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Lee Hamilton '52 Co-Chairing 'Partnership for a Secure America'

February 12, 2008

Lee Hamilton Point.jpgFebruary 12, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "It is crucial that we reaffirm America's status as a champion of human rights and the rule of law," says Lee Hamilton, retired U.S. Congressman and co-chair of the Partnership for a Secure America. "Doing so will enhance our ability to cooperate with our international partners on other aspects of counter-terrorism strategy."

United Press International reports that Hamilton and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, are among 16 "sixteen others -- former secretaries of state, national security advisers, senators and ambassadors" -- who have formed PSA. Other members include former senators Slade Gorton, Gary Hart, Howard H. Baker, Nancy Kassenbaum Baker; former U.S. Trade Representative Carla A. Hills; William J. Perry, former secretary of defense; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (seen below delivering a 1988 Ubben Lecture at DePauw); and Warren Christopher, former secretary of state.

"A single standard is needed for all U.S. interrogators," says PSA, a bipartisan group of national security experts. In a full-page ad in Roll Call, members of the new organization condemned "'cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment' of detainees and supports application of the Army Field Manual's rules for interrogation to the entire U.S. government," reports UPI. "The ad says Congress should require the U.S. government and those Zbigniew Brzezinski DePauw 2.jpgacting on its behalf to follow the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations."

Access the story at UPI.com, and visit the Partnership for a Secure America's Web site.

A Democrat who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and also co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, Lee Hamilton was named one of "America's Best Leaders" for 2007 by U.S. News & World Report. He is a frequent visitor to his alma mater, and in October 2006 discussed the Iraq war and other matters at DePauw Discourse 2006: Issues for America. Access a story -- including video and audio clips -- here.

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