One Mother's Stand - Ongoing Updates

[Editor's Note: Mr. Pitt is providing continual updates about Cindy Sheehan's stand in Crawford. Please check here to read the latest.]

t r u t h o u t
By William Rivers Pitt

A Nation Rocked to Sleep
By Carly Sheehan
Sister of Casey KIA 04/04/04
Sadr City, Baghdad

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Cindy Sheehan Responds To Right Wing Smear

Think Progress Audio Exclusive

The right-wing may be on the attack, but Cindy Sheehan’s voice won’t be silenced. She appeared on the Bill Press Show (with Christy Harvey) this morning to continue speaking truth to power. Here’s Cindy Sheehan, in her own words —

One of the more underhanded smears launched by the right wing came when Michelle Malkin said she didn’t think Casey Sheehan, Cindy’s son killed in Iraq, would approve of what his mom was doing. This morning Sheehan responded:

A Bereaved Mother's Crawford Vigil

TIME reporter visits an antiwar protest outside the President's ranch
By Hilary Hylton/Crawford, Texas

Wednesday's rains are gone, now, and Cindy Sheehan, who's been ensconced outside President Bush's ranch since last weekend protesting what she calls the needless death of her son in Iraq, shades her eyes as she sits on the roadside along Prairie Chapel Ranch Road. She's doing two interviews simultaneously, one on her cell phone and another with a reporter on the scene. Sheehan is surrounded by some 60 supporters and a small roadside field of white crosses. Signs saying "Jesus Wept," "Bush: Meet with Cindy" and "Iraq = Arabic for Vietnam" line the country road, along with bongo drums and small lean-tos for shade.

Emergency Rallies to support Cindy Sheehan - Troops Out of Iraq Now!

Reported by The Lone Star Iconoclast

Emergency rally to support Cindy Sheehan - Troops Out of Iraq Now!

San Francisco, California
Friday, August 12 at 5 PM

Powell and Market Streets

Initiated and supported by Not in Our Name, CodePink, Global Exchange, Veterans for Peace (SF Bay Area Ch. 69), Courage to Resist, Bay Area United Against War, College Not Combat, Refuse & Resist!, ANSWER Coalition (SF Bay Area), World Can't Wait Campaign, and the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors.

San Jose, California
Friday, August 12 at 5 PM

MSNBC: Olbermann allows Cindy Sheehan to rebut right-wing spin

Cindy appeared with Keith tonight.

Visit the Crooks and Liars site to download the video.

Cindy Exposes the Emperor's New Clothes

by Bob Fertik
The Huffington Post

Some have compared Cindy Sheehan to Rosa Parks, and I certainly agree. But
Cindy also powerfully reminds me of the little child in Hans Christian Andersen's famous story, The Emperor's New Suit.

We all know the emperor in the story went on parade with no clothes, yet none of his subjects would point out the obvious until a small child finally blurted it out.

But we forget how the emperor got into his self-deluded predicament.

One day two swindlers came to this city; they made people believe that they were weavers, and declared they could manufacture the finest cloth to be imagined. Their colours and patterns, they said, were not only exceptionally beautiful, but the clothes made of their material possessed the wonderful quality of being invisible to any man who was unfit for his office or unpardonably stupid.

Cindy Deserves Her Time with the President

by Andy Stern
The Huffington Post

Statistics: a suicide bomber today killed 10 and wounded 43. It is easy to be numbed by statistics, by counting, and the constant drumbeat of war. And then there is Cindy. People. Phone calls at night and knocks on doors -- relief or disaster, joy or life-changing tragedy, mothers and sons never to be together again. In a war, a war of choice.

I love this country, and honor those who like Casey serve it. They deserve much better from America. They deserve the truth. They deserved a plan to win the peace. They deserved the armor to protect themselves. They deserve to be joined by the sons and daughters of others who make the choices to send all of the Casey's into harm's way or maybe, instead, they all deserve to be kept safe at home.

An Open Wound

by Rep. Jim McDermott
The Huffington Post

If we weren't watching this tragedy unfold in Texas with our own eyes, who would believe that a sitting President who had ordered soldiers off to war would not meet with the grieving mother of a fallen hero. Who could imagine that America could turn so cold and callous in a searing hot and dusty place?

Yet, in the heart of Texas sits a President and an Administration who show themselves to be compassionless conservatives. They remain heavily guarded behind a security fence, but so insecure in their position that they see a national security risk in the face of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Army Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, who was killed in action in Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan Can't Stop Won't Stop

by Tom Hayden
The Huffington Post

Casey Sheehan lives in his mother's being, and that's why Cindy Sheehan can't stop, won't stop. She shows us why and how to fight. She is wrecking the President's vacation and rupturing his control of the media. She is establishing the presence of an anti-war spirit among military families. What is interesting so far is that Bush, unlike Nixon, has not succeeded in generating a Gold Star Mothers for War. Is the sentiment that anti-Bush among all those families who are pondering how they lost their loved ones for a fabrication? Is that also why Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican whose district includes Camp Lejeune, has co-authored a House resolution for withdrawal? As in Vietnam, once again it appears for now that the soldiers withdraw first, with their hearts and minds, even as their bodies go through the motions. The spirits of the dead take point for the living.

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

by Gary Hart
The Huffington Post

If democracy only works when there is open discussion of opposing ideas and policies, and if the opposition party, in this case the Democrats, has hand-cuffed, blind-folded, gagged, and hog-tied itself to a failed invasion and occupation in the Middle East, where will the expanding majority of Americans look for a representative, a spokesperson, a voice for their anger, frustration, and distrust at being misled?

The circumstances suggest it should be a Senate or House Democratic leader, a recognized authority on foreign policy constantly seen on the Sunday talk shows, certainly one of the many "leaders"? lining up to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2008.

Well, I finally made it to the Crawford site today.

Democratic Underground
Posted by BleedingHeartPatriot
Thu Aug 11th 2005, 04:54 PM ET

I'm so glad I'm here.

My daughter and I started the day at the Crawford Peace House. There's lots of activity there, which feels like controlled chaos; and the folks who run the place are doing a fantastic job keeping everyone supplied in food, water, t shirts, umbrellas and other essentials.

They are also providing rides back and forth from the site.

We decided to drive up ourselves to get the "lay of the land."

After a nine (?) mile drive we came upon the large encampment that has sprung up around Cindy and her group.

Cindy Sheehan Steps Into the Leadership Void

by Arianna Huffington
The Huffington Post

During my many years as a writer, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people. But talking with Cindy Sheehan this morning was unlike any conversation I’ve ever had. Even though we were talking via cell phone -- and had a crummy, staticky connection at that -- her authenticity and passion reached through the receiver and both touched my heart and punched me in the gut.

She spoke with a combination of utter determination, unassailable integrity, fearlessness, and the peace of someone who knows that their cause is just. Her commitment was palpable -- and infectious. It reminded me an old quote about the great Greek orators: “When Pericles spoke, the people said, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, 'Let us march!'"?

An Answer for Cindy Sheehan

by Ellen from the IL Tenth
Ellen's Illinois Tenth Congressional District Blog

Dear Mrs. Sheehan,

Thank you for your sacrifice. I know the U.S. government won't thank you, so I will. I know when made, when Casey signed up, it was earnest, honest and hopeful. I am sorry it ended so badly and I am also terribly sorry for your loss.

You say you are in Crawford to ask Bush a question: for what noble cause did Casey die? Bush said the dead soldiers died for a noble cause, but I agree with you that he wasn't too clear on what exactly that was. You deserve an answer.

Cindy Sheehan Response to President Bush

"All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us."


News from Gold Star Families for Peace:

Crawford, Texas – "The President says he feels compassion for me, but the best way to show that compassion is by meeting with me and the other mothers and families who are here. Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that he sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us, before the next mother loses her son in Iraq. He says he is spreading peace. How can you spread peace by killing people?"

Record a Voice Message for Cindy

RadioLeft is recording your messages to Cindy Sheehan and will play them on the radio.

Please call (214) 764.6668 and leave your message for Cindy. RadioLeft will deliver them to Cindy in Crawford and give them to her on CD later.

We will broadcast your message on, so don't say anything that you don't want to hear on the radio!

Plame in the Courtroom


My latest Tomdispatch is about as close as I come to news and the information in it is surprising: In "Plame in the Courtroom: Is the Intelligence Identities Protection Act really impossible to prove?"

former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega considers the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act under which Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was essentially called into existence in the Valerie Plame outing case. Amid floods of articles on the case, the law itself is seldom discussed and yet a media/punditry consensus has formed that it is so specifically, even quirkily, written as to be almost impossible to use in a prosecution (hopeless, in fact, against a figure like Karl Rove or Vice President Cheney's right-hand man I.

Party or Die

By David Swanson
Huffington Post

The slogan "Vote or Die" was intended to motivate people to go out and knock on doors and make phone calls to help elect one pro-war presidential candidate over another. It wasn't much fun and it didn't affect the election or the war.

A lot more fun than knocking on doors to promote muddled positions that try to please both progressives and homophobic militaristic duck-hunting corporatists is ... partying.

And Crawford, Texas, is where the party is. By calling it a party I don't mean to make light of the seriousness of the mission or the horrible grief of Cindy Sheehan and other military families there to protest this war. Rather, I mean to say that through the sadness and the hardships and the thunderstorms, it comes through on every voice my telephone line has carried from Camp Casey that no one will leave there without having been enriched with a sense of solidarity.

Cindy Sheehan Has a Friend

By Thomas de Zengotita
Huffington Post

I haven't seen Bill O'Reilly so flummoxed since Al Franken took him down at that LA book fair last year, though this was much subtler. He had to grin and swallow it all because he was interviewing the mother of a dead soldier. I can only assume he was misled by his booker, or maybe his booker was misled by Dolores Kesterson herself -- who knows? But Bill obviously thought he was going to get this woman to acknowledge that her son died "in a noble cause" in Iraq on tonight’s O'Reilly Factor,around 8:30, NYC time it was.

Dolores was slated to be the anti-Cindy Sheehan.

What Is One Life Worth?

By Dal LaMagna
Huffington Post

When was the last time you’ve been to services for someone you know who has passed away?

Think about how you felt. Think about all the people around this person and their grief -– the numerous people who showed up at the funeral and at the gravesite, every one of them profoundly grieved.

Sometimes the grief is abated when it’s an elderly person who has had a long life or if it was someone who has been terminally, painfully ill for some time.

But when it is someone’s child - someone in the prime of life - the grief is geometrically larger. When it is an accident it is worse. Imagine that it is your child and he or she died in Iraq. The pain and grief must be unbearable.

My Terrible Common Bond With Cindy Sheehan

By Jodie Evans
Huffington Post

I came to Crawford with Cindy Sheehan because we have a terrible common bond: I, too, have lost a child. I feel Cindy's pain as my personal pain, and George Bush has absolutely no understanding of what that pain is like. If he did, he would never send other people¹s children off to die in an unnecessary war. If he did, he would understand that Cindy has sparked this nation's conscience and must be listened to. It is time for us, the mothers of this great nation, to show our fierce love for our children by joining Cindy's call to stop the killing and bring our troops home.

This is George Bush’s Accountability Moment

By Cindy Sheehan
Huffington Post

This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. It’s ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize -- and distort -- the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States.

But now it’s time for him to level with me and with the American people. I think that’s why there’s been such an outpouring of support. This is giving the 61 percent of Americans who feel that the war is wrong something to do -- something that allows their voices to be heard. It’s a way for them to stand up and show that they DO want our troops home, and that they know this war IS a mistake… a mistake they want to see corrected. It’s too late to bring back the people who are already dead, but there are tens of thousands of people still in harm’s way.

Cindy Sheehan Just Wants to See Her President

Margaret Carlson , who was a columnist and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, is a columnist for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.

Cindy Sheehan Just Wants to See Her President: Margaret Carlson

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- I didn't think Cindy Sheehan, the mother waiting on that dusty Texas road for a chance to ask President George W. Bush why her son died in Iraq, was having much impact.
Then I saw her being Swift-Boated like John Kerry, whose medals and Purple Hearts were all a mistake, and like former ambassador Joe Wilson, reduced to being a ninny whose wife had to get him an assignment tracking down uranium sales in Niger.

Senate Intelligence chairman quietly 'fixed' intelligence, and diverted blame from White House over Iraq

Senate Intelligence chairman quietly 'fixed' intelligence, and diverted blame from White House over Iraq
By Larisa Alexandrovna


White House and State Department Illegally Ignore FOIA Request

August 11, 2005

Mr. Brett Gerry Ms. Margaret P. Grafeld
Associate Counsel Information and Privacy Coordinator
Office of Counsel to the President Office of Information Programs & Services
The White House A/RPS/IPS/RL
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. U.S. Department of State, SA-2
Washington, D.C. 20502 Washington, D.C. 20522-6001

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Sir and Madam:

On June 30, 2005, I and 51 other Members of Congress requested access to “all agency records, including but not limited to handwritten notes, formal correspondence, electronic mail messages, intelligence reports and other memoranda,

CINDY SHEEHAN: Speaking Truth is Power

By Grace Reid
August 10, 2005
"Today is the beginning of the end of the occupation of Iraq"

Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, Texas; August 6, 2005

There has been some confusion about a meeting between Cindy Sheehan and George Bush in 2004 now being spun in the newspapers. More than that, there has been an attempt to smear Cindy Sheehan - to portray her as someone who does not know her own mind or heart - implying that she was consoled by Bush last June, and has become an anti-war activist in the last year. The polls say that 35% more of the American people have withdrawn their support for the war in the last year. The people are not buying the lies, and the media is, timidly, beginning to tell the truth. Sixty percent of the American people say that there was no legal or ethical basis for the war on Iraq, and that they do not support it.

Greens Support Cindy Sheehan's Protest Vigil in Crawford, TX

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
Starlene Rankin, Media Committee,, cell phone 916-995-3805
Rebecca Rotzler, Peace Action Committee Co-chair, 845-255-3122,

Green Party Peace Action Committee Issues Statement of Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Peace Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPAX) has issued a statement of support for Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families For Peace, in her vigil near the vacation home of President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas. The text of the statement follows below.

Mothers confront Bush on war

By Tim Wheeler
People's Weekly World Newspaper, 08/11/05 11:18

As grief-stricken families gathered in Ohio to mourn their Iraq war dead, mothers who lost sons in the war stood vigil on the road to George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, to demand that he bring the troops home now.

The Pentagon announced that 48 soldiers have died since July 24. It pushed the overall death toll to 1,825 and the wounded to 13,769.

The vigil was initiated by Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in combat in Baghdad in April 2004. She debunked Bush’s cliché that the soldiers died in a “noble cause

Quiet Vigil In Crawford Draws National Support

Grieving Mother's Quiet Vigil Attracts National Attention

Cindy Sheehan’s son was killed in Iraq.

She's demanding a meeting with President Bush and she’s staging a quiet vigil near the President’s Central Texas ranch that’s drawing support and criticism from around the country.

Dozens of people have joined Sheehan outside the Crawford ranch, while others have sent flowers and food.

One activist is calling her "the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement

Grieving mothers speak out against Iraq war

Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. - Her voice suddenly steadying, Mary Ann MacCombie blinked through her tears Thursday and took a very public stand against the war in Iraq that cost her son his life.

Surrounded by TV cameras and reporters, MacCombie blasted the U.S. involvement in Iraq in honor of her son, Sgt. Ryan Campbell, who was killed in April 2004 in a car bombing in south Iraq.

"It's too late for my son, but not for his best friend and thousands of other soldiers," said MacCombie, who was part of a procession of mothers that protested the war outside a veteran's hospital.

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