Friday, November 10, 2006

Semi-Tough

I wanted to mention this a few days ago, but here's an interesting segment in which Fox news reporter Steve Harrigan subjects himself to waterboarding. Was it a good idea for story? Sure. And note the lack of handcuffs, the use of a safe word ("Stop!") and the "interrogators" who graciously allow him to sit up when he's had enough. After it's over, Harrigan says what impressed him most was that "just minutes later I was feeling fine."

Next up: Fox covers an amusement park bumper-car outing for automobile company CEO's who proclaim afterwards that "car crashes aren't really that bad."

21 Comments:

Anonymous Pennypacker said...

I don't have a lot of money, but I'm about to sell a house so I'll have some extra funds. I will offer $10K to anybody to endure not those guys but ME administering that torture for 120 minutes. If they can live through it without pleading for help, they get the money. They don't get a STOP safeword, they get whatever I choose to give them.

11/10/2006 12:51 AM  
Blogger jj said...

I saw it and was revolted, both by the act, even in its faux-torture form, and by the fact they were showing it as a way of PROMOTING its use. And they pulled this despicable stunt without even so much as mentioning, to the best of my recollection, that it just might be a wee bit different if the subject of such horrific treatment were not in control of the situation.

11/10/2006 3:51 AM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

A friend of mine, ex-navy pilot, told me as part of his training program he was subjected to waterboarding, and said it was the most terrifying thing he's ever been through. And this is a macho guy who doesn't admit to being afraid of anything. He said there were people in the program who completely freaked out during the experience.

I'll take his word for it, not some Fox News jerk who had a wet washcloth put over his face for a few minutes so he could go on the air and justify torture.

11/10/2006 10:00 AM  
Anonymous muddy said...

As usual, the concept of consent seems alien to these idiots.

11/10/2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger Guy Barry said...

Why does the idea of consent seem so alien,anyone know?

11/10/2006 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that seemed like a pretty trivial hack at the story. It's something that the news director for CurrentTV did last month. He's former military and had some ex-military types go through with it.

Here's the story.

11/10/2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger Lifetime Fiscal Conservative said...

I knew somebody who went through the training program. He said the "guards" were all of Asian descent and in "enemy" uniforms. Little English was spoken except by the interrogators. If I recall his description correctly (it was a long time ago), you were supposed to hang on to some trivial secret for 48 hours. The torture that broke him was simulated drowning.

11/10/2006 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And after that, they'll follow a reporter into her bedroom, where her husband will insert his penis into her vagina for a segment asking "Why the big fuss about rape?"

11/10/2006 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Rupert Murdoch waterboarded for real. What the hell, do it on Fox "News" so their bloodthirsty audience can see what it's really all about. God those people are sickening.

11/10/2006 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite part was when they put on the dental dam and then put drops of vaginal fluid on his face. That drove the little faggot absolutely crazy.

11/10/2006 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paraphrasing a comment from a man whose job was to debrief Americans who'd assisted stateless actors in their inquiries: "SERE is a confidence course, nothing more. Like firewalking for fighter pilots. If they ran those guys through what they're really looking at if they're captured, they'd have to give every one of them medical discharges. Naval Air kicks guys off the boat for fallen arches -- you think they want plain crazy bedwetters with traumatic amputation of both thumbs?"

11/11/2006 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bout giving george 20 minutes to see who REALLY sent the anthrax.

11/14/2006 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not believe my eyes. The news has become the evil in america not terrists. So many people thrive on the daily news which is in fact filled with all the bad content of america. How are we inpired? Threw good or bad energy? This will be the downfall of america. cody

11/17/2006 10:58 AM  
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