Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, host of Fox News' "War Stories," told CNSNews.com that he both underwent waterboarding and subjected others to waterboarding as part of Survival, Evasion, Rescue, Escape (SERE) training in the U.S. military.
North said he underwent waterboarding in his own SERE training, and then subjected others to waterboarding when he became a SERE school instructor.
North refutes President Obama's argument that the waterboarding done by the Central Intelligence Agency in interrogating certain high-ranking al-Qaeda prisoners was torture, and applauds former Vice President Dick Cheney for defending the CIA's use of the technique and its results.
In April, President Obama publicly released four memos prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel during the Bush administration that advised the CIA on the legality of a set of enhanced interrogation techniques that the CIA wanted to use on a limited number of high-level al Qaeda detainees.
The Office of Legal Counsel determined that the techniques in question were not torture and that it was legal for the CIA to use them in the limited and controlled circumstances under which the CIA informed the Justice Department it might employ them.