May 29, 2009 28 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
I am not a magician. Many news cameras were there!
Obviously, it was on the radio and I wasnâ€™t in prison. Iâ€™m also not a radicalized Muslim terrorist. But it was not a hoax! I repeat: NOT A HOAX.
We kept telling management, the insurance companies, and the local Chicago cops we werenâ€™t really going to do it until we did. Otherwise, they werenâ€™t gonna let us do it! We got a U.S. Marine that told us he had studied how to do it and he volunteered to waterboard me in return for a mention of his charity.
I was on a decline and I was waterboarded. Was I in chains? No. Does that make it less real? I am failing to get the point attempted by my detractors. We never claimed it was an exact recreation.