Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rock and Roll High School

For years the Bush administration has come under heavy criticism from human rights groups, legal scholars and members of Congress for its detention policies and support for torture in the so-called war on terror. But last week, President Bush got a rebuke from an unexpected source. Last Monday the president was meeting with this year’s Presidential Scholars -- they're high school students. One of them handed him a handwritten letter signed by fifty of the students. It read: “As members of the Presidential Scholars class of 2007, we have been told that we represent the best and brightest of our nation. Therefore, we believe we have a responsibility to voice our convictions. We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants.” (Democracy Now!)

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