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Torture Session: Christopher Hitchens On The Waterboard

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Christopher Hitchens On The Waterboard

"You feel that you are drowning because you are drowning — or, rather, being drowned, albeit slowly and under controlled conditions and at the mercy (or otherwise) of those who are applying the pressure."

How does it feel to be aggressively interrogated? Christopher Hitchens found out for himself, submitting to a brutal waterboarding session in an effort to understand the human cost of Americas use of harsh tactics at Guantánamo and elsewhere.

Christopher Hitchens agreed to be waterboarded on video for an article about torture in Vanity Fair. Unlike real prisoners, Hitchens gets a safe word, and two "metal objects" that he can release when he wants the waterboarding to stop.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/fe...

Christopher Hitchens (born 1949) is an author, journalist and literary critic. Currently living in Washington, D.C., he has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens is also a political observer, whose books — the latest being "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" — have made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits.

In 2009 Hitchens was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the "25 most influential liberals in U.S. media." The same article noted, though, that he would "likely be aghast to find himself on this list" and that he "styles himself a radical", not a liberal.

http://www.hitchensweb.com/
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