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Stupid Case File for January 31, 2006

Arrested at the Capitol

!!Editor's Warning!!
Cindy Sheehan is a controversial figure. Regardless of your political views & opinions, this is a classic stupid criminal story: Don't follow directions, warnings, or orders given to you by a law enforcement officer. The minute I got a phone call from a friend of mine who works in Washington, I knew this story had to be posted. The contributors at SCF are laughing our heads off. We hope you do the same.

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Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.

"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."

Woolsey offered Sheehan a ticket to the speech — Gallery 5, seat 7, row A — earlier Tuesday while Sheehan was attending an "alternative state of the union" press conference by CODEPINK, a group pushing for an end to the Iraq war.

Sheehan was arrested in September with about 300 other anti-war activists in front of the White House after a weekend of protests against the war in Iraq. In August, she spent 26 days camped near Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he was spending a working vacation.


Blogger Franklin said...

Cindy gets a lot of press coverage in the media, and maybe it's her "anti war" position, maybe it's political capital for the various news agencies, I am not sure.

What I am sure about is the fact that other moms who have lost sons or daughters in Iraq who quietly support the troops and do it without constant grandstanding and poor me-ing, are hardly noticed.

I must say that it was a bad move to remove her, but I doubt the President had anything to do with it. It would have been better for her to remain in her seat. Further, she could have shown some respect for the law and simply attended WITHOUT the t-shirt foolishness.

Is there any doubt that if she had NOT pulled the t-shirt stunt, that she would have been interviewed anyway?

Good ol Cindy - Lots a style eh?

January 31, 2006 10:53 PM  
Blogger Somi said...

I live here in Iran,the neigbour of Iraq.due to our foolish policies of our government about the nuclear efforts maybe we will soon a war like Iraq in near future and I realy afraid...
by the way you can check my blog too: www.assaran.blogspot.com

February 01, 2006 4:55 AM  
Blogger Van said...

so basically she was arrested and denied her right to free speech because of the t-shirt she was wearing. What about the kids that wear marijuana leaves printed on their shirts. Do they get arrested for that. Im Pro-military and have served for 7 years and still doing so, but she has a right to say what she wants, when she wants and wear what she wants. I think the white house made a bad move by denying her those rights that this country was built on

February 01, 2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger G-MAN said...

Van ... there is a proper place and time to speak freely ... the State of the Union is neither.

February 01, 2006 5:09 PM  
Blogger Miss R said...

Van - the Bush Administration did not remove her from the Chamber. The Congressional police did.

"Congressional police, who said Tuesday that it was against House rules to wear clothing with political slogans, also removed the wife of a prominent Republican lawmaker, Representative Bill Young.

Young took to the floor of the House Wednesday to complain that his wife Beverly had been ordered to leave the same chamber in the middle of Bush's speech for wearing a tee shirt in support of US troops." - AP News

Nobody is denying her free right to speak, but there are certain laws and ruled inside the House Chamber, many of which are for security reasons.

I honestly think she's doing a lot of disservice to protesters who are voicing their opinions appropriately. Moveon.org even quit supporting. The woman is a nut.

Franklin - rock on!

February 01, 2006 7:08 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Cindy's son is probably turning in his grave. What a dope she is. She's a puppet of the bush haters and only loves the attention she is receiving. She is disrespecting the memory of her son and what he stood for.

February 03, 2006 3:43 PM  
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