Acknowledging that waterboarding is ‘uncomfortable’, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has suggested that it would be ‘absurd’ to get herself waterboarded in order to understand the experience for herself.
Speaking to the Des Moines Register, Bachmann insisted that she would be okay with allowing a terrorist to be waterboarded if it would prevent something like 9/11 from happening again. She said that waterboarding is carried out under strictly monitored circumstances and is non-lethal.
Pretty much everyone who has ever tried being waterboarded to ‘see what it’s like’ has come back with horrific stories. Christopher Hitchens has provided a pretty graphic account of what it is like to be waterboarded, while radio host Eric ‘Mancow’ Muller had a similarly tough time with the technique.