The Other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic international human rights lawyer, journalist for Harper’s magazine and steadfast opponent of torture, discusses the new Department of Justice Inspector General report revealing the “War Crimes File” kept by FBI agents stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the dropping of the charges against alleged “20th hijacker” Mohammed al Qatani, a military judge’s recent dismissal of one of the members of the prosecution team after he pushed to have the “sexiest” cases timed to go to “trial” during the presidential election season, the coverup of the war crimes file by DoJ higherups, likely Alice Fischer and Michael Chertoff (now the head of the DHS), the participation of the very highest authorities in the Bush administration, the torture of Abu Zubaydah, John Yoo and Doug Feith’s war against the Geneva conventions, the convergence of America and China’s criminal justice systems, the CIA “ghost prisons,” Iraqi and Afghan jails and renditions to Ethiopia, Morocco, Jordan, Thailand, etc. and the holes in the various recent bans on torture.
MP3 here. (31:46)
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.