Lisa Hajjar


State of the drones

Although heavily implied, one thing Obama didn't directly mention in his State of the Union speech was drones.


International law, the Gaza war, and Palestine's state of exception

Israel's latest assault on Gaza has no legal basis as an occupying power and constitutes a set of war crimes.


9/11 hearings: Hear no evil

If the government prevails, observers at any of the 9/11 hearings would see, but not hear those on trial, writes Hajjar.


CIA: KUBARK's very long shadow

A recently uncovered FBI 'primer' document on interrogation techniques cites manuals from the CIA's dark past.

Guantanamo Bay

America's detention policy debacle turns ten

The legacy of torture and cruel treatment in detention operations has not been expunged under US president Obama.

Guantanamo Bay

Obama inherits and embraces a 'legal mess'

From Guantanamo to Bagram prison in Afghanistan, Obama has broken his promise to end torture and illegal detention.

Guantanamo Bay

The 'War on Terror' goes to court

For a majority of Guantanamo detainees, US judges have found flimsy evidence linking the suspects to 'terror' groups.

Guantanamo Bay

US detention policy: Exposing the dark side

During George W Bush's first term, the US tortured many 'War on Terror' prisoners, including a 15-year-old boy.

Guantanamo Bay

US detention post-9/11: Birth of a debacle

The Bush administration made a series of decisions authorising torture and secret prisons just days after 9/11.


Guantanamo is an evolutionary experiment

US detention centre can remain open as long as the "war on terror" continues, with no end in sight.


Pvt Manning proves 'slippery slope'

Treatment of the US soldier shows there is a fine line between torture of enemy combatants and American citizens.

US & Canada

Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo

Suleiman, a friend to the US and reported torturer, has long been touted as a presidential successor.