Waterboarding, wtf?

April 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Politics | 2 Comments
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I’ve just heard about the practice of waterboarding used by the CIA as an an “interrogation technique”:

Water-boarding involves a prisoner being stretched on his back or hung upside down, having a cloth pushed into his mouth and/or plastic film placed over his face and having water poured onto his face. He gags almost immediately.

Apparently, another attempt to ban it just failed; already in March, President Bush vetoed the ban. This is disgusting! Goddamit, USA, you really need some change! What happened to the home country of the citizens’ movement?

Read on BBC: What is Waterboarding

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  1. This has been a big topic for quite some time in the US. A lot of people were shocked by it when news came out that we were using such tactics. (Luckily, the last figure I saw from the CIA said they were only used 3 times–but who knows if that’s true.)

    It’s even worse when you study the legal side of it. We already have numerous laws that should make such practices illegal as torture, and there are plenty of international conventions against torture, as well. The problem is, the government keeps playing games with the definition of “torture” or “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment” (the phrases used in most laws) so that they can avoid the law. The Bush administration has really been at the root of it all.

    The New York Times has been doing a good job keeping track of it all:

    http://www.nytimes.com/ref/international/24MEMO-GUIDE.html

  2. US interrogation techniques are disgusting. The military does not actually use them, but since the CIA are not part of the military, they are allowed to continue torture, including waterboarding. You wrote a very powerful article. I have also covered this here: http://frommyeyestoyours.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/bush-vetoes-anti-torture-bill/


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