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Oct 19, 2006 by DAVID SCHRAUB, Assistant Editor
I give due props to Bill O’Reilly for his questioning of GWB on the subject of waterboarding. Treasure it, readers–I don’t anticipate it happening again anytime soon.
From what I’ve heard, Bill O’Reilly also caught Rangel referring to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as only a “so-called terrorist.” Rangel then attempted to deny he had said that even though he was caught on tape. Rangel lately can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth.
I’d like to point out that waterboarding as described by O’Reilly (as well as the picture most people seem to have in mind of the technique) is inaccurate. It’s far more horrifying (torturous?) than simply “dunking” a captive’s head under water. I wouldn’t want anyone to get the idea it’s nothing more than a “swirly” – or as 70s teen movies play it, stuffing someone’s head in a toilet and flushing.
Wiki can help a bit with illustrations and factual documentation of the technique as well as modern practitioners (which, as it turns out, include the US and Cambodia’s old Khmer Rouge regime. Lovely company.
The modern practice of waterboarding was used by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge  . The technique was characterized in 2005 by former CIA director Porter J. Goss as a “professional interrogation technique”, involves tying the victim to a board with the head lower than the feet so that he or she is unable to move. A piece of cloth is held tightly over the face, and water is poured onto the cloth. Breathing is extremely difficult and the victim will be in fear of imminent death by asphyxiation.
as this question has already been asked of the president, and he gave the same stock answer, i cant see what the big deal is.
how the fuck is someone going to adjust to being water boarded? go to training camps to learn to hold their breath and deal with extreme cold and
and im sorry, the way lufa boy poses the question, waterboarding doesnt even sound like torture…dunked then tied up? not quite
The victim is strapped to a board and either tipped back or lowered into a body of water until he or she believed that drowning was imminent. The tortured person then is removed from the water and revived. If necessary the routine is repeated.
wanna explain how someone can adjust to that?
no kudos to lufa boy…eff him and his softball interview
oooh, and he caught charlie rangel saying something dumb…so what’s new?
i have yet to hear lufa boy scream outrage at the possible coverup of a republican congressman trolling for pages….protector of children my ass
lufa boy is a perv….give me his hardrive, ill find stuff you cant imagine
dang mike p…you beat me to it
it was a softball, intended to allow the idiots who watch his show the impression that alledged terrorists are being taken for a swim, then being tied up
If waterboarding is torture, then Bush can certainly say we don’t waterboard, because according to Bush we dont torture.
By not denying it, he is admitting it in this case.
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