U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said in an interview on CNN yesterday that he supported use of waterboarding on a suspect in terror attacks in Belgium and France.
Waterboarding is not torture, he said. The Arkansas News Bureau reports on Cotton’s latest.
Among other things, Cotton said American soldiers volunteer to be waterboarded as part of training (with the presumable understanding that they won’t be killed.)
“We don’t torture our own personnel in our military, and nobody volunteers to undergo torture,” he said.
He said some may argue that waterboarding is ineffective or counterproductive, “but I don’t think you can say something that our soldiers volunteer to undergo is torture.”
Sen. John McCain said in a separate interview that the Geneva Convention and U.S. law prohibits use of cruel and unusual punishment, including waterboarding. He said torture elicits false information and radicalizes those tortured.