Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

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  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Dr. Lisa Hajjar will discuss “the trial of the century”: the military commission trial of Khaled Sheikh Muhammad and four others accused of planning the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Hajjar will offer a first-hand perspective on her visits to Guantanamo, and will discuss the critical and contentious issues that this case raises.

The U.S. government is striving to pursue accountability for 9/11, but justice is complicated. All five defendants were held for years in secret prisons and tortured by the CIA. Everything surrounding this case has been shrouded in secrecy, which severely impedes the legal process. Dr. Hajjar will discuss how the military commission system is struggling to contend with these complicated issues in a multi-defendant death penalty case.

Brief Bio: A professor of sociology at the University of California—Santa Barbara, Lisa Hajjar is also the 2014-2015 Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University Beirut. Her research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge, 2012). She serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report, Jadaliyya, and the Journal of Palestine Studies.

This event is sponsored by: USD College of Arts and Sciences, USD Center for Inclusion & Diversity—a “Without Guarantees” Series Event, the Department of Sociology, CAS Teaching & Learning Grant, and a Provost’s Office Enhanced Student/Faculty Interaction Grant.

For more information, please contact Dr. S. Gregory Prieto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, sprieto@sandiego.edu

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