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IS WATERBOARDING TORTURE? CNN Amanpour vs. Marc Thiessen

Posted by FactReal on January 25, 2010

Author confronts those pushing false comparisons between the CIA and the torturers of murderous regimes.
Marc Thiessen, author of Courting Disaster, lectured CNN’s Amanpour how the CIA interrogation techniques DO NOT resemble the tortures used by the murderous regimes as cited so often by the left to promulgate the idea that America does not have moral standing…and to weaken America.

Thiessen confronted CNN’s Amanpour for her misleading reports about the CIA’s waterboarding techniques by comparing them to the Khmer Rouge torturers in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge did not “simulate drowning” at prison S-21 – they actually drowned their victims. Only 7 of the 14,000 people who entered S-21 emerged alive.

Human Events summarizes the electric exchange of January 20, 2010:

Marc Thiessen directly challenged the CNN’s [Amanpour] with evidence that she had misled her viewers about the CIA’s waterboarding techniques…Thiessen pulled out a transcript from a 2008 CNN broadcast from the Khmer Rouge prison S-21, where Amanpour had stood before a picture of Khmer Rouge torturers drowning an innocent Cambodian in a vat of water, and declared that the CIA had done the same thing to terrorists in its custody.

Thiessen told Amanpour, “There have been so many misstatements told about the enhanced interrogation techniques, comparing them to the Spanish Inquisition and the Khmer Rouge, and I have to tell you Christiane, you are one of the people who have spread these mistruths.”

…Thiessen told her, “We did not submerge people in a box of water.”
Amanpour replied, “Excuse me a second, that is called waterboarding.” “No it’s not,” Thiessen replied.

…Thiessen pressed his point: “Christiane you are absolutely wrong. 14,000 people killed in S-21. Seven survivors …” But Amanpour cut him off, “Excuse me, you are trying to obfuscate the debate. That prison was full of images of water torture.” Thiessen responded, “Which is nothing like what the CIA did. Do you have any evidence …”

…Thiessen pressed her: “I want to answer this, because it is very important. What you said was not waterboarding but a barrel filled with water. You have no evidence whatsoever that the CIA did what you said they did.”

Thiessen writes, “In truth, what has harmed America’s moral standing in the world are the false comparisons made by those who declare that America has practiced the same techniques as the most reviled despots and dictators in human history—when in fact we have done nothing of the sort.”

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– Marc A. Thiessen is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution
– He served in senior positions at the Pentagon and the White House from 2001 to 2009
– Former President Bush’s speechwriter
Book: Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack
Website | old Blog | Twitter | YouTube

Sister Toldjah reports:

Former senior Bush administration official Marc Thiessen has been a machine over the last couple of years when it comes to setting the record straight on CIA interrogation tactics and how the “EIT”s (Enhanced Interrogation Tactics) like waterboarding, for example, actually did stop terrorist attacks and saved lives. Fortunately for us, he’s still at it this year, both with a new book on the issue and hitting the media circuit to talk about both it and the misinformation being spread by revenge-minded Democrats and their cohorts in MSM about what did and did not happen.


One Response to “IS WATERBOARDING TORTURE? CNN Amanpour vs. Marc Thiessen”

  1. dant said

    What is the definition of torture? If it is not conformable or feel good then is it torture? Whether water boarding is torture or not doesn’t matter. What matters is if it is effective. If it is not effective then it is a waste of time. If it works then damn it, use it. Our goal is to destroy terrorism. That is not likely so we must destroy as much of it as possible. We can’t do that and passify a bunch of pathetic liberals. These murderers will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. If we play good guy we lose. Damn the rules of engagement…

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