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Letter: Waterboarding a method of interrogation, not torture

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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 2:12 pm

I am going to blow a huge hole in the “waterboarding is torture” theory. For starters, here are three facts:

1. A grand total of three terrorists were waterboarded. Not one of them has died as a result.

2. Also, not one of them received any permanent physical harm as a result of being waterboarded.

3. With the information we received, we were able to find, and kill, Osama bin Laden. Yes, I give Obama partial credit for that. It was a gutsy decision, but it was still because of the interrogations we carried out.

If that’s not enough for you, consider this: there are no fewer than two cases where an American was tortured. They both died as a result.

Case No. 1: Daniel Pearl, an American reporter, was captured by terrorists and beheaded in a very slow and painful way.

Case No. 2: Terry Schiavo, who was in a vegetable-like state for several years, was taken off her feeding tube in 2005. This was a demand from her husband. She essentially starved to death. It took her two weeks to die. Two weeks!

That, my friends, is real torture. Waterboarding is not.

I double dare any liberal to prove me wrong.

Spencer Anderson

Mesa

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