Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy, who also used to be a UFC fighter, livestreamed a video of himself being waterboarded over the weekend in defense of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director.
What does the video show?
The Facebook video, which is more than 42 minutes in length, shows Kenned lying shirtless on a de-elevated table. After a lengthy introduction, Kennedy’s friends put a towel over his head and begin pouring water over his face to simulate waterboarding, a controversial “enhanced interrogation technique” used by clandestine U.S. forces in the fight against terrorism.
In between short pours, the friends remove the towel and ask Kennedy questions, and continue that process for many minutes. Just more than halfway through the video, Kennedy’s friends take it to “CIA level” and begin using a water hose for extended periods of “torture.”
Throughout the entire video, Kennedy and his friends mock waterboarding. They claim it is completely harmless and only works by instilling fear in those under the water.
“I just want everybody to understand what waterboarding is. Waterboarding is an opportunity for us to get information, useful information, out of somebody we’re questioning. There is no permanent damage, and it’s just the fear of water that scares people,” Kennedy explained.
“It’s not torture. I just need people to understand that it is not in any way, shape or form damaging,” he added.
Just before Kennedy and his friends brought it up to “full CIA,” Kennedy noted that one cannot hold their breath to escape waterboarding because the water still finds its way into sinuses and other head cavities. It does not, however, enter a person’s lungs. It only gives them the allusion they are drowning.
Watch the video:
Why are people critical of Haspel?
Many are opposed to her nomination because of her use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” during her time in the CIA, in addition to her subsequent deletion of records about the EITs.