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UFC's Tim Kennedy Waterboards Himself 'It's Not Torture!!'

5/14/2018 6:59 AM PDT

UFC's Tim Kennedy Waterboards Himself to Prove It's Not Torture

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Ex-UFC star Tim Kennedy -- a U.S. Army Special Forces sniper -- doesn't believe waterboarding should be considered torture ... and to prove his point, he turned the hose on himself. 

Yep, Kennedy and his pals waterboarded each other for roughly 45 minutes on Friday ... and barely even flinched. 

So ... why???

Kennedy says the move was to show support for Gina Haspel, Trump's pick to lead the CIA. Haspel has been criticized for using waterboarding and other interrogation methods at black sites during her CIA career. 

"It’s not torture!!!!" Kennedy wrote ... "Hell we had elk tacos and wine afterwards. Wake up people. #waterboarding."

Kennedy also described -- in detail -- the waterboarding technique -- "They wouldn’t tell me when they were going to put the towel on they would just smash it on my face and start pouring. You can’t hold your breath while they do it because the water runs down your sinuses. The water run through your eyes, down your nose, and pools at the back of your throat."

Still, seems Haspel could have an uphill battle -- with people like John McCain arguing against her nomination due to her connection to questionable interrogation methods. 

"The methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world," McCain said. 

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