Washington – Shortly before the House recessed yesterday, Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw of Florida suggested that Congress might better understand whether the much-debated practice of waterboarding was torture, if the Congress was treated to a demonstration of a simulated drowning, using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the fill-in for a detainee.
Waterboarding is a controversial interrogation technique in which a prisoner is made to think he is drowning, with water being repeatedly poured over his or her face while he or she is bound and lying on their back. Thus, it is often referred to as “simulated drowning.” CIA Director Michael V. Hayden confirmed the United States used the practice of waterboarding against at least three detainees in its custody, which only added to an already heated debate about whether or not the practice constitutes torture, and should be banned.
“I can’t think of a better way to get a visual representation of this practice than to have it demonstrated on the Speaker, in front of the full Congress,” Crenshaw said, speaking on the House floor. “We will know better what it is we’re debating about, and can judge more correctly whether or not it should be considered torture. And I volunteer to pour the water myself.”
President Bush, told of Crenshaw’s idea, was pleased. “I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Bush said, speaking at the White House before leaving on a trip to Africa, where he is to pretend to care about black people.