Waterboarded Shock Jock Mancow: 'Absolutely Torture'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted May 22, 2009 4:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Chicago radio host submitted himself to a waterboarding demonstration to prove it isn’t torture, but it didn’t work out that way, NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV reports. “Way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke,” Erich “Mancow” Muller said. “I don’t want to say this: absolutely torture.” The Marine who administered the technique said the average person lasts 14 seconds. Mancow lasted 6.

A protestor after a live waterboarding demonstration.
A protestor after a live waterboarding demonstration.   (AP Photo)
Protesters demonstrate the use of waterboarding.
Protesters demonstrate the use of waterboarding.   (AP Photo)
Mancow Muller
"Mancow" Muller   (©holga_new_orleans)
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Video of today's waterboarding. Not pleasant.   (kdblack83)

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I wanted to prove it wasn't torture. They cut off our heads, we put water on their face. I got voted to do this but I really thought "I'm going to laugh this off."
- Erich "Mancow" Muller

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