A report from a human rights organization goes into graphic detail with horrifying claims about what’s happening at a school for students with severe behavioral and developmental issues. They call it torture. Anderson spoke with Michael Flammia, an attorney for the Judge Rotenberg Center and Dr. Louis Kraus, a board member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. Perhaps he wants me to quit, but like a lot of folks in D.C. I don’t just give up because someone else thinks I should.
Dear Mr. President,
I have this image in my head of Attorney General Eric Holder’s office on any given Monday. The phone rings…
“Hey, Eric. It’s the president. What’s up?”
“Oh, you know, the usual. Sending out press releases saying I don’t plan to quit this week.”
“Hmm. You do that every Monday?”
“Pretty much. Sometimes I wait until Wednesday, just to keep the Republicans in Congress guessing.”
“Ha! Good one.”
Maybe it doesn’t go precisely like that, but it certainly could. I’m beginning to think that he may soon hold the record for Most Consecutive Refusals to Resign in a Cabinet Role.
Mind you, I’m not passing judgment on whether he should quit or not. Seems like your GOP friends in Congress have pretty much cornered the market on that anyway. I’m just wondering how hard it must be to do a job when so many people think you aren’t cut out for it.
I’m also wondering how this is hitting him. He always looks so unhappy. Have you considered having him over for dinner and a movie? Same phone call: “Listen, Eric, you’re looking a little stressed out. Want to come over to join the family and me for the evening? We’ve ordered “Midnight In Paris” on Pay-Per-View!”
I’m not sure that would help, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. If nothing else it would get him to relax a little before Congress starts whacking away at him again.
Just a thought. Hope all is well. Call if you can.
Today U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said the escalating violence in Syria can now be considered a full-scale civil war. And an alarming new U.N. report outlines the brutality against children at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's forces. Syria was added to the "list of shame" of countries and groups that recruit, kill or sexually abuse children in armed conflicts.
The U.N. special envoy for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy said, "Children as young as 9 years of age were victims of killing and maiming, detention, torture, arbitrary arrest and were used as human shields by the Syrian government forces, including the Syrian armed forces, the intelligence forces and the shabiha militia."
Photojournalist Robert King has documented the suffering of children in one town located in Syria's Homs province. He told Anderson that in all his work as a war photographer, he's never seen anything like it. Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.
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