Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Hitchens undergoes "waterboarding", admits it's torture

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Here's a proper bit of journalism - following his earlier claim that "waterboarding" doesn't amount to torture, but rather "extreme interrogation", New Humanist honorary associate Christopher Hitchens agreed to let some scary-looking ex-special forces guys in balaclavas try it out on him for his latest Vanity Fair assignment.

The video's up on the VF website, as is Hitchens' article on the experience. As you'll see he doesn't last very long, and he now admits that waterboarding is most certainly a form of torture.

For more on America's continuing use of torture in the "war on terror", read Stan Cohen's column from our January issue.

2 comments:

force10 said...

If you think this is bad you should check out www.current.com/kajwaterboarded. Hitchens only lasted 2 minutes but this guy lasted 24!

Anonymous said...

Hitchens never claimed waterboarding was not torture.