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Free Speech in the USA ?? Cindy Sheehan arrested for just wearing a T-shirt that stated “2,245 Dead — How Many More??�

Is this fair ?

What is your opinion ?

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Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the antiwar movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush’s State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who was invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The charge was later changed to unlawful conduct, Schneider said. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Sheehan was taken in handcuffs from the Capitol to police headquarters a few blocks away. Her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an antiwar slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

The T-shirt bore the words “2,245 Dead — How Many More??� in reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, protesters told NBC News.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.

“I’m proud that Cindy’s my guest tonight,� Woolsey said in an interview before the speech. “She has made a difference in the debate to bring our troops home from Iraq.�

Woolsey offered Sheehan a ticket to the speech — Gallery 5, seat 7, row A — earlier Tuesday while Sheehan was attending an “alternative state of the union� press conference by CODEPINK, a group pushing for an end to the Iraq war.

Sheehan, wrapped in a bright pink scarf against the cold, protested outside the White House with a handful of others before heading to the Capitol Tuesday evening. There were no cameras around, but the small band faced the executive mansion and repeatedly shouted, “You’re evicted! Get out of our house!�

Sheehan was arrested in September with about 300 other antiwar activists in front of the White House after a weekend of protests against the war in Iraq. In August, she spent 26 days camped near Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he was spending a working vacation.


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So much for a written constitution.[V]


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RE: Free Speech in the USA ?? Cindy Sheehan arrested

There are places in the US where political protest & statements are regulated.

I can not go into a voting station in the US and begin to campaign for a candidate.

She could have made her statement outside.
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^^^
I realise that,but the same is happening in the UK-erosion of our civil liberties 'salami style'.We shouldn't allow terrorism to be used as a tool for the State to bully us.
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RE: Free Speech in the USA ?? Cindy Sheehan arrested

In my opinion the handcuffing was a little much, they could have quietly escorted her outside.
This country can really be a let down at times.

I'm proud to be an American, just not very proud of our gov.
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^^^^^

Well said![:)]

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RE: Free Speech in the USA ?? Cindy Sheehan arrested

She should be arrested for impersonating leslie Nielson:






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Sad.
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"Shirley you can't be serious?"

Well spotted TK.[8D]
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"Shirley you can't be serious?"

Well spotted TK.[8D]
Thank you......And don't call me Shirley.

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