Scott Horton

There must (won’t) be a torture investigation


The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on torture memos, the blatant U.S. coverup and blackmail attempt to prevent Britain from releasing information on Binyam Mohamed’s torture, the too-convenient suicide of 9/11 conspirator Al-Libi and how the argument for an independent torture investigation keeps getting stronger.

MP3 here. (29:58)

The Other Scott Horton (no relation) is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and writes the blog No Comment.

7 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Scott, the one, you’re the best man! You’re informed passion on the subjects you cover is exactly what is needed! Keep it up! You give this unschooled dilettante hope that one day I’ll be able to wrap my head around all of this shit.

  2. I don’t know why they had to reverse engineer SERE. The CIA has long tortured and did many of the same thing to Nosenko, among others. Here’s from his wiki: Interrogators from the Soviet Russia division suspected that that Nosenko was a KGB plant and thus Nosenko was seized by CIA officers in Washington and from 1964 to 1967 was held in solitary confinement in a CIA safe house in Clinton, Maryland. Nosenko was also subjected to sensory deprivation and was administered drugs because his CIA handlers believed he was still working in secret for the KGB. Agents also strapped wires to his head, telling him falsely that the device was an electroencephalograph which would allow them to read his mind, while the device was really one that read brainwave patterns. This was a form of psychological intimidation in order to help persuade him to “tell the truth”. He was interrogated for 1,277 days.

    Here’s some of the torture pics that Obama does not want you to see. Not for the squeamish.

    Torture occurred for all of the above: sadism, revenge, but false confessions are right up there at the top. Getting good information was on the list, but close to the bottom.

    Ooops. Read Overthrow by Kinzer to find out how the U.S. military tortured Philippines during the insurgency after we invaded them. U.S. troops stuck bamboo down their throats, poured in water (preferably fetid) and then jumped on their stomachs. Long before the CIA took up the torture mantel.

  3. I’m still waiting for Sean Hannity’s waterboarding..Any news on the cowardly bastard?
    I like Keith Olberman ( $1,000/sec that Hannity lasts and double that when he “admits it’s torture..” ) but his grasp of history is lacking to say the least..The “Kaiser caused the 1st World War”..and we “should have arrested him after the war ended…” Worse still he speaks of the “evil of secession..” Not the evil of chattel, the evil of secession…”rebellion”…Incredible ignorance…Maybe Texas secession would be ridiculous but 160 yrs after the fact it’s worth noting that the C.S.A. ( Va. Tenn. Ark. Tx La. Miss. Alab. Ga. Fla. NC SC ) made a very viable country..
    In fact they, not a rebellion..We had our own President, our own Congress, a new Constitution, our own postal system..our own trade policy..( Somewhat lacking but ours..)

  4. Quiz. Who was the only head of state in Europe to recognize the C.S.A. and actually addressed letters to “his eminence President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America..”
    answer: Pope Pius IX.

  5. The Nosenko defection and how we handled him was a classic example of CIA mischief, paranoia and arrogance. James Jesus Angleton finally had to leave in disgrace after he wrecked the CIA’s counter intelligence- counter espionage efforts against the Soviets and ancillary targets. Nonetheless, whatever the failings of the CIA, and they are many, the Congress has much less to to its credit and much more to its shame.

    Torture insures “enemy” cohesiveness and esprit de corps, inferior interrogation technique and professionalism, misinformation from the subject being tortured and a waste of time and effort when fleeting knowlege is at a premium as its shelf life is short in many cases. Torture is the principal method for those with a simplistic mentalilty. This method of extracting knowledge will insure a myriad of responses and generally confuse those issues one is after.

  6. Excellent interview. We have promoted Eric Margolis online since 1995 in the hope that U.S. policy makers would learn. Either they cannot, will not, or there truly does exist a “shadow government” in full control. The unasked question pertains to what motives underlie all imperialism, colonial wars, and empire building. Let’s pursue this, Scott, in your next fine interview with Eric.

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