Argument: Waterboarding even fits the Bybee Memo definition of torture

Issue Report: Waterboarding


  • “Is Waterboarding Torture?”. Retrieved 1.16.08 – “Waterboarding even seems to fit the definition of the Bybee Memo, the controversial legal opinion of assistant AJ Jay Bybee, who defined torture as ‘physical pain amounting to torture must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death’. Waterboarding produces suffering by ‘impairment of bodily function” since breathing is a major body function. Lungs are organs, and filling them with water produces suffering equivalent to that organ’s failure.'”