I Believe in the CIA
It is, at this point, an old story. Conservative pundit dismisses waterboarding. Conservative pundit dismisses waterboarding and decides to prove how humane it is by undergoing it himself. Conservative pundit gets waterboarded. Conservative pundit changes his position on waterboarding.
The latest version of this tale comes from radio host Eric "Mancow" Muller. “I wanted to prove it wasn’t torture,” he said. “They cut off our heads, we put water on their face." But that's not how it came out. " I don’t want to say this," said Mancow. "Absolutely torture.” And that, of course, is the judgment made by someone being waterboarded in controlled conditions. Someone who knew he wasn't going to die.
But that aside, I've always found this confusing. I'm opposed to torture. Others are in favor of it. So it goes. But it never occurred to me that the CIA was trying to torture and just failing on a technical level. If the CIA has decided to waterboard terrorists, they probably have a good reason to think that waterboarding is a pretty unpleasant thing for a terrorist to go through. And I've really never understood the argument that simultaneously says the Bush administration was correct to argue in favor of "enhanced interrogation techniques" but was nevertheless not actually employing any techniques that enhanced their actual interrogations.
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