Waterboarding, also called water torture, simulated drowning, interrupted drowning, and controlled drowning, method of torture in which water is poured into the nose and mouth of a victim who lies on his back on an inclined platform, with his feet above his head.
Waterboarding torture has long been used by law enforcement agencies and governments to questions criminals and terrorists it is used to coax confessions or to find out any sort of information that may lead to the arrest or capture of other criminals. Waterboarding is a process in which “the head is tilted back and water is poured into the upturned mouth or nose” (bianchet) this causes the victim to have the sensation of drowning and leaves them gasping for air as their lungs fill up with water.
Cia director porter goss maintained this week that the cia does not employ methods of torture in doing so, he opened a new debate over exactly what constitutes torture -- especially when it comes. New cia deputy director's past intertwined with cia's history of waterboarding gina haspel is a well-respected, career cia officer, serving more than three decades undercover, including multiple tours as a station chief. According to sources, waterboarding has been used on three top al qaeda officials (ross, 2007) the cia maintains that this method is effective and completely lawful the most successful incident of waterboarding came with the interrogation of khalid sheikh mohammed. Severe “waterboarding” was a mere notch on the belt with regard to the mistreatment of prisoners by the japanese and gestapo it was used to excess, with little to no intent to extract information vital to national security the historical records of waterboarding shed light on the current debate.
Waterboarding: a tortured history the current debate over waterboarding may be new, but the practice is not it predates the inquisition and has been used, off and on, around the world ever since it predates the inquisition and has been used, off and on, around the world ever since. More recently, cinematic depictions of waterboarding in the award-winning film zero dark thirty and questions about it at the senate confirmation hearing for incoming cia chief john brennan have sparked debate water torture, however, has a surprisingly long history, dating back to at least the fourteenth century.
Waterboarding is torture it was torture when it was used by the inquisition in 1494 and it was torture when it was used by the cia in 2003 it meets the everyday “interocular trauma” test.
History of an interrogation technique: water boarding + cia director says agency working to infiltrate terrorist strongholds + cia director: 'torture is counterproductive.