Scott Horton

No Law: Torture, Spying, Impunity


The other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic, anti-torture human rights lawyer, Columbia University lecturer and noted author of the blog “No Comment” at Harper’s magazine, discusses the Bush administration’s absolute contempt for the rule of law, the Department of Justice-granted impunity of military contractors in Iraq, the administration’s use of torture, the history of waterboarding in English history, George Washington’s position on the torture of prisoners and its results, the recent mysterious fire in the vice-president’s office, the passing out of immunity to the government’s co-conspirators in tapping your phone and computer, the persecution of Qwest for refusing to enter the conspiracy, the administration’s widespread use of the Justice Department to persecute their political opposition across America, the many benefits of impeachment, his opinion of Ron Paul, the outrageous amount of government debt and future obligations and also breaks the story that the firing of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was carried out by Bush himself.

MP3 here. (45:36)

Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and pens the blog No Comment. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.