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Should Sean Hannity Be Water-Boarded?

Sean Hannity (joked?) that he'd let himself be water boarded as a charity event. Keith Olbermann's since pursued the remark and offered to donate $1000 to charity per-second that Hannity submits himself to waterboarding. Hannity's not yet accepted the offer.

So, should Hannity go through with it? He doesn't think it's torture, or that it creates "permanent physical harm", so if he's right then he shouldn't have anything to lose, and a lot to gain through charitable contributions to the troops.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/28/hannity-waterboard-offer-_n_192578.html

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Side Score: 66
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No

Side Score: 63
5 points

I think he should purely for the fact that it would be for charity. That'd be a great way to raise charity funds. Maybe it could be publicized and other people can pledge money for it too! :)

Side: yes
2 points

I don't have to see somebody water boarded to give to charity. There are better ways to raise funds. Like just choosing to give without making it a personal attack against somebody.

Olberman wants to see Hannity water boarded.

Olberman doesn't want to see terrorists get water boarded.

Don't you see what's wrong here?

Side: No
1 point

Yes. Olberman is messed up in the head and is a liberal who thinks conservatives are worse than terrorists. However, I think Hannity should do it for that reason and also to show that conservatives are better. :D

Side: yes
Cerin(203) Disputed
0 points

Olberman wants to see Hannity water boarded.

Olberman doesn't want to see terrorists get water boarded.

Olberman really doesn't want to see either water boarded. He just wants to illustrate Hannity's hypocrisy. So far, it's working out quite well.

Side: yes

My first question is: How could this have been a joke? He said, in no uncertain terms, "I'd do it for charity. I'd do it for the families of the troops.". Now there are offers on the table. Now's his chance to support his own knee-jerk (and personally unfounded - until he goes through with it) ideological claim that waterboarding is not torture.

If he was joking, I don't think he should be offering to raise money for men and women in uniform in the process. Best case scenario: the guy can't tell a joke. Worst case scenario: he's a blowhard who doesn't even believe his own tripe.

So, personal opinion, but the guy just sucks. It would be like watching the guy who uses the shoulder to cut around you in traffic or the guy next door who plays Hells Bells every night at 3am get what's coming to him (um...voluntarily). Pretty gratifying on a secretly indulgent level, really. I also would like to see Donald Trump get punched in the face, but until he offers to do it for charity, I suppose I'm just going to have to keep writing letters to pitch show ideas to The Apprentice..

Side: yes
0 points

Thank you for inserting a little sanity into the debate. I was wondering when a non-Hannity fanboy would chip in.

Side: yes
1 point

Heck, it's for charity and he publicly stated he'd let it happen to him, so he should go through with it!

Side: yes
1 point

why not it would be funny simulated drowning ROLF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: yes
1 point

Hannity doesn't believe water boarding is torture. Presumably that is the basis for him saying he'd be willing to have it performed on him for charity. He made the offer, it has been accepted, so he should follow through.

Side: yes

Yes, if he consents, waterboard him, and then he can be enlightened to what "a little water on your face" can actually do to you. If I were him, I woudn't do it. why? Because its torture and it can seriously affect your health in many way by being put under the intense amount of stress a near death situation can cause.

The only reason people are defending waterboarding is because they have linked these practices to their own political ideology, therefore, if you are republican you are more likely to hold that opinion because you're a partisan, you will defend "the party" at the cost of the country.

General freaking Patreus, the darling of the right, has said we violated the GENEVA CONVENTIONS.

THERE YOU HAVE IT.

Side: yes

Like you said, he must feel he has nothing to lose and all to gain! Why not?

Side: yes
1 point

so what will it take for hannity to follow through with the waterboarding? I was so looking forward to him finding out what it was like and the fox rating increasing

Side: yes

Sean Hannity on air said that he would be willing to prove that water boarding is not torture by first hand experience while on the show. Hasn't happen yet.

Side: yes
0 points

Hannity gets to "prove" waterboarding's not so bad, and Olbermann gets to be amused. Everyone wins!

Side: yes
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
1 point

no one thinks that water boarding is fun. that's why it's used in coerce interrogations.

just how no one thinks prison is fun. but that's why it's used to punish criminals.

Side: No
1 point

Exactly, and nobody is asking anyone if they would go to prison for charity.

Side: No
Cerin(203) Disputed
0 points

You're absolutely right. We should conduct ourselves the way we do in our prison system.

Btw, our prison system is governed by the Constitution, which stipulates no "cruel and unusual" punishments. We don't water board prisoners in jail, even if we think they might "know" something about a crime, because it would be cruel and unusual.

Side: yes

I'd rather water-board Al Franken. I mean, he would manage to really make it funny. I know I'd laugh ;)

Side: No
1 point

Plus, he'd write a book about his experience afterwards, titled "The Water Boarding Water Boarders and the Boards They Water" :)

Side: yes
3 points

If Sean Hannity were to join al-Qaeda and receive information on oncoming terrorist attacks and refused to tell us, then that would be fine.

but so far, none of that happened. so no.

Side: No
Cerin(203) Disputed
0 points

So you're saying he shouldn't give to charity? You're so heartless! Won't someone think of the children!

Side: yes
JakeJ(3254) Disputed
1 point

Where you joking?

Do you understand what charity is? What does this have to do with Hannitie's charity?

Side: No
1 point

Sean Hannity is a U.S. citizen.

Sean Hannity is not a terrorist.

Edit: It would be funny if he did, and he did it for hours and hours and olberman lost all his money! I hate him.

Side: No
1 point

Torture is just as illegal if done to a citizen or non citizen. General Patreus just said we violated the Geneva Conventions. He's a four star general so i'll take his opinion quite seriously. if we, by his words, violated the Geneva Convention, we tortured. It is as simple as that.

Torture is not a partisan issue to be debated. That debate was settled 50 years ago.

Side: yes
0 points

It would be funny if he did, just to prove it's NOT torture.

Side: No
3 points

Yah, just like Mancow did it to prove it's not torture and lasted six seconds. Then said it is torture.

Side: yes
Cerin(203) Disputed
0 points

I have to admit, I mainly created this debate just out of curiosity to see if all the right-wingers around here would chose subjecting their icon to a treatment they claim is harmless, over donating to a cause they believe in.

Apparently, you think it's harmful enough to void giving to charity, which, coincidentally, is also my perspective.

Thanks for clearing up where your priorities lie.

Side: yes
1 point

Instead of waterboarding radio hosts, maybe we should waterboard members of Congress like Nancy Pelosi. She is the one involved in the CIA mess after all...

Side: No
-1 points

No! He may deserve it but NO! Not even he should be water boarded.

Side: No
JakeJ(3254) Disputed
2 points

Why the hell does Shawn Hannity deserve to be water boarded?

Side: No
Kuklapolitan(4312) Disputed Banned
1 point

I didn't say he did...I said he may! What I know of Sean Hannity you could probably fill up a tea cup with but I do remember him as pretty biased. Am I wrong?

Side: No
1 point

Another opinion...another down vote! How idiotic can you be?

Side: No
1 point

A doubly idiotic person. Step up to the plate oh nit-wit!!!``````````````````````````````````````````````````

Side: No