WTF. Just WTF. Just… WTF.

Not being reported in US papers, I have no idea why, but it is being reported in a populist right-wing British paper:

A soldier waterboarded his four-year-old daughter because she was unable to recite her alphabet.

Joshua Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry.

As his daughter ‘squirmed’ to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline.

Tabor, 27, who had won custody of his daughter only four weeks earlier, admitted choosing the punishment because the girl was terrified of water.



On the other hand, my father used to slam my fingers in a drawer ((Also a common torture method, but not as bad as waterboarding.)) when I didn’t get my math homework 100% correct, so I guess this is just a sign of the times.

Note: Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish.

2 thoughts on “WTF. Just WTF. Just… WTF.

  1. Damn, I was hoping you wouldn’t stumble on that story. It freaks *me* out; I can’t guess how badly you reacted.

    It’s not just in the Daily Mail; the Beeb has it as well, with side links to other English-language sources in the UK and Australia. Anywhere but the US.

  2. Hi abi,

    One part of me wrote the title (WTF!!!) and one part of me wrote the last paragraph (“well, I guess I’m not alone, not that this is a good thing”).

    I’m OK, just brings back… interesting questions I had when I was little, like “do people deserve to be badly hurt when they don’t do well on their homework?” It’s nice that the answer is definitively “no.” There’s some outrage on the various political blogs I read. It’s nice to know that is not a sane reaction to a child not doing well with the learnings.

    I was quite driven to do straight A’s in my courses, even through college, which is why even the threat of a B brought me to tears, because someone would be upset at home.

    I’m really glad I’m not in school anymore.

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