I think McCain was tortured, I don't think his experience has anything to do with the question I asked.I think McCain knows what constitutes torture
I didn't editorialize it in anyway, I simply explained the process as it is reported to have been done by the CIA in a few, rare instances. It's important to clarify because the term waterboarding can mean a wide range of methods, some I would agree are clearly torture.You make waterboarding sound benign.
For example, in Vietnam, they would "waterboard" by forcing water down the throats of the the subject until the stomachs were distended, then they would beat the subject in the stomach.
How I would respond to a controlled simulating drowning that causes no physical damage is besides the point, just as what you consider torture is irrelevant.I'm sure if someone tilted your head back and poured water down your nose you would be "uncomfortable" to say the least and would yell out something even if it wasn't the truth.
The question is, when they use "torture" and "enhanced interrogation" interchangeably, what are they talking about when they say it was used to gain actable intelligence used to prevent future attacks and kill Bin Laden.
This is significant when you realize just how broad the term is.
Are they saying that playing Barney, cold rooms, and maybe the THREE people who were waterboarded by the CIA? Are they just talking about the THREE people who were waterboarded? Or are they included the rendition program?