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Internet Destroys Torture-Loving MMA Fighter For Using Garden Hose To Claim Waterboarding Isn’t Abuse

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Internet Destroys Torture-Loving MMA Fighter For Using Garden Hose To Claim Waterboarding Isn’t Abuse

On Sunday, UFC Fighter Tim Kennedy posted a video of himself being what he said was waterboarding, but he didn’t exactly get it right and the internet is lighting him up for being a wimp.

“The reason we are doing this … is for us to have a conversation. Right now, an amazing hero has been appointed to be director of the CIA and because of that, some of the things she has done are being attacked,” Kennedy said about Haspel.

Haspel’s nomination has repeatedly come under fire because of her role overseeing “enhanced interrogation techniques” — which have widely been considered torture — on detainees at a CIA black site.

“We did this yesterday for almost 45 minutes,” he wrote on Twitter with a video. “The average pour was anywhere from 10 to 60 sec. You can try to hold your breath but the water pools at the back of your sinuses running down your eyes and nose. Plain and simple. It’s not torture.”

While Kennedy said he weathered the repeated waterboarding without many issues, many people who have been waterboarded describe it as a terrifying experience that simulates the sensation of drowning.

“It felt like you were choking to death on water and couldn’t stop it from being that way,” Chris Jaco, a former military pilot, told HuffPost. Jaco was waterboarded in 1970 during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training at the Air Force Academy.

The problem for Kennedy is what happens after 60 seconds is over? What does Kennedy do when the water never stops coming? What would Kennedy do if he was tied down, tipped at an angle and the towel was forced over as did conservative radio talk show host Erich “Mancow” Muller, when he tried it in 2009.

Watch Kennedy’s video and some of the responses below:

Former United States Navy senior chief petty officer specializing in naval cryptology Malcolm Nance called folly on Kennedy. As someone who has keen knowledge of waterboarding, the former SERE instructor called out Kennedy for not only doing it incorrectly but not capturing the experience of interrogation.

“Wrong,” he tweeted. “That’s not how it’s done. You’re just holding your breath. As a former SERE instructor & #Waterboarding qual’d resistance team member I can tell you it’s about aggression, intent, tiedown, pour technique, rate of flow & other factors. It’s a Nazis/Commie torture. Deal w/it.”

The internet was quick to follow with their own accusations, and attacks on Kennedy for doing it wrong and for being too scared to try it the way it’s actually performed by intelligence officers.

Below is a video of how the late Christopher Hitchen withstood an actual demonstration of torture.

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