The most urgent job for reporters covering his campaign: Get him on record about torture, and avoid euphemism while doing it.
In a must-read New York Times article, Charlie Savage uncovers the clearest evidence yet that a Romney Administration might resume torturing prisoners in American custody in Bush-like fashion. "In one of his first acts, President Obama issued an executive order restricting interrogators to a list of non-abusive tactics approved in the Army Field Manual. Even as he embraced a hawkish approach to other counterterrorism issues -- like drone strikes, military commissions, indefinite detention and the Patriot Act -- Mr. Obama has stuck to that strict no-torture policy," Savage writes. "By contrast, Mr. Romney's advisers have privately urged him to 'rescind and replace President Obama's executive order' and permit secret 'enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives,' according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum."
The article points out that "the memo is a policy proposal drafted by Mr. Romney's advisers in September 2011 -- not a final decision by him." It is therefore imperative to get that final decision from Romney, if he is capable of such a thing -- and to eschew torture euphemisms while doing it.
Don't ask Romney if he will permit "enhanced interrogation" or even "waterboarding." Ask him,"Would your administration take prisoners, strap them to a board, obstruct their nasal cavity, and force water down their throats till it fills their lungs and terrifies them with the sensation of drowning?"