Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses Israel’s failure to uphold the mark of a (somewhat) benevolent state: a high threshold for using deadly force against civilians, Israel’s purposeful destruction of  Gaza’s economy to encourage deserters, the ignoble end of Helen Thomas’s estimable career in journalism, the “good faith” defense for CIA torturers dreamed up by Dick Cheney and justified by the OLC “torture memos,” the junk science used by doctors and psychologists to quantify acceptable pain levels inflicted on prisoners, the US departure from precedents set by Nuremberg war crimes prosecutions, a possible “Guantanamo suicides” link to CIA torture experimentation at Camp “No” and the likely existence of more CIA “interrogation” videos.

MP3 here. (42:57)

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.

18 thoughts on “Scott Horton”

  1. you might want to look into the cincinnati radiation experiments on american citizens by the DOD in the 60's. I don't think this kind of "experimentation" is unprecedented.

  2. The U.S. Government is hopelessly f–ked up, I'm afraid. It's beyond the pale. At the very least, this country needs to work out a new government. Failing that, what? Revolution? Secession? They're possibilities. . . .

    Israel, that criminal Zionist entity, pisses on its American sugar daddy whenever it sees fit–and that's plenty often. From the "Lavon Affair" in 1954 (!) and U.S.S. LIBERTY in 1967 to the present, the boys in Tel Aviv
    treat the U.S. the way they treat the Palestinians–like dirt.

    Helen Thomas was way too uppity toward Israel. That's a no-no in the District of Corruption. You don't criticize the oh-so-precious darlings in Tel Aviv.

    1. Yes, and Horton misses the point. The reason Israel can’t defend its action on the flotilla under international act-of-war provisions is she can’t declare war because a) Palestine is not a state, and b) under a war declaration she would be bound by the Geneva Convention on the treatment of war prisoners, a prospect out of the question for the state of Israel.

      And even though Israel played the part, it had not declared war on the United States when it savagely attacked the USS Liberty. A patriot in the White House at that time, instead of Lyndon Johnson, would have asked the Congress for a declaration of war against Israel

  3. U$ Build 23 arbfarnjgovz since 1947 PB style..Khalifah Aaed is bUilding IP NOW since 2002 ON Menhaj Mohammad PBUH..It is yr choise INDEED

  4. Does anyone on this green Earth really expect that 'The Master Race' in Israel would ever really act as moral and responsible citizens? – you think? – really?

    We have seen the 'terrorists' – America, Israel!

    The American Republic died a long time ago – killed off by corruption of our political system – we now have members of our Congress who are crooks and thieves, idiots and morons, some perverts, a lot of TRAITORS, and none who represent the interests of the American people.

  5. If I'm allowed…The arab countries are useing Mrs Thomas' sound comments to show that there's no freedom of speech in the West when discussing "Israel"

  6. Helen Thomas should have known better than to critize Israel! It's ok when Israel does it . Why? The harlots in Washington, depend on their livelihood from the money and power the Israelis shower on them.They ,'ll sell their souls to the devil.Thank God,I could sleep at night,knowing I don't have to depend on selling my soul for my livelihood. Mary

  7. The revolting thing about this interview is that both the interviewer and the interviewee have forgotten that we have an Internet where millions of people around the world actually heard what Helen Thomas said. And unlike the old days when you could paraphrase someone’s comments or put words in their mouths, she did not say that the occupiers (Israelis) should go back to countries where they were persecuted 70 years ago.

    It is clear to the millions of people who actually heard what she said that she meant that for the actual settlers who are living there, not the people of the 1940s but these new settlers, they should go back to the countries they came from, including America. And the statistics show that Germany and Poland are the major countries of origin for these current Israeli settlers. The idea that Helen Thomas suggested that occupiers return to countries where they were endangered in WWII is a dirty, filthy lie instantly proclaimed all over the Zionist-dominated American media. Unbelievably, it is repeated here by two lightweights. Next time, if you want to be truthful, know your subject before you approach the microphone.

    1. "she meant that for the actual settlers who are living there, not the people of the 1940s but these new settlers, they should go back to the countries they came from"

      "the idea that Helen Thomas suggested that occupiers return to countries where they were endangered in WWII [is incorrect]"

      Please explain the exact difference between the meanings that you seem to detect here. Thank you.

    2. About 1/2 of Israelis come from former Ottoman countries, e.g., Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen. I don't know about now, but in the '80s, Moroccans were the largest single immigrant group.

      For what it's worth, Spain returns citizenships to all Sephardis.

  8. Benjamin Netanyahu looks more Russian than he does Middle Eastern.
    Put his picture beside Vladamir Putin and then Yassir Araft and see which one he resembles.
    Just saying….

  9. To protect the Country (US)against FORIEGN and or Domestic Enemies…. that’s the Oath… Vets unite !!!. stolen laptops (military) end up in israels cold clamy claws…converse listens to your phone calls…a congress that looks the other way even when Americans are killed.. this is fucking SICK !!!!..look what the ZioFacist do to their(so called) own…. S.S Patria…. S.S Struma… sunk boats with Jews on board….chaim sheba with radiation to the heads of children using exray machines purchased from US ARMY… 1952… all the bullshit that Russian and Chinese hack the government computers is that BULLSHIT…I salute the Jews who speak up ..All that are involved in FREEGAZA.ORG…Adam Shaprio,Noam Chomsky,Jeff Halper,Hedy Epstein , Anna Baltzer,Wendy Pearlmen.. etc.. what they did to Hedy Epstein at Ben Gurion Airport is Dissgusting !!!! Cavity search on a 81 yr old Women..the list is long and well documented… End Facism once and for all…. BDS !!!

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