And since it is torture, all of those in the Administration who knew of or facilitated its use are guilty of war crimes. Still unsure? Perhaps you should read this:
Waterboarding is a controlled drowning that, in the American model, occurs under the watch of a doctor, a psychologist, an interrogator and a trained strap-in/strap-out team. It does not simulate drowning, as the lungs are actually filling with water. There is no way to simulate that. The victim is drowning. . . .
Waterboarding is slow motion suffocation with enough time to contemplate the inevitability of black out and expiration –usually the person goes into hysterics on the board. For the uninitiated, it is horrifying to watch and if it goes wrong, it can lead straight to terminal hypoxia. When done right it is controlled death. Its lack of physical scarring allows the victim to recover and be threaten with its use again and again.
This is what our President has ordered our troops to do. This is what his last Attorney General and his current AG nominee are unwilling to condemn. And this is the reason that the Senate must not confirm Mukasey– if he is unwilling to face reality, he is unfit to hold the office.