In light of previous torture posts and the discussion by Bob below on witchcraft. This piece of art caught my attention, as did the essay where I found it here.
Turns out confessions of practicing witchcraft were extracted from women by using the unique torture called "water boarding."
I'm not all that excited about re-opening the torture debate here. But, I am prepared to say that I've been convinced that water boarding is more than just a splash of water and a moment of fear. It's torture.
Now, there has obviously been much debate over whether it is or isn't. But the more important issue is whether or not it is wise to pursue prosecutions of people who were told by their superiors that the practice was legal. and were ordered to perform these enhanced interrogations. I'm not convinced that it is wise to prosecute CIA agents. I would be very reluctant, as a CIA agent, to pursue my duties if in one administration something is accepted while in the next administration it is not. Nobody can work that way. Define torture. Make it's use verboten as a policy matter. Move on.