November 15, 2010

SO IT'S A PERFECTLY TOLERABLE WAY TO GET A TABLOID STORY...:

Sun writer endures waterboarding (OLIVER HARVEY, 11/12/10, The Sun)

Soon the soft texture of the towel was being wrapped around my features.

A slight pause and then the splash of water. I had resolved to remain calm, hold my breath, at least make a token resistance.

But in the few moments it took for the water to seep through the towelling I was already gagging, fighting for air, desperate for breath.

My interrogator's shouts of "confess, confess" added to the panic, the darkness of my blindfold to the disorientation.

The water was now pouring down my nostrils and into my lungs, I was choking and my mind a fog. Like a nightmare you can't wake up from, the water kept coming. And then I could stand it no more.

Bolt upright, my blindfold ripped off and coughing up liquid I wailed: "I'm drowning."

I had lasted 12 seconds of this revolting and inhumane practice.

My personal opinion?

This is no "interrogation technique" but torture pure and simple with no place in a civilised society.

I would have told my interrogator anything they wanted to hear to make it stop.


...but ought not be used to extract intelligence from terrorists? I'm afraid I'm missing the moral standard being applied here.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2010 5:33 AM
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