Scott Horton

The Bogus “Trial” of Salim Hamdan


The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributing editor to Harper’s magazine, discusses the “conviction” of Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, the distinctions which crimes constitute “war crimes,” the illegitimacy of the military tribunals and how they are being timed to help the Republican Presidential campaign, the need to uphold the Nuremberg Principles, Cheney’s central role in the administration, how he allowed top al Qaeda to escape into Pakistan, how the charade of our moral supremacy is exposed by our legal hypocrisies and the improbability of prosecution for the Bush regime’s crimes.

MP3 here. (43:23)

The Other Scott Horton is a contributor to Harper’s magazine and writes 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.

11 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Mr. Horton, you conducted an informative interview with–well, Mr. Horton! The latter is right to condemn America’s violations and evasions of international and military law.

    If only Horton could be, say, U.S. Attorney General!

  2. What he says about ‘al-Qa’ida’ being airlifted out of Qunduz is bullshit. He should know better than to site the discredited hack Ahmed Rashid, one of the key boosters of the ‘war on terror’. Rashid has a penchant for supporting foreign interventions: he first supported the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and then in 2001 supported the US bombings. He is also a conduit for British Intelligence in planting bogus stories about Brit Muslims and converts planning a war on UK.

  3. That was an outstanding comment about Ken Starr, etc. I think they may very well have done the whole Clinton impeachment just so they could discredit the whole impeachment process.

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