Saturday, May 23, 2009
Radio Show Host Gets Waterboarded, Calls It Torture
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.