The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the huge growth in the Department of Justice since its inception and its current questionable role as a legal defender of government crimes, the double standard where – for domestic propaganda purposes – the government can talk about hit-lists for U.S. citizens but when the practice is challenged in court the topic becomes a state secret, the end of any logical limits on executive power and the suicide of DOJ prosecutor Nicholas Marsh just before the scheduled release of a report on his alleged misconduct.
MP3 here. (20:36)
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.