The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses his article “A Setback for Obama’s War on Whistleblowers” and the unusual judicial check on Executive power; how the DOJ persecutes whistleblowers when they can’t be prosecuted; the Supreme Court decision that gives blanket immunity to prosecutorial misconduct; the two torture lawsuits progressing against Donald Rumsfeld because apparently government officials can only torture foreigners, not Americans, with impunity; and why another adverse SCOTUS ruling could effectively remove any process of legal recourse against the government.

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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. Horton's a knowledgeable man (so's the other Horton!) Do I infer that he's not very sanguine about courts protecting us from the evil federal government? Sure, there are a few pro-freedom rulings here and there. For the most part, however, courts are contemptuous of the abused citizen. (That Supreme Court ruling that gives prosecutors immunity from suit is a Goddamn travesty. Of course, it's what one would expect from those Federalist Society shysters Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas.)

    The U.S. Government is broken. Keep nullification and secession in mind. . . .

  2. The US is the last none 3 world countrys I would ever live in.They don't follow there own laws but expect others to.Time for a hole new government because the one now is Tyranicle.The law meaning the constitution says if the government becomes tyranicle the citizens have the constitution on there side to replace it.The time came long ago but better late than never.The government is more criminal and responsible for more illegal actions including killing than almost anyone in any jail in the world.The way Drones kill people including children make the government serial killers.All the wars are illegal look at Lybia they were supposed to stop citizens from dieing in a cival war witch is illegal to involve yourself in and have killed more civillinas than anyone else they are criminal.Next to criminal in the dictionary they should have the US government and other countrys help[ing them in these illegal wars were more civilians die than anyone even more than the freedom fighter and thats what the US called them untill they decided to go illegaly to war with them now they are terrorists.Thats another thing in the dictionary were the American government should be for the meaning of terrorists because they are the bigest the world has seen.

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