Rand Paul Campaign Manager RespondsSubmitted by dallasjustice on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 00:48
The following is the email response that I received from Rand Paul's campaign manager and my email response to him which also incorporates some of my comments previously made to Rand Paul's Treasurer Mr. Hightower:
Rand Paul is happy to refund your $500 if you feel he has "flip flopped" even though the law does not require it. The original post was put on the "Draft Rand Paul" website by some enthusiasts before the campaign began. The orginal post did not say that Rand Paul wanted to try the terrorists in the US but the Grayson campaign falsely asserted that it did. The question of closing down GITMO is a separate question.
Rand Paul feels that more important than the location of the prison is whether or not we should be detaining anyone, anywhere without a judicial hearing.
Rand Paul remains committed to his opposition to fighting "undeclared" wars. Rand Paul remains committed to the belief that we should not torture prisoners of war. Rand Paul remains committed to his belief that prisoners deserve trials and disposition not indefinite detention.
This current controversy, though, stems from whether or not prisoners of war should be treated identically to US Citizens. Should we read Miranda rights to prisoners captured on the battlefield? Should we release KSM because he was tortured? There are reports that a great number of detainees at GITMO were detained not on the battlefield but were turned in by competitors for their positions. The US should not detain anyone indefinitely anywhere whether in the US or otherwise.
While military tribunals may appear to some to be unjust, we currently try our own GI's in military court when they are accused of crimes such as rape and murder. Military court provides legal representation for the accused.
Rand Paul is opposed to the policy of scooping up people from around the globe and holding them in indefinite detention. Rand Paul believes that most of the detainees could have been tried, convicted, and or released long ago. Those whom the military has deemed untriable, like the Uighurs, should be deported to where they were captured not relocated in the South Pacific. Detainees who return to the battlefield and are captured should be imprisoned in the country in which they are captured.
If you have other questions for Dr. Paul, please let us know. If you still want a refund, let us know that also.
Rand Paul for U.S. Senate
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The question is a simple one. Does Rand Paul support Gitmo or not? Before yesterday HE said:
" ... it's kind of unclear whether these people are guilty, not guilty ... So I really think deportation or sending them back to their country of origin might be the best way to go. And none of it's fair, because some of them have been held years and years ..." - Alex Jones Show, 5/21/09.
"I think they should mostly be sent back to their country of origin or to tell you the truth I'd drop them back off into battle ... you're unclear, drop 'em off back into Afghanistan. It'd take them a while to get back over here." -YouTube video of Rand Paul speaking in Paducah, KY, 5/8/09.
Now on the website the article related to Rand’s position on Gitmo is entitled: “Try Convict and Lock Up Terrorists in Guantanamo”
As you can see from my previous email exchange with Mr. Hightower attached hereto, Mr. Hightower stated that the errant web posting was the fault of a campaign staffer. Although the web post may not have been read by Rand Paul, Paul did say those words cited above. Rand Paul didn’t support Gitmo before he supported it.
I really don’t care to debate Gitmo with you or Rand, although you should read the 14th Amendment’s incorporation for the Bill of Rights to persons, not citizens. I am really no longer interested to know what Paul’s views are on the matter. I cannot support a candidate that won’t take responsibility for his words and instead shifts blame to campaign staffers or “enthusiasts.” Paul should be responsible for what come out of his mouth.