Argument: Waterboarding leaves no lasting scars and so is not torture
- Joseph Farah. "Waterboarding is not torture." WorldNetDaily.com. January 2, 2008 - "Many Americans are simply confused about the real definition of torture. Since so little sacrifice is required of most Americans today and because so few have ever experienced combat, they equate momentary discomfort or fear with torture. They are not the same.
- My definition of torture is simple: It involves physical or mental abuse that leaves lasting scars. Cutting off fingers, toes, limbs – that would be torture. Forcing prisoners to play Russian roulette – that would be torture. Sticking hot pokers in the eyes of prisoners – that would be torture.
- But a few seconds of dripping water on a prisoner's face? That's not torture to me."