Yglesias' source? None other than the world's most respected defense and intelligence journal: Salon Magazine. Salon asserts that it has seen "recently released internal documents" that describe the brutal process of waterboarding in great detail, but it neither offers the documents up for scrutiny nor provides any sources for them.
Far be it from me to assume that this is another Rathergate-like tempest-in-a-teapot, but let's assume hypothetically that Salon's claims are all accurate.
Yglesias helpfully ignores the fact that all key Intelligence Committee members -- including current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- were briefed on the measures and glowingly approved them. Pelosi, it should be noted, has continued to lie about these briefings, claiming she was never told -- despite copious documentation that contradicts her account.
In fact, waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques have been used by American and British troops since the turn of the last century.
And, as part of their training, American special forces and naval aviators are waterboarded as a matter of course during SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) school.
But the world's dumbest blogger can't be bothered with history, logic or reason. He hates Bush. And since Bush did it, it's baaaaaaaaad. Obama gooooooood.
As an aside, my wife says we should waterboard Pelosi to get to the bottom of this.
Though she does fear for Pelosi's numerous surgical enhancements and components, which could rupture during the interrogation process, causing severe emotional distress for any onlookers.
Hat tip: Memeorandum. Linked by: Michelle Malkin. Thanks!