Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Waterboarding Interrogation Method Works

See December 13, 2005 Wall Street Journal Editorial Tortuous Progress
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“So congratulations of a sort to the Washington Post, perhaps the most
vociferous promoter of the ‘torture narrative,’ for finally admitting in a
Sunday editorial what so offends its editors. It turns out to be
‘waterboarding,’ a rare interrogation technique reportedly used against the
hardest al Qaeda detainees. The method involves immobilizing a detainee and
inducing a feeling of suffocation. The Post says it should be banned both as
torture and contrary to the U.S. Constitution. That's certainly worth debating,
though the Post may get an argument from U.S. servicemen who've endured the
waterboard as part of training to resist interrogation -- proof that, if
practiced properly, it does no lasting physical harm.”

“Last week's
ABC News report[ed] that 11 of 12 captured al Qaeda kingpins who have talked
only did so after being waterboarded. This would appear to contradict so many
glib suggestions, such as those in an open letter yesterday from Congressmen
calling themselves the New Democrat Coalition, that such techniques ‘just plain
don't work’."


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