Saturday, September 30, 2006

Andrew Sullivan's propaganda on Water Boarding

Andrew Sullivan's stance against torture is a principled one. However, this post (YouTube of the Day) in light of his own previous post (This Is An Actual Waterboard) is flat out propaganda:
Here's a depiction of a water-boarding by the SS, from the movie, Jacob the Liar. Remember that the Wall Street Journal editorial board has declared that what you are watching isn't even "close to torture." The SS were just deploying "alternative interrogation techniques."

Contrast the video with the description he offers as the "CIA's official description" two days earlier:

"The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt."

Considering the brutality terrorists have shown, the vast majority of Americans would probably not have a problem with the second description.

Related: Food for thought on 'Torture' and an actual demonstration of Water Boarding.


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