The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the double standard wherein the US can assist in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists but the very idea of reciprocity (via a dubious plot) is beyond the pale; the skeptical accounts of the Iranian assassination “plot” in the European press, especially compared to the credulous US media; the hardliners in Congress pushing for mandatory military custody of terrorism suspects, formerly the purview of federal courts, in a cynical political move to make Obama look bad; how this tough-guy approach will impair extradition of terrorist suspects to the US (as few countries will hand over citizens to a military kangaroo court); trying Rudy Guliani and his cohorts on material support for terrorism charges – in Guantanamo; Obama’s non-reply on a justification for the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki sixteen year old son; and why unchecked executive power may have overwhelmed the Posse Comitatus Act’s prohibitions against domestic military operations.
MP3 here. (19:57)
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.