Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the conviction of 23 CIA agents in absentia by an Italian court for their participation in extraordinary rendition, the widespread assertion of U.S. governmental immunity from the law, John Durham’s slow-brewing torture investigation for the DOJ, why the rule of law is bound to be flaunted without an engaged citizenry and recent courtroom setbacks for the state secrets privilege.

MP3 here. (28:26)

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

8 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. There may be many brave and patriotic people working in the CIA, but it is past time to shut this outlaw agency down. Its actions are endangering our security, its leadership is adrift, and the illegal kidnapping in Italy is the tip of a very large iceberg. The place is rotten to the core.

    Once we dismantle the empire and bring the troops home, there is no need to have a spy agency engaged in nefarious activities. Only then can we begin to repair the damage.

    1. Well said, Steve – I could not have put it better myself. The utter hubris, disregard and contempt that these "people" display in their attempts to promote "home security" is astonishing, but only because they are 100% backed by the so-called "moral majority". I want to see each and every one of them held to account for their anti-humanist and criminal activities.

  2. A group of 9 scientists, one of them Niels Harrit from the Uni of Copenhagen, have examined some of the dust from WTC and reached the conclusion that it wasn´t the two planes that took down the three towers – but NANO-THERMITE. Niels Harrit was interviewed on Danish TV2 news. The 9 scientists calculated that 10-100 tons of nano-thermite was placed in the buildings. Science is science. Or what ?

  3. Would anybody please dispute the research paper made by the group of 9 scientists, one of them Niels Harrit-Uni of Copenhagen, which concluded that nano-thermite was used to bring down the three towers. Nano-thermite was found. They examined it for 18 months. It´s a fact that nano-thermite was discovered.

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