Scott Horton Interviews Matthew Harwood

Scott Horton, February 25, 2010

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Matthew Harwood, author of the Guardian article “Torture is a crime, not a state secret,” discusses the obfuscation of facts through the invocation of state secrets privilege in the Binyam Mohamed torture case, the lack of accountability for torturers within the justice system and the large number of innocent people swept up in the “war on terror” dragnet.

MP3 here. (16:11)

Matthew Harwood is a writer in Washington DC. His work has appeared in The Washington Monthly, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book about evangelical Christian rhetoric and aggressive US foreign policy.

2 Responses to “Matthew Harwood”

  1. So if you want to fantasize about Tony Blair being prosecuted (kinda, sorta, don't want to spoil it), see The Ghost Writer, Polansky's new film. The plot has gigantic holes, but it's the only thing going for "accountability." And a well made movie.

  2. I read Matt Harwood’s article “Torture is a crime, not a state secret.” No shit! Powerful, incisive writing, Mr. Harwood.

    Whenever any government invokes a “state secrets” claim, chances are it’s self-protecting bullshit.

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