's Call it Torture, Politics

McCain would close it. John Murtha wants to as well. (Anyone know if he’s made progress since then?)
An interviewer asks Hillary point-blank if she would close it and gets a dodge. Specifically:

I’m not going to speculate on that now. I think that’s the kind of tactical decision that has to be considered depending on what the real facts are at the time. Obviously, I feel that the administration has misfired in the way that it has refused to expedite the treatment of the individuals down in Guantanamo. And, frankly, it has relied on unreliable, hearsay evidence and we need to clean up the processes.

Then we can get to the point of what will we do with the people once we have totally considered them on the basis of legitimate concrete steps to determine whether they should be held or released. Then we can deal with the actual facility [Guantanamo] issue. That’s not the real problem. The real problem is the processes we’ve used.

Is securing the rights of prisoners, rightly accused or wrongly accused, not a liberal position? Is sending a message that we reject torture not a liberal position? Or can she afford so little challenge to her hawkish credentials that she is unable to oppose torture? As so often with Hillary, I’m left simply befuddled as to what she really believes.

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