The History of Water Torture

NPR looks at the history of water torture–yes, torture is the word to use. It was the word used in the war crimes trials against Japanese military leaders following WW2. They were convicted for it. In 1983 a Texas sheriff was convicted for using it to extract confessions. Mirror of Justice comments (and points to another site with information about the technique), as does Mark Shea. Washington Post also gives some history. Andrew Sullivan on the contemporary defense of torture by some “conservatives.”