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waterboarding

A form of torture in which the captive is made to believe he or she is suffocating to death under water.

Waterboarding consists of immobilising a supine victim on his or her back with the head lower than the feet. Water is then poured into the upper airways, triggering the dive and gag reflexes and the sensation of drowning, resulting in severe pain, dry drowning, lung damage, and hypoxic brain damage. Collateral damage includes bones broken from bucking restraints, permanent psychological sequela and death.
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