Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the partly released CIA Inspector General’s report, how any serious torture investigation will lead to Dick Cheney, the OLC’s issuance of get-out-of-jail-free cards instead of legal advice and the debunking of Cheney’s claim that torture saves American lives.

MP3 here. (49:06)

The other Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor for 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.

7 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. Good interview.

    A good topic for an interview would be the decision making process which led to the use of torture. This aspect seems rather vague. Just some unsubstantiated comments from Bush that FBI methods were too slow. FBI agent Soufan testified that legal interrogation methods worked. If he lied under oath he should be prosecuted. If he told the truth then the entire foundation of the torture program is garbage. The public record backs Soufan's testimony.

    Helgerson also conducted a 9/11 internal review report. Some of same officials he recommended should be subject to disciplinary panels were key advocates of the torture program. It should be noted that CIA officials obstructed Soufan's USS Cole investigation.

  2. "Five Deferments Dick" Cheney is a vile sonofabitch. It seems he had a hand in everything that went on in the Chickenhawk-in-Chief's administration.

    I hope his next heart attack will be his last.

  3. Note that Bush has a history of torturing animals as a child, branding his fraternity brothers are a young adult. This stunt closed the Yale DKEs (unusual) and almost sent GWB to jail. Now that's he's been supremo of the USA and two wars, we learn that his minions have been torturing folks. Better check his video library, guys, to see if he's been enjoying the rough stuff.

    As Commander in Chief, he's responsible in any case.

  4. While coming across very confident and principled regarding the torture and other war crimes committed by the U.S. Government, there was a noticible weakness in your guest when you turned the conversation to the Fed.

    Anti-war and anti-Fed are inseparable with respect to the Rule of Law. What are people afraid of?

    Scott, your consistency in the fight against collectivism and intervention is what keeps me listening to your interviews.

  5. I agree with Glenn. I always appreciate interviews with "the Other Scott Horton" for his insight into the torture abuses and other crimes of the previous, and current administration.

    But to assert that a central bank is an "indispensable institution"?! To paraphrase Rothbard, it's ok to be ignorant on such topics, but to promote an opinion formed in that ignorance is evil. Mr. Horton (the lawyer), please stick to subjects you actually have a clue about.

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