Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cindy Sheehan Arrested at State of the Union

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq, was invited to the State of the Union by Representative Lynn Woolsley, Democrat from California. Sheehan was arrested in September with 300 other anti-war activities camped out in front of the White House. She also protested in front of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. "I'm proud that Cindy's my guest tonight," Woolsey said in an interview before the speech. "She has made a difference in the debate to bring our troops home from Iraq."

But when Sheehan removed her jacket, she was wearing an anti-war t-shirt. Police warned her that anti-war displays were not allowed in the room, and when she did not respond, she was cuffed and arrested. She was originally charged with demonstrating in the capitol building, but the charge has been changed to unlawful conduct.

Excuse me, President Bush, but I do believe that in this country we still have the right to free speech. And if we didn’t have those rights, shouldn’t a woman like Sheehan have earned the right to have her voice heard after her son paid the ultimate price while serving our country and protecting our freedoms? Arresting a woman like Sheehan is an abomination, and the administration should be embarrassed for doing it on the night of the State of the Union.

Posted by Scottage at 1:32 AM / | |