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Published:August 11th, 2008 20:40 EST
Waterboarding and Coney Island:  A New National Pastime

Waterboarding and Coney Island: A New National Pastime

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A man with a black hood pours water on the face of a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit strapped to a table: no, it`s not Guantanamo Naval Base, but New York`s Coney Island amusement park.

The scene using robotic dolls is an installation built by artist Steve Powers to criticize waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique the United States has admitted using on terrorism suspects, but that rights group say is torture."

Quotation from Reuters/Ritsuko Ando

Amusement parks are very popular because for a few hours we can forget about our personal and societal problems, and simply have a good time. When you are munching on cotton candy, girl-watching or riding a roller coaster, all is right with the world.

But thanks to artist Steve Powers real life has intruded on the good times to be had at Coney Island. At first I thought mixing politics and thrill rides wasn`t kosher, but upon further review I think it`s a great idea.

Many Americans have blinders on, and they just don`t want to know about the bad things going on in the world. It`s an outrage that the Bush administration engages in the systematic torture of suspected terrorists.

Folks who don`t watch CNN or read serious news publications can only be reached at venues like an amusement park. Maybe these clueless folks will get more than just a sore stomach from eating corn dogs, and they will get a headache from the realization that our government is guilty of torture.