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
Recent Examples of waterboarding from the Web
The psychologists later subjected two other prisoners — Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — to waterboarding.
The lawsuit contends Salim, from Tanzania, and Ben Soud, from Libya, underwent waterboarding, daily beatings and sleep deprivation while inside CIA facilities.
Mitchell and Jessen were sent to the jail to carry out the techniques, including waterboarding.
The report concluded that interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not elicit useful intelligence from detainees.
The techniques authorized by the Bush administration included waterboarding.
In August 2003, he was subjected to 83 rounds of waterboarding, an interrogation practice that simulates drowning.
That included being subjected to the torment of waterboarding 83 times in August 2003.
The CIA subjected him to an interrogation technique called waterboarding before his 2006 transfer to Guantánamo Bay.
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