The Other Scott Horton


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.

19 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. The U.S. “Justice” Department is as lawless as the government it “serves.” Government officials and agents can be lawless and abusive, and nothing will be done about it.

    Regarding the suicide of Nicholas Marsh: good riddance. Let’s hope more of these prosecutorial shysters do the same.

    All the best to Scott Horton (oh, hell, BOTH of ’em!).

  2. has promoted more war and much longer wars by supporting the official story on 911. betrays their own title……I'm convinced that and many other such blogs create the acceptance of officialdom at it's core values…….OBFUSCATE and create the acceptance of basic core policies even if they disagree on how and what instrument to use to remedy the official 911 story. In a word…..Buy the official 911 story, buy the policy by haggling over non-essentials. is our "non-essentials" blog site……And the killing goes on.

    1. Hi Robert,
      Do they have an explicit policy? Or is it that their contributors just don't believe the inside job possibility. O notice on Democracy Now the same blackout on the topic.

    2. I think it's more of a thing where 'experts' can't admit to having been fooled – you see the same kind of thing all the time in academia, where an old guard resists new ideas because someone else thought of them. Only this is even more serious because it involves active deception… hard for a termite inspector to admit his porch collapsed due to termites, you know?

  3. Richard,,,, By 'core policy' I mean the core reasoning for the many wars we find our counrty in, was the 911 event…..Without which the policy falls apart. By not addressing the real motives and execution of 911, we bring on the possibility of yet another attack, perhaps much more devestating. On your second point that "contributor's" don't want to go-there and would not give the support needed to hold together is a valid point……but only if they are big enough to make a difference….Like the Koch brothers that made big contributions to REASON magazine, a version of Libertarian-Neocon (Zionist) policy statements. What ever the reason for's position, "logic and reason" cannot be their argument…….It just doesn't work that way.

  4. Glad to see that the other Scott Horton is finally losing some of his naivete about how the USG works. I've always liked what he does, but in his early W blogging days, and then replayed with 'hope' in the early O days, he gave the USG too much credit for being fair-minded, just wrong-headed, about how to fight terrorism. Now he finally sees how deliberately non-fair-minded these policies are.

  5. Its silly to think that accepts the 'official story' of 9/11. I'm sure that if you asked any of their writers they would answer with an unconditional no. Scott Horton (the host) in particular has addressed 9/11 numerous times on his show. A lot of information about 9/11 is still kept a secret by the government… not because they pulled the buildings or because they were in on the conspiracy, but because the facts of the event are just an embarassment to them. Intelligence agencies were guilty of criminal negligence and Bush read to school children while the Pentagon burned. And thats just what we know.

    What bothers truthers like you guys is that this website isn't that tows some government line. Thats crap and you know it. What really bothers you is that they just don't buy into your stupid conspiracy theories and your quasi-religious need to have them validated by the opinions of others. And thats crap because you're making 9/11 about you and your petty outrage.

    1. "What bothers truthers like you guys is that this website isn't that tows some government line."…..What the hell does that mean ? I've got no axe to grind on anything says other than it's full faith of the "Official 911 Story". Today there are over 1300 architects and engineers that joined to call for a real investigation…………..The numbers grow daily……Where does stand on this ? Will be the last to open their eyes on this request for a full untainted investigation ? Scott Horton should be allowed and encouraged to pursue this subject without the current bias. This is far more important than any issue covered by to date. Don't wait until becomes totally irrelevant.

        1. Yes, but should we do nothing ? Once the ball gets rolling on this thing the public will start doing their own investigations in a personal way. After all, that's exactly what's been going on anyway. You can't put this genie back in the thermite jar. But it's paramount to push for an investigation. You can be sure the perps will have yet another 911 in the works. To avoid that, we( readers) must speak-out in the most rational format possible, that we know what took place on 911. The evidence is overwhelming, so only has to read the research that is already available……No need to reinvent the wheel.

      1. "The numbers grow daily"

        By how many?

        "architects and engineers"

        Oh yeah it's those whackjobs and tools still believing into some specially engineered and totally invisible super sauce to bring down the towers.

        If there is anything more apt to hide the real interesting part of what was going on, which is the part _behind_ the scenery of the burning tower, i.e. the power players' part (who is dancing and where?), one would be at a loss to point it out.

        Like those cretins endlessly combing through the grassy knoll any totally ignoring the question of what was _really_ going on.

        1. There's so much misinformation, disinformation and speculation out there that the whole issue of 9-11 is sometimes pointless to discuss. I'll make one assertion that's difficult even for the most die-hard believer of the official story to deny. The government did an absolutely atrocious job with the investigation. The 9-11 commission report is a joke of epic proportions. The unanswered questions and un-investigated leads in the narrative are the fuel on the fire of conspiracy theories. We've paid well over a trillion dollars and expended countless lives in the "War of Terror". I think the events that precipitated THIS foreign policy response at least deserve a comprehensive investigation. i.e. the type that leaves "no stone unturned". Shouldn't we demand a 100% rock-solid story to justify the horror of TWO wars????

          1. 1300+ Architects & Engineers…..emphatically agree with you. More than 65% of American's polled do not believe the official story of 911. A lot is at stake here. If we Truther's are right, then we'll be seeing events like 911 over and over again. Success breeds contempt for the gullible. It always has.

        2. like those cretins???

          The US Congress, in a separate inquiry concluded that the JFK assassination was most likely a conspiracy. You mean those cretins? Just because a report didn't make your radar (apparently) doesn't mean the people who are better informed than you are cretins, m8.

          Check your facts.

  6. Anyone who would disparage someone calling for a new investigation into the 9/11 attacks is a false flag shill.

    Cass Sunstein, is that you?

  7. awright awready!! I’m just waiting for a MAJOR fire in a tall, steel-framed building that DOES NOT undergo a universal collapse into it’s own footprint at or near freefall speed!!!!! I never bought the guv’s story. Any of it…

  8. OMG!! I have never been to this website before, and got here because I heard someone interviewed on KPFA, saying we need to have a single-issue (anti war, I assumed) PUSH to get USA Americans mobilized against these ongoing wars.
    Imagine my surprise when I get here and find a whole left-leaning tower of babel.
    I agree with the person interviewed (didn't catch his name) that this is exactly what we need – a simple, single issue to rally around and try and keep up public pressure for a period of time.
    The problem, it seems to me, is that it is so easy to sit at our desks and write comments and replies that no-one has the energy to create the forum for this need … and I think it is a real need for our fellow citizens, right and left. I mean, I expect that many of the tea-partyers would rally against these wars too. Not all of them are the corporate CEO's that are benefiting from the "endless war" concept.
    So I say, "Good luck to that interviewee who wanted to spear-head an anti war effort." I support you. The only thing is, there needs to be a simple type of rallying website, not a place where we can all spout off and rant and rave.

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