Head of Non-Profit Undergoes Actual Waterboarding and Torture; Video on YouTube





01 Nov, 2007, 01:00 ET from Justice Through Music

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is waterboarding torture?
 Brett Kimberlin, the Director of Justice Through Music, a DC based
 non-profit dedicated to peace, wanted to know and to show the public actual
 waterboarding and torture. He therefore agreed to be the subject of a music
 video featuring various means of torture used by U.S. officials and
 military personnel over the past few years.
 
     The video was filmed in the winter at an abandoned prison under actual
 conditions. He told his "captors" not to hold back, and to make it real.
 The video, now on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=p2yOzV0BPMs, is
 called "Exile" and it is a scathing indictment of torture and extreme
 rendition complete with hoods, guns, handcuffs, hanging, deprivation and
 humiliation. It has been viewed over 20,000 times on various Internet sites
 since its release a few months ago.
 
     President Bush's new US Attorney designate, Michael Mukasey, has
 refused to state that waterboarding is torture and this has imperiled his
 nomination. Mr. Kimberlin, however has no such doubts: "I was tortured pure
 and simple. The waterboarding was extremely frightening and there were long
 periods when I couldn't breathe and started choking on my own vomit. The
 water and air temperature were very cold and this added to my extreme
 discomfort. Following the torture session, I was hobbled for three weeks,
 had scars on my wrists for months, and contracted a life threatening
 respiratory infection and shingles for which I had to seek medical
 treatment. I still have nightmares about the torture even though I knew
 that I would get out alive. I urge Mr. Mukasey to watch the Exile torture
 video and then tell the Senators that waterboarding is torture. In fact,
 just as in my case, waterboarding is just one of the tools of torture used
 against prisoners. So it is not just whether waterboarding in isolation is
 torture but also whether waterboarding used as part of a palette is
 torture. If someone is waterboarded, then subjected to freezing
 temperatures and becomes deathly ill like I did, then that is also to
 torture."
 
     Justice Through Music has broadcast quality copies of the Exile video
 available for Mr. Mukasey, Congress and the press upon request.
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Justice Through Music
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is waterboarding torture?
 Brett Kimberlin, the Director of Justice Through Music, a DC based
 non-profit dedicated to peace, wanted to know and to show the public actual
 waterboarding and torture. He therefore agreed to be the subject of a music
 video featuring various means of torture used by U.S. officials and
 military personnel over the past few years.
 
     The video was filmed in the winter at an abandoned prison under actual
 conditions. He told his "captors" not to hold back, and to make it real.
 The video, now on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=p2yOzV0BPMs, is
 called "Exile" and it is a scathing indictment of torture and extreme
 rendition complete with hoods, guns, handcuffs, hanging, deprivation and
 humiliation. It has been viewed over 20,000 times on various Internet sites
 since its release a few months ago.
 
     President Bush's new US Attorney designate, Michael Mukasey, has
 refused to state that waterboarding is torture and this has imperiled his
 nomination. Mr. Kimberlin, however has no such doubts: "I was tortured pure
 and simple. The waterboarding was extremely frightening and there were long
 periods when I couldn't breathe and started choking on my own vomit. The
 water and air temperature were very cold and this added to my extreme
 discomfort. Following the torture session, I was hobbled for three weeks,
 had scars on my wrists for months, and contracted a life threatening
 respiratory infection and shingles for which I had to seek medical
 treatment. I still have nightmares about the torture even though I knew
 that I would get out alive. I urge Mr. Mukasey to watch the Exile torture
 video and then tell the Senators that waterboarding is torture. In fact,
 just as in my case, waterboarding is just one of the tools of torture used
 against prisoners. So it is not just whether waterboarding in isolation is
 torture but also whether waterboarding used as part of a palette is
 torture. If someone is waterboarded, then subjected to freezing
 temperatures and becomes deathly ill like I did, then that is also to
 torture."
 
     Justice Through Music has broadcast quality copies of the Exile video
 available for Mr. Mukasey, Congress and the press upon request.
 
 
 
 SOURCE Justice Through Music