Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Waterboarding is Almost Nothing Like the ‘Water Cure’

Waterboarding is Almost Nothing Like the ‘Water Cure’

PHILADEPHIA – “Torture” is one of those words that is used so indiscriminately as to have lost all meaning. This is clear from discussions about the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report regarding the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques (EITs) on a small number of detainees in the aftermath of 9/11.

The report itself is flawed in a number of respects. For instance, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey criticized it in USA Today for being a strictly partisan document, for lacking any input from individuals involved in the program, and for offering no recommendations; it was purely accusatory. In addition, its claim that the EITs provided no useful intelligence has been disputed by those who administered the program.

But most the most dangerous aspect of the Senate report is…

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