Commenting on another post, my brother directed me to David Addington's testimony before Congress.
Addington's testimony is amazing. From what is reported he was snide, contemptuous, and dissembling. He should be cited for contempt of Congress. Most disturbing is his claim that "There is no reason [Congress's] opinion on [torture] would be relevant."
It's clear that he is wholly disdainful of the Founders' belief that the Congress is the centerpiece of representative government. Anyone that enamored of executive power and that disdainful of the people's representatives is an authoritarian through and through.
Since he doesn't mind torture, I suggest we take things a bit further and reinstate some medieval punishments. Impaling, that is, driving a sharpened pole deep up Addington's rectum, seems just about right.