For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does—torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it—will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.
A Justice Department report suggests that the possibility of legal consequence for those who broke the law is steadily waning, as Bush administration lawyers who approved the torture-interrogation technique of waterboarding will likely escape prosecution.
After key Bush era CIA torture documents were released by the Obama administration, human rights officials are dismayed at the news that CIA agents who ordered and conducted torture will not be prosecuted.