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House Passes Ban on Waterboarding

House Passes Ban on Waterboarding

Think Progress
December 13, 2007

In a 222-199 vote, the House today passed the FY2008 Intelligence Authorization bill, which bans waterboarding and confines the CIA “to the interrogation tactics permitted by the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) remarked, “[This] means no more torture, no more waterboarding, no more clever wordplay, no more evasive answers, no more dishonesty.”

Watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuEmUcNlzNg

Yesterday, 30 retired generals and admirals wrote to Congress and urged lawmakers to ban waterboarding.

 

Fox News ‘Comedian’ Declares ‘Waterboarding: It’s A Good Thing’

Think Progress
December 12, 2007

In a FoxNews.com column, Greg Gutfeld — host of Fox’s 2 a.m. “dark humor” news show you’ve never heard of — writes this “comedic” defense of waterboarding:

Now, waterboarding might be torture, but as long as people I hate also hate waterboarding, then I love it more than life itself. … So I cherish waterboarding. I want to make it our national sport, our national bird. I want to make the waterboard the state flower of Vermont, instead of the Birkenstock.

For too many conservatives, waterboarding is a big joke to be taken lightly. Rachel Marsden — Gutfeld’s former co-host — claimed waterboarding was simply a “CIA-sponsored swim lesson.” Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) said yesterday that waterboarding is “like swimming, freestyle, backstroke.” Conservative blogger Glenn Reynolds said he’d “be happy to” be waterboarded, and John Ashcroft suggested he’d also be willing to take the dive.

Waterboarding is not “simulated drowning.” It is drowning. As Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and William Delahunt (D-MA) explained, “The victim’s lungs fill with water until the procedure is stopped or the victim dies.” Former Navy survival instruction Malcolm Wrightson Nance explained to Congress:

In my case, the technique was so fast and professional that I didn’t know what was happening until the water entered my nose and throat. … It then pushes down into the trachea and starts the process of respiratory degradation. It is an overwhelming experience that induces horror and triggers frantic survival instincts. As the event unfolded, I was fully conscious of what was happening: I was being tortured.

Perhaps these conservative armchair torture pundits need to follow Daniel Levin’s lead and gain some first-hand enlightenment about waterboarding.

FBI agent threatened to arrest CIA interrogators in 2002.
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/13….ators-in-2002/

Bush Threatens to Veto Waterboarding Ban
http://www.seeingtheforest.com/archives/2007/12/199_republicans.htm

Pelosi and Harman Aided and Abetted 9/11 Cover Up
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2007/12/pelosi-a…-911.html

Wikileaks busts Gitmo propaganda team
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Wikileaks_busts_Gitmo_propaganda_team/?

Fox analyst: Americans not above torture, and shouldn’t be
http://rawstory.com/news/20..tter_than_1213.html

The White House and Congress Knew about the CIA Interrogation Videotapes
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2007/12…ew-of-cia.html

Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding Americans Would Be Torture
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/11/graham-waterboarding-iran/