2007 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS AND PRESIDENT BUSH ON DETAINEE ABUSE
JUNE AND JULY 2007 CHRONOLOGY
June 25 Students present letter on detainee abuse signed by 50 Presidential Scholars to
President Bush during White House photo shoot. Dana Perino confirms event.
NBC – News with Brian Williams
MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann
CNN – Ed Henry presents story in context of VP Cheney series in Washington Post
AP – “Scholars Urge Bush to Ban Torture”
June 26 CNN – John Roberts with Leah Anthony Libresco, Colin McSwiggen and Mari Oye
June 27 Maureen Dowd “W. Learns from Students” New York Times
Marty Kaplan “Bong Hits 4 Bush” on Huffington Post
Daniel Schorr – All Things Considered
June 29 WBZ TV with Mari Oye and Willa Michener
Nebraska TV with Two Scholars
Los Angeles Radio
July 4
Democracy Now – Amy Goodman interview with Leah Anthony Libresco and Mari Oye
July 10 Amy Goodman column
Leah Libresco, Colin McSwiggen and Mari Oye blog on Huffington Post
Tokyo Shimbun with Mari Oye, Willa Michener and Kenneth Oye
Asian American Radio interview with Mari Oye
July 20 President Bush announces ban on detainee torture , accepts Geneva Conventions.
But no definition of torture, no rescinding signing statement, no definition of Article 3
July 28 Torsten Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and human rights advocate, hands letter to President
Bush on detainee abuse on award of Presidential Medal of Science and Technology.
President George W. Bush and 2007 Presidential Scholars
June 25, 2007
Some of Scholars Who Drafted and Circulated the Statement
“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.”
NBC News June 25, 2007
SCHOLARS URGE BUSH TO BAN USE OF TORTURE Associated Press June 25, 2007; 7:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Bush was presented with a letter Monday signed by 50 high school
seniors in the Presidential Scholars program urging a halt to "violations of the human rights" of
terror suspects held by the United States.
The White House said Bush had not expected the letter but took a moment to read it and talk with
a young woman who handed it to him. "The president enjoyed a visit with the students, accepted
the letter and upon reading it let the student know that the United States does not torture and that
we value human rights," deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.
The students had been invited to the East Room to hear the president speak about his effort to
win congressional reauthorization of his education law known as No Child Left Behind.
The handwritten letter said the students "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," the letter said.
The designation as a Presidential Scholar is one of the nation's highest honors for graduating
high school students. Each year the program selects one male and one female student from each
state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Americans living abroad, 15 at-large students, and up to
20 students in the arts on the basis of outstanding scholarship, service, leadership and creativity.
"I know all of you worked hard to reach this day," Bush told the students in his education
speech. "Your families are proud of your effort, and we welcome your family members here. Your
teachers are proud of your effort, and we welcome your teachers. And our entire nation is proud to
call you Presidential Scholar."
The scholars travel to Washington each June for seminars, lectures and workshops with
government officials, elected representatives and others.
W. LEARNS FROM STUDENTS Maureen Dowd, New York Times, June 27, 2007
WASHINGTON - A group of high school Presidential Scholars visiting the White House on Monday
surprised President Bush by slipping him a handwritten letter pleading with him not to let America
become known for torture and urging him to stick to the Geneva Conventions with terror detainees.
The president reassured the teenagers that the United States does not torture. Then the vice
president unleashed a pack of large dogs on the kids, running them off the White House lawn,
before he shut down the Presidential Scholars program and abolished high schools.
Since its rare that Mr. Bush ever sees groups that have not been prescreened to be nice to him,
he made the mistake of opening the letter in front of the students and was surprised to learn that he
has made many Americans ashamed by subverting values that the country has always held dear,
like abiding by the Constitution and respecting human dignity.
Mari Oye from Wellesley, Mass., who is headed to Yale in the fall, handed W. the letter signed by
50 students as they posed for a group picture. She told John Roberts on CNN that her mother had
been a Presidential Scholar back in 1968 and always regretted not saying something to Lyndon
Johnson about the Vietnam War. She also said her grandparents were Japanese-Americans who
were interned during World War II, so she has compassion for those in a similar situation.
We asked him to remove the signing statement attached to the anti-torture bill, which would have
allowed presidential power to make exemptions to the ban on torture, she said. I really feel strongly
about this issue and also about the treatment of some Arab- and Muslim-Americans after Sept. 11th.
The president was trying to talk to the students about No Child Left Behind. Maybe that programs
working better than we thought, if these kids are able to pull off such a knowing note left behind.
The White House got another unpleasant surprise Monday night when the ordinarily compliant
Dick Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee who has gone along with
the Bush administration on every Iraq vote, came to the floor of the Senate to sharply upbraid the
president on his Iraq policy in a 50-minute speech. Those who offer constructive criticism of the
surge strategy are not defeatists, any more than those who warn against a precipitous withdrawal
are militarists, the 75-year-old senator told the deserted chamber.
【国際】
日系4世女子高生が手紙渡す 大統
領閣下へ 米国は虐待をやめて
2007年7月11日 朝刊
ブッシュ大統領に手紙を手渡したマ
リ・オオエさん(右から2人目)と
家族。左から父ケネスさん、母ウィ
ラさん、祖母カズエさん=ペンシル
ベニア州フィラデルフィアで
TOKYO SHIMBUN, JULY 11
全米の優秀学生として「大統領奨学
生」に選ばれた米マサチューセッツ
州の女子高生マリ・オオエさん(1
8)が、ブッシュ大統領に米国が関
与する虐 待行為をやめるよう求め
た手紙を渡し、話題になっている。
マリさんは日系四世。父からは第二
次世界大戦中、日系人として強制収
容された祖父母の思いを、同 じよ
うに大統領奨学生に選ばれた母から
は、その経験を聞いて育った。手紙
には家族の歴史と思いが託されてい
た。 (フィラデルフィアで、久留
信一、写真 も)
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