What’s the big deal about putting a few bad guys into “stressful” positions (assuming you know for sure they really are bad guys)? You call that torture? Waterboarding maybe is torture (we aren’t sure about that yet; requires some study***), but stressful positions and a love tap or two? Give me a break:
So what’s the big deal? This was straight out of the CIA interrogation manual. No pretense we don’t do it.
This video is also not play acting:
In order to make the film, the directors put the actor into a stress position for six hours — the whimpers and trembling we see are real, the anguish you feel even when you choose to do this, let alone when you are kidnapped and subjected to it for weeks, months or years. (Boingboing)
That’s what the Big Deal is.
***Sarcasm warning: Judging from some comments below, apparently our discourse has become so debased that no attempt at sarcasm can be taken for granted any longer. So for the record, the parenthetic remark about waterboarding needing more study was meant as a sarcastic poke at our current Attorney General, Mr. Mukasey, who cannot tell if something is torture without consulting his law books. I have spoken out against all kinds of torture many times here, and there is no doubt — no doubt — that anyone who practices waterboarding is torturing.