Scott Horton Interviews Laura Pitter

Scott Horton, July 16, 2011

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Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor in Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, discusses the HRW report “Getting Away With Torture;” why the Bush administration should be criminally investigated for its torture program; giving compensation to torture victims who cannot bring suit in court due to state secrets privilege; the illegality of holding prisoners incommunicado in “black sites,” even if they are otherwise treated humanely; why federal courts are more fair and efficient than military commissions; and why Spanish courts may begin torture investigations anew, after John Durham’s long investigation of CIA misconduct concluded that only 2 of over 100 cases should be prosecuted.

MP3 here. (20:54)

Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor in Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, monitors, analyzes and writes on US counterterrorism policies. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Laura was a journalist, human rights advocate, and attorney who practiced in both the public and private sectors.

She was a reporter during the war in Bosnia where she wrote for Time Magazine and Reuters News Agency among other media outlets. Following the war she worked for the United Nations in both Bosnia and post Sept. 11-Afghanistan as a protection and political affairs officer. After Afghanistan, Laura practiced law for eight years, first with the Legal Aid Society and later with a boutique law firm, both in New York. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

7 Responses to “Laura Pitter”

  1. The silence tells it all…. The successful lawfare by the neocons and their dual citizen comrads renders the rights of their victims null and void…. Just like the American black slaves and the ostlanders the Nutzeez tweeked their law to legally dispatch…..

  2. The world needs to realize that some people need to be killed, so the rest of us can live in peace. The bumb from Iran with his private army that is still killing American solders is certainly one of them.

  3. american solders need to be killed in middle east where they are not welcome by the populace.

  4. The only people that need to be killed so that the rest of the world could live in peace are those Americans that are bombing and killing people all over the world.

    PS: not the good ones

  5. Obama's first betrayal of our people was his refusal to investigate and prosecute the bushies, not just for torture, but for two phony "elections", lying us into two brutal, ruinous wars, Katrina, 9/11, and a host of lesser crimes.
    This is not Obama's only betrayal, but it's the worst by far.

  6. You have forgotten to add a name of significant importance who should be added to the list, though NOT in the Federal Government a very loud and threatening supporter.

    Rupert Murdoch!

  7. Do you think this type of radical statements, even if they aren't serious – I suspect, hope that they aren't – are helpful in any way?

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