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The End of The Torture Age

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s appointment for Attorney General testified to Congress yesterday that he believes that waterboarding is torture. This is a big change from the Bush administration in which none of the Attorney Generals said they were against torture. Thankfully, we will have an administration that will return to the rule of law in governing.

CIA decides to end use of waterboarding

Friday, September 14th, 2007

According to ABCNews.com, the CIA has decided to ban the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Waterboarding is an interrogation technique that consists of immobilizing an individual and pouring water over his or her face to simulate drowning. Waterboarding has been used to obtain information, coerce confessions, punish, and intimidate. However, it is also used in some military training. It elicits the gag reflex, and can make the subject believe his or her death is imminent while not causing permanent physical damage.

Some Republicans have supported the use of waterboarding claiming that is not torture. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona, who was tortured during Vietnam views things differently: “

For instance, there has been considerable press attention to a tactic called “waterboarding,” where a prisoner is restrained and blindfolded while an interrogator pours water on his face and into his mouth—causing the prisoner to believe he is being drowned. He isn’t, of course; there is no intention to injure him physically. But if you gave people who have suffered abuse as prisoners a choice between a beating and a mock execution, many, including me, would choose a beating. The effects of most beatings heal. The memory of an execution will haunt someone for a very long time and damage his or her psyche in ways that may never heal. In my view, to make someone believe that you are killing him by drowning is no different than holding a pistol to his head and firing a blank. I believe that it is torture, very exquisite torture.

Warterboarding has probably been used by on least five suspects. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds behind September 11th spoke to authorities after waterboarding.

Waterboarding is a despicable technique and it is a smart decision by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden. This is one step in the right direction towards repairing the reputation of the United States around the world.