STEP 1: The victim's hands and feet are tied down or shackled to a board and their head is held in place so they are not able to move;
STEP 2: The end of the board with the victim's feet tied to it is elevated so that their head is at the floor and their feet are several feet above them;
STEP 3: A piece of wet plastic or fabric is used to constrain the air flow to the victim's nose and mouth;
STEP 4: Cold water is poured all over the victim's body, head and face, creating a simulation of drowning which can sometimes result in permanent brain and lung damage or even death; and
STEP 5: The victim is made to believe that they are drowning (i.e. a form of simulated execution, explicitly banned under UNCAT), and that their interrogators will not stop until they admit guilt of their supposed crimes.
After World War II, the U.S. captured a Japanese officer and convicted him of war crimes after they discovered he had waterboarded an American civilian. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for using the exact same interrogation technique that high-level Bush Administration officials like ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Mukasey's predecessor Alberto Gonzales have personally signed off on.
If Musakey can't call a spade a spade, and can't call torture torture, he is not fit for the job of the top law enforcement official in the country.
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