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Cindy Sheehan on Anderson Cooper's Show - Transcript


Here is a portion of the transcript from Anderson Cooper's 360 Degrees show on CNN on August 16, 2005 about Cindy Sheehan & Camp Casey.

They also discussed a comment people claimed that she said that her son "died for Israel." On last night's show, Cooper asked Cindy Sheehan about this comment and she denied having said it. Here's what he said on tonight's show:

COOPER: Well, today, we've received numerous e-mails from viewers who saw that, and said, "Well, she lied. We read online that ABC News confirmed she sent them a letter saying exactly that."

So we contacted ABC News today about it. They said they had received a letter on behalf of Cindy back in March. They said took it seriously enough that they responded to it, but so far they cannot find the actual e-mail, they say. They say they're trying to find it, they're investigating.

Bottom line, ABC News right now does not seem to be confirming this is what Cindy Sheehan wrote to them, so stay tuned. We'll continue to follow.

Following is the portion of the transcript that discusses Cindy Sheehan and Camp Casey:

COOPER: All right. Daniel, we'll continue to follow it. Thanks.

In Crawford, Texas, a protest against the war in Iraq has turned into a battle, really, of words. Some folks living near President Bush's ranch are not happy with Cindy Sheehan's demonstration. She's been camping out, as you probably know, along the road leading to the president's ranch, trying to get an audience with the president to talk about her son who died in Iraq.

Now, dozens of people have joined her, hundreds at times. More than 60 local residents have signed a petition now to get the protesters to move. One man went even farther today, allegedly using his truck to mow down memorial crosses and American flags in the dead of night. CNN's White House correspondent Dana Bash has more.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DANA BASH, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It happened in the dead of the night. The way witnesses tell it, a man chained a metal pipe to the side of his pickup and knocked down hundreds of crosses antiwar demonstrators erected along the road.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I could hear the pipe clanging. I could see the damage of the crosses.

BASH: Each cross bears the name of a soldier killed in Iraq.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He just ran over 78 American flags, right down that road there, and I'm not very happy with it.

BASH: The 59-year-old man responsible was arrested and charged with criminal mischief shortly after the incident, found fixing a flat with part of a cross stuck in a tire. Iraq veteran Charles Anderson, here to support Cindy's cause, helped clean up.

CHARLES ANDERSON, IRAQ WAR VETERAN: This is a memorial to the fallen (INAUDIBLE) that someone would do this is just unthinkable to me.

BASH: These crosses lined the sprawling property owned by Melissa Harrison.

MELISSA HARRISON, CRAWFORD, TEXAS, RESIDENT: I was embarrassed, actually. I was embarrassed that someone would do that.

BASH: But Melissa is fed up and says Cindy Sheehan's Crawford vigil is disruptive and dangerous. She was one of several Bush neighbors to speak before the county commission Tuesday in support of a petition to move Sheehan's Camp Casey.

Melissa and other conservative locals back the president, not Sheehan, but say she does have a right to protest. They just want it someplace else. They call the traffic, the tents, the strangers sleeping outside a safety hazard. Cindy's response?

CINDY SHEEHAN, SON DIED IN IRAQ: The minute George Bush speaks with me, we'll be gone. And we are doing everything we can do to cooperate with them, be good neighbors. We're not noisy. I don't see any traffic. We're not noisy, I don't see any traffic.

BASH: But just hours later, she agreed to move, accepting an offer from a sympathetic resident to demonstrate on his private land and...

(END VIDEOTAPE)

BASH: Hours later, Cindy Sheehan did decide to move. She actually accepted an offer from a sympathetic neighbor of President Bush, actually somebody who lives much closer to President Bush, only about a mile down from his ranch.

So close, Anderson, that our cameras got a glimpse of him bike riding today trying to look through that piece of land. COOPER: Dana, what is the mood down there? I mean, are there counter-protesters and protesters? Is it, you know, voluble? Are people shouting? I mean, it seems very quiet where you are right now.

BASH: Well, I'm actually not quite near what they call Camp Casey, or at least where Camp Casey is until tomorrow, when they do move. But it is quite different from the way it was over the weekend, Anderson.

Over the weekend, we saw hundreds of people here, both for and against what Cindy Sheehan was trying to do. Now it is a lot more quiet. You have sort of a steady stream of people coming there, but I would say, probably at any given time, you wouldn't see more than 25 to 30 people up where Camp Casey is.

COOPER: And no doubt a lot more media folks probably at times than protesters, at this point. Dana, appreciate it. Thanks.

Last night, I spoke with Cindy Sheehan. I asked her about a particular statement that's been attributed to her, a statement that many have criticized her for, in which she allegedly says the Iraq war was waged to benefit Israel.

Now, here's the exchange we had last night. Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: You were also quoted as saying, "My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. If you get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine, and you'll stop the terrorism." How responsible do you believe Israel is for the amount of terrorism in the world?

SHEEHAN: I didn't say that.

COOPER: You didn't say that? OK.

SHEEHAN: I didn't say that my son died for Israel. I've never said that. I saw somebody wrote that, and it wasn't my words. Those aren't even words that I would say.

I do believe that the Palestinian issue is a hot issue that needs to be solved, and it needs to be more fair and equitable, but I never said my son died for Israel.

COOPER: OK, I'm glad I asked you that. Because, as you know, there's tons of stuff floating around on the Internet on sites of all political persuasions, so I'm glad we had the opportunity to clear that up.

SHEEHAN: And thank you, because those are not my words. It doesn't even sound like me saying that.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: Well, today, we've received numerous e-mails from viewers who saw that, and said, "Well, she lied. We read online that ABC News confirmed she sent them a letter saying exactly that."

So we contacted ABC News today about it. They said they had received a letter on behalf of Cindy back in March. They said took it seriously enough that they responded to it, but so far they cannot find the actual e-mail, they say. They say they're trying to find it, they're investigating.

Bottom line, ABC News right now does not seem to be confirming this is what Cindy Sheehan wrote to them, so stay tuned. We'll continue to follow.

We wanted to hear what you have to say about the demonstrations in Crawford. If your computer is working, send us your e-mails. Log on to CNN.com/360. We'll try to get some of responses later tonight.

You can also give you a call, toll-free, at 866-NY-AC-360, that's 866-692-2360, 866-692-2360. We'll listen to some of your comments. And tomorrow, when we come to you live from Crawford, Texas, we'll play them on the air.
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The main reason for the Iraq War was to defend and protect the State of Israel. Anyone who says otherwise is making up specious arguments.

Whether the State of Israel is the noblest of Nations in the world at the moment is another question entirely. The Holy Land will be the seat of Messianic Government, but I can assure you right now, Moshiach is definately not in the Holy Land right now. Moses warned the Jews of violating his commandments and what would happen to them, many, many times. The covenant is conditoinal.

Being a "Light unto the Nations" means to be something that inspires, uplifts and gives direction to people. If the light spellbinds, entraps and destroys you by folllowing it, then it must be avoided at all costs. Such a light is a dangerous luminous mirage that will only lead to damnation.

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