The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the secret “second prison” at Bagram in Afghanistan, changes made to the Army Field Manual (Appendix M) that allow the abuse of prisoners, Seymour Hersh’s upcoming exposé on US battlefield executions, civilian contractors providing intel for AfPak drone missile strikes, Christianity and just-war theory and Rand Paul’s disappointing stance on foreign policy.

MP3 here. (32:02)

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.

2 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. Concerning Hersh's allegation about battlefield executions in Afghanistan, there is actually an older, similar allegation about U.S. conduct in Iraq which has received very little attention. In the trial of marines for the Haiditha massacre, the marines testified that they were trained to execute wounded prisoners, a practice they call "dead checking". The LA times reported (at

    Lopezromo said a procedure called "dead-checking" was routine. If Marines entered a house where a man was wounded, instead of checking to see whether he needed medical aid, they shot him to make sure he was dead, he testified.

    "If somebody is worth shooting once, they're worth shooting twice," he said.

    Marines are taught "dead-checking" in boot camp, the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, and the pre-deployment training at Twentynine Palms called Mojave Viper, he said.

    I suspect this practice is what was behind the execution of wounded Iraqis videoed by a journalist several years ago in a mosque in Fallujah.

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