I've never been water-boarded so I have no real basis for comparison. However, I was the "victim" of sleep deprivation and became "extremely distressed" because of it. Obviously, I was tortured. Had I been given the chance though, I would have gone to SERE school where I would have been subjected to water-boarding. I'm sure it sucks, but then again, so do a lot of things. Now, if SERE school entailed having my fingernails pulled out with pliers or getting my testicles attached to a car battery itís not an idea I would have entertained because thatís real torture.