Scott Horton Interviews Elaine Cassel

Scott Horton, September 23, 2010

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Elaine Cassel, civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, discusses the 9th Circuit Court’s decision – based on state secrets privilege – that denies Binyam Mohamed due process for his rendition and torture by the CIA and proxy groups, the legal immunity enjoyed by judges and prosecutors from gross misconduct (other than taking bribes), why a court ruling against NSA warrantless wiretapping isn’t enough to stop a determined Executive Branch and how the Republican Party’s spellbound descent into conspiratorial nonsense continues unabated.

MP3 here. (30:14)

Elaine Cassel is a  civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have dismantled the Bill of Rights.

6 Responses to “Elaine Cassel”

  1. When you think of a "court of law," you envision–well, a court of law, a place where the individual's rights will be asserted and vindicated.

    Bullshit.

  2. When you think of a "court of law," you envision–well, a court of law, a place where the individual's rights will be asserted and vindicated.

    Bullshit.

    As Elaine Cassel so well explains, the judicial and prosecutorial systems are corrupt because that's the way judges and prosecutors like it. The most unjust, the most malicious acts will never be punished if it's a judge and/or a prosecutor committing them.

    The disgraceful Ninth Circuit ruling shows how dangerous courts can be.

    (By the way, be sure to read Paul Craig Roberts' current column "It Is Official: The U.S. Is A Police State.")

  3. Hey Scott, you do great work for the anti war movement. I especially enjoy when you debate neocons
    like Harvey Kushner and destroy their arguments. But, please, let you guests speak occasionally.
    Otherwise, just do a monolog and don't bother having any guests on.

  4. Just noticed the JDO hates Mz. Cassel (casually, 2nd google hit): jewishdefense.org/cassel
    "…wants to dismantle America's anti-terrorist network so that an attack can occur here again. Nothing for her to worry about: …" The colon and what follows amounts to a strong hint to harrass and/or defame her… but how on earth could I know that? Well, for one thing: "…she must be legally and intellectually destroyed."
    So I take it she's a principled human being who can use her voice. My sympathies.

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