Tony Snow couldn’t convince reporters that Dick Cheney wasn’t talking about waterboarding when he confirmed the practice of “dunking” suspects in water. (See second item of Al Kamen’s column.) A CBS reporter asked, “So ‘dunk in the water’ means what? We have a pool now at Guantanamo and they go swimming?”


Washington Post:

White House spokesman Tony Snow was hounded by reporters last week as he insisted that Vice President Cheney ‘s approval of “a dunk in the water” during a radio interview in no way indicated that he approved of waterboarding, a torture technique meant to simulate drowning.

Snow pointed out to incredulous reporters that Cheney was very careful in his use of language and the word “waterboarding” was never uttered. If he meant waterboarding, he would have said it.

Reporters weren’t buying it.

“So, wait a minute,” CBS reporter Jim Axelrod said. “So ‘dunk in the water’ means what? We have a pool now at Guantanamo and they go swimming?”

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