The same question I had when I read CNN headline news today about waterboarding and 9/11 plotter.
Waterboarding is all over the news this week as reports indicate that waterboarding was used in the US interrogations.
Looks like it has been in use since the Middle Ages, through World War II and Vietnam. Some unanswered questions about waterboarding — Is it torture? Is it effective?
The fear of drowning (Probably a highly innate human fear) is that make it more effective than enduring actual pain.
There are reports that 9/11 plotter held out 2 and a 1/2 minutes. 2 1/2 minutes is considered, by some interrogators, to be a remarkable length of time to endure waterboarding. The average endurance during training of interrogators has been reported as just 14 seconds.
FOX news videos links:
A nicely written and heavily commented waterboarding article on the web.
Waterboarding is Torture… Period