Scott Horton

What Next for Bush’s ‘Detainees’?


The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributor to Harper’s magazine, discusses the Obama administration’s mandate to close Gitmo and defang the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the current status of unprecedented executive power, pardons from the Bush administration and possible adverse consequences for pardoned torturers under international law.

MP3 here. (40:58)

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

4 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. If Scott is correct that Bush will pardon all the people associated with rendition and torture, then Congress should pass a law making any of these people banned from working in military, intelligence or government positions. Then the people who could be convicted for these war crimes have a choice, go on trial and try to clear themselves or never work in government/military or intelligence positions again.
    We are not going to convict you for these horrible crimes against humanity (following orders or not) but we are not going to condone your actions by allowing your “expertise” in government activities.

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