Scott Horton: Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare



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The Center on National Security Presents:

Scott Horton and Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare

Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for his work on law and national security issues. Horton lectures at Columbia Law School and continues to practice law in the emerging markets area. A lifelong human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. Horton's book, Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare, was published by Nation Books in January 2015.


Lords of Secrecy explores the most important national security debates of our time, including the legal and moral issues surrounding the turn to private security contractors, the sweeping surveillance methods of intelligence agencies, and the use of robotic weapons such as drones. Horton looks at the legal edifice upon which these decisions are based and discusses approaches to rolling back the flood of secrets that is engulfing America today.Whistleblowers, but also Congress, the public, and the media, play a vital role in this process.