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Mother, Who Lost Son In Iraq, Says She'll Be Arrested Thursday For Protesting Near Bush Ranch And Being Called a Security Risk

Posted in the database on Tuesday, August 09th, 2005 @ 11:39:45 MST (730 views)
by Greg Szymanski    The Arctic Beacon  

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Cindy Sheehan, the mother who lost her son in Iraq and is protesting with supporters near the Bush ranch in Crawford, TX, said today she has been told she will be arrested Thursday for becoming a threat to national security.

Sheehan, who arrived in Crawford last Saturday, is camping out in a tent along with about 50 other anti-war protestors on the side of Prairie Chapel Road about two miles on the outskirts of Crawford and four miles from the Bush ranch, where the President is taking an extended hiatus.

Observers coincidentally discovered the threat of Sheehan’s arrest came after they learned Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are due in Crawford sometime Thursday for a visit with Bush, the trio then headed to a local Republican fund raiser.

Although Bush has failed to address her and personally answer questions about his motives behind the Iraq War, Sheehan’s motivation for coming to Crawford in the first place, the outspoken war critic has stated she would remain protesting either until arrested or Bush meets with her.

In the meantime, Sheehan and the small band of anti-war protestors are positioned on the side of a road, a path Bush needs to take by car caravan en route to the local fund raiser.

Of course, observers point out, if the President chooses to avoid the unfriendly crowd, he can travel by helicopter, but organizers say this would be a direct sign Bush would rather avoid “putting his foot in the fire” since the fund raiser is only a short drive away from his Crawford ranch.

Regarding possible trespassing violations that now are being used by authorities as the legal reasons to remove the protestors, Sheehan said:

"I think we need as many people here on Thursday anyway, because Rice and Rumsfeld will also be here,” said Sheehan. I’d rather not get arrested, but I'm willing to, I'm willing to have them pick me up and carry me away."

As early as Tuesday morning, Sheehan is reporting that the threat of arrest was real and sheriff’s deputies on Saturday identified several areas as county property on which they could stand.

Now, Sheehan claims, the deputies changed their tune, saying most of the area used by the protestors was in fact private property, forcing the group to huddle together onto one small area of roadside property.

"Can you believe that on the road to the President's house they don't know exactly who owns it?" asked Sheehan.

Sheehan said she was provoked to come to Crawford after Bush last week made public statements that she called “a pack of lies.”

Speaking to the nation in the wake of more than 24 Marines killed last week, Bush said, “We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission and the families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause.”

And it was the words “noble cause” that sparked anger in Sheehan, the mother who lost her 24-year-old son, Casey, in 2004, and founder of the anti-war group called Gold Star Families for Peace.

Since arriving, Sheehan was met Sunday by National Security Advisor, Steve Hadley, who tried to assure the group that the President was “concerned and wanted a speedy return of the troops.”

However, Sheehan told Hadley his message wasn’t “good enough,” adding she arrived in Crawford to meet personally with Bush and nothing else would suffice, considering that “innocent lives were being lost every day.”

“We would like for Bush to explain this 'noble cause' to us, and I plan to ask him why his two daughters, Jenna and Barbara, are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble,” said Sheehan from Crawford. “If he is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal."



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