Charming British journalist and long-time writer for Vanity Fair Christopher Hitchens undergoes one of the CIA's most fave "interrogation practices"- waterboarding-(and there's a video) to help answer the question, "is it torture?" Most of us are no longer grappling with this, but there are some people at the top who still need convincing.
Naively, we initially scoffed at the mere matter of seconds he held his own, but apparently waterboarding is just really efficiently persuasive. A group in New York City is recruiting fifty lawyers for an undertaking similar to Hitchens's: waterboarding for five seconds. See below if you practice law and have an adventurous/self-sacrificing side.
LAWYERS WANTED FOR NYC WATERBOARDING EVENT: Step Up And Ride the Waterboard of Terror
An Experimental Art Event Presented by Steve Powers and Creative Time
WANTED-Fifty courageous lawyers willing to be waterboarded for five seconds. Volunteers will be strapped to a wooden board and have water poured over their face to simulate drowning. You will be required to sign a release and attend one short training session prior to the event.
IS IT SAFE? Yes. The waterboarding will be carefully supervised and last for a maximum of five seconds. Trained medical personnel will be on hand. Volunteers will be able to stop the waterboarding at any time by ringing a bell.
WHY? We're interested in whether waterboarding is torture. Now that this question has been handed over to the courts, who better to answer it than trained legal professionals?
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (Thanks Morgan)
Photo via vanityfair.com