FAMUAN Face-Off: Waterboarding is Torture

There is a bag on your head, you can hardly breathe, every breath you take burns, and every time you think it is over you feel the pressure from the water pouring onto your face, and you believe the end is near.

Waterboarding is not a technique, it is torture, and it is illegal. In waterboarding, water is constantly poured on your face and neck to induce fear.

Yes, our country has made some gains in getting information from terrorist using this “technique,” however where do we draw the line?

I am not saying we must stop defending our country but there is a way to do everything.

Last week at the Republican debate one of the main topics was how the candidates feel about waterboarding and most confirmed that they were for the process.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, a former soldier, once went through this same process and believes it is torture and something our country should not practice. For McCain to critique all of the GOP candidates for agreeing with this, says a lot to me.

“Water boarding is torture. It’s contrary to America’s traditions, it’s contrary to our ideals, it’s not who we are, it’s not how we operate,” President Barack Obama said.

Most people don’t realize how horrible this process is until they go through it. This “technique,” can sometimes kill the person. Too much water causes the person to drown. And like Obama said, we don’t need it to fight the war on terrorism. I mean, we got Osama Bin Laden without it.