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Old 12-21-2007, 08:49 PM
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I waterboard!

So much talk of waterboarding, so much controversy. But what is it really? How bad? I wanted to write the definitive thread on waterboarding, settle the issue. Torture, or not?

To determine the answer, I knew I had to try it. I looked at my two small children. Surely, in the interests of science?.....

But alas, my wife had objections.

Perhaps her?

Sadly, she is proficient in Ju Jitsu, and I am unlikely to waterboard her.

That leaves me.


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Seriously, I determined to give this a try, see how bad it was: Settle the debate authoritatively. Torture, or not?

I figure I would be a good test subject. I am incredibly fit and training for a 100 mile endurance run. The main thing about such an event is ability to tolerate pain. I am good at this. I am trained.

I also have experience with free-diving from my college days. I once held my breath for 4 minutes and two seconds. Once, while training as a lifeguard I swam laps without breathing until I passed out, so that I could know my limits.

To determine whether waterboarding is an acceptable interrogation technique or torture I must research it an then undergo it myself. Once I have done this, Elucidator Diogenes Tomndeb and all the rest of those liberal scum (no offense intended) must accept my now accept my now expert opinion.

So, here's what I would do. First I would google waterboarding to understand the basic concepts than I would try it on myself. First, self inflicted and then, if necessary, inflicted by my wife.(she has no problem torturing me. We've been married almost 15 years.)

These are the results of my research and experience:

The goal of waterboarding is to simulate drowning without the actual drowning or inhalation into the lungs. In order to accomplish this the subject is forced to lie on an inclined plane with his head lower than his lungs and then water is dumped onto his/her face (always keeping the lungs above the "Water line.") This simulates drowning and causes a panic.

There are some advanced techniques that make this more extreme, but that's the basic concept.

Easy enough to duplicate. I have an inclined weight bench and a watering can. No problem. I lie on this and tilt the watercan to pour water on my mouth and nose. Water goes up my nose causing me to gag and choke and splutter, but after a try or two I'm able to suppress my reflex, relax breathe in shallowly and then expel rapidly (shooting out the water) and maintain my composure. This is not too bad. with my diving experience, you would never break me this way. I can't beleive those AL Zarqawi guys were such pussies.

Back to researching the advanced techniques:

The first of these is wet rag in mouth. I try it. Ok, I can handle this too. It makes it a little bit more difficult to maintain control. I didn't realize it, but the first time around I was selectively breathing through either mouth or nose, to help maintain control. The wet rag eliminates the mouth as an option. You have to really concentrate to maintain control, breathing very shallowly on the inhale and not allowing yourself to exhale until you have a good lungfull with which to expel the water in you nose throat and sinuses. Then, you have to inhale slowly but fast enough to pull in a lungful of air before your nose throat and sinuses fill up. Difficult, but doable with some self-control. I can see where this would get very unpleasant if you lost control, but still, not terrible, not torture, per se in my book. It wasn't as bad as my vasectomy or last root canal, and not nearly so bad as the last OP I read by Liberal.


Next up is saran wrap. The idea is that you wrap saran wrap around the mouth in several layers, and poke a hole in the mouth area, and then waterboard away. I didn't reall see how this was an improvement on the rag technique, and so far I would categorize waterboarding as simply unpleasant rather than torture, but I've come this far so I might as well go on.

Now, those of you who know me will know that I am both enamored of my own toughness and prone to hyperbole. The former, I feel that I am justifiably proud of. The latter may be a truth in many cases, but this is the simple fact:

It took me ten minutes to recover my senses once I tried this. I was shuddering in a corner, convinced I narrowly escaped killing myself.

Here's what happened:

The water fills the hole in the saran wrap so that there is either water or vaccum in your mouth. The water pours into your sinuses and throat. You struggle to expel water periodically by building enough pressure in your lungs. With the saran wrap though each time I expelled water, I was able to draw in less air. Finally the lungs can no longer expel water and you begin to draw it up into your respiratory tract.

It seems that there is a point that is hardwired in us. When we draw water into our respiratory tract to this point we are no longer in control. All hell breaks loose. Instinct tells us we are dying.

I have never been more panicked in my whole life. Once your lungs are empty and collapsed and they start to draw fluid it is simply all over. You [b]know[b] you are dead and it's too late. Involuntary and total panic.

There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. It would be like telling you not to blink while I stuck a hot needle in your eye.

At the time my lungs emptied and I began to draw water, I would have sold my children to escape. There was no choice, or chance, and willpower was not involved.

I never felt anything like it, and this was self-inflicted with a watering can, where I was in total control and never in any danger.

And I understood.

Waterboarding gets you to the point where you draw water up your respiratory tract triggering the drowning reflex. Once that happens, it's all over. No question.

Some may go easy without a rag, some may need a rag, some may need saran wrap.

Once you are there it's all over.

I didn't allow anybody else to try it on me. Inconceivable. I know I only got the barest taste of what it's about since I was in control, and not restrained and controlling the flow of water.

But there's no chance. No chance at all.

So, is it torture?

I'll put it this way. If I had the choice of being waterboarded by a third party or having my fingers smashed one at a time by a sledgehammer, I'd take the fingers, no question.

It's horrible, terrible, inhuman torture. I can hardly imagine worse. I'd prefer permanent damage and disability to experiencing it again. I'd give up anything, say anything, do anything.

The Spanish Inquisition knew this. It was one of their favorite methods.

It's torture. No question. Terrible terrible torture. To experience it and understand it and then do it to another human being is to leave the realm of sanity and humanity forever. No question in my mind.


Questions? Doubts?


P.S. Yes, I really did try it.

P.S.S. I understand that I took a shot or two at some other posters, but my hope is that this will be construed as humorous rather than genuinely insulting, and thus acceptable. If any offended parties take genuine issue, my sincere apologies, but I chose targets that I thought would appreciate rather than be offended.

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Old 12-21-2007, 08:57 PM
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Question: what actually was your opinion of this technique before you tried it?
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:13 PM
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:16 PM
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Now see, you were in a controlled enviroment and found it to be torture. Now imagine you have some scumbag CIA or military officer doing this to you not knowing what else they're capable of. That's like 20x the fear, IMO, of what you went through!
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:22 PM
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Question: what actually was your opinion of this technique before you tried it?
I really didn't know, which is why I wanted to try it.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:22 PM
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Very rarely do mere words on a message board startle me. I've seen many descriptions of waterboarding, but that one made me sit up straight. Wow.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:29 PM
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Now see, you were in a controlled enviroment and found it to be torture. Now imagine you have some scumbag CIA or military officer doing this to you not knowing what else they're capable of. That's like 20x the fear, IMO, of what you went through!
I don't think it would really matter whether the scumbag in question was CIA, Al Quaeda, my wife or you. After experiencing it, I'm not sure it would necessarily be worse if somebody else was doing it, it would just be more protracted.

Frankly, it felt infinitely terrible. The reaction was totally involuntary and totally automatic even though it was self- inflicted. It would be worse if somebody else was doing it because they might not realize when you reach that magic point and keep doing it, but really I found that magic point to be as bad as it can possibly get whether I did it or somebody else.

More time at that point would be worse. But, I imagine the loss of control and all the other factors to be inconsequential compared to the sudden imminent death feeling.

It's not simulating drowning, it is drowning. It felt like dying. I can't put it any other way.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:31 PM
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There have been cases of soldiers going through waterboarding in training and having psychological damage from it. Both you and the soldiers had an advantage. You did not have it done by an enemy that hates you and may screw up and kill you.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:35 PM
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curiousity killed the doper

Yea, that was a pretty intense OP. And in addition to what ParentalAdvisory said about you being far more in control of the situation then the average Gitmo resident, I imagine most inhabitants of Afganistan don't have a lot of experience with recreational swimming, and so would be that much less able to cope with the sensation of being drowned.

Also am going to have second thoughts next time we debate whether "X interrogation technique" counts as torture for fear that we'll unintentionally cause Scylla to kill himself during a similar experiment.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:39 PM
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I don't think it would really matter whether the scumbag in question was CIA, Al Quaeda, my wife or you.
I get it, dying is dying is dying . But you weren't in any kind of confinement with people who could care less about you. IMO, you would have a different experience with having terrorists do it to you, and another with your wife doing it to you. No doubt however, you've had some extreme feelings after having done it yourself now giving you a new perspective, but I still feel it would be a heck of a lot worse if you were detained and it performed by nut jobs.

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Old 12-21-2007, 09:43 PM
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I have been told by my "friends" that the saran wrap technique breaks everyone, thanks for describing it so well. I believe you did try this, what's next? Bamboo under the fingernails? And another request for video.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:44 PM
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That was a really powerful OP. And coming from someone I trust, it carries a lot more conviction than any of the debates on the subject I have heard on the radio or TV.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:45 PM
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There have been cases of soldiers going through waterboarding in training and having psychological damage from it. Both you and the soldiers had an advantage. You did not have it done by an enemy that hates you and may screw up and kill you.
You say that, and it may be true. I'm trying to be honest about this, and I think you're wrong.

In most normal situations where pain is involved, it feels to me like control is important. Things that would otherwise be horrifying and intolerable were livable when I felt like I was in control. For three examples, I had third degrees burns on my hands when I was a kid, bad ones. Once the damage was done it, hurt terribly. It was horrifyingly bad, the worst physical pain I ever felt, and it went on and on.

But I was still me. I could feel myself through the pain. I knew that the doctors who were washing or scraping my hands to eliminate infection or scarring were trying to help me not hurt me, and I could keep myself still and I was in control.

Similarly, I was in control during my vasectomy which was pretty damn painful and uncomfortable.

I was in control during a root control.

With the waterboarding, at the moment I hit the magic spot where I was drawing water in, I was no longer me, I was no longer in control. It felt out of control and dying.

I honestly feel that it doesn't matter who's doing it, that the matter of control was inconsequential, totally involuntary and besides the point.

In short, this was on a totally different level than anything I had ever felt before. It felt like an automatic hardwired panic.

The loss of control may prime you beforehand. The fear may get to you, and it may last longer if somebody else is doing it to you. In the lasting longer, it may be worse in quantity, but you really can't get worse than infinite and total surrender and panic, and that's what it felt like.

Does that make sense?

It's not so much the pain. The pain itself is simply discomfort. There is a total instinctual panic that I felt that was not only uncontrollable, but seemed to me that the very idea of seeking to control it is itself inconceivable.

Pure hardwired instinct.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:51 PM
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I see where you're coming from. I guess our disconnect is the AFTER feelings. You likely aren't going to be PTSD on us. Where as someone in Gitmo having the same thing done to them will carry that weight on with them for the rest of their lives, assuming they survive it.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:51 PM
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Man thanks for your support, someone tough like you had to actually do it, take it to the courts. I can't believe you actually did that, it's the most shocking thread I've ever read here.

I'm just outraged by the answers from polititians, have you seen the most recent GOP debates and Mitt Romney's response? He's trying to please both sides. I can't believe anyone even thinks waterboarding is not torture.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:51 PM
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I get it, dying is dying is dying . But you weren't in any kind of confinement with people who could care less about you. IMO, you would have a different experience with having terrorists do it to you, and another with your wife doing it to you. No doubt however, you've had some extreme feelings after having done it yourself now giving you a new perspective, but I still feel it would be a heck of a lot worse if you were detained and it performed by nut jobs.
Ok. You're allowed. It seems logical. I would normally agree with you. For example, I volentarily got vasectomized. It hurt. It was bad and scary. It would have been horribly worse if it was involuntary and in a torture situation.

This was different though.

I'll try to explain it. Even though the situation I described of the vasectomy would be horribly worse if it were involuntary, without anesthesia, and done malevolently, all the things that would make it worse would be things that would prey upon a lucid mind. It is conceivably possible that if you are tough enough, you could tough it out.

Waterboarding feels like it completely bypasses lucidity, or anything that's in your control. The psychological aspects would be terrifying going into it, no doubt. I just feel that the actual sensation is on a whole different order.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:53 PM
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Last I checked torture isn't supposed to be fun.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:56 PM
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Last I checked torture isn't supposed to be fun.
You're just not doing it right.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:05 PM
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Scylla, I have to admire you, all the while thinking that you're nucking futs.

Martin Hyde, well, duh. The whole point is, that our government is engaging in torture. Which goes against everything that America is supposed to stand for.

EVERYONE who claims to love America should be horrified by this-instead of saying, "but they're terrorists!" or, "You must hate America!"



Let's put it this way-if Al Queda were doing this to OUR soldiers, we'd sure as hell call it torture.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:07 PM
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I see where you're coming from. I guess our disconnect is the AFTER feelings. You likely aren't going to be PTSD on us. Where as someone in Gitmo having the same thing done to them will carry that weight on with them for the rest of their lives, assuming they survive it.
Well, then we have no disconnect. Ten minutes after, I was fine. There was just no chance I was gonna let it happen again. If somebody was doing it over and over again, One might go permanently mad. No question in my mind.

All I was trying to say is that once you have totally and complete panic and surrender, you can't surrender or panic to any greater degree.

I sure hope it's true, and objectively I beleive it's true. But, I don't think the sensation could be worse, it could just damage you more by lasting. I found it true in my ultramarathoning that when things hurt as bad as they possibly can, they just don't get worse.

To quantify it, look at it this way. Let's say the maximum human distress a person can voluntarily withstand is 10.

Waterboarding was a 1,000.


It's not pain. It's in a totally different league. It's something different. It's like somebody pulling your plug.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:15 PM
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The biggest difference I can see, between you, and a prisoner of My Own Country, the Bastion of Democracy, and Freedom is:

You know you are never ever going to do that again.

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Old 12-21-2007, 10:18 PM
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I did read up quite a bit before I tried it. The main danger is cardiac arrest. It will take you three to four minutes to asphyxiate. Waterboarding will take you about ten seconds before total surrender. Just long enough for your lungs empty, and begin to draw water.

From my understanding, you are in no physiological danger (besides the cardiac arrest thing) as long as you keep your lungs above the water line. You won't actually drown.

The problem is that your body doesn't know this and your reaction is completely involuntary.

So, I have no doubt that it can be done safely.

Which has nothing to do with the fact that as far as I'm concerned it is the worst torture imaginable.

I understand the CIAs point, or anybody who might defend it.

"Hey, it's easy. It's safe. They give up instantly. There's no physiological damage. It gets total capitulation."

I believe those points are true and valid.

My merest taste simply suggests that by any definition of torture this is as bad as it gets. You can't do this to another human being and stay human and remain moral.

While on the surface, it doesn't seem that bad, it is worse than you can imagine.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:23 PM
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Man thanks for your support, someone tough like you had to actually do it, take it to the courts.
Daniel Levin, at the time acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department volunteered to be waterboarded to judge for himself. Afterwards, he wrote a legal opinion opposing torture, was tossed out and replaced with someone who did support torture.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:32 PM
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I really didn't know, which is why I wanted to try it.
Thanks for the answer. A few more questions, if you don't mind:

1) What did you think US policy regarding waterboarding should be before you tried this?

2) Did this experience change your mind as to what US policy should be?

Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:42 PM
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It's not simulating drowning, it is drowning. It felt like dying. I can't put it any other way.
Bingo! This is exactly the point. Idiots like Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri who compare waterboarding to swimming have no idea what they are talking about. Maybe you could repeat your experiment on him?
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:23 PM
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The OP nearly gave me a panic attack.

I apparently have a phobia of drowning that I didn't know about until this thread. Holy cow.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:39 PM
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In view of of your commitment to find out the truth by yourself, please pardon the snarkiness but...

Waddaya know?, bad you say?

Of course it`s bad, you don`t think they`d be doing stuff like that to break prisoner`s will if it`s merely a passing discomfort
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It`s the surreality of the "it isn`t so bad" camp, if it`s not such a horrible experience it wouldn`t be, ejem, effective at turning men into blubbering masses of defeated humanity.*
Of course it`s terrible, but it doesn`t look so, you have to keep the appearances, you know?


* Which is what probably does best, but I don`t see how it necessary translates into a benefit for the torturer.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:44 PM
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This is really remarkable. Truly above and beyond the call of fighting ignorance.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:49 PM
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Questions? Doubts?
Why? Seriously, why would you do that to yourself?
And yes.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:20 AM
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Scylla, thanks for sharing your experience.

Waterboarding is torture. The detainees subjected to waterboarding have usually been previously subjected to other forms of strong interrogation techniques (torture) like sleep and sensory deprivation, not to mention humiliation, sexual abuse, and other heinous acts. The U.S. use of torture is an embarrassment, unconscionable, and downright frightening.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:31 AM
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I'm confused (and have been for a while) about something.

How is waterboarding (what you describe) simulated drowning and not just plain drowning?

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Old 12-22-2007, 12:33 AM
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To quantify it, look at it this way. Let's say the maximum human distress a person can voluntarily withstand is 10.

Waterboarding was a 1,000.
But since you haven't had someone do it to you where you didn't know whether you would live or die, or when it would stop, if ever, you don't actually know what's past 1,000 on your scale. So if that's 1,000, it's probably about TEN thousand when it's for real. I know you keep saying it's the same, but it's not. You knew intellectually, at least on some level, that you were in control. At any rate, I just can't believe that there are such assholes in the world who actually want to debate whether it's torture.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:44 AM
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It was dangerous and stupid, and if you kill yourself trying to do another harebrained stunt like this again, I'll have your ass banned for life.
All kidding aside, I don't ever want to hear about you, or anyone else, trying something of this nature. People have died accidentally when professionals have been in charge.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:47 AM
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This is really fascinating. I don't have anything to add except that I appreciate you sharing your experience and helping me understand exactly how this-all works- it's much easier to understand the issue in with a better understanding of what's going on.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:48 AM
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Hey, Scylla, If you knew I had the ability to enforce the choice, which would you choose, having someone else waterboard you, or Campaign, and vote Democratic in every election you can for the rest of your life.

Let's say you knew it would mean a trip back to the waterboard every time a Democrat lost an election you could have voted in. Would you become a Democratic campaigner? Would you try to be an effective one?

Just wondering.

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Old 12-22-2007, 12:56 AM
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In local news, record tides have been reported due to the gravitational influnece of Scylla's massive balls.

Seriously, giving props in joke form is the only way I can wrap my brain around this.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:06 AM
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This is really fascinating. I don't have anything to add except that I appreciate you sharing your experience and helping me understand exactly how this-all works- it's much easier to understand the issue in with a better understanding of what's going on.
I still don't quite understand what Scylla must have been feeling, and I don't think I'll be able to really understand unless I try it as well. Which I have no intention of doing, especially since I am afraid of drowning. But if someone ever tortures me in this way and I survive to talk about it, I'll start a thread discussing my experience.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:07 AM
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I'm confused (and have been for a while) about something.

How is waterboarding (what you describe) simulated drowning and not just plain drowning?

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It IS just plain drowning. It's called 'simulated drowning' for the same reason it's called interrogation instead of torture. Because we are too gutless as a culture to admit what we are doing, but not good enough people to stop.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:11 AM
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... I just can't believe that there are such assholes in the world who actually want to debate whether it's torture.
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... I dunno. What's the difference between torture and strong interrogation. Where is the line drawn? It does indeed help our enemies when suitable interrogation is mischaracterized and reported as torture. ...
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:17 AM
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Don't do that. My intent was not to single anyone out by my remark, and I don't think it's appropriate to make such an implication.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:38 AM
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It IS just plain drowning. It's called 'simulated drowning' for the same reason it's called interrogation instead of torture. Because we are too gutless as a culture to admit what we are doing, but not good enough people to stop.
No, it's called simulating drowning because they don't kill the victim or are in danger of killing the victim.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:53 AM
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Ok. You're allowed. It seems logical. I would normally agree with you. For example, I volentarily got vasectomized. It hurt. It was bad and scary. It would have been horribly worse if it was involuntary and in a torture situation.
Your doctor was doing it wrong. My vasectomy was absolutely painless, save for the slight needle prick of the numbing solution.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:03 AM
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You're not asthmatic, are you, Scylla?
On bad attacks, I reach a point where I can breathe all I want, but the amount of air going into my lungs is still a bit questionable. It feels like drowning.
(Which I have come closer than I really want to think about to doing: asthma and certain pool cleaners do not mix)
A normal attack is probably around your 'wet rag' level. A very bad one is worse. I've been quietly contemplative of the comparison between the two conditions, as how waterboarding is described _sounds_ like my normal life.
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No, it's called simulating drowning because they don't kill the victim or are in danger of killing the victim.
Sometimes they do kill people, as has been pointed out. And drowning doesn't need to be fatal to qualify as drowning.
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Sometimes they do kill people, as has been pointed out. And drowning doesn't need to be fatal to qualify as drowning.
Agreed.
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No, it's called simulating drowning because they don't kill the victim or are in danger of killing the victim.
Feel free to get on the board.

Scylla, thanks.
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Feel free to get on the board.
Coming to a Six Flags near you...
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:12 AM
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This is a staggering thread.

Was anyone defending this torture?

In case this doesn't convince them, please could supporters of Guantanamo arrange to be kidnapped at gunpoint and held for life without trial.
And of course no family access.
And they need to be innocent.
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I'll echo what Czarcasm said. Doing this was foolish and you could have broken yourself in one way or another. That said, it was a very powerful post.


[ed: missing word]

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Scylla, I have never been a great fan of your political views or writing style, but this post is extraordinary, and I congratulate you for it. It was a silly, stupid thing to do, but I thank you for sharing it with us.
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