Over the weekend, Green Beret Tim Kennedy, a former mixed martial arts fighter, livestreamed the 41-minute footage, which shows him being voluntarily waterboarded and answering questions between sessions. He claimed it proved waterboarding was not torture.
Ok, I didn’t watch the video…I read the article. Waterboarding is not torture. Horse Hockey!
There’s a very simple question to ask here: If waterboarding is NOT torture, why do we want to do it? Because we ran out of crumpets to have with afternoon tea? Couldn’t find the cards for our daily canasta session? Muslims don’t drink beer? So hell, lets waterboard somebody.
Waterboarding is torture. Otherwise it would have no place in interrogations…not one reason. None.
So let’s stop pretending. It is immoral. It is unethical. It is currently against the law. Approve Gina Haspel to head the CIA on whatever merits you feel comfortable with…but let’s stop pretending that waterboarding is not torture.