You’ve got to hand it to Christopher Hitchins; He may be a bloated, arrogant, windbag, but he’s willing to put his lungs where his mouth is!
In his article, “Believe Me, It’s Torture,” Hitchins recounts the experience of being waterboarded, as he volunteered to undergo for Vanity Fair. You can actually watch the video at this link. It’s quite disturbing (aside from the fact that it’s the insufferable Hitchins on the table!)
It’s even more disturbing when you consider that the technique was developed by the Chinese not to reveal critical true information but to elicit confessions, whether true or false.
Knowing the history of waterboarding, I can only wonder what Hitchins would have blurted out if, instead of being able to stop the exercise whenever he decided he could take no more (which happened after 17 seconds, and what looks like only a few tablespoons of water), he knew the only way to get it to stop was to respond to a forceful request to “name three great things about God!”