Impunity of high officials from prosecution leads to the erosion of civil society. It appears that the impunity of Bush administration officials for their role in a policy of torture is being challenged... (fingers crossed). John Yoo, author of some of the torture memos as a Bush Justice Department official, is being pursued in civil court by torture victim Jose Padilla:
Mr. Padilla “has alleged sufficient facts to satisfy the requirement that Yoo set in motion a series of events that resulted in the deprivation of Padilla’s constitutional rights.” -- Judge Jeffrey S. White of Federal District Court in San Francisco
The walls are starting to close in on Bush administration officials.
New York Times, Judge Allows Civil Lawsuit Over Claims of Torture, John Schwartz, June 13, 2009.