"Because it is not torture, we have used it in the training of our own forward serving military men and women in SERE school."
This is idiocy. One might call it despicable lying, but I think the idiot who wrote it actually believes it.
Here's the thing: nobody in our own training BELIEVES he is in enemy hands. The military will tell you themselves that one of the most important things for a soldier, and for an army, is BELIEF. The army that BELIEVES is worth 10 times its same force without that believing.
The only way to truly simulate waterboarding, as has been done by the US military, is for the waterboarded to believe he is in enemy hands. Anyone on any training knows HE WON'T be horribly disfigured, HE WILL BE LOOKED...