Wednesday, January 28, 2015

waterboarding: five definitions



waterboarding
[waw-ter-bawr-ding, ‐bohr‐, wot-er‐]

noun
1. an enhanced interrogation technique in which water is poured over the face of an immobilized suspect until information is elicited that proves their culpability, thereby creating an easy workaround to the naive, pre-9/11 pipe dream "innocent until proven guilty."

2. a form of enhanced hazing involving water performed on certain immobilized detainees until they admit that they are in fact "enemy combatants," thereby justifying their initial capture, subsequent detention (indefinite), and whatever else might happen to befall them should their treatment ever get leaked to a journalist—particularly one whose hatred of America is so intense that they might actually consider reporting on it.


waterboarding
Obsolete

noun
1. a method of torture that no legal or political or cultural authority from the Spanish Inquisition until the Bush administration ever doubted for a moment was torture.



Dictionary.com definition (US):


Dictionary.com definition (UK):




The first two definitions are mine; the third, which I deemed obsolete, is taken from The Atlantic

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