Authorities Say the 4-Year-Old Was Punished Because She Wouldn't Say Her ABCs After years of avoiding the term "torture" when referring to waterboarding, news organizations have finally found a situation where they can openly link the two. (As sick as it may be, Tabor felt the tactic worked. " 'She said her letters after that,' Tabor told the cops, admitting that he had grown frustrated with the girl after practicing the letters for 'approximately three hours.' ") Also notable is the reaction of right wing bloggers. Tabor, the father, didn't do it right. Instead of strapping the girl to a board, covering her face with a rag, and pouring water over it, he just manually held her down in the water until it was at the eyeline and occasionally dunked her. Right Argues Semantics of 'Waterboarding' In other words, what Tabor was doing to his daughter was torture, but it wasn't waterboarding. And waterboarding isn't torture, so you can't compare Tabor's actions to the actions taken at Gitmo. I think that's a silly distinction. What we're really doing is defining an action by who it's done to. Do it to a child, it's torture. Do it to an enemy detainee, it's enhanced interrogation. That's a scary way to distinguish between the two.