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A letter to the Stanford community


 We now know that Condoleezza Rice chaired White House meetings that discussed how much torture and what kind should be carried out - even after Abu Ghraib became public knowledge.
 From a recent ABC story: “Then-National Security Advisor Rice, sources said, was decisive. Despite growing policy concerns -- shared by Powell -- that the program was harming the image of the United States abroad, sources say she did not back down, telling the CIA: "This is your baby. Go do it”."
 She not only knew about it, she took a leading role in planning its details, and in spreading the White House falsehood that Abu Ghraib was the fault of a few bad apples.
 For eight years Rice systematically twisted the truth. In the past, a university has been all about caring for the truth. Finding it, accurately disseminating it. That is why, over the years, dozens of tenured professors have lost their jobs - for one or two percent of the falsification that Rice passed out.
 Condoleezza Rice wishes to teach political science. But a scientist is one who seeks the truth, not one who falsifies it. She is unfit to teach at Stanford. Not because of her political views. But because she cares so little for (1) truth and so little for (2) individual freedom that she was willing to spend eight years betraying her own great gifts, shilling for George Bush, and helping to craft our national nightmare. 
 For these two reasons I am aghast that this person should be awarded a position at Stanford University.
 Stanford is my own university. I earned a Ph.D. here just 40 years ago. For all that time I have taken great pride in the thought that here “the wind of freedom blows.”
 No more. This month Condoleezza Rice returns as a professor to my university, Today I wear my Stanford degree as a badge of shame.

Stephen Voss, Istanbul. shvoss@gmail.com

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