A U.S. soldier has been accused of ‘waterboarding’ his four-year-old daughter because she couldn’t recite the alphabet. Joshua Tabor admitted to police that he used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry. As his daughter ‘squirmed’ to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face – upwards – three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline.

Tabor, 27, admitted to investigators that his daughter was terrified of water and he had deliberately chosen the punishment. Tabor, a soldier at a base in Tacoma, Washington, flew into a rage after his daughter was unable to recite her ABC’s.

As his girlfriend looked on he grabbed the child and placed her on the kitchen counter before submerging her face upwards into a bowl of water. Police Sgt Rob Carlson said the punishment was carried out because the girl would not recite the alphabet. When police spoke to the girl they noticed she had bruising on her back and scratch marks on her neck and throat. When asked how she got the bruises, the girl replied: ‘Daddy did it.’

During a police interview Tabor admitted holding his daughter underwater. The child has been taken into care by social workers..

  1. Mikey Twit says:

    Glad to see that the Military screens for these psychopaths.

    Sick, just sick.

  2. howsa says:

    If it’s not torture then what’s the problem?

  3. ocs0c says:

    Screens for them? Isn’t it their core recruiting market?

  4. Skeptic says:

    #1, Mikey, it’s quite likely that the military created that psychopath.

  5. paladin says:

    Military interrogation tactics have NO PLACE in the home, especially to a four year old. I simply cannot see a sane person using such tactics on his own child (I have a four, including a four year old daughter).

    Howsa, seriously? Something doesn’t have to be torture to be stupid to use against your own family and especially against a small child. Whether you realize it or not, WE ARE AT WAR with a deranged group of people that definitely see us as AN ENEMY OF WAR. Just cuz many in the US ignore that fact doesn’t make it any less true.

  6. Dallas says:

    I can only imagine (but won’t) the horror that takes place that doesn’t get reported. The legacy of Dick Cheney goes mainstream.

  7. Awake says:

    Proof that just being a member of the military doesn’t make you a “hero”.

    I say send him back to Afghanistan and drop him off by himself unarmed somewhere in the north for a nice long walk back to camp (250 miles minimum), so he has some time to think about what a monster he really is.

  8. roastedpeanuts says:

    #2: Agreed. If anything this is good parenting. Why are different government departments are being so inconsistent?

  9. TooManyPuppies says:

    Congress is on record that this is perfectly harmless, and not torture. Therefore no law was broken and this is acceptable.

  10. Mikey Twit says:


    Wouldn’t be shocked at all if his lawyer took that approach. This is why the enemy is laughing at us. How can we possibly beat them, when we can’t even keep our own shit together?

  11. Holdfast says:

    He deserves waterboarding himself. The problem is that only a complete barbarian would consider using this procedure!

  12. just me says:

    Is anyone really surprised?

  13. Zybch says:

    If more parents did to punish underachievement at school the US might not be a distant 12th in literacy (below russia if you can believe it) and bringing up the rear at 23rd in math/science.

  14. TooManyPuppies says:

    @#10 Yep!

  15. Tsalagi says:

    In both the local News Tribune, nor either Tacoma, WA tv stations of King 5 television nor KIRO channel 7 have this. Before some of you go off a tangent and call for someone’s head, perhaps it’ll behoove y’all to confirm the story?

  16. noname says:

    This is soo soo American, “Torture does the body good”. If it’s good enough to terrorist, it’s good enough for children.

    Now let’s start doing this on all delinquent youth everywhere. And don’t forget those dumb miscreant Adults also deserve a water boarding or two.

    I am sure, if at least did it just too illegal immigrants, our illustrious Supreme Court would rule it legal!!!!

    I can see the bumper stickers now, “My son or daughter is a honor student because I water-board them. Go America!!!!”

  17. sargasso says:

    Those wacky, Tacomarians.

  18. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Here is a link to a Bellingham, WA paper that has a little more info.


  19. Lone Wolf says:

    If he likes torture so much maybe he should be waterboarded until he begs for death then send him home and let him relive the experience every night in his nightmares. Maybe he will do the world a favor and kill himself then.

  20. noname says:

    Torture has always been about abuse of power and not about getting at truth. This just highlights it in a way more people can somehow understand it’s abuse. Albeit, I have my doubts this generation of so called “Americans” really do understand their own history.

    How things change from one generation to the next:: For instance lets compare Prez Dwight D. Eisenhower to draft dodging Bush’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

    “From the beginning of this Nation, a man can walk upright, no matter who he is, or who she is. He can walk upright and meet his friend — or his enemy; and he does not fear that because that enemy may be in a position of great power that he can be suddenly thrown in jail to rot there with-out charges and with no recourse to justice. We have the habeas corpus act, and we respect it.”

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “The Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus.”

    Alberto Gonzales
    Attorney General

  21. Anon says:

    He should have done it 82 more times, everybody knows that nobody talks on the first water board.

  22. jescott418 says:

    Uncle Sam needs a few good men and this guy is not one of them.

  23. amodedoma says:

    If a license is required to drive, it should also be required to parent. Unfortunately it’s not, and so a great number of children suffer abuses from the people they depend upon.

  24. Greg Allen says:

    During the lead-up to the Iraq invasion, I WARNED and WARNED AGAIN my conservative friends about the inevitable “blow back” from war.

    War ALWAYS hurts even the winning country. Just think about the thousands of Vietnam vets who never fully recovered from that war. Think about all the refugees from that region that we had to take into America.

    The conservative respnse? They called me a Saddam loving terrorist lover who hated troops and loved those gay Dixie Chicks but also loved WMDs and would love America to be nuked by bin Laden. (or some other equally dumpth variation on this.)

    But, mark my words, the price we will pay for this insane Iraq war is not just he crippling debt.

  25. Santa Maria says:

    Whats the problem? This is good way to instil discipline in today’s doritos dust farting, video game playing, Michelin man like kids.

  26. noname says:

    # 26 Santa Maria, you got it right! What we got here is… failure to communicate!

    What we need in our panzie wanzie country is more DISCIPLINE!

  27. Milton says:

    I guess we can ask, did the military let this “mental deficient” into their ranks or did they make this normal guy in this “mental deficient”. Even Ronald Reagan said that water boarding was torture, but I guess Cheney and his gay daughter are the brain trust on this lie that has been perpetuated onto the American people and signed off by the GOP.


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