Torture Expert Tells MMA Fighter Who Waterboarded Himself in Support of Gina Haspel 'You're Just Holding Your Breath'

An expert on torture gave a brief lesson on waterboarding to Tim Kennedy, a former Green Beret and MMA fighter, who posted a video of himself being subjected to waterboarding in support of CIA nominee Gina Haspel.

"Wrong. That's not how it's done. You're just holding your breath," Malcolm Nance tweeted at Kennedy on Saturday. Nance, a former counterterrorism and intelligence officer for the United States government, is the executive director of a non-profit defense research institute called TAPSTRI.

"As a former SERE instructor & #Waterboarding qual'd resistance team member I can tell you it's about aggression, intent, tiedown, pour technique, rate of flow & other factors," he continued. "It's a Nazis/Commie torture. Deal w/it."

Nance did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Kennedy released a 41-minute-long video on Saturday in which he was voluntarily waterboarded by friends while answering questions in between, The Hill reported.

"The reason we are doing this … is for us to have a conversation. Right now, an amazing hero has been appointed to be director of the CIA and because of that, some of the things she has done are being attacked," Kennedy said about President Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA.

Haspel's appointment as the next director of the CIA has faced some opposition over her role in the intelligence agency's detention and interrogation program.

Kennedy subjected himself to multiple waterboarding sessions and claimed that the interrogation technique was not torture but simply uncomfortable.

"If I can change one person's mind about what torture is and what I would do to protect American freedom, I will do this for years," he said about waterboarding.

The former UFC fighter defended his video when told that it did not accurately portray how waterboarding is done.

"Pretty sure I am intimately familiar with how it is done. I promise keeping your hands willingly out of the equation is much more difficult. Do in a basement, with little sleep, with crap food, it's just water in the face from a bucket, on a slope," he tweeted.

Kennedy maintained that waterboarding is not torture but "questioning." He also said that he "absolutely" opposes torture. "I'm simply saying that waterboarding simply isn't torture. I am in favor or [sic] getting a--hole terrorists to talk," he replied to one commenter on Twitter.

According to CNN, Republican leaders are confident that Haspel will be confirmed, despite Arizona Republican Senator John McCain announcing his opposition last week. Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, however, became the second Democrat to add his support for her nomination over the weekend.

Two notable senators, Democrat Jeff Flake and Republican Lisa Murkowski, remain undecided.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Committee on Intelligence May 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Haspel will succeed Mike Pompeo to be the next CIA director. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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