Negotiators on Torture Bill Feeling Heat Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in U.S. custody or weaken it as the White House prefers.

Led by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Bush administration is floating a proposal that would allow the president to exempt covert agents outside the Defense Department from the prohibition.

Meanwhile, some newspapers are calling for lawmakers to support Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record)’s provision that would ban the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held.

Lets flip this around.

Does anyone think it is OK for foreign agents to come into the United States and torture an American citizen, merely if an agent thinks that citizen might know something the agent considers important?

McCain is dead right, and the Administration is dead wrong.