Here is what Donald Trump said on the campaign trail:
I happen to think that when you’re fighting an enemy that chops off heads, I happen to think that we should use something that’s stronger than we have right now. Right now, basically, waterboarding is essentially not allowed, as I understand it. … I would certainly like it to be, at a minimum, at a minimum to allow that.
In this blog series we will investigate the legality of waterboarding. I embark on this investigation in anticipation of future debate on torture and waterboarding.
Let’s begin by defining the central term.
What is waterboarding?
Waterboarding is a procedure where a person is bound to an inclined platform. A cloth is placed over their face and water is poured over the person’s face. This procedure makes the person feel their lungs are filling with water and they are drowning.