Joshua Tabor, a U.S. soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Washington has been arrested and charged with assault after he admitted to police to having waterboarded his four year-old daughter because she was unable to recite the alphabet. Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was angry at his daughter, and as his daughter ‘squirmed’ to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline. As if that’s not awful enough, Tabor allegedly admitted choosing the punishment because his daughter was terrified of water.

Tabor won custody of his daughter only four weeks ago, and hopefully he won’t have custody of her for much longer, because he clearly isn’t ready to be a parent.

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7 Responses to Soldier accused of waterboarding his four year-old daughter

  1. yeah, THAT rich P says:

    CIA torture technique??? #1. He admitted to “…grabbing his daughter, placing her on the kitchen counter and submerging her face into a bowl of water.” – not even close to the CIA tachnique. Um, and #2, the CIA Technique is NOT torture.

  2. Milton says:

    I guess we can ask, did the military let this “mental deficient” into their ranks or did they make this normal guy in this “mental deficient”. Even Ronald Reagan said that water boarding was torture, but I guess Cheney and his gay daughter are the brain trust on this lie that has been perpetuated onto the American people and signed off by the GOP.

    • Anon says:

      The daughter of Dick Cheney who is politically active is not gay. But regardless, why would that matter and why would you use “gay” to describe someone when it isn’t even relevant to the discussion?

      • Zach W says:

        I’d have to agree that the sexual orientation of Dick Cheney’s daughter has little bearing on what we’re discussing.

        Having said that, I’ll go ahead and disagree with Rich’s assertion that waterboarding isn’t torture. I know we’ve gone in circles on whether or not it’s torture, but it is. After all, the UN Convention Against Torture, of which our nation is a signatory, defines torture as follows (emphasis mine):

        …any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions.

        Rich, I’d like to hear you explain how waterboarding doesn’t inflict pain or suffering on those who are subjected to it.

  3. yeah, THAT rich P says:

    “S E V E R E” pain or suffering! It’s not severe because it was done to me and many many many other US Military personnel. Because it’s been done to so so many of us, it makes it quite common, which is the exact opposite of “Severe”.

    And THIS guy merely rubbed his daughter’s nose in a bowl of water which is nothing at all like the “CIA technique”.

  4. yeah, THAT rich P says:

    “Yeah, submerging your kid’s face underwater isn’t a big deal at all.” The point is that it is nothing like the “CIA technique”.

    So, NOT torture + Not even close to the “CIA Tecnique” = a non-sense blog post.

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