Saturday, January 23, 2010

Christiane Amanpour, Marc Thiessen, Philippe Sands

A portion of the blogosphere lights up in celebration of former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen's contradiction of CNN correspondent and host Christiane Amanpour. In this interview, Thiessen insisted he knows of no proof that the CIA immersed a captive in a bucket of water.

The CIA is not accused of immersing captives in a bucket of water. Amanpour may have misidentified that form of mistreatment with "waterbaording," but Cambodian depictions of torture by the Khmer Rouge regime, presented at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, do include depictions of what people now call "waterboarding."

Also interviewed, author Philippe Sands rightly observed that Thiessen is "splitting hairs." All water torture, including waterboarding, disrupts breathing. The sensation of imminent death constitutes torture.
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