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April 24, 2008

Waterboarding

Writing about web page http://www.unsubscribe-me.org

waterboardingIf you were ever wondering, like me, what waterboarding is exactly like, you do not have look any further.

Amnesty International has made a tv ad where a man is shown to be waterboarded, for real. It looks pretty gruesome, even though the “detainee” in the ad “always had the ability to stop (something real detainees do not have)”.

A few of my thoughts on waterboarding:

- a society, in its drive to protect its liberties, gives them up in the act of protecting
- the sinister tieing up and enactment of drowning of detainees is a whole world away from the glamorous and proud cultural achievements of the USA; it’s an idiosyncracy that just doesn’t suit it
- I would have second thoughts if my country’s intelligence service claims to derive reliable information through means as forceful and torturous as waterboarding
- I tend to connect such methods sooner with mafia than with state practice

If you’re agreed that waterboarding must stop (not a wholly controversial viewpoint, it seems to me), you can immediately “unsubscribe” from it via the Amnesty website.


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