The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the “Two New OLC Opinions on Warrantless Surveillance;” the mysterious “program” of unspecified purpose related to NSA data mining; the (sometimes) conflicting legal opinions of OLC lawyers John Yoo and Jack Goldsmith; the NSA’s powerful surveillance algorithms; the differing Fourth Amendment protections for foreign and domestic communications; John Yoo’s willingness to trade preposterous legal opinions (much desired by the Bush administration to justify their criminal behavior) for high office; and Obama’s illegal and immoral war on Libya.

MP3 here. (18:36)

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.

2 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. Right now the US is deploying missiles on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland, fineshed by 2015. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". The Russian answer will be Launch On Warning and we´ll probably commit suicide by mistake/accident because of the bloody fools in the Pentagon. Now is the time to tell senators and everybody that a disarming first strike capability is suicidal. Bob Aldridge realized this and resigned.

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