"Believe me....it's torture."
He lasts for only about 5 or 6 "drips/applications" (the claim that KSM was waterboarded 183 is misleading, as the actual number of sessions was 5- which is also KSM's claim; "183" represents the number of times water was poured; if I'm mistaken on this, please let me know).
I wouldn't be quick to pass judgment on Hitchens as a wimp, either; not unless you've personally experienced the same, yourself.
Regardless of whether it's applied to our own soldiers in SERE training to develop coping mechanisms to resist, or whether it's being inflicted on enemy combatants to go beyond their breaking points....can we concede that waterboarding is in fact "torture"?
After all, I classify such things as tickling and most hip hop music as torture, so why not waterboarding?
Cross-posted and re-edited at Flopping Aces