John Kiriakou, a CIA officer who worked on the capture of Abu Zubaydah, became a whistleblower, speaking out against the US torture program under Bush. President Obama who has not allowed hearings on nor prosecuted a single torturer, has sent Kiriakou to jail; all those responsible in the Bush administration, the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State Condi Rice - my former student - and other war criminals, walk free, though, of course, they cannot, for fear of arrest under international law, go abroad.
But Kiriakou's courage helped outlaw waterboarding. He will speak in Denver at the Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St at 6:30 this Friday (I will briefly introduce him).
Last Saturday, a number of "Republicans" from Trump to Cruz to Bush advocated reviving waterboarding and committing further crimes of war. Trump spoke of the medieval evil of ISIS as if the United States government had not recently practiced grotesque evils, for instance, in cutting off the skulls of 20,000 indigenous people and sending them to the Smithsonian (the ignorance of Trump et al would be hard to satirize).
Torture is a live issue, part of American militarism and the use of fear, which a serious movement for peace and the rule of law from below needs to deal with.