Gary Johnson on Guantanamo Bay
Governor Johnson opposes the indefinite detention of US citizens and prisoners of war from other countries without charging these people and trying them in court. He also opposes the practice of torture.
However, Governor Johnson asserts that there does indeed need to be a place where foreign prisoners of war are held as they are charged and tried in a military tribunal. He does not oppose to using Guantanamo Bay for this purpose. Thus his objections are not to the facility, but to illegal or immoral practices that may occur there.
Freedom Watch Appearance
In April of 2011, Governor Johnson appeared on Fox New's Freedom Watch and was asked if he would close Guantanamo Bay if he were President. He states that if Guantanamo Bay was closed, the same situation would have to be created at a base somewhere else.
UNH House Hangout
In September of 2011, Governor Johnson participated in an internet town hall for the Univeristy of New Hampshire. He was asked about Guantanamo Bay and states that he believes that the practices carried out at Guantanamo Bay need to stop. These practices include holding prisoners without charging them and torture. He stated that while he opposed these things, there needed to be some place to hold and address prisoners of war. If prisoners are legally captured, charged, and tried in a tribunal, then Guantanamo Bay was an acceptable place to do that.
2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements
AMERICA CAN ACHIEVE OUR FOREIGN POLICY GOALS without sacrificing American values.
- No criminal or terrorist suspect captured by the U.S. should be subject to physical or psychological torture.
- Individuals incarcerated unjustly by the U.S. should have the ability to seek compensation through the courts.
- Individuals detained by the U.S., whether it be at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere, must be given due process via the courts or military tribunals, and must not be held indefinitely without regard to those fundamental processes.