Correction: Waterboarding is not illegal

Tuesday morning, Feb. 12th, we broadcast the story of a group of men charged in connection with the 9/11 attacks. In one case, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed apparently confessed during an interrogation technique known as “waterboarding.” It simulates drowning. Mohammed wants his confession thrown out of court, arguing that he was tortured to get it. When reporting this story I mistakenly said waterboarding is illegal. It is not. Although there’s been plenty of debate in Washington whether it’s moral or ethical. Opponents want it outlawed. Supporters argue it helps get necessary information to fight the war on terror.

The entire debate is not that simple, as this excerpt from a recent Washington Post article points out: “The government’s defense of the waterboarding episodes, laid out in congressional testimony and administration statements over the past two weeks, relies on a complex legal argument that many scholars and human rights advocates say is at odds with settled law barring conduct that amounts to torture, at any time or for any reason. It also leaves open the possibility that, under the right conditions, the CIA could decide to use the tactic again.”

Read the entire article here.

Opponents like Amnesty International expand on why in this op-ed in the Chicago Tribune.

Supporters, like Fox News CHannel Host Bill O’Reilly, see the benefits of keeping all options open when it comes to interrogating detainees as he writes in this Boston Herald op-ed piece.


One Response

  1. If and when we get rid of water boarding they will think of some other torture. What else do they do. It makes me wonder how many confessions are real and how many just said “YeS!” or made up a story to stop the torture.
    Could they administer truth serum or or any a drug would make them feel all warm inside and talk, talk, talk bla bla blabla bla.

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