Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses Attorney General Eric Holder’s likely appointment of a prosecutor to investigate torture, the common misconception that the CIA pressed the White House to allow “enhanced” interrogations, Dick Cheney’s chicken-hawk tendencies and the potential bombshell Inspector General’s report on U.S. torture practices.

MP3 here. (32:25)

The other Scott Horton both writes the No Comment blog and is a Contributing Editor for Harper’s Magazine. 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.

6 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Obviously Scott Horton (the lawyer) is uniformed because the Republican party today IS the party of Lincoln. Not that Jefferson Davis was some sort of angel, but the great centralizer/mass-murderer Lincoln would feel right at home in today's GOP. Read Thomas DiLorenzo's great work on LRC (or his books) to expose the myth of "Honest Abe".

  2. "Brian" —

    Read the US Constitution, and by that means learn that it not only limits the Federal gov't, it also imposes limits on the STATES, one a prohibition against them forming "confederacies".

    Then read the "confederate" constitution: you'll discover it is essentially the same as the US Constitution with one central — difference: its prohibits enacting any laws adversely affecting the institution of slavery; and prohibits any amendments of that constitution which would adversely affect the institution of slavery.

    Smearing Lincoln in effort to continue the lie that the South's secessions were not over the issue of slavery is intellectually dishonest. But if you can't handle non-fiction, then see "Riding with the Devil". Both sides committed atroctities; but the Northerners did not murder and scalp African-Americans.

    Drop the fake, irresponsible, and short-sighted "grievance" and wake up in the 21st century.

  3. The Party of Lincoln is the Party of Tyrants.

    Lincoln Unmasked by Tom DiLorenzo is an excellent factual assessment of the murdering bastard. He was an enemy of all free people.

    I hope the current batch of torturers get their due soon.

    Maybe Holder does have some balls – I mean all of'em are white guys, right?

  4. JNagarya,

    I'm not pro-South, the CSA was a coercive monopoly just like the USA. My comment was regarding Lincoln. Lincoln was a murderer and did more to centralize power through usurpation than any prior US president (and paved the way for future tyrants, both domestically, and internationally through example). I stand by my statements which are not fake, irresponsible, or based on any grievance (I have no ties cultural or otherwise to the South).

    I said nothing about the South's secession. But you're wrong to assert it was over slavery. For you see, in linear time, cause must precede effect. The Emancipation Proclamation and the subsequent 13th amendment came AFTER the South's secession. There was no pending law to prohibit slavery that provoked the South to secede. In fact, Lincoln was a supporter of the Corwin amendment to the Constitution that would have prevented any interference with the institution of Slavery. If you think the mislabeled Civil war was over slavery, you're really uninformed, or you know better and you're a liar.

    Lest you think I'm pro-confederate (an irrelevant point even if it was true), I subscribe only to the recognition of human self-ownership, that is, liberty. ALL government (even in theory) is coercive and therefore incompatible with liberty. Though I recognize that the same grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence against the King of England were almost all also applicable against Lincoln – and thus, if the war for independence in 1776 was just, the war for independence in 1861 was also just – I don't recognize the legitimacy of any government and therefore would not have supported the CSA anymore than I support the USA.

    Those who control history control the present and those who control the present control the future. The 21st century is a product of that which came before and the Lincoln myth is a crucial element in the state-worshiping religion that enslaves the people of America. If men are ever to be free, they must know truth, and the truth about Lincoln is a foundational expose in that so many of the lies that prop up the US government have their origins in the Lincoln myth.

    If you're posting on, I question why you would have such a kneejerk reaction to defending a president that was aggressively pro-war and murdered so many people. The abolition of chattel slavery was done without bloodshed in all other industrialized nations. The war against the South was completely unnecessary and all that destruction and blood is on Lincoln's hands.

  5. Most countries have civil wars and one side always loses (and suffers for it). Only white US southerners whine and beg for pity over a civil war lost 150 years ago! They're the biggest cry-babies in the world!

    Lester Ness

  6. You know, guys, the biggest mass execution in US history was of the leaders of the 1862 Sioux revolt, the Red River War. I personally think Davis, Lee, etc, deserved to hang at least as much as Rain-in-the-face.

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