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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Waterboarding - Not A Day At The Beach

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about "Water boarding," an interrogation technique that's been used in Iraq. Many people consider it torture; others (particularly those supporting the Bush Administration) say it's merely an interrogation technique.

Not many people know exactly what water barding is, though. When it's talked about on the news, the standard line is that it's a "technique that simulates drowning." That discription, though, can encompass a variety of methods. I've always visualized someone being strapped to a board and having their head dunked into a tank of water.

A Current TV correspondant recently paid two professional interrogators to water board him so that he could show people exactly what the procedure entails. His report is embedded below. Now, I have to warn you, this is pretty disturbing footage. No one dies, no one is injured... but prepare yourself before you watch through... it is pretty graphic

Take a look, and the next time you hear about the confirmation problems Michael Mukasey is having with the Senate, you may have some context.