From Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury site,
"It is not like putting burning coals on people's bodies. The person is in no real danger. The impact is psychological."
-- Sen. Joe Lieberman, after voting against a bill prohibiting waterboarding
If this evil scum (CT-Likud) had to deal with memories of waterboarding victims for forty years, I don't think he'd be so quick to venture an opinion on matters he knows absolutely nothing about. However, judging from this week's vote on S.2248, it appears to be a majority view in Congress. Under the "leadership" of Sen. Rockefeller, the Senate caved to Cheney's long-term goal of gutting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, passed in the aftermath of the Indochina Wars; government officials may no longer be sued for violations of civil rights, such as drowning someone a drop at a time.
Imagine being helpless, fighting as hard as you can to breathe, and getting nothing but water in your lungs as they gradually fill up, and you lose consciousness again, only to be awakened for a repeat. Try it on for a day or so. then tell me it aint torture. "Psychological" my ass: psycho.
"Torture is something that happens to other people." It just happens: no good people decide to do such things to other human beings and carry them out in secret and then lie about it. Nothing to get upset about; it's for your "security"; you do feel more secure, don't you?
Thanks to Paul at BB for the story on FISA and for keeping this issue going; it's too personal for me to do so very often, but sometimes I gotta.