Scott Horton Interviews Francis Boyle

Scott Horton, August 25, 2011

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Francis Boyle, Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses how in 2004 the FBI and CIA tried to make him an informant to betray his Arab and Muslim legal clients; how his refusal landed him on several terrorism watch lists, guaranteeing him a lifetime of harassment when traveling; the list of five thousand Arabs, Muslims and their sympathizers that the FBI interrogated and attempted to “turn;” the US government’s habit of rounding up entire groups of Americans (or planning to) and sending them to prison camps during a crisis – Constitution notwithstanding; and why we already live in a police state, which will become a military dictatorship after one more major terrorist attack.

MP3 here. (20:59)

Francis Boyle is a Professor and scholar in the areas of international law and human rights. He is the author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions: Alternative Media Interviews, BREAKING ALL THE RULES: Palestine, Iraq, Iran and the Case for Impeachment and many other publications.

Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs. He also practiced tax and international tax with Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston.

He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. His Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law (Rowman & Littlefield Inc. 2007) has been used successfully in anti-war protest trials. In the September 2000 issue of the prestigious The International History Review, Professor Boyle’s Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations (1898-1922) was proclaimed as “a major contribution to this reinterrogation of the past” and “required reading for historians, political scientists, international relations specialists, and policy-makers.” That book was translated into Korean and published in Korea in 2003 by Pakyoungsa Press.

As an internationally recognized expert, Professor Boyle serves as counsel to  Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine. He also represents two associations of citizens within Bosnia and has been instrumental in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Professor Boyle is Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, conducting its legal affairs on a worldwide basis. Over his career, he has represented national and international bodies including the Blackfoot Nation (Canada), the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation, as well as numerous individual death penalty and human rights cases. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare.

From 1991-92, Professor Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, as well as  a consultant to the American Friends Services Committee, and on the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. That story is told in his book Biowarfare and Terrorism (Clarity Press: 2005).

In 2001 he was selected to be the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Lecturer by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada. In 2007 he became the Bertrand Russell Peace Lecturer at McMaster University in Canada. Professor Boyle is listed in the current edition of  Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Currently Professor Boyle lectures on international law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

13 Responses to “Francis Boyle”

  1. So if AQ can get around U.S. passport control, why can't he. Report passport lost & get a new one without his middle name, or undergo a legal name change & get a new passport under that name.

  2. This is pretty disturbing. I kept thinking of the lyrics of a song: 'there's a shadow hanging over me…'. I have a feeling I'm being watched, and all I've ever done is write pointed letters to the local editor and online. I can't stop now and anyway it's too late, but I do suspect (paranoid?) that some people I know may have been recruited to inform or at least keep their eye on me. Just something someone said lately that aroused an uneasy feeling.

  3. Random thought. If FEMA's one of the tools of the forthcoming military takeover & interment of (among others) all commenters on antiwar.com, is the Red Cross in on it? How much secrud funding to they get from the USG to be ready to go to work when they're called on to do their patriotic duty.

  4. First, a word about Boyle: He's one of those lawyers–yeah, they're still around, but getting scarce, it seems!–who remains devoted to traditional legal principles. All honor to him.

    The U.S. Government is broken. It's lawless at home and abroad. It's controlled by every corporate lobbyist with a checkbook. Israel controls our–pardon my laughter–"Middle East policy."

    What's to be done? Keep nullification and secession in mind. . . .

  5. [...] or until the two Agencies who put me on there remove my name, which is highly unlikely.” Francis Boyle recently discussed the watch list with Scott Horton (Antiwar Radio).  Excerpt: Scott Horton:  I have to wonder too about the fact that, just the fact that [...]

  6. The International Red Cross has often clashed with the US government. I don't know about your local Red Cross.

  7. "Israel controls our–pardon my laughter–'Middle East policy.' "

    Dispensationalists eager for the Second Coming control our Middle East policy. Oil companies have clout as well.

  8. [...] or until the two Agencies who put me on there remove my name, which is highly unlikely.” Francis Boyle recently discussed the watch list with Scott Horton (Antiwar Radio). Excerpt: Scott Horton: I have to wonder too about the fact that, just the fact that you’re [...]

  9. The FEMA/CONCENTRATION CAMPS that you and Scott talked about was the subject of a show called Conspiracy Theory hosted by Jesse Ventura. It has also been talked about way before that on various web sites. The powers that be had that show removed from that season and remotely erased DVR's they pulled a 1984 on it if you go to trutv to find it you will not!!!!! But it is still on UTUBE. Thank God!!! I have provided the link to it. It shocked me that you would even mention it only us crazies that beleive in conspiracy thoeories beleived in such nonsense. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qx20LA4PM0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fhXBTf_i10&fehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qx20LA4PM0

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