Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Nonetheless, what do the political leans of those who agree with you have to do with anything? I don't recall saying only conservatives or liberals would support your argument. I said that by "widely lampooned", you actually mean, "it was criticized by those who share my opinion". And I am right. It was condemned by some and praised by others. It was criticized by some legal scholars and supported by others. Your posts simply treat opinions that differ from your own as foolish or something similar. Unfortunately, "I'm right and you're stupid" doesn't erase the validity of those arguments.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
which of course would mean that a police captain facing a terrorist attack should be able to attach jumper cables to the testicles of some terrorist to get answers but the traffic cop cannot beat the crap out of a guy charged with shoplifting.
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke