Intelligence Nominee Won’t Say if Waterboarding Is Torture

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By Albert N. Milliron, Editor Politisite.com, Iron Mill Interactive Media, Inc

Many Americans protested the Bush Administration use of Water Boarding on high value prisoner calling the practice un-American and torture.  In  todays hearing one of President Obama’s Nominees would not say that water boarding is torture.  Water Boarding seems to have become a litmus test on presidential nominees.  One should be aware that actions similar to water boarding occur everyday in our military training units.  The Navy Seals typically use large amounts of water targeted at a candidates face, causing him/her to have similar if not equal effects that water boarding produces.  In Army and Marines training, many Basic Trainees go through a CS Gas training that causes the trainee to choke and gasp for air.  This process is used to show how well a troops Protective Mask works in a hostile environment.  Depending on what level of training like Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) School, Trainees are exposed to a level of the CS gas that causes vomiting, respiratory distress, dizziness and fainting not unlike Water boarding.

So this piece is not considered Opinion, the writer is a Desert Storm Veteran and has NBC Training. Based upon what the writer has experienced in training compared to a training video and a leaked video of water boarding, the experiences produce identical physiological and psychological reactions. 

The question for discussion would be,  if our military soldiers are routinely exposed to similar stimuli, how can water boarding be considered torture?

Another question for discussion would be why has water boarding become a litmus test for presidential nominees?

One further topic would be, how is it that an Obama Nominee would refrain from answering the question whether water boarding is torture, when it has been so demonized by the left.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee as director of national intelligence declined to say Thursday whether waterboarding is torture, marking a fissure with attorney general nominee Eric Holder, who said that it is.

“I’m hesitating to set a standard here which will put in jeopardy some of the dedicated intelligence officers who checked to see that what they were doing was legal and then did what they were told to do,” said Dennis C. Blair, nominated for the intelligence post, at his Senate confirmation hearing. He did declare, however, that “there will be no waterboarding on my watch. There will be no torture on my watch.”

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the intelligence panel that held the hearing, said Mr. Blair’s answer was “troubling” in comparison to Mr. Holder’s clear statement last week.

Overall, senators expressed support for Mr. Blair, a retired admiral who spent 34 years in the Navy, and he is expected to be confirmed.

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