Libby risks death penalty in Plame case
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Moreover, since the crimes took place in Washington, D.C., which is technically not a state, constitutional restrictions on "cruel and unusual punishment" do not apply to guilty administration officials. A similar argument was used in actively torturing detainees at Guantanomo Bay naval base in Cuba. Therefore, if the death penalty were granted by a judge and jury, administration officials such as Cheney and Bush could first be legally tortured using dogs, stress positions and self-defecation techniques.
It is perhaps too early to say what torture techniques will be used on the President. Congressional Democrats may put the House and Senate to a vote to decide on what kind of torture would be most appropriate.
"We've been tortured under Bush for the last five years," said Senator Phil Ibuster (D-Minnesota) on Wednesday's Colbert Report. "Now it's our turn to enforce real American values."
President Bush urged calm on Saturday, saying that "it's time for Americans to turn their other cheek. I turned another cheek, and now you all should too." His quasi-religious discourse might be intended to deflect criticism stemming from Wilma, Rita, Katrina, Plame, Harriet Miers, Iraq, Afghanistan, the 911 Commission, pre-Iraq intelligence, the Patriot Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the withdrawals from the Kyoto Accords, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and the still unexplained collapse of the World Trade Center, to note only the most cited.