Is This Torture?
Posted on Sep 20, 2006
The USA show “The 4400” featured this dramatized depiction of “waterboarding,” in which victims are made to feel as though they are drowning. Andrew Sullivan says it’s time to look at what our government is doing and call it by its proper name.
The clip lasts around 30 seconds. Most victims apparently do not last that long. If you believe that what you are watching is “severe mental or physical pain or suffering,” then it is torture under U.S. law, and the U.N. Treaty.
... At this moment in history, let us at least look at what is being done by the government; and call it by its proper name.