One thing I know, for me, is that I don't need to get drowned to realize it is torture, but for those who are running around here saying it is not, do what Mancow did, get waterboarded. From Think Progress:
Via John Chait, it seems that conservative talk radio host Eric “Mancow” Muller decided it would be a fun stunt to have himself waterboarded in order to prove that it’s not really torture. Didn’t work so well:
“It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke,”Mancow said, likening it to a time when he nearly drowned as a child. “It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back…It was instantaneous…and I don’t want to say this: absolutely torture.”
“I wanted to prove it wasn’t torture,” Mancow said. “They cut off our heads, we put water on their face…I got voted to do this but I really thought ‘I’m going to laugh this off.’”
Seems like Mancow could not even last 10 seconds. From Daily Kos:
"The average person can take this for 14 seconds," Marine Sergeant Clay South answered, adding, "He's going to wiggle, he's going to scream, he's going to wish he never did this."
With a Chicago Fire Department paramedic on hand, Mancow was placed on a 7-foot long table, his legs were elevated, and his feet were tied up.
Turns out the stunt wasn't so funny. Witnesses said Muller thrashed on the table, and even instantly threw the toy cow he was holding as his emergency tool to signify when he wanted the experiment to stop. He only lasted 6 or 7 seconds.
Well, again, you don't have to waterboard me to tell me it is torture. I am like Mancow, I almost drowned when I was 12 and it took me YEARS to attempt to learn how to swim. To this day, I am not a strong swimmer, but I learned for my own safety sake because you just never know. Why don't Cheney, morning joke, and all these blogviated noise makers out there running around saying, "it's not torture....we only waterboarded 3 people...", why don't they take the test since they are so FOR THE BUSH/CHENEY WE DID NOT TORTURE PROGRAM????
Yep. Silence is a bitch.
Want to see the video? Here it is.
Oh, since Mancow is from Chicago, here is the NBC-5 take on Mancow's admission.
Lastly, rememeber Christopher Hitchens who also ran around here for a bit and said it was not torture? Well, here is his waterboarding experience and he too, did an about face on the waterboarding is not torture, meme.