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    Do you think water boarding is torture?[W:453]

    We have probably had a poll on this subject before but we have a lot of new member so what do you think?
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    yes

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    It's torture! Try it and see for yourself like Christopher Hitchens did..

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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    There's nothing to think about. Waterboarding is by definition a form of torture. Can't imagine why anyone would vote no.
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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?
    Torture: the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.

    I'd say it fits quite easily within that definition. So, yes.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Yes, I think it is. I also think that when someone is tortured, the information they offer to stop the pain can hardly be regarded as reliable. We've been round and round on this (as a country), and I think we, as a nation, are better served by always always taking the high road.

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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 hit the wrong buttom if anyone wants to fix it. It is torture. And we've called it torture for a long time. It is a shame some sought to take us down this path.

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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?

    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.


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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    If it is torture, it's more psychological than physical, and compared to, say, hooking someone up to a car battery with jumper cables, I'll vote no. Everything is relative and there is no question that these techniques yielded some valuable information.
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    Re: Do you think water boarding is torture?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    If it is torture, it's more psychological than physical.
    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.

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