Sheehan's SOTU Arrest -- In Her Own Words

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Sheehan's SOTU Arrest -- In Her Own Words

Postby StarmanSkye » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:03 pm

How bloody awful, obnoxious, & insane -- no less then for it now being all too typical in these politically-szichoid times. Read about how the neocon Brownshirts have criminalized comment and even, especially, truths that they are uncomfortable and annoyed by. Note too -- Cindy was never even offerred any alternative solutions, ie, 'Please zip your jacket back-up', but was treated as a dangerous criminal. The irony here is exquisite -- the REAL criminals are pot only immune to law, but manipulate mass media to hide their culpability AND use the laws to shield them from accountability. There's NO way to underestimate the monsterousness of what these fascist goons have done.<br><br>Will CNN et al. retract their reporting that Sheehan 'unfurled a banner'? Will all those rightwing sychophant commenters that blasted Sheehan on those first erroneous reports apologize for relying on false info? (Don't hold yer breath!)<br><br>This is a clear-enough example of what has become so terribly, horribly wrong in this nation, where it is illegal to speak (or wear) the Truth, in keeping the issues of immense frauds and war-crimes alive in the public mind.<br>Starman<br>******<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Cindy Sheehan's Statement on What Really Happened at the SOTU <br>By Tom Ball <br>02/01/2006 12:33:19 PM EST<br><br>Here is the text of Cindy Sheehan's statement as published at<br><br>Dear Friends,<br><br>As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.<br><br>I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.<br><br>There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened:<br><br>This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?<br><br>After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn't want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.<br><br>I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again.<br><br>My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.<br><br>I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; "Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight.<br><br>The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said: "Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting." Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."<br><br>I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."<br><br>After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2245, huh? I just got back from there."<br><br>I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.<br><br>What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this? I can't even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.<br><br>I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable that I would be arrested...maybe I would have, but I didn't.<br><br>There have already been many wild stories out there.<br><br>I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back.<br><br>I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ulitmate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me...or you.<br><br>I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much potential for good...there is so much good in so many people.<br><br>Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.<br><br>Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.<br><br>Love and peace soon,<br>Cindy<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Rep. Young's wife was ejected NOT ARRESTED!!

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:26 pm

<!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="" target="top"></a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Rep. Young's wife says she was ejected from State of the Union<br> <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Ted the dog » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:30 pm

hmm.....Young's wife wasn't arrested, yet Sheehan typical. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: T-shirt photo

Postby thurnandtaxis » Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:31 pm

Here's a link to a play by play w/ photos of the "banner" ... I mean "T-shirt" from the Bradblog:<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><br>... moments later, in Bush's speech, just after Sheehan's arrest, he said (without a hint of irony):<br><br><br>"Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer -- so we will act boldly in freedom's cause. Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time.<br><br>No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it.<br>...<br>We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it."<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> <p></p><i></i>
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