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November 05, 2007

CNN Reports on Waterboarding

I spotted this unusual report on waterboarding when several big Lefty sites started complaining about it. Their complaint is that it isn't serious enough. I have to admit, it is entertaining (you may have to sit through a commercial to see the report).

JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's one thing to see an animation of water boarding and another to see the real thing. Sounds like the Bush administration's nominee for attorney general hasn't seen a demo.

MICHAEL MUKASEY, ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE: I don't know what's involved in the technique, if water boarding is torture, torture is not constitutional.

MOOS: It depends what the definition of water boarding is, but this reporter didn't define it, he demonstrated it, on himself.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you have to say? What do you have to say?

MOOS: Kaj Larsen is a reporter for Current TV, Al Gore's outfit. He used to be special ops and once had to undergo water boarding as part of military training, but this time he paid other professional interrogators.

KAJ LARSEN, REPORTER: I weaseled him down to $800.

MOOS: To waterboard him so folks could decide if it amounts to torture.

LARSEN: It start to create the sensation of drowning.

MOOS: They stuffed a rag into Larsen's mouth. They began pouring and then the shaking began.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he's getting ready to say something.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can end this now, just talk.

MOOS: Larsen's producer actually ended it telling the interrogators to stop after 24 minutes. Normally a person breaks after two or three.


The report leaves viewers with one impression of the technique: "What's the big, f**kin' deal, man?"

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