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
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
“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."