The water boarding debate is back on, primarily because the administration can’t ignore the fact that it led to the elimination of Osama bin Laden. The enhanced use of a Netti pot is not only effective, it’s also safe for all concerned.
The water boardees are attended to by a plethora of experts, including physicians and psychologists to ensure the protection of their delicate sensibilities. We also water board our own troops.
Unfortunately, pundits in both camps are confused about how enhanced interrogations actually work. Liberals are always spewing the fiction that information gained via water boarding is not reliable. This argument reflects their profound misunderstanding of the process.
Water boarding is not used to get information. It’s used solely to secure an agreement to cooperate with authorities. The moment the detainee indicates a willingness to talk, it all stops. The bad guy actually has complete control over the outcome.
Since liberals think life mimics television, they envision a scenario in which the terrorist starts spouting phony information just to make the interrogation stop.
In the real world, it stops the moment the poor dear makes it stop by committing himself to cooperate. Then he is transferred to another batch of experts who will work on developing a rapport with the terrorist in hopes of getting useful information. It doesn’t happen in one day. It’s a long, drawn out affair; but, as we learned the other day, a worthy one.