The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the dismissal of the CCR/ACLU lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s authority to order the targeted killing of US citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi; the legal paradox that requires the government to obtain a warrant for wiretapping but allows summary execution with no judicial oversight; why the government will probably make limited use of extrajudicial assassination but will not repudiate the executive authority to do so; Nigeria’s indictment of Dick Cheney for bribery that may require the US to deal with an extradition request; and how the US will probably seek to extradite Julian Assange as a material witness against Bradley Manning in an attempt to discredit WikiLeaks and deter future leakers.

MP3 here. (18:30)

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.

3 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. So does that mean the Nigerian President has the exact same right of Executive Decision of Assasination of Say Dick Cheney if the United States decides not to Extradite him for the Bribery charges.

    Noting that the United States Constitutionally IS NOT AT WAR and the Presidents ALLEDGED Powers all relate to HIS WARTIME POWERS AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF and noting that we have a United States Supreme Court Judge making that statement in OPEN and IN SESSION COURT.

    If I remember the Quote properly it said something like “War what War we are not at War………. .

    Something that wasnt reported at the time. See the Arguement transcripts of Hamdin V Rumsfeld.

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