Last night on MSNBC’s Countdown, Keith Olbermann showed a video: The waterboarding of Erich “Mancow” Muller in Chicago for Mancow’s radio show:
“Absolutely torture,” he says. “That’s drowning,” he says. If he were being interrogated in that way, he added later, “I would confess to anything.”
Mr. Muller lasted six seconds. And he, unlike prisoners who were waterboarded, had a toy cow that he could throw when he had had enough. And he, unlike prisoners who were waterboarded, obviously knew it would end. He knew it would not kill him, and he — unlike prisoners who were waterboarded — was not subject to any other potential element of being a prisoner, like confinement or sleep deprivation or temperature extremes or having it done to him another 182 times.
This seems to have been the preferable experience.