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Hollywood and waterboarding

December 23, 2010

I just watched Salt last night, the spy action thriller with Angelina Jolie and despite how good of a movie it was (highly recommended) there was a scene at the very beginning that bothered me.  In it was a depiction of Angelina getting tortured by North Koreans, half-naked, her few pieces of underwear bloody, her face badly beaten, and in the finale of the scene, they shoved a tube in her mouth and forced water down her throat.  Now I know this is not the exact definition of waterboarding, but I think the sentiment holds true.

Hollywood has a fetish for forms of water torture, which has only recently reared its head – I wonder if it has anything to do with the revelation that the evil American empire used this form of enhanced interrogation technique?  From the aforementioned Salt, to The Good Shepherd and The Expendables, it appears Hollywood is defaulting to this form of “torture” if they need to depict an interrogation in a movie.  But why?

The easy answer is to make us look bad.  But there is a deeper psychological underpinning to the motivation – it is more Bush Derangement Syndrome.  Let me explain a little.

In Salt, the last thing the North Koreans chose to do to “get the answers” was to water torture Angelina.  That was the last resort after stripping and beating her.  To people who aren’t too smart out there, what is the impression they are to get from this out-of-order techniques?  I mean, I can think of a ton worse things to do to a human body than pouring water down her throat – and I am guessing the North Koreans can too.  Tearing out finger-nails, popping an eyeball, you can ask John McCain about getting bones broken, and I hate to go here, but with a woman obviously rape is up there in the horrendous category.  But no, the ultimate form of torture, the last stop when all the other methods of the wacko North Koreans has run out, is to waterboard.

Is there a coincidence that this is the most talked about interrogation technique we have used?  Of course not.  The implication is that America is using the worst form of torture imaginable.  It is so bad, that even communist countries known around the world for their lack of regard for human rights, has resorted to using it.  To Hollywood, America is an example for the rest of the world, but only in torture.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2010 12:20 am

    I was watching TV a couple nights ago and they “waterboarded” someone. I can’t remember the show (it was that memorable).

    • December 24, 2010 12:27 pm

      Yeah, they have done it on Law and Order a couple times too I think.

  2. LD Jackson permalink
    December 24, 2010 7:51 am

    Well, it’s no secret that Angelina Jolie is not a fan of America. She doesn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving because of the “sins” of the pilgrims. I wonder if she had anything to say about how the torture scene was portrayed?

    • December 24, 2010 12:29 pm

      Who knows? I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit, it was just that first scene that left me with a bad politically savored taste in my mouth. Not sure Angelina would have to have said anything – its not like she is the only flaming liberal in Hollywood.

  3. December 24, 2010 8:04 am

    There is no doubt that they are doing this because they want to remind people that we waterboarded a few terrorists, they still suffer from BDS and they cannot let it go.

    • December 24, 2010 12:30 pm


  4. December 24, 2010 12:46 pm

    It was the same in Lefty Matt Damon’s Bourne Ultimatum. But he was WB at the hands of fellow Americans. The fact that the writer decided to have the N. Koreans do it does make it seem worse. I don’t plan on seeing Salt.

    • December 24, 2010 12:54 pm

      Well, I didn’t want anyone to avoid the movie because of this – I truly liked it. Angelina plays an awesome spy-chick – she is pretty, kicks-ass, and can make improvised explosives. Plus the plot is very good – although “writers” would scoff at such a compliment.

  5. December 24, 2010 12:49 pm

    Hooray for Hollywood.
    Given a choice between ending enhanced interrogations or ending their own privileged lifestyles, I suspect the Tinseltown elite would be leading the parade in favor of water sports…

    • December 24, 2010 12:54 pm

      You can be sure about that my friend.

  6. December 24, 2010 9:14 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie but let’s see…. Angelina, tied up and “Waterboarding” was the last option? Hell, I’m thinking there would be porn groove for a day or two at least… Duct tape, rope and Angelina Jolie? Damn that sounds like a great weekend…Them NORKS have all the luck….

    Seriously though, she’s gone down hill since she played Mrs Smith. After that movie she started to look more crack ho than star of the show….

    Waterboarding is a pretty tame technique IMO. IF they allowed me to have a few jihadi’s with some info we needed, liberpukes would be begging us to use waterboarding instead….

    • December 26, 2010 10:30 pm

      She looks pretty damn good in this movie with the Russian Femme Fatale jet-black haircut.

      And I agree wholeheartedly with your last point – I can think of a helluva lot nastier things to do than waterboarding.


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