USDNI Mike McConnell says that waterboarding is torture

Today, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell refused to say whether waterboarding met the legal definition of torture, but he agreed that:

"If I had water draining into my nose, oh God, I just can't imagine how painful! Whether it's torture by anybody else's definition, for me it would be torture" - Washington Post, January 13, 2008

The USDNI also warned that "If it ever is determined to be torture, there will be a huge penalty to be paid for anyone engaging in it."