What needs to happen, and won't, is a prosecution of everyone on the Bush/Cheney White House, and every Democrat who signed on to, these pointless wars and the institutionalization of torture as a device for getting confessions to back specific political agendas.
Only then can this country go back to being a country governed by the rules of law, and not the rules of men. And until then, we can no longer talk about being the "land of the free and the home of the brave"; we can no longer talk about how human dignity, human rights, and due process are the
of the moral foundations of this country.
Unless this happens, we will have permanently morphed into something quite different as a country; and that is a pretty terrifying outcome to contemplate.