Scott Horton Interviews John Hutson

Scott Horton, April 03, 2012

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Rear Admiral John D. Hutson (Ret. USN) discusses his article “Military Commissions Are a Failed Experiment, Try Terror Suspects in Civilian Courts;” how commissions are traditionally and properly used to quickly determine the status of captured enemy soldiers on a battlefield; why the greatest US export is (was) justice and equal protection under the law, not democracy; how Guantanamo trials are set up to guarantee conviction – even more so than the near-certainty in federal courts; relying on the goodwill of the President and Attorney General to uphold and enforce laws against torture; and how al-Qaeda, by all accounts a decimated terrorist organization, has frightened Americans into giving up their Bill of Rights.

MP3 here. (23:35)

Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.) served in the U. S. Navy from 1973 to 2000. He was the Navy’s Judge Advocate General from 1997 to 2000. He is Dean Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire, where he served as Dean & President from July 2000 through January 2011.

24 Responses to “John Hutson”

  1. What is this guy yapping about America having the best and fairest justice system on earth ?
    Where is American justice for the robber barons on Wallstreet and the warmongers in Washington ? If you have enough money to get a good lawyer you can literally get away with murder but if you're poor you're sheer out of luck even if you're innocent. America justice abroad is a hellfire missile from a drone.

  2. Admiral John D. Hutson
    “Our greatest export is justice”

    Having grown up in the slums of Milwaukee, Minneapolis and LA, having pulled KP duty (washed the dirty dishes of US Army officers) in the South Pacific during our War on Vietnam, I would respectfully disagree.

  3. The justice system in America is comparatively the best and fairest justice system on earth. That's the law that is 'written', not the one that is manipulated by the Powers That Be. Until we dump those Powers That Be, the just law will continue to be criminally usurped, the American citizen's individual rights will continue to be destroyed, people will continue to be held without due process, people will die. Rear Admiral Hutson is brilliant but not egotistical and stands up and speaks truth to lies.

  4. Enough Maddoff tawra and Shariaa is ON

  5. But, what is the difference between your “brilliant” Admiral and the super-intelligent rich nobility who created your criminal Constitution. For slave owners created a Constitution to corrupt America with perpetual slavery for the laboring-class, starvation wages for a hard working laboring man and today as of old, a forth of America’s children suffer the slavery of hunger.

    As half of Americans have always, and will always, do unskilled manual labor for a living, minimum wage shall be raised until the lower half of society has half of our nation’s wealth.

    As it is a crime for a forth of America’s children to suffer the slavery of hunger, a slavery that has existed since 1776, minimum wage shall be raised until less then 1% of America’s children suffer hunger.

  7. Addendum to my prior comment: Has anyone from the winner side of a war ever been tried for war crimes? War crimes trials are a mockery of justice.

  8. Nice slam on the U.S. federal courts, Scott. I couldn't have put it better.

  9. This guy is clueless. When was the last time any pol listened to the will of the 99ers.

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  13. Has MEK committed any acts of terrorism against the U.S. since the time of the shah in Iran? And they weren't put on the list until 1997, though their terrorism against U.S. was before 1979? WTF?

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