I’m Here for My Bill of Goods

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com May 12, 2005 'America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.' — George W. Bush October 7, 2002 Whew! Lucky for us, the smoking gun came in the form of 'Top Secret' notes, the authenticity of which is not disputed, of a briefing British Prime Minister Tony Blair received on July 23, 2002, from Richard Dearlove, then...

Blame Wilson

by Scott Horton Antiwar.com April 24, 2005 '[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power...

The Teetering Empire

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com April 06, 2005 Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire and Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, and the guest on my March 26 radio show [stream] [download mp3], spent decades as what he now calls a 'spear-carrier for empire.' According to Mr. Johnson, we have '[t]o a certain extent ”¦ been at war since 1940.' When the U.S. government told him that our military dominance of much of the planet...

Who’s Afraid of John Bolton?

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com April 02, 2005 George Bush’s nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has provoked a storm of controversy, setting off cries of 'loose cannon!' and 'unilateralism!' from the more internationalist of the American interventionists. Currently undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs, Bolton is a figure whose study provides a telling illustration of the current debate within the foreign policy...

The End of the Right to Counsel?

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com March 09, 2005 What if the government arrested you on terrorism charges? What if your lawyer was afraid to zealously defend you (as required by the Model Rules)? What if your lawyer was so afraid, he wouldn’t even tell you that he wasn’t able to zealously defend you? This is the direction American criminal law is taking, according to defense attorney and civil rights activist Elaine Cassel, author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled...

Bush Keeps Fueling the Fire

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com March 04, 2005 When Seymour Hersh last appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, he explained the administration’s foreign policy agenda to host Jon Stewart. After noting that this agenda was the work of the 'neoconservatives, the Wolfowitzes, the people who work at the Pentagon, the civilians,' and their belief that Iran 'shouldn’t exist,' Stewart began to seem a bit incredulous. Hersh took this opportunity to make it clear that he has every reason to believe...

Man, Technology and State

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com February 27, 2005 It’s clear at this point in the history of our nation that the national government is not limited in any serious way by the restrictions placed upon it in the Constitution. The limited republic envisioned by the founders has given way to unlimited democracy and empire. Government will likely encroach more and more on what had previously been considered unalienable rights here at home as it slaughters innocents overseas. Apparently, 'we had an...

Torturing Our Sovereignty

By Scott Horton Antiwar.com February 25, 2005 One issue raised in my Feb. 19 interview [stream] [download] of the coincidentally named Scott Horton, director of the International League of Human Rights, was that certain crimes, particularly war crimes, are subject to prosecution by any nation. That is, when the people of a criminal state refuse to hold the individuals in charge accountable when they violate the most basic laws of warfare, foreign powers — whether part of the original dispute...

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