I have been water boarded. It was part of specialized training I received as an Air Force intelligence officer/pilot.
Most nations at some point use it. And it is not torture, nor a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Though it is very unpleasant, it is not, given the tens of thousands of American soldiers it has been used on, deadly nor psychologically destructive. It will make you talk, though, and that is why we were exposed to it and how to deal with it.
The Senate report investigators, like those in the discredited Tawana Brawley rape case pushed by Al Sharpton, the Duke lacrosse case, and the recent University of Virginia Rolling Stone Rape, case failed to interview the accused, who were the real victims here.
Never miss a local story.
These CIA heroes who have protected us deserve better. They were all advised it was legal. If it is not, many U.S. soldiers may sue. Every former CIA director has repudiated the report.
Because many of our nation's Congress members cannot be trusted with our nation's secrets, the release of which would harm all of us, an overzealous CIA operative overreached and hacked into the Senate computers trying to find who was leaking information. This was illegal and the CIA should not have done this and Sen. Dianne Fienstein, who headed this witch hunt, should have plugged the leaks.
Instead, out of anger, she was determined to release this one-sided hatchet job without regard to the Americans and allies who could be killed. Vindictiveness and political expediency, not truth, were her primary motivations.
Our policy of killing our foreign enemies with drones is one I support, though I would rather a capture for the intelligence and less collateral damage. What I do not understand is why drone executions without trial are supported by the left who oppose a little water up ones nose as more egregious than a drone missile.
David R. Kraner