Waterboarding is torture. It's first recorded use is in the Spanish Inquisition to force people, mostly Jews into admitting they were heretics. It was also used by the Japanese and the Gestapo in World War II. The U.S. banned it's use in Vietnam. It was also used by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
It's use has been condemned by such terrorist loving people as Tom Ridge, Gen David Petraeus, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, FBI Director Robert Mueller. In the aftermath of World War II Japanese soldiers were hanged for waterboarding prisoners of war.
I have yet to read any interrogation expert claim that waterboarding yields useful information. It's use through hisstory has been to elicit false confessions or just to inflict torture.
The most celebrated case of it's use was on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Lost in the blather is the fact that Mohammed had already given up all the crucial information he was to give through more traditional interrogation methods. While there is no proof, many observers, not hindered by ideological blinkers believe the true purpose for waterboarding Mohammed was to extract a false confession linking Saddam to 9/11.
The issue of waterboarding has resurfaced with George W.'s recent admission that he personally ok'd its use.
Last night, Michelle Bachmann was on O'Reilly, displaying the full range of her inability for logical thought. The left is trying to defend terrorism by opposing waterboarding. Does she even know we hanged Japanese soldiers for doing the same to American POWs?
Here's the video if you can stomach it