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My First Time


By Cindy Sheehan

The rumors are true this time. I was arrested in front of the White House today. It was my first time ever being arrested.

We proceeded from Lafayette Park to the Guard House at the White House. I, my sister, and other Gold Star Families for Peace members and some Military Families requested to meet with the President again. We again wanted to know: What is the Noble Cause? Our request was, to our immense shock and surprise, denied. They wouldn't even deliver any letters or pictures of our killed loved ones to the White House.

We all know by now why George won't meet with parents of the soldiers he has killed who disagree with him. First of all, he hates it when people disagree with him. I am not so sure he hates it as much as he is in denial that it even happens. Secondly, he is a coward who arrogantly refuses to meet with the people who pay his salary. Maybe the next time one of us is asked by our bosses to have a performance review, or we are going to be written up for a workplace infraction, we should refuse to go and talk to our bosses citing the fact that the President doesn't have to. The third reason why he won't talk to us is that he knows there is no Noble Cause for the invasion and continued occupation of Iraq. It is a question that has no true answer.

After we were refused a meeting with the Disconnected One, we went over to right in front of our house…the White House (in front of the gate of course) and we sat down and refused to move until George came out and talked to us. We actually had a good time singing old church songs and old protest songs while we waited. I tied a picture of Casey on the White House fence and apparently, that is against the law, too.

After three warnings to get up and move off of the sidewalk in front of our house, we were arrested. It is so ironic to me that the person who resides in our White House swears to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The person who is the (p)resident of the White House now has no concept of the Constitution. He was appointed by the Supreme Court for his first term, invaded and continues to occupy a sovereign country without a declaration of war from the Congress, and violated several treaties to actually invade, Iraq too. Not to mention the condoned torture that pervades the military prisons these days. These are all violations of the Constitution. The Patriot Act and denying us our rights to peaceably assemble are serious breaches of the Bill of Rights. George is so hypocritically concerned about Iraq developing a Constitution when he ignores and shreds our own Constitution.

Being arrested is not a big deal. Even though were arrested for "demonstrating without a permit" we were protesting something that is much more serious than sitting on a sidewalk: the tragic and needless deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Americans (both in Iraq and here in America) who would be alive if it weren't for the criminals who reside in and work in the White House.

Karl Rove (besides just being a very creepy man) outted a CIA agent and was responsible for endangering many of our covert agents worldwide. Dick Cheney's old company is reaping profits beyond anyone's wildest imaginations in their no-bid contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and New Orleans. John Negroponte's activities in South America are very shady and murderous. Rumsfeld and Gonzales are responsible for illegal and immoral authorization, encouragement and approval of torture. Not to mention, violating Geneva Conventions, torture endangers the lives of our service men and women in Iraq. Along with the above mentioned traitors, Condi lied through her teeth in the insane run-up to the invasion. The list of crimes this administration has commited is extensive, abhorrent, and unbelievable. What is so unbelievable is that WE were arrested for exercising our first amendment rights and these people are running free to enjoy their lives of crime and to wreak havoc on the world.

The fine for "demonstrating without a permit" is $75.00. I am certain that I won't pay it. My court date is November 16 th. Any lawyers out there want to help me challenge an unconstitutional law??

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Right on, Cindy! We are all so very proud of you!

I'm very proud of Cindy and all the other protesters arrested today for civil disobedience. Non-violent protest is the only effective way to make big policy change when you are the minority or underpowered. Peace is progess.

Cindy, you rock! My wife, two toddlers, and myself first met you back in Crawford on August 16th and we've been backing you ever since. I can't wait until the mid-term elections roll around next November. It's time that Bush-olini face his impending impeachment! Keep rocking, Cindy!

Careful, Cindy. The high courts are recently supporting Wee Georgie's unilateral, absolute and unchallengeable authority to imprison U.S. citizens indefinitely without trail and without any legal recourse whatever.

You may think that you have some rights under the U.S. constitution, but, even assuming you are allowed to be represented by counsel, don't count on the U.S. court system to protect those rights.

Arvy, Good advise to Mrs. Sheehan. An attorney recently told me we are an oligarchy. The Constitutional is no longer there for our protection. So, those who continue to deny the level of seriousness that this country is in had better open their eyes! The fight we are in isn't a Democrat vs a Republican. It is an us vs them. It is so easy to see how they won't even vote to look (investigate) whether wrongs were done prior to the war. Dem. Sherrod Brown told me himself that he knew Bush lied about the war approximately 2 years ago and he voted NO in the Resolution. And, what about the wonderful Ron Paul who voted PRESENT. What does that mean! It means that they are all bought and paid for by the corporations, the ones who they represent. Long ago are the days when the elected officials actually represented The People. My advise is to keep voting for the same people and expect a different result-similar to the definition of insanity.

The Plan for the new Americation century was written in the 90's by this administration. They are an agressive inhumane bunch. Look it up.

Describing this government as an oligarchy is being overly generous. The correct term is KAKISTOCRACY--RULE OF THE WORST.

But, I agree that voting for the same old product is not getting us anywhere. In 2006, I hope 1. that people VOTE, 2. that people vote know their self-interest and vote it, and 3. if they don't like what is being sold- they DON'T BUY IT. If you don't like the candidates, don't choose the lesser of two evils; write in NOTA. It would be beneficial if we could point to even minority of None of the Above votes. The winner wouldn't be able to claim a "Mandate" with any sort of legitimacy. Remember, in 2004 so many people voted for Kerry; Bush was able to say "Look, America supports the war." A lie, I know; but, one lie along with so many others that have successfully obscured the truth.

National Capital Area ACLU = (202) 437-0800 (includes DC and Prince George's and Montgomery Counties). Good luck with your court cases.

You have done so much of us and the world. We will always appreciate your courage. Would you consider running for president? We need a woman with courage, not that spineless Hillary.

Way to go Cindy! We remember Joan Baez speaking of her arrest during her peaceful protesting of the Vietnam war. I was in Crawford and listened to her relate her experience, and we know the result of her and thousands of others who protested, the war ended. Now it is Cindy's arrest that will help turn the tide in this illegal war of our redundant chief!

HEY SOMEBODY

I own freecindy.org

I bought it to beat the republicans before she was "supposed" to be arrested back on August 11th.

I will gladly give the rights to someone legitamitely working to help Cindy. I camped with her in Crawford and support her in every way. I made a little documentary of the trip:
http://homepage.mac.com/godofkarma/swimmerfilms/iMovieTheater75.html

If anyone involved with her could email me, I will help in any way I can. I have no intention of squatting on the site or making money off it.

thanks.

Shannon Wimmer
Swimmer Films
swimmer17@austin.rr.com

Finally, someone did what should have been done long ago. Lock her away... and send her to Gitmo. After she sees the way her Arab allies treat her down there maybe she won't be so willing to criticize the War.

Finally, someone did what should have been done long ago...stood up for the Bill of Rights and our Constitution that George W is destroying with his ignorant policies. No one in this congress or our military or our press has had the courage to defy W's agenda of destruction except Cindy Sheehan. 911 was criminal negligence by this administration, the Iraq war a mission of revenge, Katrina another negligent response...the out of control spending of our tax dollars, hiring of incompetent cronys for political payback....and the list could go on but you get the jist. Only Cindy Sheehan has had the courage to hold Bush accountable for his reckless and destructive ways with our country at our expense. Cindy has already suffered the greatest pain anyone can suffer...the loss of a child...anonymous disrespectful statements like Arab allies does not cut it...her American allies haven't served her very well is the issue. The government has failed her...her son died because of failed policies. More sons and daughters are dying for failed policies. Is anyone in your family serving in the war in Iraq? Give us a little more background before you make inflamnatory statements about someone else.

Another UNEDUCATED FOOL showing off his mind!

Please SIGN UP we NEED warm BODIES in IRAQ!

You'd crack long before she would!

People die everyday for lesser causes than those US soldiers who have died in Iraq. Does it really matter why? I don't think so... it's just war. People die. Is any situation where people actually kill one another just? For this too, I think not. Those of us who take the oath of enlistment realize, however, that it's the price we may pay. I lost an uncle in Vietnam. He wasn't drafted... he chose to enlist. As did Cindy's son. As did I. Cindy's son made a decision that cost him his life... why can't she accept that? I bet he is ashamed of her, wherever he is now... I'd rather die serving my country in whatever manner my elected president sees fit than to sit and watch everything unfold on CNN and do nothing but complain and blame. I'd rather be there to help my fellow soldiers, regardless of why I am there. Cindy, I think you need to get over yourself and move on with a productive life.

I've never understood how somebody can make some callow statement like 'I bet he is ashamed of her...'; as if you actually ever met the man and know how he'd respond to his mother's heart-felt commitment.

I served in the military 20 years ago and would also die to protect my country but certainly not because of greed and lies. For all of the pro-war people out there who say that Iraq deserves the same freedoms as us and was a threat to our country, can you honestly admit that before 9/11 happened (which had nothing to do with Saddam) you woke up one morning and told yourself 'I wish Iraq had a democratic society like us and I didn't feel threatened by Saddam'?

If you want to see what the Bush administration is really about, all you have to do is open your eyes as well as your mind. I suggest using Wikipedia and doing a search for Rumsfeld, Cheney, and W himself. You might find their checkered pasts a bit shocking. Especially Rumsfeld; what a criminal!

I would be ashamed of his mother.

To the alleged US soldier who says "its just war": You're full of it. No one who has ever taken fire talks like you. I bet you work in data processing or something. You'd change your tune on that real quick if a bullet were headed your way from an insurgnt, or you came back missing a limb or other crippling injury that would be with you the rest of your mindless life.
Don't just talk about it, go die in "whatever manner your elected president sees fit", and walk in front of a bullet or an IED ambush.

There is a classic saying, the word for God for all children, is "Mother". You sully Cindy's son by saying what you, and all the other brainwashed cretins are saying.

Have you no decency? Have you no conscience? Do you HONESTLY believe that any man, woman, or child, would condemn their mothers or fathers for mourning their loss, and questioning whether it was worth it?

Hell, even if you're a Christian, there's story after story in Dubya's favorite bedtime book that has every SINGLE parent asking the same question when their children were killed for false cause, all the way up to God. And you DARE to decry a woman who does the same?

You, sir (and I use the term loosely), are the very scum of humanity, the very scourge upon humanity, that all of those people died to rid us of.

There is a classic saying, the word for God for all children, is "Mother". You sully Cindy's son by saying what you, and all the other brainwashed cretins are saying.

Have you no decency? Have you no conscience? Do you HONESTLY believe that any man, woman, or child, would condemn their mothers or fathers for mourning their loss, and questioning whether it was worth it?

Hell, even if you're a Christian, there's story after story in Dubya's favorite bedtime book that has every SINGLE parent asking the same question when their children were killed for false cause, all the way up to God. And you DARE to decry a woman who does the same?

You, sir (and I use the term loosely), are the very scum of humanity, the very scourge upon humanity, that all of those people died to rid us of.

"in whatever manner my elected president sees fit "

Please HURRY along and sign up to any military form as we need MORE WARM bodies to Believe in the WIZARD of OZ Curtains! You really are showing your education level (NOT)!

There are Oil Wells; Pipelines; Export Stations; Transfer Stations; Oil Leads into Turkey that NEED protected so that we here in the USA can still IMPORT all Iraq OIL. You see at present they are USA's 4th largest IMPORTER of OIL. So please go over to Iraq and GUARD the above needs!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you happen to DIE we will Thank your family for the OIL!

Sounds like you need to be over there fighting for your President.

God bless you, Cindy.

Your courageous actions inspire millions who know you are standing up for that which is right.

We love you.

are God's true voice in this old world of ours . I'm sure Jesus' own mother Mary would be so proud of all the Moms and Dads who are striving to save other children , even though their own children have fallen. Cindy, you have demonstrated true and pure sacrificial love for your fellow man.

Remember when Rumsfeld was shaking hands with Saddam? That was in the "80's". The picture has been floating around the web for a long time now. Remember that it was when WE were selling Saddam weapons and he was killing his own people at the same time, and we supported him? There is no doubt that Saddam was a "bad" character. The question is, Why did it take us so long to acknowledge his evil ways. Was he really a threat to us, I don't believe so.

We must thank Cindy Sheehan for her courageous stand against George W Bush who is incompedent and ruthless. Cindy has done her part, now it is up to us to continue her efforts for all our military that has been sent into harms way for George W Bush's quest for oil. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT NOW? WHAT NOW CAN WE DO TO INITIATE THE PROCESS OF IMPEACHEMNNT? Impeachment of a person that cares less about our military, our country and the world around him. It is time for us to stand up against this administration, by what means? ANY MEANS THAT IS POSSIBLE....EVEN IF IT'S UP TO US TO ATTACK THE WHITE HOUSE AND DO IT OURSELVES. I don't condone violence, but there is a time when it is the only means to a bad situation. NOW IS THE TIME.

On a side note, why did it take our fearless leaader, (flight-suit-daddy) four (4) days to respond to hurricane Katrina? Why was everyone in the White House on vacation at the same time? We all know that George W Bush didn't know what to do...its as plain as a pimple on your face, George W Bush didn't know what to do. Makes you think doesn't it? AND HE HAS HIS FINGER ON THE "RED" BUTTON...

Can the people go above Congress and impeach Dubya themselves? Is this possible?

That's not possible in our system. Your next legitimate opportunity is 2008. Hopeful liberals are already scrambling to demonstrate how "centrist" they are. This speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in the ability of an avowed liberal to win. You might want to try a real test and put forward an anti-war candidate, rather than an anti-Bush candidate. That will be a real test of where the majority of US voters stand.

MOMS & DADS HAVE THE POWER!!!!

I have been trying to avoid any talk or criticism about this whole situation, but I feel that I have to speak. At first I just thought that Cindy was a grieving mother, who does deserve answers to her sons death. After all this time, I feel that she has just gone into a selfish mode. I have a brother in the military and like all soldiers, they choose to enlist KNOWING the costs if a war breaks out. Cindy's son is not the only one who has lost his life in battle. Many other men and women have lost their lives fighting for our protection. I don't blame President Bush for their deaths. I can't even if I tried, he is a human being and like us all he has made mistakes, but he is also the only American President that has had to deal with ALOT of conflict in his years in office. He did not ask for 9/11 to happen and he did not ask for these people overseas to attack our Navy ships. No matter who our President would be, there would have been attacks. It makes me angry to know that all these protests are done on our tax dollars, it uses up the time for our police and firefighter who should be out protecting us, instead they are out standing near protest baracades. What has this world come to? I think all this protest mess is so disrespective to our troops who are doing their JOBS overseas. Sure they would rather be at a picnic with their families, but they know why they are there. I pray for them and I pray for those who are fueling this outragous fire on American soil. Cindy should really step out of her little world and look at the whole picture.

Maybe I am missing something. You are saying Mrs. Sheehan should "step out of her little world and look at the whole picture".

To what picture are you referring? The one that Fox depicts for all of its followers to view, the "fair and balanced" pictures from the extreme right?

Your problem is that you are addicted to the right wing kool-aid. You never had any compassion for anyone's losses. Your opening comments claiming that you did have compassion are hollow and meaningless. For had you any true compassion you would understand why Sheehan has taken up the cause.

You take the attitude that "it ain't broke so don't fix it". Sheehan and we who steadfastly support her know that our Constitutional democracy is woefully broken and is in need of major restoration. True patriots who have read and digested their history lessons clearly understand what has happened. Some of us who remember the early 60's can put the puzzle together and realize that it is not just the last 5 years. It goes back in excess of 40 years.

The killings of Malcolm X, JFK, Martin Luther King and RFK were not random, unrelated events. Greed and hate are powerful forces for evil and I fear that you have sided with their dark perpetrators.

Do you think Hitler was right to send his men to die to invade Poland?
Do you think Hitler was right to bomb England and occupy other European sovereign nations?

What if one German mother of a fallen German soldier, JUST ONE, had spoken up against Hitler and had the majority of the people rally around her peace movement against the Nazis>>> JUST ONE GERMAN MOM?

Do you realize how many MILLIONS of lives would have been spared the Nazi Regime's bloodbath? If one German Mom saved MILLIONS of people,
would you have called that MOM "Selfish?"

Cindy is on the front lines, taking the heat, and going to jail so that people like your brother will NOT DIE, and you DARE to call HER selfish?

Selfish = PNAC BUSHCO and their war profiteering & blood for oil

She doesnt want to save anyone, she's just psychologically challenged since her son died. Isn't ironic how you protestors get all upset over the littlest bit of opposition, what hypocrites. I had the police called on me because I asked a protestor if what they were saying had any truthful backing. So, yes, Cindy is a selfish media attention seeker.

My advice to readers of AfterDowningStreet: Ignore the disrupters and naysayers and those who are against Cindy. It is a waste of time to argue with the Pro-War Bush-lovers. The owner of this forum can just delete their posts.

Stay focused!

I thought you Cindy supporters wanted to hear the truth. Don't close your ears to the naysayers that are giving you exactly what you asked for. THE TRUTH!!!

"It makes me angry to know that all these protests are done on our tax dollars"

Are you so UNEDUCATED that you don't see what YOU have been paying in the last 5 years? Or maybe your parents pay your bills!
High INFLATION; High UNEMPLOYMENT; High GAS and TAX prices; A Deficit OUT OF CONTROL; A president with totally INCOMPETENT people in the White House. Maybe a Katrina will come to your house. GOODLUCK when you need help from this Quality Management. I can't wait to see your face next year when you see what the cost of living is then! YOU NEED AN EDUCATION in Economics 101 you fool!

"doing their JOBS overseas"
And many even in the special forces units realize that Iraq is ILLEGAL! And many aren't renewing their own contracts for re-entry!

"KNOWING the costs if a war breaks out" the real question is:

Does your brother really KNOW WHY HE IS THERE? I'll bet not! Maybe he believes in the phantom DEMOCRACY ploy. You see behind the Wizard of OZ curtains......everyone is MOTIVATED by $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
CASPIAN SEA; BTC PIPELINE; TAPS PIPELINE; CURRENCY WAR IRAQ DOLLAR V EURO! Why most don't see this is relative to their own uneducated levels in the indices within the financial world. Do you handle your own 401K?

By the way tell me how your brother feels AFTER........

his best friend dies in arms with body parts missing;
he picks up a leg and a foot of his best friend
he comes home with full blown DU posioning
he fights with a knife to stay alive
he lives on 1 mre a day for months

Let me guess your brother is one of the regular military legs in the army building a school and giving out CANDY? Just remember NOBODY IS SAFE in that Iraq H*** hole! You have RATS in the Iraq military. You better PRAY that your brother has been expertly trained, literally!
You best check in for economics education 101 course!
currency trader

Talk about selfishness, well Bush wanted to start a war for him and his OIL buddies, for their own agenda, so he and his administration lied to America and its Congress...They planned it in advance and manipulated evidence to create fear in citizens to justify attacking a country that did not attack us. 40 or more dead this month alone, for a LIE. Do you want to contribute your family and friends as cannon fodder in this illegal Iraq war? Some of us do not and we share our thoughts and think through our plans. No selfishness.

Prove it you misguided fool!!!

I went to Crawford and I went to the protest in DC on Saturday. I've protested this war locally for years. Open defiance - including arrests - are the next stage in our stand against the liars and criminals running our country.

When our elected leaders of both parties RUN from Washington so as not to be associated with the anti-war sentiment, we are faced with the fact that we have no representation. We have no representation from elected leaders. But we have you.

The people must lead.

Those of us who oppose the war are the majority in this country.

We will lead us out of this mess and we will win.

Thanks for your continued sacrifice and action.

Cindy, I love your sense of humor! "The Disconnected One!" Its great!

Cindy Sheehan can't stand that the media is no longer concentrating on her, so what does she do... gets herself arrested to get back in to the media spotlight. Earth to Cindy: Nobody gives a crap about you! We see you for what you are, a MEDIA WHORE!

Screwed up! That image can be viewed at: http://www.imagedump.com/index.cgi?pick=get&tp=318172

Earth to Mike: It appears that a whole bunch of people do, in fact, care about Cindy and her cause. Hence, the positive posts on this blog.

Perhaps you should focus on your job at Wal-Mart and maybe buy another gunrack for your 4x4 in between the times that you beat your wife and kids during your drunken rages. Oh, and your doublewide is in need of repair so snap to it.

You actually think anyone that thinks like me must fit the profile you described. No wonder why more and more people hate the left. Even if I did fit that profile, what wrong with that? Plenty of people in my home state (Michigan) fit that profile and vote democrat.

MIKE M

Most educated professors from MI colleges voted democratic!

Ann Arbor MI (1 in 13) has the highest population of PHD's and they voted DEMOCRATE.

What town do you live in? If you are red than you are uneducated!

I know it's going to kill you to hear this, but I hold a masters in Computer Science from UM and Bachelors in CS from a Kettering. I live in Brighton, about 20 miles north of your liberal Mecca. I work in Livonia.

If you are red than you are uneducated! What's with the absurd generalizations about education?

By the way, I consider myself to be a Libertarian.

It is about the OIL and BushCo's OIL Buddies...The Government is owned by Saudi OIL money. You can fight the illegal Ira1 war if you want to, though, they really need soldiers!

Dear Mike M:

So where do you live in MI? I can only imagine east side of detroit? Across the river? Maybe Taylor? How's the UNEMPLOYMENT?

Most (93 %) educated professors from colleges in MI voted democratic. They have highest percent of PHD's. Ann Arbor home of U of MI, has the nearest highest educated population in the nation (rank 11). They voted democract. Ann Arbor has the highest PSAT and SAT SCORES in your state. Ann Arbor carries the highest family income...

How the poor red blood living (NOT)

Try signing up for a class a U of MI in economics 101 you need it you FOOL!
the currency trader

Pretty obvious that you don't have any loved ones who have died in this illegal, unconstitutional, immoral, strategically clueless war.

Cindy will bear as many rhetorical slings and arrows as it takes from ignorant slugs like you to hold the war criminals in the Bush Administration accountable and bring them to justice. And to think all Dubya had to do was walk down his stupid driveway and talk to Cindy for 5 minutes. She would have disappeared, and the now massive anti-war movement would be nowhere near as big as it is.

Yet another example of Dubya's cluelessness.

Why don't you put your country above your party for once in your life? Why can't you grow a spine and ask your "president" the questions that the majority of America wants the answers to?

What's the noble cause?

Where's the exit strategy?

Why did we invade a country in the name of the "war on terrorism" that had nothing to do with 9/11, and why was this actually the third excuse (after WMD were not found and Saddam was taken out)?

Where ARE those pesky weapons of mass destruction?

Where's OSAMA?

Why is OSAMA still free?

Why were we already dropping bombs on Iraq, unprovoked, in the summer and fall of 2002, while Mr. Bush was saying that he wanted a peaceful resolution and that war would be a last resort?

Why has Bush refused to respond to the questions regarding the Downing Street Memos, addressed directly to him by 130 members of Congress and 575,000 of the citizens that pay his salary?

Does he not understand that lying to Congress is a felony?

Why do we remain in Iraq almost two years after the capture of Saddam, when they have had their election, they have their new government and 75 percent of them want us to leave? Could it be the multi-billion dollar special interest contracts, 14 permanent American military bases and the world's largest American Embassy?

Any president that willingly lies to Congress and the American people, refuses to respond to questions regarding his conduct while in office, and conducts himself as though he is answerable to no one must be impeached and removed from office. A president's power is derived from the consent of the governed. If that power is abused, if the peoples' trust is betrayed and the people are ignored, the people must see to it that Congress gives the president his pink slip. He has obviuously forgotten that HE is supposed to be working for US.

John Perry
http://www.johnperryonline.com

Did you see the smile on her face when she got arrested??? She was so damn happy!! It made me sick to watch her. Her son served with 1st Cav. I'm friends with may soldiers in the Cav..they are a proud division with many traditions. What I'm getting at is this: I don't think her son would want her to go about using his death for her own politcal agenda.

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