Christopher Hitchens: Believe Me it’s Torture

poar01_hitchens0808.jpgWow. So in an effort to prove that yes, despite Government claims to the contrary, water-boarding does in fact constitute torture Christopher Hitchens agreed to be subjected to the Army’s chosen method of inquiry.

It goes without saying that I knew I could stop the process at any time, and that when it was all over I would be released into happy daylight rather than returned to a darkened cell. But it’s been well said that cowards die many times before their deaths, and it was difficult for me to completely forget the clause in the contract of indemnification that I had signed…You may have read by now the official lie about this treatment, which is that it “simulates” the feeling of drowning. This is not the case. You feel that you are drowning because you are drowning…If waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.
You can watch the process here.