The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer, contributing writer for Harper’s magazine and author of their blog No Comment, discusses the release of the full text of the infamous Yoo-Bybee torture memo, the bogus defensive arguments invoking unlimited power contained therein, how the law is supposed to work instead, the Pinochet precedent for prosecution of the highest level officials in this case, the sad story of Dilawar the Afghan cab driver, the scapegoating of the lowest level torturers and the positions of McCain and Clinton on the issue.
MP3 here. (41:54)
The Other 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.