Description In a disappointing ruling (August 11,2011), a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan failed to hold the Central Intelligence Agency to account for a notorious attempt to cover up the torture and abuse of prisoners. The court refused to hold the CIA responsible for destroying videotapes made in 2002 that showed the use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on high-level terrorism detainees. For reasons that remain unclear, the special prosecutor named to investigate the episode decided against prosecuting any C.I.A. officials. The judge chose a milder response: to order the agency to reimburse the A.C.L.U.s legal fees. The powerful CIA appears to be untouchable by the courts. Will they continue to abuse human rights without being held accountable? Is the ACLU strong enough to challenge agencies and policies that are bolstered and promoted by the largest corporations - Halliburton, the oil companies, and all the other profiting members of the military industrial complex?