Group Demands Stanford Cut Ties With Condi

A group of Stanford alumni who took a stand against the Vietnam War 40 years ago met up at their Alma Mater over the weekend and in true style, protested.

Members of the April 3rd Movement marked their anniversary at Stanford University Sunday by calling for the school to sever its ties with Condoleezza Rice.

The upset group nailed a petition to the door of the president's office demanding that the former Bush administration Secretary of State and National Security Advisor be held accountable for what they say are serious violations of the law, including the approval of torture and misleading the country by going into the Iraq war.

National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn and leader of the April 3rd Movement was at the demonstration.

"To have a professor as a tenured professor in the political science department of Stanford University who told lies to get us into an illegal war and who authorized torture, which is a war crime and violates our law," Cohn said, "she has no place in the political science department at Stanford."

Pictures on the IndyBay Web site show the Raging Grannies at the demonstration and a person wearing an orange jumpsuit and a black hood, reminiscent of the images from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Last week, Rice's appearance at the university made international headlines because of a confrontation between her and an intern for a political journal who challenged the Rice over the Bush's administration of enhanced interrogation.

The video, shot by Stanford student Reyna Garcia, was posted on YouTube and has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

In the 6-minute exchange, Rice tells the student that waterboarding was legal because it was authorized by the president.

From 1993-1999, Rice was Stanford's provost. She is also a tenured professor of political science at the university. She is returning to the university's Hoover Institution as a senior fellow on public policy.

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