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Crawford Vigil Is Not Over

Exclusive Interview with Cindy Sheehan After Mother's Stroke: "I Want to Get Back As Soon As Possible"

Broadcasting on location from Crawford, Texas, Democracy Now! brings you the voices of military families and anti-war activists who are speaking out against the occupation of Iraq. Cindy Sheehan left Crawford last night to attend to her sick mother, but we caught up with her on her way out of Texas. [includes rush transcript]

Cindy Sheehan had to leave Crawford temporarily after her mother suffered a stroke. She spoke with Democracy Now! in the airport on her way to Los Angeles. She said that also she left her vigil without meeting with President Bush, she said, "This Camp Casey movement is bigger than me. It's growing, it's bigger than any of us."

Cindy Sheehan went on, "I believe that it is my right and responsibility as an American to question our government when our government is wrong. I'm not one of the immature patriots who say my country right or wrong because my country is wrong now, and my country-the policies of my country are responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent people, and I won't stand by and let that happen anymore."

Cindy Sheehan, her son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004. She is the co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

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JUAN GONZALEZ: We head now to Crawford, Texas, where Amy Goodman is reporting today from the grounds of Camp Casey, just down the road from President Bush's property. Well, Amy, I’m guessing Karl Rove didn't invite you in.

AMY GOODMAN: No, we're right outside the ranch, although we did drive down George W. Bush Highway to get here. We're at Camp Casey, Juan. It's just outside of President Bush's ranch, where he is vacationing now. We're somewhat near a Secret Service checkpoint, so the Secret Service is changing shift right now. Behind me people are waking up, about a hundred people slept here last night. The signs say that “Bush should speak to Cindy,

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O'Reilly never called her a traitor. Amy Goodman is a liar... just like Cindy Sheehan. I am sorry for Cindy's mother though, recovery from a stroke is never full... but life does go on. Life goes on!!!

Please go away

Thank You, Cindy for being the Spark the Universe sent. We lit candles at home Wednesday night because the important thing is that we keep the light going. Lots of light shining brightly over Crawford, Texas, the nation, and the World. The truth will continue to come forth through the light.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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