Waterboarding Comes to the UW

I wrote a column defending waterboarding for the school newspaper on May 12th. Here’s an excerpt:

Waterboarding received such extensive coverage that you might think its use by the CIA was routine. However, it was revealed in 2007 by the CIA that waterboarding had been used just three times, each time against high-level al-Qaida operatives. The CIA later said the technique yielded valuable information from the operatives that likely saved American lives. This is what makes liberals’ outrage so comical. They know waterboarding worked, but they’ve decided not to acknowledge that. Instead, they’re choosing to go after the Bush administration for “torturing” our enemies. This is highly irresponsible — and to pretend to have the moral high ground on this issue is disingenuous.

I also talked about how the Convention Against Torture, which was ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1994, defines torture as the intent to “inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering” upon a person in custody. Waterboarding does neither, and therefore, shouldn’t be considered torture. Liberals can’t figure this concept out, so they go onto campuses like the UW and stage ridiculous demonstrations like this:

From the UW’s “Daily”:

Waterboarding Simulation in Red Square Protests Torture

On May 13, President Barack Obama reversed a court order mandating the Pentagon’s release of photographs illustrating U.S. military personnel allegedly torturing prisoners of war. The photos were supposed to be released yesterday.

To protest this refusal to publish the pictures, members of World Can’t Wait (WCW), a national organization that says they’re dedicated to, among other issues, prosecuting those who permitted torture during the Bush administration, held a waterboarding demonstration in Red Square yesterday as part of the National Day of Resistance to U.S. Torture.

Here’s my favorite part of the article (emphasis mine):

Kaplan volunteered for a simulation of the procedure, allowing two “interrogators” to question her and slosh water over her face — covered with a mask to prevent any water from actually entering her lungs — as she shouted and struggled.

“It’s really, really scary because you can’t move, you’re tied down and you have absolutely no control over what’s being done to you, and they’re asking these questions, and I don’t know the answers,” Kaplan said following the experience. “There are a lot of people who have been detained who don’t know anything about al-Qaida or terrorism.”

THREE men, all high-level al-Qaeda terrrorists, were waterboarded by the CIA. That’s it! This girl has no idea what she’s talking about.

Btw, here’s the accompanying photo to the article.



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