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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    We have probably had a poll on this subject before but we have a lot of new member so what do you think?
    I think you should give it a try on yourself and tell us if it feel's like torture. What better way to know than experience?

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    It's both, but psychological is often more damaging and longer lasting than regular torture. Something to consider when you tell those who were innocent, . . . opps.
    I don't buy that for a minute. I could recover from the memory of being dunked in water a lot quicker than I could from having my ears cut off. Sometimes saying "pretty please tell us what you know" is not enough.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    After reading this thread, I have come to the conclusion that my ex-wife tortured me and violated my human rights. I'm going to the UN with this one!

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    It could be construed as such, by a strict definition.

    But "torture" can range from psychological tricks to things like pulling out fingernails and slow-roasting human beings over hot coals, or breaking them on the wheel as in the middle ages. As tortures go, water boarding is pretty mild. We do it to our own soldiers in SERE school.... they hate it but it does no lasting harm.

    Should we be using it as an interrogation technique for dangerous terrorists who want to kill as many Americans as they can?

    That's actually a tough question. If you think about 9/11 you'll understand the temptation.... if you think about how much worse bioterrorism or nuclear terrorism could be, you might find yourself considering things you'd never consider in everyday life.


    In short, necessity and desperation are the bitch twin sisters of moral compromise.... and until your ass has been in a really tight spot, you don't know how far those two bitches may push you.
    And speaking in terms of national security in a dangerous world, moral questions are seldom easy. I heard an interview with one of the head interrogators for the CIA (I think) at the time. He said that the number one reaction they got from using their techniques, including pushing, slapping and sleep deprivation, was surprise. These guys had been told that the Americans will give you a lawyer and a sleep number bed (ok, not quite). Once these guys thought we were serious (and I say thought because the tactics used were more to intimidate than inflict pain), they were more talkative.

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    We have probably had a poll on this subject before but we have a lot of new member so what do you think?
    Absolutely. As mild as it is, it's still using inflicted suffering for the purpose of coercing the release of information.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Yes, without a doubt.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Of course it is. That's never REALLY been the question. The question is should it be used, anyway? THAT'S the REAL question that people want to avoid. The question in the OP is a smokescreen.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Of course it is. That's never REALLY been the question. The question is should it be used, anyway? THAT'S the REAL question that people want to avoid. The question in the OP is a smokescreen.
    Depends on the situation. It's usually more effective to beat the answer out of someone.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Yes it is torture. Kind of hard for me to understand how people can say that it isn't.

    And we shouldn't use it for the simply fact that info gathered from torture is not reliable, people will say anything to make it stop. We shouldn't waste time, and possibly lives by using techniques that won't get us solid info.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    I don't buy that for a minute. I could recover from the memory of being dunked in water a lot quicker than I could from having my ears cut off. Sometimes saying "pretty please tell us what you know" is not enough.
    False dichotomy, it's not a choice between torture, and asking nicely.
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