Rice avoids protesters, doesn’t address torture questions

By David Edwards
Monday, November 9, 2009 10:09 EDT
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Condoleeza Rice spoke at a synagogue in Minneapolis Sunday. But President George W. Bush’s former secretary of state didn’t address the concerns of about 100 protesters demonstrating outside the synagogue. They called on Rice to explain her role in authorizing torture.

“Every day, terrorists plotted and they planned,” Rice told the audience. “We had to recognize that they had to be right only once, and we had to be right 100 percent of the time and that was an unfair fight.”

The Minnesota Daily reported that Rice avoided the controversial subject of harsh interrogations authorized by the Bush administration.

During the question and answer segment that followed Rice’s speech, she answered queries relating to the United States’ stance on the Iranian nuclear weapons program, Chinese-U.S. relations and the importance of education, among other topics.

Kaitlyn Steffenhagen, a St. Louis Park High School senior, said Rice did not address questions about her involvement in authorizing torture during her role under the Bush administration, which angered some of the attendees.

While Rice ignored the protesters calls for comment, she supported their right to demonstrate. “I’m glad we’re in a democracy where [people] can protest, and I’m very glad that the people of Iraq and Kabul can too,” said Rice as she was leaving the speech.

This video is from The Uptake, broadcast Nov. 8, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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