At least four hostages held by ISIS in Syria, including the recently executed journalist James Foley, were waterboarded during their captivity, the Washington Post reports:
James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The victims of waterboarding are often strapped down on gurneys or benches while cold water is poured over a cloth covering their faces; they suffer the sensation of feeling they are drowning. “The wet cloth creates a barrier through which it is difficult — or in some cases not possible — to breathe,” according to a May 2005 Justice Department memo on the CIA’s use of the technique.
President Obama has condemned waterboarding as torture.
The report adds that the captives were also subjected to other forms of torture.
President Obama officially banned the practice when he assumed office in 2009.