Scott Horton

Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor of Harper's Magazine and lectures at Columbia Law School.  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.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:48am
The Drone Secrecy Farce
Following Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech at Northwestern , publications including the New York Times , the Washington Post , and the Los Angeles Times responded with renewed demands for the release
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 7:59am
Interrogation Nation
Dahlia Lithwick at Slate offers the smartest take so far on George W. Bush's noncoerced confession that he authorized waterboarding and aggressively defended torture as part of his "legacy" to future presidents:
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 6:07pm
The Guantánamo ‘Suicides': The Official Response Begins
When a cover-up is exposed, nothing is more telling than the first reactions from those who are involved. Do they maintain their stories and face potentially aggravated consequences? Or do they simply remain silent? In making this choice, they often telegraph the depth of their anxiety and concern.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 9:31am
Spanish Investigators Push Justice Department On Torture Role; How Will Holder Answer?
Two investigating judges from the Spanish national security court, the Audiencia Nacional, are asking the U.S. Justice Department for details about the role played by Bush Administration lawyers in the development and approval of torture practices that were apparently applied to a number of Spanish subjects held in Guantanamo.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 2:55pm
American Diplomats Advocated 'Nuremberg Defense'
Two newly-obtained documents show how American diplomats during the Bush administration worked tenaciously to incorporate what is commonly known as the Nuremberg Defense into a new international convention addressing enforced disappearances. The rejection of the notion that government agents could avoid liability for crimes by arguing that they were simply following orders had been a bedrock principle of the American government ever since shortly after the end of World War II, when that defense was employed during the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 1:06pm
Partisan Politics and the Accountability Commission
Notwithstanding commanding support in Congress and with the American public, the creation of an Accountability Commission is now being held up by the Obama White House.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 8:28am
Torture Smoking Gun?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) opened a hearing on the Bush administration's torture policy quoting Tallyrand: "The greatest danger in times of crisis comes from the zeal of those who are inexperienced." Whitehouse promised to separate the "truth" from its "bodyguard of lies." In doing so, the former federal prosecutor brought the shadowy world of intelligence into Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 4:09pm
On Torture: Win One for the Gipper!
It would be hard to pick the stupidest meme floating among the Beltway stenographic pool, but it might just be the claim that the demand for accountability for torture comes from figures on the left wing of the Democratic Party. In fact, opposition to torture is hardly a left-right, liberal-conservative, Democrat-Republican sort of issue. But in Beltwelt, the "realities" of partisan politics offer an answer to every question.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:54am
Bybee Weighs In
Judge Jay Bybee has been conspicuously absent from the discussion about his most famous opinions-not the ones he issued from the bench, but those he uttered just before leaving the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Those opinions gave the green light to the use of a series of torture techniques on specific prisoners held by the CIA. But today, Jay Bybee has spoken. He responded to questions from the New York Times :
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Monday, April 27, 2009 - 3:54pm
Broder for the Defense
In the Sunday Washington Post, David Broder explains why all calls for accountability with respect to the Bush Administration's introduction of torture techniques are not just wrong, they're psychologically unhinged.
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