Thursday, May 28, 2009

From the mailbag - torture edition

From one of my mailing lists, I received a link to a video of a Playboy journalist being waterboarded. The journalist at least seemed to approach the assignment a bit more seriously than "Mancow" had recently, and the setting was made a bit more realistic - the journalist was actually restrained and had the experience in an environment that resembled what a prisoner in Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, or Bagram might be placed in. Not too surprisingly, the results are quite similar. The journalist barely lasted a few second.

One thing to note is how the soldier who administered the waterboarding on this video describes the method. He does so with a euphemism: "invoking an existing fear." I've probably commented in the past about how euphemisms are often used by those involved in torturing another person in order to trivialize and routinize their actions.

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