Monday, August 08, 2005

Cinday Sheehan Threatened With Arrest This Thursday

The following breaking news that Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, is going to be arrested this Thursday as a “threat to national security” only confirms what so many of us already know—democracy, free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to redress our government, freedom to dissent, freedom to demand answers from so-called elected officials is dead in this nation.

To call Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq, and whose blood is on Bush/Cheney’s hands, a “threat to national security” because she demands to know from Bush why her son died shows how low this nation has been dragged.

We must give our full support to Cindy while she takes on the beast—Bush/Cheney & Co., Inc. The link to “” The web-site has been inundated with people trying to access it so be patient.—Jack

Cindy Sheehan to Be Arrested Thursday

by David Swanson
Mon Aug 8th, 2005 at 10:55:39 PDT
(From the diaries -- kos)

Cindy Sheehan phoned me from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested.

Coincidentally, Thursday is the day that Rice and Rumsfeld visit the ranch, and Friday is a fundraiser event for the haves and the have mores. Cindy said that she and others plan to be arrested.

News from Crawford

The Veterans for Peace National Convention wraps up today at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

Thursday and Friday saw the vets check-in, and attend workshops that varied from Stan Goff’s ‘Gender & Militarism’ to ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ which featured Ann Wright, Coleen Rowley, and Jesselyn Radack.

Friday night featured keynote speakers and entertainers at Lynch Hall, on campus. They all had great things to say, and Cindy Sheehan was no exception.

Here is what she had to say:

Cindy Sheehan: It’s so great to be here.

Last year when you guys had your convention in Boston, my son had only been dead a few months, and we were really honored because the Santa Barbara chapter took my daughter’s poem A Nation Rocked to Sleep, (and they did it again this year), and I remember Michael Cervantes, he brought the booklet over to our house and showed it to us, and I never dreamed in a year I’d be standing here in front of you as one of the speakers at your convention, I never dreamed I’d be doing this at all, but isn’t it weird what life hands you… (See:
News from Crawford )

Also See the Following Two Articles:

Cindy Sheehan:
"The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"
Sun Aug 7, 2005 18:57

Sunday 7th August 2005 Cindy Sheehan: "The Secret Service is Trying to Intimidate Us"

Cindy Sheehan called After Downing Street moments ago at 10 p.m. ET to report that the Secret Service is trying to intimidate her and members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace into leaving their protest near Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch.

This morning Cindy led dozens of protesters as close as they could get to the ranch; they were stopped by local police about five miles away. Cindy and others plan to stay there throughout Bush’s five-week August vacation until he agrees to meet with her and other family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and answer their questions about the war.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, however, the Secret Service has been telling protesters that if they stay there they may be hit by Secret Service vehicles. Cindy says, "They’ve told us this at least ten times. There isn’t much room between the side of the road and the fence, and they go zooming by far over the speed limit." Cindy reports the Secret Service already ran a mother and her six year-old off the road. She believes the Secret Service’s actions are a clear attempt to coerce her and the other protesters into leaving.

Cindy and others are asking to meet with the Secret Service and local police to ensure the safety of everyone involved. In the meantime, she asks that anyone who can contact the media to alert them to the situation.

If you are able to do this, media contact information can be found here. Please politely let them know what’s been happening with the Secret Service, and encourage them to continue covering Cindy’s efforts to meet with President Bush.

Update from Celeste Zappala, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, on Crawford

I have received the following email from Celeste Zappala, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. She asked that I post it on Dailykos and to thank everyone for their support.

I have just spoken to Cindy Sheehan at 5:05 pm. Her message: "Today is the begining of the end of the occupation of Iraq." She is feeling strong, people have been bringing her food and water. The police have been polite. She has decided to stay on the Prairie Chapel Road, which is one mile from the Ranch, until George Bush meets with her and tells the truth. She invites anyone who can to join her during the month of August for as long as they can. She urges them to bring camping gear. Also, there are two caravans coming in from Louisiana and from Dayton, Ohio now.

Cindy says she knows from her travels that "people are fed up with this war and want to do something to stop it."Cindy asks that those who want to lend support to send donations to the Crawford Peace House which has been generously offering hospitialtiy.

Code Pink is sending out a national call for its members to have a hunger strike until George Bush has an honest meeting with Cindy. Cindy’s sister Dede has joined that hunger strike. Please keep Cindy and all of our folks in prayer. This is a stand for the honor and memory of our kids and the soul of our nation.

Peace be with you, Celeste Zappala Co-founder, Gold Star Families for Peace Mother of Sgt Sherwood Baker, KIA 4/26/04


Editor's Note: t r u t h o u t has been informed by Cindy Sheehan that Texas State Authorities have advised her that if she does not leave by Thursday she will be declared a threat to the President and be arrested. Mrs Sheehan and others told t r u t h o u t that they are prepared to be arrested. We will keep you up to date on this developing story.

Mr. President, There's Someone Waiting, and Waiting, to See You

Sidney Morning Herald:


Blogger Edward said...

I have only one thing to tell Bush if he decides to lock up this poor woman who is only mourning her son by demanding answers...."Make our day, Punk!"

The outrage initiated by calling this 48-year-old Gold Star Mom a "threat to National Security" will be global and this one seemingly benign act by an arrogant chickenhawk could very well be the catalyst that opens peoples eyes to the desperation in Washington. That sound you hear is the neocons sucking wind as the folly of their deadly "war without end" becomes harder and harder to justify.

Go Cindy Go, and know that a nation of millions are behind you and your cause!

Mon Aug 08, 06:12:00 PM  

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