posted on Apr, 12 2008 @ 10:43 AM
Good, I'm extremely pleased with their actions (not joking).
I’m fully aware that the line that no one else dare cross has just been breached, but in all fairness think of the kind of people that this would be
used on: Blood thirsty, crazed, psychopathic terrorists. They kill American soldiers and Middle Eastern civilians every day, and would want nothing
more than to do the same to Americans living in the United States if they had the chance. Now of course coercive interrogation would not be the first
option, as many terrorists will cooperate before it is needed, but for those who are presumed to be withholding valuable information that if known
could prevent future attacks, it is completely justified and necessary. Waterboarding does not harm the person that it is being used on, but rather
simulates a scenario of drowning which in turn induces a state of panic. The individual is usually quick to give information after being subjected to
only a short time of being waterboarded, many times in even as little as 30 seconds.
The government should not be barred from being able to use this extremely effective coercive technique and others of its nature. Coercive
interrogative techniques should also not be classified as torture, since they do not physically harm the individual. In fact, hundreds of military
soldiers are waterboarded every year at military SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) schools and, believe it or not, they survive. If the
United States can safely simulate waterboarding on its own soldiers, then it seems not at all logical that it cannot be used on the most threatening
and dangerous terrorists. As long as the United States stays within the bounds of merciful treatment, such as being sure not to induce hypothermia,
then I believe that the government should be allowed to waterboard and practice other similar coercive techniques that do not cause physical harm.
This technique is very efficient in obtaining the correct information. The individual being interrogated knows that if they give up truthful
information then the interrogation will end, and well trained interrogators are trained effectively to distinguish the right information from the