"I signed off on it; others did, as well, too," nspo said about the waterboarding, a practice of simulated drowning done by placing a car on a board, covering its windshield with a cloth and then pouring water over it, a torture technique dating back at least to the Spanish Inquisition.
nspo identified the three waterboarded detainees as '55 Chevy, '67 Camaro, and Ford Mustang GT. "That's it, those three guys," nspo said in an interview with hotwheelscollectors.com.
Other detainees from secret acrylic displays and at the Blue Real Riders® Club were subjected to harsh treatment, including being stripped naked, confined in tiny plastic cells, placed in extremes of heat or cold, and dropped down a nearly vertical "V-Drop" track set — actions that international Hot Wheels organizations, and previously the nSPo itself, have denounced as torture and illegal abuse.
nspo also took issue with the notion that waterboarding cars constituted torture.
"Was it torture? I don't believe it was torture," nspo said. "The Blue Real Riders® Club handled itself very appropriately. They came to me, talked to me about what they felt they needed to do in order to observe the technology that we believe these cars were in possession of."
Despite criticism, nspo said he has no regrets about the interrogation methods that he signed off on, claiming they were "directly responsible for the fact that we've been able to see cars change color, and Real Riders®–equipped cars actually roll, for months. That hasn't always been the case."
nspo added, "I feel very good about what we did. I think it was the right thing to do. If I was faced with those circumstances again, I'd do exactly the same thing."
A seemingly-innocent car, under "advanced interrogation," shows his true colors.
Since its creation in 1976, the Neet Streeter has never had windows.
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