Questions For Condi

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Here are some good ideas of questions for Condi that she has hitherto not publicly answered:

  • Why do you still assert that waterboarding is not torture despite overwhelming legal evidence to the contrary, especially the fact that the United States has, on many occasions, prosecuted military officers and citizens under torture laws for waterboarding? (Some notable cases of waterboarding are mentioned here: http://jonathanturley.org/2009/05/08/three-legal-truths-the-case-for-the-prosecution-of-war-crimes-by-the-bush-administration/ )
  • You said in a previous interview, "By definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Conventions Against Torture." Do you really believe that the executive defines what is and what is not legal rather than the law itself? (Quote source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijEED_iviTA )
  • You said in a previous interview, with regard to your role in ordering waterboarding, "I didn't authorize anything. I conveyed the authorization of the administration to the agency that they had policy authorization, subject to the Justice Department's clearance. That's what I did." As the National Security Advisor and one of only six high-level government officials comprising the National Security Council's Principals Committee which discussed and approved specific interrogation details, how do you expect anyone to believe that you only played the role of a mere messenger in forming policy? (Quote source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijEED_iviTA ) (More: http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/LawPolitics/story?id=4583256 )
  • The campus group Stanford Says No to War has been circulating a petition that currently has over 1000 signees from the Stanford community, including students, staff, alums and professors. The text of this petition reads: "We the undersigned students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other concerned members of the Stanford community, believe that high officials of the U.S. Government, including our former Provost, current Political Science Professor, and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Condoleezza Rice, should be held accountable for any serious violations of the Law (including ratified treaties, statutes, and/or the U.S. Constitution) through investigation and, if the facts warrant, prosecution, by appropriate legal authorities." Would you like to sign our petition? If not, what part of the petition do you disagree with? (Petition 'source': http://www.stanford.edu/group/antiwar/cgi-bin/crpetition.php )
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