Contribute Now to No Waterboarding

by Steve Young

My opponent described Waterboarding as follows:

“Waterboarding is a psychological interrogation technique that does not inflict physical pain or permanent damage. Nonetheless, it is reserved only for the worst terrorists who have information that could save dozens, hundreds or thousands of American lives. I do not think it is an excessive response to the threats that we face in the world today."
[November 9, 2007 Daily Pilot]

I doubt that Campbell would vote to ban a “psychological interrogation technique” he sees as so important and that does not inflict pain nor risk of death. Campbell is wrong.

"Waterboarding induces panic and suffering by forcing a person to inhale water into the sinuses, pharynx, larynx, trachea, and lungs. The head is tilted back and water is poured into the upturned mouth or nose. Eventually the subject cannot exhale more air or cough out more water, the lungs are collapsed, and the sinuses and trachea are filled with water. The subject is drowned from the inside, filling with water from the head down. The chest and lungs are kept higher than the head so that coughing draws water up and into the lungs while avoiding total suffocation. “His suffering must be that of a man who is drowning, but cannot drown.”

Mr. Campbell, if waterboarding does not inflict pain or death, how is it effective? Mr. Campbell, if waterboarding is not painful, and does not threaten death, will you Mr. Campbell agree to be waterboarded so we know you are not mistaken?
Are you angry yet?



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Steve Young

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