Posted by Damozel | If Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey---who allegedly finds waterboarding sort of "repugnant" but still isn't sure it's torture---just need
to know what waterboarding is really about in order to decide, Malcolm Nance and Kaj Larsen are prepared to fill them in on the details. In fact, Kaj Larsen has arranged for those who aren't sure what is involved to see it live.
Malcolm Nance was a "former master instructor and chief of training at the U.S. Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School (SERE) in San Diego. He has "personally led, witnessed, and supervised waterboarding of hundreds of people." (New York Daily News) According to Nance, the interrogation manuals used at SERE were the basis for the techniques now being used against terror suspects. (New York Daily News)
Nance knows the waterboard "personally and intimately." (New York Daily News) He has undergone it himself "at its fullest." And he would like for Mukasey and others to know: it is most definitely torture. (New York Daily News) To administer it, "[o]ne has to overcome basic human decency to endure causing the effects. The brutality would force you into a personal moral dilemma between humanity and hatred. It would leave you questioning the meaning of what it is to be an American."(New York Daily News) Still not convinced? Here's his description. Read it and try putting yourself there: