Friday, September 21, 2007

Democratic Senators Condemn High School Newspaper

Twenty-two Democratic senators joined with Republicans in voting for a resolution that condemned a Glendale, California High School student paper for an op-ed column written by a seventeen year old junior who said that "General Petraeus was lying to the public just as General Westmoreland did almost forty years ago."

The student, Laurie Addams, also stated that "American generals and the Pentagon are lying to the people of the United States in a transparent attempt to aid President Bush and the Republican Party."

Addams went on to cite the Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch stories as two examples of the lying and deceit being perpetrated on the public. She also said that it was wrong for the American military to align itself with one political party while alienating half of the country.

Senate Republicans, joined by twenty-two of their Democratic colleagues, reacted swiftly to these strong words expressed by the young California student and immediately passed a resolution which stated that, "The Senate of the United States of America strongly condemns Laurie Addams and the Glendale High School student newspaper for having the unmitigated gall to question the honesty of statements coming from high ranking military officials and the Pentagon. In our America, this sign of disrespect will not be tolerated."

Senator Diane Feinstein, who voted with the Republicans to condemn young Laurie Addams and her student run newspaper, said "What this girl did is despicable. In our country, you do not question the military. Free speech is a privilege, not a right. If the people of this country can not use it appropriately, then we will take it away from them the way you would take a razor blade from a child's hands."

Assimilated Press attempted to reach Laurie Addams but she was unavailable for comment. Her parents said they have not seen or heard from her since the article appeared.


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