Argument: Waterboarding leaves no lasting scars and so is not torture

Issue Report: Waterboarding


My definition of torture is simple: It involves physical or mental abuse that leaves lasting scars. Cutting off fingers, toes, limbs – that would be torture. Forcing prisoners to play Russian roulette – that would be torture. Sticking hot pokers in the eyes of prisoners – that would be torture.
But a few seconds of dripping water on a prisoner’s face? That’s not torture to me.”