Viral TikTok shows U.S. Army troops waterboarding fellow soldier

It's unclear what the context of the video is.

 

Zachary Petrizzo

Tech

Published Dec 1, 2020   Updated Dec 1, 2020, 10:14 am CST

On Saturday night, a TikTok video appearing on the platform’s “For You” page showed U.S. Army personnel “waterboarding” a fellow soldier.

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In the TikTok video, men in military attire with “OPFOR” patches on their uniforms can be seen standing around one soldier who appears to be taped down to a chair with a red rag over his face.

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“OPFOR” is a military designation used in war games soldiers wear to represent an opposing or enemy force. The U.S. Army maintains OPFOR units, which the TikTok poster appears to be.

“Billy, don’t freak out,” one of the guys states at the beginning of the video.

“Where the f*ck are they,” another yelled before they began to toss water onto the rag over his face. “Where is she?” another individual yelled, followed by another yelling, “When was the last time you saw Bin Laden?!”

The group waterboarding him appears to specifically be mocking or acting out a scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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Following more water being poured over the one soldier’s face, the other men begin laughing.

The video had racked up over 5,000 likes and 75,000 views as of Sunday afternoon, with comments from TikTok users ranging from humor to concern.

The short video was deleted from TikTok after the Daily Dot reached out to both a U.S. Army representative and @inland_siggy, the account owner, who posted the video.

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The TikTok account, @inland_siggy, and his corresponding Instagram all have military content showing him partaking in military activities with fellow Army troops.

With over 105,000 followers on TikTok, the account frequently features guns and fighting, all performed in military fatigues.

A spokesperson for the United States Army has not responded to multiple Daily Dot’s requests for comment on the matter.

The act of waterboarding has long been a controversial topic in the United States’ foreign policy debate. That said, very few dispute the tactic produces long-term negative physical effects and can potentially kill an individual by cutting off their supply of oxygen.

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President Barack Obama’s administration classified the act of waterboarding as a form of torture.

Watch the full video here, via The Daily Dot.

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*First Published: Dec 1, 2020, 10:07 am CST