[Waterboarding] opens a door that cannot be closed. Once you have posed the notorious “ticking bomb” question, and once you assume that you are in the right, what will you not do? Waterboarding not getting results fast enough? The terrorist’s clock still ticking? Well, then, bring on the thumbscrews and the pincers and the electrodes and the rack.
From the August 2008, Vanity Fair article, “Believe Me, It’s Torture.” Please read the whole article and watch the video of Hitchens being waterboarded. Do you want your country to torture prisoners? If the “ticking bomb” scenario makes torture seem necessary, where would you draw the line?
Hat tip: Roger.