One of the irritating aspects of the debate over treatment of detainees has been the abuse, imprecision and what seems purposeful vagueness on the meaning of the word torture. I have been inclined to accept the notion that waterboarding is torture. I am questioning that. Given what I have seen of it I question if it is more physically and/or psychologically damaging than things we accept as not being torture. So I ask the question, is waterboarding torture?
If it is, explain why. If not, explain why. It is perfectly acceptable for you to post an answer counter to your own beliefs. We should not therefore assume anyone holds the position taken. Aliases for those who wish to take part in the discussion, but fear open inquiry will be used to condemn them based on taking the question seriously, are also acceptable. Links to other opinions on this are also acceptable. Two ground rules.
- Address the question and keep the comments focused on it. We are not debating whether torture is acceptable or not. I am opposed to it, but it is not the subject of this debate.
- Watch this video first.
Some thoughts. Its effectiveness, or lack thereof is not evidence that it is/or is not torture, though that may be argued against. It is not in my mind worse than things which are not considered torture, such as long term incarceration. That can not be said of many techniques which are obviously psychologically and physically debilitating. That goes for both those who have waterboarding administered and who do the administering.
Please be civil.
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