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Stanford Alumni Nail Condi War Crimes Petition to Door of Stanford President's Office
On Sunday, May 3 Stanford alumni returning to the campus for a reunion marking the 40th anniversary of the anti-war April Third Movement nailed a petition to the door of the University President’s Office in Stanford’s Inner Quad. The petition demanded that Condoleezza Rice and other high government officials be held accountable for serious violations of law. Condoleezza Rice is back on Stanford campus this year and is facing questioning by students who have cornered her in halls and protests on campus.
The petition stated:
"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."
Marjorie Cohn, a leader of the April Third Movement and now President of the National Lawyers’ Guild, explained, “By nailing this petition to the door of the President’s office, we are telling Stanford that the university should not have war criminals on its faculty. There is prima facie evidence that Rice approved torture and misled the country into the Iraq War. Stanford has an obligation to investigate those charges.”
Forty years ago last October, many reunion participants nailed a document on the Stanford Trustees’ Inner Quad office door demanding that Stanford “halt all military and economic projects and operations concerned with Southeast Asia,” launching a campaign that led to the formation of April Third Movement in Spring, 1969. The A3M’s nine-day sit-in at the Applied Electronics Laboratory brought an end to secret military research on campus.
For information about the reunion, see http://www.a3m2009.org.
About 100 members of the April Third Movement and current students attended the event. Representatives of corporate, student, and independent media were there to document this historic action.
Demonstrators were joined by orange jump-suited torture victims and Raging Grannies.
For articles including "The High Cost of Occupations" by Ms. Marshall see http://middleeastwindow.com/rachellemarshall