Waterboarding has been denounced as a form of torture in the U.S. and around the world. It is illegal.

Make no mistake: waterboarding IS torture. It is a form of slow, controlled drowning. When tortured through waterboarding, a victim is strapped down and immobilized as water is poured over his face and into his throat, asphyxiating him and leading him to believe he will die.

Use of torture methods like waterboarding neither saves American lives nor makes anyone safer. In fact, the opposite is much more likely true: torturing security suspects strengthens the resolve of adversaries and alienates partners. Torture is not an effective or reliable method of gathering information or intelligence. Learn more truths about torture here.

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