50 Presidential Scholars sign a petition which urges President Bush to cease the U.S. violation of the Geneva Convention agreement, illegal detainee renditions, and to remove his "signing statements" to the McCain Anti-Torture bill. Leah Libresco(NY) and Mari Oye(MA) spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about their action on July 3, 2007.
Part of the Presidential Scholar's letter read:
"...as members of the presidential scholars class of 2007, we have been told that we represent the best and the brightest of our nation. Therefore, we 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."