Waterboarding For Dummies

MARK BENJAMIN writes on Salon:

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. Finally, to keep detainees alive even if they inhaled their own vomit during a session — a not-uncommon side effect of waterboarding – the prisoners were kept on a liquid diet. The agency recommended Ensure Plus.

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  • Word Eater

    The fact that Dick Cheney and the rest of the Bush administration aren't being charged with war crimes is disgusting.

    • ebwolf

      Disgusting? Absolutely.
      Surprising? Not at all.

  • Tuna Ghost

    wait, are we supposed to be shocked and outraged that he tortured people, or that he tried to be good at it?

  • tonyviner

    How about, instead of wasting our resources trying to capture and bring to justice Osama bin Laden, (lol) we put this guy in the chair, to satiate our undying thirst for blood?

    • 5by5

      I don't want the man's blood, even though he himself is bloodthirsty.

      I was the law to apply equally to all – including those who are either rich and/or powerful. That's supposed to be what makes our country different. Equality under the law. A nation of laws, not of men.

      JUST FOLLOW THE LAW.

      • tonyviner

        Good Luck!

        Now, while I am not what would be considered 'bloodthirsty', I realize that it is highly improbable that we will get anywhere without it. Thomas Jefferson said it best, and even though we have guys like Glenn Beck spouting the stuff like it is Holy Scripture, the words are meaningful and do speak quite well for themselves.

        “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
        The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
        wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
        they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
        it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …
        And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
        warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
        resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
        to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
        in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
        time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
        It is its natural manure.”

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