But I'm curious - maybe you can help me out. If your mouth and nose are full of water and you take a breath, as you must, where does the water go? In your lungs, and stomach....
Here's one account of a person subjected to it: http://www.pegc.us/archive/Articles/...t_20061016.pdf See page 16-17.
Q: And then did he take you back to your room?
A: When Yuki could not get anything out of me he wanted the interpreter ti place me down below and I was told by Yuki to take off all my clothes so what I did was to take off my clothes as ordered. I was ordered to lay on a bench and Yuki tied my feet, hands and neck to that bench lying with my face upward. After I was tied to the bench Yuki placed some cloth on my face and then with water from the faucet they poured on me until I became unconscious. He repeated that four or five times.
COL KEELEY: You mean he brought water and poured water down your throat?
A: No sir, on my face, until I became unconscious. We were lying that way with some cloth on my face and then Yuki poured water on my face continuously.
COL KEELEY: And you couldn’t breath?
A: No, I could not and so I for a time lost consciousness. I found my consciousness came back again and found Yuki was sitting on my stomach and then I vomited the water from my stomach and the consciousness came back again for me.
Q: Where did the water come out when he sat on your stomach?
A” From my mouth and all openings of my face....and then Yuki would repeat the same treatment and the same procedure to me until I became unconscious again.
Q: How many times did that happen?
A: Around four or five times from two o’clock up to four o’clock in the afternoon.When I was not able to endure his punishment which I received I told a lie to Yuki....I could not really show anything to Yuki because I was really lying just to stop the [legitimate interrogation technique that is NOT] torture...
I added the italics in that last line, because clearly the guy was NOT tortured per you. But we did prosecute a bunch of Japanese for war crimes for the crime of non-torture waterboarding, which we called torture then but were wrong about....
One more thing - cpwill says as far as he's aware, we always had medical personnel on hand during waterboarding sessions of our detainees. And I know we have medical personnel on hand when soldiers are subjected to waterboarding during training. Why do we need a medical person if there is no danger to the detainee? Seems to me if you're doing something life threatening enough to require a medical professional be on hand that it's sort of definitional - there is a real risk of DEATH, and that's as good a line of any as to what clearly constitutes torture.