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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:03 AM
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Not to be confused with the former deputy secretary of state (Re: Torture)
This is a few months old, but in case some people missed it I think it is important to share. I still had family members who really did not understand waterboarding until I showed them this.

A popular BBC series about MI5 aired a scene where one of their agents, played by Richard Armitage, was waterboarded. The actor's response to the situation is included in this article.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_ent...

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Armitage told The Times that he agreed to do the scene because he had initially been convinced by consultants from the FSB, the Russian intelligence service, and the CIA that it was a psychological device, and a humane way of extracting information without hurting people.

After the experience, his view changed completely. I was strapped to a pallet and laid at an angle with a cloth placed over my mouth, he said. My arms and legs were tied, and we had agreed a signal that when it became too much I would bang my arms on my legs. You start to breathe in and out, but when the water just fills everywhere up it just hits you. It changed my opinion completely.

I realised that it really is a form of torture that shouldnt be used. I only lasted five to ten seconds, and the sound of my voice crying out to stop isnt me acting. The psychological damage of doing that to someone for even a minute would be indescribable.
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This is a the clip from the show that contains the waterboarding scene.
http://richardarmitageonline.com/Richard-Armitage-Flash...

Anyone who can watch that and still believe waterboarding is merely an enhanced interrogation technique is morally bankrupt.
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:23 AM
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1. I knew about this; he's my favorite actor.
From what I know, he has quite liberal political views; couldn't stand George Bush, etc. I was a bit surprised that he could have been convinced, at least for a while, that torture might be okay.

BTW, ladies, check him out. Pardon my gushing, but he is absolutely gorgeous and with a voice that would melt chocolate on a sidewalk. Along with Spooks (the early seasons of which were shown on BBC America as "MI-5), he has been a leading actor in the BBC series Robin Hood -- he plays Sir Guy of Gisborne, and was the lead in the 2004 BBC miniseries "North and South" based on the 1850's novel by Elizabeth Gaskill.

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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:28 AM
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2. I love his work. I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't snapped him up, but glad they haven't.
Edited on Tue Apr-28-09 11:32 AM by Pacifist Patriot
I could listen to him speak for hours on end. Wish the book he narrated was available in my area. He did some neat work with poetry and period letters that is available on line.

ETA: Call me crazy, but I actually liked him in The Impressionists more so than North and South.
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:31 AM
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3. He "reads" several episodes of Robin Hood, Series 1, doing
all the roles including Lady Marian. It's available to us. I think I got it from Amazon.com. Check out armitagearmy.com also.
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