Scott Horton Interviews The Other Scott Horton

Scott Horton, May 03, 2012

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The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses former #3 CIA boss Jose Rodriguez’s defense of torture and the destruction of interrogation videos (that he ordered); Rodriguez’s claim that the tapes were shredded to protect CIA agents from Al Qaeda retribution, not to coverup criminal acts; how the Department of Justice erodes the rule of law by failing to prosecute former officials bragging about their crimes on television; and the systemic torture practiced by US officials that extended far beyond waterboarding.

MP3 here. (19:48)

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.

12 Responses to “The Other Scott Horton”

  1. The U.S. Government's lawlessness, its cavalier disregard for domestic and international law, is on display for the world to see. Countries of the world, take note.

    Whenever The Pantsuited One goes abroad to lecture the world, the host government(s) should tell her to take her pantsuited ass the hell back to the U.S. Clean up your own act, Secretary Clinton, before lecturing us on war crimes and human rights violations.

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  3. Scott Horton is so sweet. He still thinks there is some rule of law left for PTB in U.S,

  4. I thought Mukasey was Horton's best friend.

  5. Scott Horton
    “Everyone rises to the best level of their incompetence, or something like that.”

    Actually, the correct quote is from a book written about 1970 called, Up the down staircase and it reads, “Everyone rises to their highest level of incompetence.”

    The book premise being that in any organization, we are promoted up the chain of command until we start to supervise those who are more intelligent. Whereupon, our career stagnates and unending battles do we have with those better able to do our job.

  6. Scott Horton
    “Everyone rises to their best level of incompetence, or something like that.”

    Actually, the correct quote is from a book written about 1970 called, Up The Down Staircase. And it reads,

    “Everyone rises to their highest level of incompetence.”

    The book premise being that in any organization, we are promoted up the chain of command until we start to supervise those who are more intelligent. Whereupon, our career stagnates and unending battles do we have with those better able to do our job.

  7. There has only be one major change on this planet for the past 200 years.
    Transition from chattel slavery to mind control slavery.
    When a political illusionist kills millions of innocent people (e.g Vietnam 2+million, Iraq 2+million, Afhganistan + Pakistan <500,000) and pays the media in order to be portrayed as a human rights defender, that's corruption. They believe that they're superior to their victims that cannot undertand their games.
    Unfortunately, that type of mind control slavery cannot continue forever.

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