Kirk Caraway of the Nevada Appeal has an appealing idea.
Bush and Cheney claim that we don’t torture. On the other hand, everyone agrees that we do water-board.
“The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner’s face and water is poured over him.
Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.”
According to ABC, CIA officers tried the technique on themselves as a test. They lasted, on average fourteen seconds. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the Al Qaeda prisoner, kicked their asses: he made it for two and a half minutes.
So, leaving aside the vastly superior toughness of Al Qaeda folks as opposed to CIA people, Caraway suggests that, given the speed with which confessions are extracted, and the fact that this isn’t torture, we could use the method to question Karl Rove about the Plame leak. And to ask Cheney whether he lied to get the war started.
Just for fun, we could strap Bill Clinton to the water board and find out a whole lot on what happened during his term in the White House. That’s one interrogation people would pay big money to see on pay-per-view.
Think of all the situations this could be used for. Hook up Tom DeLay, see if he really did break Texas campaign laws. Get the Halliburton executives in there and ask what happened to all our money. Stick O.J. Simpson on the water board and find out if he killed his ex-wife.