In Which I Agree With Cindy Sheehan
Cindy's demanding that a bunch of her fellow protesters
be charged.The group, which has plans to camp through the Easter weekend at “Camp Casey II” on private property, ventured to the courthouse to try to convince McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest to file misdemeanor charges against 12 protesters arrested in November.
The dozen, known as the “Prairie Dog 12,” were arrested on criminal trespass and obstructing a highway or other passageway charges, both Class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 180 days in jail and $2,000 fines.
I certainly think quite a few of these folks could benefit from a few days in the pokey. In fitting with the Snickers Commercial nature of these events:After Sheehan, Daniel Ellsberg, the government analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the media during the Vietnam War, and peace activist Ann Wright spoke, a guitar-strumming supporter sang a musical version of the First Amendment as the group cheered and sang along.
But all was not idiocy at this event:The rally was interrupted by shouts from Laura Youngblood, of New York, who held a photo of her husband, Travis, a Navy corpsman killed in the war. She and Sheehan engaged in a brief shouting match.
“You are dishonoring all these men and all these women who are fighting and dying for our country,” Youngblood said. “Show them compassion. Show them this country cares about them. Please, just show them truth and show love for our country.”