Saturday, May 23, 2009

Radio Show Host Gets Waterboarded, Calls It Torture


Mancow

I've been calling the disputed Bush administration's means of questioning terror suspects "enhanced interrogation techniques" because - well - how am I to judge whether they should be called torture, as some do, or not? But now a right wing radio show host from Chicago - a previous supporter of waterboarding - is in a position to know - and he is calling it torture.

WLS radio's syndicated talk show host Eric "Mancow" Muller decided to get himself waterboarded on the air - to prove to his audience - and himself - it was not torture. He lasted just six seconds - and when he came up for air he declared, with some reluctance, that waterboarding is, indeed, torture.

Had it been a left-leaning host who reached this conclusion the on air stunt would have had less impact. Because the suspect would have been predisposed to calling it torture. But Mancow was trying to prove that it was not - and concluded that it was.

Whether the other enhanced interrogation techniques that President Obama has banned can be considered torture or not may remain a matter of debate. Perhaps Mancow will now volunteer to subject himself to them as well - and report back to the rest of us his observations.

5 comments:

Doug said...

Great story, and I think you're right, the fact that a purported "right wing" now believes that waterboarding is indeed torture gives it much more credibility. American policy has always been about being the example of humane treatment, and to subject prisoners or suspects to this type of treatment is tatamount to comparing the U.S. with other countries who have routinely tortured prisoners. We are supposed to lead by example, not to be the example...

Basima said...

What I find the most interesting is that many people need "ManCow" to get waterboarded to convince them that tying a man up blindfolding him, filling his nose and mouth with a consistant stream of water so that they suffocate him, to admit that waterboarding is torture. I seriously worry about the intellect of our nations right wing.

Anonymous said...

Does this honestly proves anything? I, personally, don't think Mancow is 'right-winged'! Oh the labels...

Our soldiers, trained to fight and resist the enemy, have gone through it. Do you think we would waterboard ppl that don't have information? Why waste the timeon 'radio show hosts'.

Net Net, no gain, no loss.

Technoid said...

Can't wait til a liberal talk show host submits himself to abortion to decide on whether or not it is murder.

Anonymous said...

It's better than being beheaded, eh?