The debate on torture has heated up these past few days and a lot of people are back to opining on what is and isn't torture and when it is and isn't justified. I continue to be astounded that our good "Christian Nation" is even having this debate [Who Would Jesus Torture?] and that there are so many folks who seem to be experts on what constitutes torture.
Today, we're going to look at a controversial method of interrogation called waterboarding that the Bush Administration employed and that they themselves have described as torture.
The following three short videos explain in dramatic fashion what is involved in waterboarding. In the first video, former SEAL Jesse Ventura discusses Dick Cheney's latest speech on the subject. The second video, which was filmed just this week, shows conservative talk show host Erich "Mancow" Muller getting waterboarded and his reaction. And, finally, in May 2008, journalist Christopher Hitchens also voluntarily underwent waterboarding. The third video documents that event.
If nothing else, this post should familiarize readers with what waterboarding is and the effect it has on people. Whether you decide it is torture or not is, obviously, up to you.