The Other Scott Horton


The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act allowing Americans to be detained by the military indefinitely, without trial; how democratic societies are destroyed by supposedly temporary or emergency “exceptions” to the rule of law; Congress’s tough-guy push for a militarized criminal justice system, even though the military opposes the idea and existing federal courts are perfectly capable of handling the work load; how the Bush administration successfully used civilian courts to prosecute and convict terrorists; and how DC Circuit Courts have neutered SCOTUS rulings on habeas corpus protections.

MP3 here. (22:16)

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.

17 thoughts on “The Other Scott Horton”


    If since 1776 we had never had a Constitution, could Empire USA have been — more genocidal to the indigenous tribes who use to own this land, — more a cruel military power in the way we destroyed democracy south of the border, — or more of a class dictatorship in the way we have always enslaved the laboring-class?

    Absolutely not, and if I owned a copy of the U.S. Constitution, not would I degrade my waste by using this the most satanic thing the world has ever known as toilet paper.

  2. Any evidence needed that McCain and Graham are one or two hair widths of distance from prior South American dictators has evaporated. These Senators are dangerous. Why are they allowed to be dangerous; because many of their constituents are idiots. That is right. A large portion of Arizona and South Carolina voters think "America is exceptional". The United States does not defy the laws of physics. If we don't keep the power of government in check, abuse is guaranteed to happen. It is a sickening time for the United States. This provision of S 1867 must be struck down.

    1. Just remember this Dink, McCain wasnt Born a US Citizen but a US National, way south below the Border in The Panama Canal Zone two years before the US Congress changed the law and Retro-actively made him a citizen, retroactive laws are unconstitutional as well! A hairs breath away from a Despotic South American Dictator he was born in a country that has produced many a South American Despotic Dictator. I wonder seriously whether there is in fact a Naturalisation Document in existence for McCain.

    2. Hell, Dink, I agree with everything you said.

      The U.S. Government is off the rails, constitutionally and legally speaking. Keep nullification and secession in mind. . . .

  3. Hey John, I think you should shut the kcuf up!
    “If since 1776 we had never had a Constitution”
    Weren’t you a norwagina? “We had a constitution”?
    You mother kcuf-er!!!
    Or are you just a robo-commenter. Which sometimes a military-personnel takes over and writes for ?????
    I tell you what, kiss this terrorist’s esrA.

  4. People in the US certainly did the right thing to 'get it in writing': this discussion could never have happened in Britain because we don't have a Constitution. I didn't even realise that we have a Supreme Court until this week.
    Meanwhile would Obama be able to veto just these provisions or would he have to strike down the entire Bill?

  5. Just wanted to let someone know that I haven't been able to download this or any of the other Antiwar Radio files for the past half hour or so. I've been able to download other audio files at other sites so I assume it's not just my machine. I get a "server not responding" message on my browser.

    (1) Abolish chain slavery?

    (2) Abolish bond slavery?

    (3) End a genocide that was well under way, one that ended up a holocaust for all the indigenous tribes from New York to California?

    (4) Prevent the 10% most educated and wealthy from hoarding 90% of the wealth?

    (5) Prevent the laboring class lower half of society from unending economical slavery?

    (6) Stop in the slightest all of the plunder by brutal imperialism of Empire USA?

    (7) Prevent corporations from establishing a money dictatorship over all of American politics?

    (8) Bottom line, such an illusion of good generating darkness and hiding misery — Has it not done more harm then good?

  7. I have a doorknob smarter than you, John Ellis!
    May your only braincell burns brightly for 1000 hours and lighten up you scull.

  8. U.S. Constitution — Can it protect both property and people?

    NO — for our court system is a property dictatorship, where the party with the most property always wins.

  9. “The other Scott Horton???” You mean “The real Scott Horton” Anyway, don’t blame the document. Blame the human that have abused and corrupted it.

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