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|In a 2002 advisory, Jay S. Bybee, subsequently appointed to the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush, notes dryly that the practice of 'waterboarding' -- recognized as torture since the Spanish Inquisition -- 'constitutes a threat of imminent death,' but says it's nevertheless legal because it doesn't cause 'prolonged mental harm' in a psychologically healthy subject.|
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