But what is torture? What is the definition?
According the United States Government, water boarding is in fact torture. Please carefully read this story — sent to me by an American officer with multiple combat tours and the scars to show for it — and please consider making a thoughtful comment.
By Evan Wallach
Sunday, November 4, 2007; Page B01
As a JAG in the Nevada National Guard, I used to lecture the soldiers of the 72nd Military Police Company every year about their legal obligations when they guarded prisoners. I’d always conclude by saying, “I know you won’t remember everything I told you today, but just remember what your mom told you: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” That’s a pretty good standard for life and for the law, and even though I left the unit in 1995, I like to think that some of my teaching had carried over when the 72nd refused to participate in misconduct at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
This matter requires much thoughtful conversation.