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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

it's NOT ok. it was NEVER ok

this is america. in america WE DO NOT TORTURE

what's most disturbing is medical personnel participated in this torture. what happened to DO NO HARM?

again, this is america. WE DO NOT TORTURE

Waterboarding for dummies
Internal CIA documents reveal a meticulous protocol that was far more brutal than Dick Cheney's "dunk in the water"


By Mark Benjamin

Self-proclaimed waterboarding fan Dick Cheney called it a no-brainer in a 2006 radio interview: Terror suspects should get a "a dunk in the water." But recently released internal documents reveal the controversial "enhanced interrogation" practice was far more brutal on detainees than Cheney's description sounds, and was administered with meticulous cruelty.

Interrogators pumped detainees full of so much water that the CIA turned to a special saline solution to minimize the risk of death, the documents show. The agency used a gurney "specially designed" to tilt backwards at a perfect angle to maximize the water entering the prisoner's nose and mouth, intensifying the sense of choking – and to be lifted upright quickly in the event that a prisoner stopped breathing.

The documents also lay out, in chilling detail, exactly what should occur in each two-hour waterboarding "session." Interrogators were instructed to start pouring water right after a detainee exhaled, to ensure he inhaled water, not air, in his next breath. They could use their hands to "dam the runoff" and prevent water from spilling out of a detainee's mouth. They were allowed six separate 40-second "applications" of liquid in each two-hour session – and could dump water over a detainee's nose and mouth for a total of 12 minutes a day. .......

2 comments:

stray said...

When some clown said waterboarding couldn't be classified as torture because Special Forces troops were routinely waterboarded as part of their training to withstand torture... yeah, that's where I nearly choked on my own vomit.

Simple advice for future administrations: If it was invented by the SS, just say no.

a rose is a rose said...

and it's a shame we even have to talk about this. NEVER in my wildest dreams did i believe we could be 'them'