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Slain American journalist James Foley was reportedly waterboarded by ISIS terrorists


Islamic State terrorists reportedly waterboarded slain American journalist James Foley and others held captive in Syria.

Foley was among four Westerners kidnapped by the insurgents who faced the torture, a source told the Washington Post. ISIS is said to have followed the same methods used by the CIA.

Those who are waterboarded are often held or strapped down while a wet cloth is placed over their faces and cold water is poured over it.

"The wet cloth creates a barrier through which it is difficult - or in some cases not possible - to breathe," according to a May 2005 Justice Department memo cited by the Post.

"They knew exactly how it was done," said the source, adding that it was done several times.

ISIS held the captives in the city of Raqqah, in north-central Syria.

"Yes, that is part of the information that bubbled up and Jim was subject to it," a second person told the Post. "I believe he suffered a lot of physical abuse."

An ISIS-produced video of Foley's beheading surfaced last week. It showed him bound and kneeling next to a mujahedeen believed to be a London-based rapper-turned-terrorist.

Foley's mother told the Post Thursday that she was unaware her son had been waterboarded.

Federal officials declined official comment, but an anonymous operative blasted the report.

"To suggest that there is any correlation between ISIL's brutality and past U.S. actions is ridiculous and feeds into their twisted propaganda," the official told the Post.

Fox News journalist Steve Harrigan famously had himself waterboarded on live television in 2006 to show how awful the process is. He was reduced to tears by the end of the segment.

The mother of kidnapped journalist Steven Sotloff released a video Wednesday imploring the terrorist to spare her son's life.

"Please release my child," Shirley Sotloff pleaded. "And as a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over."

President Obama told reporters Wednesday that "rooting out a cancer like ISIS will not be quick or easy, but I'm confident that we can and we will."

Obama did not directly mention either Foley or Sotloff in his remarks.

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frankiegallo33 August 29 2014 at 6:05 AM

That was an American that had to endure that brutality.
And Obama is "thinking" about what to do?
ISIS is who Obama wanted to fund, arm & help against Assad.
Obama even invited the Muslim Brotherhood into our White House!
I told you Obama is one of them and he's destroying our beloved Nation that he hates from within.
Nice going voters. Next time try voting for intelligence and an American.

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BRUCE August 29 2014 at 6:13 AM

These details do not need to be published...once again media sensationalism to keep a story going regardless of those it harms.

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David August 29 2014 at 6:15 AM

Ok, so he was waterboarded. What's your point, Huffpost? I'm pretty sure our waterboarding procedure isn't, "pour cold water over washcloth to simulate drowning then cut subject's freaking head off."

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jfsinc1929 August 29 2014 at 6:05 AM

Obama is still studying the situation. He doesn't have a strategy yet. I'm sooooo happy he wasn't President when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. At least FDR didn't "study" the situation then. And FDR was already building up the military because he knew that even though WW II had been raging for 2 years that we would eventually have to become involved. I do wish that FDR had become involved earlier and maybe it could have been a much shorter war. Those pesky democrats just don't ever have a plan though. We need Truman again and he could drop just 1 or 2 nukes in stategic countries and leave warnings that we have plenty more.

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chauncy August 29 2014 at 6:08 AM

war is war. the details of such serve no purpose, and are morbid. It is a different set of rules than for those who sit in their comforfortable homes

ISIS is showing you what they care about and dont care about.

What is important is what we as a country do about it. This is not a skirmish and it will not go away with a bunch of talk from American leadership.

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zzyxx August 29 2014 at 6:14 AM

these terrorists are barbaric bullys with evil minds ......they are servants of the devil......godless bloodthirsty jackasses.

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drepke August 29 2014 at 6:14 AM

The President said at a press conferrence in Washington when it comes to fighting ISIS in Syria "we have no strategy yet." How about kill them, that would be a good strategy. By pulling troops out of Iraq, which he said he didn't do last week and then claimed credit for doing, in front of the American legion this week, we allowed AQ (al-Qaeda in Iraq), to have 4 years to reform as ISIS. Al-Zawarkai was the former head of AQ in 2004-2007 and he was the the chief beheader of westners in Iraq. We killed him in 2007 and even al-Qaeda core told him to stop beheading captives and procasting it as it was harming recruiting. I guess AQ is under new management who have fallen back on old tactics. With Americans now fighting a dying for ISIS it is now officials more Americans have died fighting for ISIS then have died fighting against them.

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John McMillan August 29 2014 at 6:15 AM

The movie Argo shows how to do the water board. They must've of see the movie. May be some things shouldn't be out there.

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mackerace August 29 2014 at 10:16 AM

Golf...Fundraising, Golf...PhotoOp, Golf...Suit-fitting, Golf...more fundraising, Golf...IRIS. What's this IRIS business??? Can't you see that our POTUS is busy???

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speak_when_spoken_to mackerace August 29 2014 at 10:33 AM

And still, Bush has clocked more "vacation" time than our current President.

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mstudio4 August 29 2014 at 10:12 AM

While you're at it, why don't you tell your readers what really happened to Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi?

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