Video: When the Editor of The Fix Got Waterboarded
As the release of Zero Dark Thirty reignites debate over a very American form of torture, one of us here at The Fix can boast more knowledge than most.
This week's release of the critically acclaimed Bin Laden pursuit movie Zero Dark Thirty, in which US agents obtain information from a prisoner by way of the infamous "waterboarding" technique, has seen its Oscar-winning director, Karen Bigelow, accused of endorsing torture—a charge she denies. The on-screen airing of some of the War on Terror's dirtiest laundry may cause discomfort for hawkish politicians. But for The Fix's Editor-in-Chief, Mike Guy, any discomfort is more likely to consist of some unpleasant memories. Back in 2009, in a previous guise as a journalist for Playboy, he agreed to undergo a waterboarding session on camera (below). He also made what some might consider a foolish bet—that he'd be able to bear it for 15 seconds. Looking back on his experience, Mike says now, "Keep in mind that I was actually waterboarded four times. They cut the tape to make me look less courageous than I actually am." Still, at least some good may have come of it: having endured the sheer terror of these induced "drownings," running the Fix edit team must feel like a cinch. Right?