Lech Walesa, speaking about the torture cases committed by the US, has spoken out against it. In an interview with the Red Cross, he recounts his own days of imprisonment by the Polish Government and then turns to the US. Here are the relevant quotes:
Terrorism, as we are witnessing today, is a leftover from the two-bloc confrontation of the Cold War. Both superpowers equipped various groups, organizations, and even whole nations to fight the enemy. When the Soviet Union collapsed, these groups and nations suddenly found themselves in a vacuum. Now, they are fighting their own private wars. Since no considerable concern has been shown to these people — we have not assisted in their development, we have not supported their education, nor have we financed their transition — many of them now resort to violence.
In many ways, we demand they open their closed societies, their economies, and adopt our values, but at the same time we close our borders to them and close our economies to their products. We have to find new ways to deal with this unsatisfactory situation. I see a great responsibility for Europe and its governments to cooperate with America on this task and acceotable on both sides of the Atlantic and worldwide.
And another bit:
This is not a partisan political battle. Walesa was a crusader against Communism and as such is a hero to the right as well as the left. Every person who aspires to be a moral authority must speak out against torture and vote against candidates who do not do so.