Jeeze, he needed to do it to know this?
Of course it is unpleasant. Of course it is something that no one wants done to them. That’s the fricken point of doing it. But what is important here is that it didn’t take but a few moments for him to give up. It was quick and effective and did not cause any damage to him physically and that is what makes it an effective tool in interrogating terrorists.
What it is NOT is torture.
Torture is having your fingernails pulled out.
Torture is breaking bones.
Torture is listening to Mancow’s voice on the radio.
Torture is getting that Nazi dentist in Marathon Man to drill into your teeth without Novocaine.Vodpod videos no longer available.
See, that’s fricken torture!!!
Having a bucket of water poured over your face sucks big time, but torture it ain’t.
Hat-tip to Floyd over at Three Donia who notes that torture should have some kind of “cringe” factor to be, in fact, torture. He’s right. It needs to. Waterboarding doesn’t. I mean I am no braveheart and even after watching this and KNOWING how bad it is I would let them do it to me just to see how bad it is. It’s like law enforcement officers getting pepper-sprayed in order to carry pepper-spray. We know it sucks, yet we do it reluctantly because we know it isn’t going to kill us or cause us any real injury.
Point is if you have people volunteering to give it a try then that just sucks the wind out of any torture argument for me.
What a wimp. Total puss. Thats not torture thats your big brother dropping a waterballoon on you without you knowing it. Ever have that happen? I have. So I guess my big brother should be sent up on war crimes?