wa·​ter·​board·​ing | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbȯr-diŋ, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterboarding 

: an interrogation technique in which water is forced into a detainee's mouth and nose so as to induce the sensation of drowning

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Kennedy said that waterboarding is not torture and just an uncomfortable experience. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Green Beret waterboards himself in support of Trump's CIA pick Gina Haspel," 14 May 2018 Haspel also advocated for and wrote a cable ordering the shredding of 92 tapes showing waterboarding and other harsh interrogations, according to a memoir written by the former general counsel for the CIA. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump CIA pick faces rocky confirmation over torture role," 17 Apr. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The administration of George W. Bush determined that waterboarding, a technique that simulates drowning, didn’t meet the definition of torture. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "CIA Pick Haspel: Agency Won’t Go Back to Post-9/11 Interrogation Tactics," 9 May 2018 In it, the Bridges character, a victim of mistaken identity, has his head jammed in a toilet by criminals, a pre-9/11 Hollywood version of waterboarding. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "A freed Guantánamo prisoner and his ex-guard meet again in remarkable Ramadan reunion," 11 June 2018 She is also branded for involvement in destroying tapes of CIA waterboarding. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gina Haspel’s CIA Crucible," 4 May 2018 Her involvement with waterboarding has caused her trouble in the past. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "6 things to know about Gina Haspel," 13 Mar. 2018 Brennan has had to walk a similar tightrope about his own record on waterboarding. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 The report also said that torture techniques — including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and chaining prisoners in painful positions in cold, dark dungeons — did little to elicit valuable information or save American lives. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Senators to press Gina Haspel about her role in CIA torture program during Wednesday hearing," 8 May 2018

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2004, in the meaning defined above

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