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SHOTS FIRED! Reports from Camp Casey by Lone Star Iconoclast

Deborah Mathews reporting for The Iconoclast .

Camp Casey is becoming very organized, with how-to signs placed about. Ann Wright said, "That's what we are trying to do."

Let me read you the schedule posted on a tree: "9:15 camp meeting; 10 a.m. inter-faith service, 10:30 a.m., "Food-Not-Bombs Breakfast at Peace House," and....

"Wait! Someone is firing a gun. (pause). He fired it into the air about five times. He appears to be a local inside the fence line on private property. Now he has thrown what looks like a shotgun into the front seat of a pickup, and he's stomping off out of sight. I wonder where he went.

"Now he's coming back out. I'm out here standing on the road. He's got a no parking sign in his hand, walking toward his fence. I'm going to go try to talk to him. I've got to hang up."

(three minutes later)

I went over and talked to the man. He is Larry Mattlage, who says he is on his property and just posted a no-parking sign.

"We're going to start doing our war and it's going to be underneath the law," he told me. "Whatever it takes. So y'all go find another place to do whatever you do. 'Cause this is our front yard and back yard."

I asked, "Do you mean the protestors?" there's some Secret Service and cops. I'm going to get closer to hear what they're saying. People in bullet-proof vests are here now. Two Secret Service agents are now walking up his driveway towards his house, with Mr. Mattlage. A member of the Sheriff's Department has arrived. Mr. Mattlage is waving his arms now. All of them are now walking back this way.

Now they are between the lane and the house. He's at the fence now. Let me record what they are saying. I'll call right back.

To download tape of conversation between Deborah Mathews and Larry Mattlage click here . Right click, then save target as, then listen with your player. It is a .wav file.

Daily Kos & EllaGoes are also reporting that Cindy Sheehan was interviewed shortly after the incident.

Cindy Sheehan spoke to the press after this incident, and was asked if she thought the man had a right to fire his gun on his own property. Her response was to the effect that he certainly did, so long as the bullet stayed on his property, too.

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I really appreciate the effort that is being put into supporting Cindy Sheehan and I pray that violence of others is not the answer of peaceful protest. People sadly have forgotten the importance of the first amendemnt and peaceable assembly. Crawford TX has brought the 1st amendment back into the front lines of the President's front and back yard and we deserve to be heard for our brothers sisters and children are dying in the middle east for a War that was started with twisted "facts". Gov. Barbour in Mississippi last year lost credibility in our state because he locked himself in his office and refused to speak to public protestors during the Medicaid battle of 2004/2005. Now Pres. Bush has isolated himself on his ranch and refuses to speak to the public. He is a public servant let us not let him forget this. He is not a King. We must not allow him to act like one.

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