Saturday, March 01, 2008

On the motivational aspects of waterboarding

I was not sure if this was supposed to be funny or pathetic, but waterboarding is sure making inroads into corporate life.

A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo, Utah is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.
Team leader Christopherson poured water from a gallon jug over the employee's mouth and nostrils - like the interrogation strategy known as waterboarding - and told the team members to hold the employee down as he struggled, the suit alleges. "At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded," the suit alleges.

Read the article here.

The New Yorker published a deatiled essay on the historic aspects of waterboarding here.

Waterboarding in Vietnam (from

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