I’d like people to get waterboarded themselves before they claim it’s not torture. Hannity offered to do it I think, but I don’t think he’s done it as of yet. In any case, if it’s not torture, then how does it encourage the unwilling to give up information after being subjected to it?
Further, not even mentioning waterboarding, we could go into the horrible acts at Abu Ghraib, for which there is some evidence to suggest Rumsfeld was knowledgable and in fact ordered the use of torture.
The actions at Abu Ghraib included rape, murder, and torture, both physical and psychological, including forcing prisoners to masturbate in front of guards, crushing them between boards, forcing prisoners to hold prolonged positions, and sodomy.
And at Guantanamo, we have forcing people to withstand high and low temperatures for extended periods of time, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, food or water deprivation, and forced positions through restraints, with prisoners sometimes urinating or defecating on themselves.
Anyone who says the United States doesn’t torture is mistaken. If you don’t consider these actions torture, you need to rethink your definition of torture. If they provide information from unwilling people through the use of force, it is quite simply torture. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t be giving up information in the first place.
I’ll leave you with this: Christopher Hitchens offered to get waterboarded for Vanity Fair magazine, and didn’t last three seconds before giving up, saying, “Believe me, it’s torture.”
Believe Me, It’s Torture | Vanity Fair