Paul has made it clear on repeated occasions that he is in favor of shutting down GITMO.
“Question: Where do you stand on Guantanamo?
Congressman Ron Paul: Shut it down. The current rationale at Guantanamo is based on the false premise that detainees are not entitled to due process protections. I support court decisions recognizing fundamental human rights, such as habeas corpus. Again, this is an issue that flies in the face of our civic and legal traditions as outlined in the Constitution. As such, I see no purpose for continuing the facility.”
June 28, 2007; Interview with Muckraker Report
“It should be closed because we don't need it. It was unnecessary, the way these prisoners were captured was very questionable. They haven't had really due process. So, the real thugs that need to be tried, they ought to be tried.
They (The Democrats) have deleted the funding mainly because the Republicans have really won the argument… If you don't support the continuation of these military tribunals and you don't support Guantanamo, maybe you support sending these people into your district and they'll be your neighbors… The Democrats were convinced that [the Republicans] won the PR fight, and so therefore, [the Democrats] all became squeamish. And even the president (Obama) backed down. That's why there's no funding for closing Guantanamo, and I guess it will be open for an indefinite future.”
22 May 2009; Paul on The Glenn Beck Show
On Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
“Torture is illegal, by our laws and it’s illegal by international laws… Well, waterboarding is torture, and many other (illegible). It’s illegal under international law and under our law. It’s also immoral. It’s also very impractical. There’s no evidence that you really get reliable evidence. Why would you accept the position of torturing a hundred people because you know one person might have information? And that’s what you do when you accept the principle of torture. I think it’s uncivilized, it has no practical advantages and it’s really un-American to accept on principle that we will torture people that we capture.”
Nov 12, 2011; CBS News/National Journal GOP Presidential Debate, Spartanburg, South Carollina
“While Congress is sidetracked by who said what to whom and when, our nation finds itself at a crossroads on the issue of torture. We are at a point where we must decide if torture is something that is now going to be considered justifiable and reasonable under certain circumstances, or is America better than that?
‘Enhanced interrogation’ as some prefer to call it, has been used throughout history, usually by despotic governments, to cruelly punish or to extract politically useful statements from prisoners. Governments that do these things invariably bring shame on themselves.
In addition, information obtained under duress is incredibly unreliable, which is why it is not admissible in a court of law. Legally valid information is freely given by someone of sound mind and body. Someone in excruciating pain, or brought close to death by some horrific procedure is not in any state of mind to give reliable information, and certainly no actions should be taken solely based upon it.
For these reasons, it is illegal in the United States and illegal under Geneva Conventions. Simulated drowning, or water boarding, was not considered an exception to these laws when it was used by the Japanese against US soldiers in World War II. In fact, we hanged Japanese officers for war crimes in 1945 for water boarding. Its status as torture has already been decided by our own courts under this precedent. To look the other way now, when Americans do it, is the very definition of hypocrisy.
The government’s own actions and operations in torturing people, and in acting on illegally obtained and unreliable information to kill and capture, are the most radicalizing forces at work today, not any religion, nor the fact that we are rich and free. The fact that our government engages in evil behavior under the auspices of the American people is what poses the greatest threat to the American people, and it must not be allowed to stand.”
May 24, 2009; Texas Straight Talk: Torturing The Rule of Law