The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses the double standard wherein the US can assist in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists but the very idea of reciprocity (via a dubious plot) is beyond the pale; the skeptical accounts of the Iranian assassination “plot” in the European press, especially compared to the credulous US media; the hardliners in Congress pushing for mandatory military custody of terrorism suspects, formerly the purview of federal courts, in a cynical political move to make Obama look bad; how this tough-guy approach will impair extradition of terrorist suspects to the US (as few countries will hand over citizens to a military kangaroo court); trying Rudy Guliani and his cohorts on material support for terrorism charges – in Guantanamo; Obama’s non-reply on a justification for the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki sixteen year old son; and why unchecked executive power may have overwhelmed the Posse Comitatus Act’s prohibitions against domestic military operations.

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