Against the Grain

Litigating Torture

Following the attacks of September 11th, the administration of George W. Bush instituted the widespread use of coercive interrogations of detainees, as well as kidnapping, forced disappearance, and sham commission proceedings. Yet for the first several years of the “war on terror” little was known about what the U.S. state was doing to prisoners, until hundreds of lawyers — some from the left, but others even from the military itself — challenged the U.S. government in court. Sociologist Lisa Hajjar describes the legal fight against torture and its legacy now. (Encore presentation.)


Lisa Hajjar, The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight against Torture UC Press, 2022