wa·​ter·​board·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbȯr-diŋ How to pronounce waterboarding (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterboarding

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

Examples of waterboarding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hostages lost 50 to 70 pounds by the time of the waterboarding, later becoming fully emaciated, Motka said. Holmes Lybrand, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Glenn, transferred to the Philippines, ordered the waterboarding of Filipinos who supported independence. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 On Thursday, the court by a 6-3 vote blocked two former CIA contractors from testifying in a Polish tribunal about the CIA’s waterboarding and torture of supposedly high value prisoners in the Bush administration’s war on terrorism. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 February 5, 2008 - During congressional testimony, Hayden acknowledges for the first time that the CIA has used waterboarding in the interrogations of detainees. CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 There, the prisoners were subjected to brutal interrogation tactics condemned by human rights groups and U.S. judges as torture, including sleep deprivation, solitary confinement and waterboarding. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 The two freshmen in the waterboarding case are White. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 He was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 and subjected to enhanced interrogation, including over five dozen waterboarding sessions, in the ensuing four years before being lodged at Guantanamo Bay, where he remains detained. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 11 Oct. 2021 Zubaydah, the first detainee in the CIA program, was subjected to waterboarding and noise and sleep deprivation, according to the committee report and court documents. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of waterboarding

2004, in the meaning defined above

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“Waterboarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterboarding. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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