Most people probably don’t know about the Presidential Scholars program; I only do because a friend of mine in high school was named one. It’s one of the biggest honors a high school senior can get, with only two from each state picked to receive them each year. They get invited to the White House, where this year they gave President Bush quite a shock:
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 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.
I think I just became a little less cynical.