One in a long line of stories making the point that water boarding is highly unpleasant. Isn't this missing the point? The whole advantage of water boarding is that it has all the pain of torture but none of the damage AND is over as soon as it stops. Unlike actually causing physical trauma it is unpleasant without having long term (or even medium term) effects. Demonstrations that people "can't stand it" are besides the point, or rather, are making the point.