Friday, March 28, 2014

The price of torture? $150,000 honorarium and a speaking invitation at the U

"Student and faculty activists are joining forces to pressure the University of Minnesota to rescind a speaking invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to deliver an April 17 lecture at Northrop Auditorium," Maura Lerner writes in the Strib.  Rice will be paid $150,000 for her fifty minute lecture.  A resulution submitted to the Faculty Senate "criticizes Rice for playing 'a prominent role in [the Bush] administration’s efforts to mislead the American people … into the Iraq war, and condoning waterboarding' and other torture tactics.”

By "playing a prominent role," the resolution presumably refers to the fact that, among other things, Rice "personally approved a CIA request to use 'waterboarding' and other harsh interrogation techniques."

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