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August 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Waterboarding does not qualify as torture

Regarding DeWayne Wickham’s column in Saturday’s Las Vegas Sun, “Cheney’s asking for it, so give him real openness”:

Mr. Wickman’s reference to waterboarding as being torture is so far from the truth. An effective, unpleasant technique to get one to talk, yes. Torture? No!

Every U.S. military air crewman goes through an escape and evasion training course. Part of that course is to experience the same waterboarding techniques that Mr. Wickham refers to as torture.

I have done it and, believe me, you don’t ever want to do it again, but torture it is not. Torture is watching this administration spend our grandchildren’s future on this ridiculous bailout concept, or watching Congress waste time and effort debating gay marriage.

I suggest that Mr. Wickham and those who believe waterboarding is torture change their tune if they haven’t undergone waterboarding. Americans should enjoy the freedoms this great nation offers because of the intelligence our military gathers by employing such techniques.

Our men and women in uniform are able to keep the bad guys at bay and keep us all safe so as to live the free lifestyle we all enjoy.

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