Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Conservative Talk Host Rusty Humphries Says Waterboarding Isn't Torture, it's fun.


I have to stop listening to these folks who can do little more than make things up, but I accidentally listened to Rusty Humphries tonight, on KNEW-AM (910). For a minute, he had me, talking about how much he likes Kansas City, and how he lived on the Plaza (one of my favorite places on earth).

Then he talked to a caller about waterboarding. When she described it as tying someone's hands and dipping them in water till they almost drown, he took her on.

"They tie your hands," he said. "And they pour some water on your face. You know what I call that? Summer at the Humphries family house. "

To that I say, Rusty, where is the logic? If waterboarding is so benign, why do questioners want to use it as a tool to get answers from terrorists???

I defy Humphries to undergo a serious waterboarding session and see if he still feels that way afterwards. In fact, I'll give him $1,000 if he comes out afterwards and thinks it's fun.

For the record, here's Richard Levin's account of his experimental waterboarding, something that convinced him that "torture is abhorrent."

And here is Wikipedia's definition:

Waterboarding is a torture technique that simulates drowning in a controlled environment. It consists of immobilizing an individual on his or her back, with the head inclined downward, and pouring water over the face[1] to force the inhalation of water into the lungs.[2] Waterboarding has been used to obtain information, coerce confessions, punish, and intimidate. In contrast to merely submerging the head, waterboarding elicits the gag reflex,[3] and can make the subject believe death is imminent. Waterboarding's use as a method of torture or means to support interrogation is based on its ability to cause extreme mental distress while possibly creating no lasting physical damage to the subject. The psychological effects on victims of waterboarding can last long after the procedure.[4] Although waterboarding in cases can leave no lasting physical damage, it carries the real risks of extreme pain, damage to the lungs, brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation, injuries as a result of struggling against restraints (including broken bones), and even death.

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