The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses how the “Cheney doctrine” continues to dominate US policy ten years after 9/11; Cheney’s aggressive pro-torture propaganda book tour, meant to be a preemptive strike against his possible prosecution; why many Americans trust the government to torture and kill wisely and judiciously; and the double standard of US torture prosecutions, whereby the son of Liberia’s Charles Taylor gets 97 years while Cheney remains a free man.

MP3 here. (20:07)

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.

10 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. "Torture is the prerogative of power."

    There, in a single sentence, the whole story is told.

    I've been saying that all along in multiple sentences, but thanks for the perfect sound bite.

  2. the sad thing about taylor is that he was charged for violating US laws for crimes he committed in his own country! talk about long arm of the law. not that we had jurisdiction or anything.

    there is no law in the US, just plain ol' force.

  3. There ia really nothing to say he is a crimminal and a mass mudder.Untill him and people like him are put in jail for breaking the law and thats exactly what he did it will not stop.America is a shell of what it useds to be.Killing poor people of dark skin around the world is genicide.I'm white and hate the racism.But there is still black and white rasism but it no were near the new form rich and poor.If they had there way billions would die no ,matter the coular of there skin.One good thing is countrys that are against tourture are starting to bring this to the forfront.American citizens that agree to tourture are sad.Americans are fightind illegal wars and the soldiers will suffer more because of tourture.

  4. Police are brain washed and break laws of the constitution everyday.They should not be outfitted with milatery weapons.There is corruption at every singel level.Police are suppoesed to talk to citizens uless commiting a crime we pay them and everthing in this country through incometax they work for use and need to act that wat a treat peple with rerspect and follow the law you swore to uphole or are you a coward.Trust me I've read books and experienced first hand Police corruption many times.As far ass threats to plant something on you lie onb a stand trump up charges to keep you from getting bail and I've even had my entire citys tacticle unite with full militarey gear on and guns like AKs about 25 red dotsa on my car with my 8 month pregnate wife in the car.Had guns put bin my mouth and got beat all for a no show traffic court.This is in Canada.APolice officer got shot and 6 months latter was when this happend just flexing.Touph when they have 25 Police with every weapon.It suprprizes me people that have nothing don't kill more police.I'm not the only one thing sinilar have been done to.

  5. Sorry the Police officer was killed 6 months before.But with the way they break the law and ruin peoples lifes It surprizes me it don't happen more.Police that just do there job the way they are supposed to people should not have a problem with.One day it could be your mom or grandmother and a good cop could save there life.Police forces need to be investgated for law breaking police.

  6. I disagree 100% with Mr. Horton and yourself and Col. Wilkerson-and probably many others on Dick Chaney's motives-since Obama and the Democrats wish to continue in some way the Chaney tactics they have no intention of prosecuting him now or ever. Obama and Holder have basically said so.

    Big Dick has no fear of the Pinochet treatment-least of all in US where "human rights and peace movement" is at best a joke and at worse a farce.

  7. "Five Deferments Dick" Cheney is a vile sonofabitch. I hope his next heart attack will be his last.

    The U.S. Government is thoroughly dishonorable. That's why Cheney, Bush, Yoo, Bybee et al. are enjoying the good life instead of facing criminal punishment.

  8. What Chaney is trying to do is to galvanize public opinion in favor of torture- and basically in favor of vengeance – even if that vengeance is misplaced vengeance. 911 has been turned into America's 'Holocaust' i.e. a shield for any and every act of aggression we would want to commit, either for 'National Security' or for business/economic interests. If we accept and support his views we 'share the guilt' and thus empower this cabal to proceed further down this demonic path. Tom Engelhardt has just published an excellent article on the degradation of 911.

  9. Those who took part in or agree with our use of torture must feel totally betrayed by Cheney, who belligerently defends his policy of torture at the same time sacrificed low level members of the US Army for following orders on his policy. Cheney is not only a chicken-hawk, but a total backstabbing creep.

    Anybody taking part in torture or other human rights violations should keep in mind that they will be used as scapegoats anytime it is deeped convenient. The creeps giving those orders will turn them in on a dime.

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