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Hannity Calls Waterboarding “Dunking” Yet Hasn't Made Good On His Promise To Undergo It For Charity

Reported by Ellen - April 28, 2009 -

Let me start by saying that I do not want Sean Hannity waterboarded. I don't want anyone to be waterboarded. But given that Hannity volunteered to undergo the procedure for charity last week, it's curious (though not surprising) that he seemed to have forgotten his promise when he described waterboarding as “dunking somebody's head in water” on last night's (4/27/09) Hannity. With video.

During the “Great American Panel” segment, Hannity said he didn't understand the outcry against “dunking somebody's head in water... with a doctor there, under very strict guidelines, for very short periods of time, just to scare the living daylights out of them.” If it saves lives, Hannity said, “Why would you oppose that?”

Adding that he thought people had forgotten the last 100 years of history, Hannity asked, “How many people died under Stalin, under Hitler, under Mussolini? How many people died in the killing fields of Cambodia?” But Hannity seems to be the one who has forgotten history. The United States managed to win World War II without torturing. In fact, we prosecuted Japanese soldiers for waterboarding our troops and allies. Furthermore, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, just cited by Hannity as an example of evil, used waterboarding, themselves. Apparently, Hannity thinks we should be more like them.

But if Hannity really believes that waterboarding is such a benign scare tactic, then why hasn't he made good on his offer to undergo it? MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has offered $1,000 for every second that Hannity withstands the procedure.

Perhaps Hannity's lack of follow up is because he knows that waterboarding is no dunk in the water. Christopher Hitchens, who underwent the procedure, described it as terrifying. Hitchens said, “you feel that you are drowning because you are drowning.”