Water Sports

The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorceror, and To Live and Die in LA can be counted among my favorite movies, all which were directed by misunderstood genius Billy Friedkin, though the little known 1980 Al Pacino vehicle Cruising is by far the superior film of the lot. It requires an in depth study unto itself, which I tried to accomplish with Mean Magazine in 2007, but Mr Friedkin declined to participate.

Simply put, Al Pacino plays a “straight” cop who goes undercover in New York’s heavy leather gay scene to stop a serial killer, only to perhaps question his own sexuality. Here is one of his “fact-gathering” scenes in which he asks a store clerk about the universal hanky code.

Al Pacino eventually decides on a yellow hanky, signifying his interest in urine, also referred to as piss fetish or “water sports.”

Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, another type of “water sports” has found its way into the press and Washington cocktail parties:

Waterboarding is used to extract information from suspected war criminals. Not to make light of the issue, but most are unfamiliar with the process, leaving the “torture” argument in Purgatory. Decide for yourself:

The suspect is hooded and strapped flat to a board, hands cuffed to his belt.

Towels are then placed over the suspect’s face.

Water is absorbed into the towel, which is inhaled through the suspect’s nostrils as he gasps for air, thus creating the sensation of drowning. The towels are removed frequently so interrogation can proceed.

Eventually, the suspect is “broken,” confessing the needed information, true or false. The hood is removed and the suspect is returned to his cell.

Our government’s official standpoint on waterboarding is that it’s completely within the law, though they won’t detail the procedure as they feel it is important to protect their methods to avoid anybody perfecting a physical and mental resistance.

I think I’d prefer the piss fetish if I was forced to choose a “water sport.”

Big up to Nugget.

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