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Jesse Ventura on waterboarding

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Via ThinkProgress: Jesse Ventura, a former SEAL, was waterboarded as part of his SERE training. He has some interesting comments:

KING: You were a Navy SEAL.

VENTURA: That’s right. I was water boarded, so I know — at SERE School, Survival Escape Resistance Evasion. It was a required school you had to go to prior to going into the combat zone, which in my era was Vietnam. All of us had to go there. We were all, in essence — every one of us was water boarded. It is torture.

KING: What was it like?

VENTURA: It’s drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you — I’ll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney, and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.

Later: “Even though you know it’s not going to happen — even though before it, you know you’re not going to drown,” King stated.

“You don’t know it. If it’s done wrong, you certainly could drown. You could swallow your tongue. You could do a whole bunch of stuff. If it’s it done wrong or — it’s torture, Larry. It’s torture,” Ventura responded.

Written by Leisureguy

12 May 2009 at 2:27 pm

Posted in Daily life, Torture

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