Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Simulated freedom.

ABC News is on the case: "Waterboarding is a harsh interrogation technique that involves strapping down a prisoner, covering his mouth with plastic or cloth and pouring water over his face. The prisoner quickly begins to inhale water, causing the sensation of drowning."

Hey, ABC News, when you "quickly begin[ ] to inhale water", you are drowning, not having a "sensation of drowning". It's only if and when you stop inhaling water that you cease to be drowning.

If you copy a paragraph from another writer's story, and then later "source" the paragraph by admitting that you copied it from that writer, does that writer then only have a "sensation" of having been plagiarized?

... adding, I assume by "pouring water over his face" they mean "pouring water down his throat." This is the kind of phraseology that outs the phraser as a tool. And in this case, a tool of torturing, sadistic madmen. A kind of tool that should, by all rights, be subjected to the same kind of treatment, and then made to write about his "sensations".

2 comments:

Gleemonex said...

Anybody so glib or ignorant as to say waterboarding isn't torture: Let's waterboard THEM. That would clear up any "gray area" real quick.

bgirl said...

They may not know the definition of torture, but they know it when they see it...or when they read about it from some other douchebag.