SDS says protestors dressed like Guantanamo prisoners will attend Condi Rice's speech

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The U of M characterizes Rice as "recognized for her effort to foster freedom and democracy," but to the SDS, she's a war criminal.
The University of Minnesota Senate recently voted down a resolution calling for the cancelation of Condoleezza Rice's Humphrey School speech, which is set for 5 p.m. tonight at the Northrop Auditorium as part of the "Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series."

But a group of students, faculty, and community members are planning a protest for 4:30 p.m. at the Northrop Plaza that'll continue throughout Rice's speech. One of the protest's organizers, U of M senior and Students for a Democratic Society member Nick Theis, says he expects up to 300 people to turn out for it.

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Theis, a neuroscience major, says the protest was in the works even before he gave a resolution calling for the cancellation of Rice's speech to math professor William Messing, who later brought it before the University Senate.

"We don't believe she deserves this honor as a 'distinguished Carlson lecturer,'" Theis tells us. "The invitation wasn't rescinded, but that helped generate some interest and galvanized the protest."

Though he's now resigned Rice's U of M speech taking place, Theis hopes to inform classmates who might not have been politically aware during the George W. Bush administration about the controversial role Rice played in leading the U.S. into the Iraq war.

"She's allowed to speak freely about her experiences, but ultimately actions speak louder than words and what she did during her tenure as national security advisor and secretary of state -- she's guilty of war crimes, she wasn't convicted, but we're just afraid that if we don't challenge her appearance a lot of the students at the U won't know who she is," Theis says. "We're kinda young."

A number of speakers are set to deliver speeches as part of the protest, including professors, FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, and retired Major Todd Pierce.

Theis says the SDS will also have members inside Rice's sold-out speech, though they aren't planning to disrupt her remarks.

"It'll just be symbolic," Theiss says. "They'll be dressed up in orange jumpsuits like Guantanamo prisoners."

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Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

Good for the protesters -- the woman should be protested, vigorously.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Condi Rice is a female Uncle Tom or a Step N Fetchet. She is as much of a war criminal as DICK.

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

Not that I disagree with the sentiment, but how many people would be doing this if Obama was on campus? And likewise, how old were these kids anyway when this shit was really going down? 6th grade? The whole thing seems put on. 

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Herr Obama? Contards are amusing. Heil H.Y.D.R.A.!!

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Millenial idiots. Go make a REAL difference helping the less fortunate in underdeveloped nations instead of placating your egos while being funded by your upper middle class white parents. Dress up is for Episode VII.

blackwoodsabata
blackwoodsabata

Sure, lets all protest on behalf of these scumbags. Let's free them all to plot and bomb with impunity. After all terrorists are human too and deserve cable tv and Burger King.

ddowning281
ddowning281

Silly libs,if it was Sharpton or Jackson they would be rolling out the red carpet,sorry the 1st amendment works both ways.

Zane Holmin
Zane Holmin

yeah they were protesting last time Obama came Colleen ya dingus

hallfreddy
hallfreddy

 $150k for some BS speech is obscene, regardless of your political affiliation... Free Speech, yeah right, Condi charges $150k 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

and the Guantanamo prisoners stunt is futile...those men are burnt, they are ghosts


like it or not they  are dead men sitting in a cell, they will never be released


why would they be?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

so sick of this warcrimes shit


in war there are no crimes


anyone who believes in rules of engagement has been defeated or conquered

Freddy Hall
Freddy Hall

$150k for a speech is some serious BS, regardless of your political affiliation

Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton

She will laugh her way all the way to the bank. Cha Ching.

Omar418551684
Omar418551684

They do understand obama favors indefinite dentition, yes? The Obama plan was to close Guantanamo but maintain the shame of indefinite detention within US borders. A trial for detained personnel can be held at any time without any sort of Congressional action.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Proof that there is one thing Tolerant University Liberal Progs cant stand is a minority conservative.   Libs seek to destroy minority conservatives with every fiber in their weenie bodies.  Why?  Because it says minorities don't need the Democrat Party.  Thats a dangerous message to send.    Democrats don't like Minority Conservatives off the Plantation.  

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@lkjhasdf How old they were at the time is unimportant; that they know what went on and object to it not being addressed as the war crimes that it should be is what matters.


Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

This does make a difference, and it is an effective visual strategy as a protest.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@blackwoodsabata 1.  Most of the people in Gitmo are not in fact terrorists.  2. Gitmo is both wrong in terms of human rights and war crimes, and it is damned expensive.  3.  Those who should be tried should be tried out in the open on U.S. soil in U.S. courts, not tribunals that are ineffective. 4. How we treat these people is the measure of our success and degree of civilization as a society. 4. Yes, these people are human, and deserve to be treated accordingly -- but your twist on it -- Burger King and cable tv? - E for effort on promoting the hatred and bigotry propaganda.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@ddowning281 Silly ddowning281 - the 1st amendment guarantees only that the government does not censor your speech.  It does not guarantee that anyone has to listen to it or approve of it or refrain from protesting it.

Silly conservatives; you only claim to be for taking responsibility and consequences when it is other people, not you or yours.  Condi more than deserves this kind of protest, and she does not deserve to be invited to speak as if she was not part of the acts of a totally obscene and illegal administration.

Before she was part of the Bush admin, she was a big oil attorney; the woman sold out her integrity decades ago.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@digitalprotocol Because many of them are innocent of doing anything wrong - THAT is why they should be release -- and should have been released a helluva long time ago.


The rest should be tried -- a real trial, not this ineffectual tribunal shit.  Either we are a nation of laws or we aren't.  Apparently we are a nation of cowards, and refusing to be a nation of laws is a choice, a mostly right-wing choice.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol Because we hold these truths to be self evident:  That all men are created equal and entitled to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.


Because denial of due process is Un-American


Because if there is even ONE person in all the history of that place that was innocent and stuck there in a hopeless situation, it's too many.


What if it were you?

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@digitalprotocol You apparently are unaware of the Geneva convention agreements, then?

You apparently are unaware that we executed people in WW II for doing what we did - waterboarding and other torture?

Not big on accountability are you digi?  Or is that just for OTHER people?

Yes, there are war crimes, and yes, both the winning and the losing side can be capable of committing them, and should be held accountable when they do.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@Omar418551684 Actually Obama doesn't 'favor' indefinite detention, and unlike Dubya and his fellow war criminals, who created the problem and who engaged in torture and other war crimes, he has tried to find solutions.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@kurt124 You do seem to miss every important point.

Anyone notice what a damned bunch of whiners - lying whiners at that - the conservatives have become?

Except for when they are sending other people to war - then they get really belligerent and tough talking.

Conservatives are their own worst enemies; that is why they are a shrinking, pathetic, dishonest, corrupt little minority of crazy radicals.  Facts are not their friends, and they consistently believe things which are false.

Onan
Onan

@kurt124   - Sorry Chum, this has absolutely nothing to do with her race no matter what you claim.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@TruDat @hallfreddy  Your source for the Hillary figure?  And how much of that does she donate to charity?
  

Don't groups charge for attending these speaking events? So why shouldn't the speaker get paid - it IS work.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Dog Gone  they are bad now thanks to Feds hand


they are sacrificed for our great nation

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_


the risks of releasing them outweigh the risks of keepin em


like it or not they are fucked


sad shit for the ones who never spoke ill towards america 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@Onan @kurt124Then tell me why Democrats Pour more money into Local races where there is a Black Republican conservative running.  Mia Love, Utah???   Among many many others. 

Omar418551684
Omar418551684

@Onan @kurt124Would Obama or Holder get the same kind of protest? I doubt it. Liberal groups care about exposing Republican abuses, but look the other way and give a free pass to Democratic Party leaders who abuse human rights. Obama and Holder have a horrible human rights record, as exemplified by the very recent UN Human Rights Committee review in March of this year. Drones, NSA spying. Killing people with no judicial process. Continued indefinite detention. Calling everything an immanent threat and killing. It's horrific. I'm proud to see liberal Minnesotans care about Rice's record, but unless they hold Democrats with horrible records like Obama and Holder to account too, I'm going to view it all as a partisan hack protest rather than a legitimate concern about human rights. 

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @Dog GoneNot necessarily.

Yes, the Dubya administration made many epic mistakes and failures, of which this is only one.


But the solution is not to make it worse by continuing that stupidity.

It would go a long long way to repudiate everything Dubya did, hold him and his buddies accountable for their war crimes, and apologize and make restitution.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @_Joe_So your arguing two wrongs are better than just one?

Yeah, that is not being a realist, it is being a coward.

There is a better answer, it is just not an easy answer.  It means acknowledging where we were wrong - better late than never - and dealing with it.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @_Joe_It is not so clear that the risks of releasing them DO outweigh keeping them actually.

But either we are a nation governed by law or we aren't.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ ya i guess you're right. 


so we should just release these guys who we've tortured for over a decade and say "our bad, you guys can go"


that seems dangerous. its like a black box. nobody can figure it out.


when it comes to religious extremist i have no qualms about making them pay for their stupidity.


im a realist, much like the military industrial complex. we deal with realities and not ideals.


youre right though, i am off my usual tangent with this story. my apologies

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol

So for all your braggadocio about 'the man' and 'the system,' and 'waking up,'

Here you stand. Toeing the line like a good little soldier.


You're so full of shit, I have to go poop.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@kurt124 @OnanThey don't.  There are other reasons for why money is spent on elections.

Mia Love is a tokenist idiot.

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