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The Bill of No Rights

Cindy Sheehan's latest arrest another signifier of nail in coffin for peaceful protest and free speech


Steve Watson / Prisonplanet | March 7 2006


Cindy Sheehan, who drew international attention when she camped outside President Bush's ranch to protest the Iraq war, was arrested again yesterday during a demonstration demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.


Sheehan and company were participating in a march to the US mission to the United Nations in order to deliver a petition with more than 60,000 signatures urging the "withdrawal of all troops and all foreign fighters from Iraq."


Ann Wright, a former U.S. Army colonel and U.S. diplomat, said in a statement issued by the Women Say No to War group that the U.S. Mission refused to send someone to meet with the women "whose lives and families have been shattered by this destructive and immoral war." The protesters refused to leave without delivering the petition, she said.


So the police arrested Miss Sheehan and three other women for "criminal trespassing".


Since when has standing outside a building in a peaceful protest been "criminal trespassing"?


Sheehan was also arrested for "resisting arrest".


In an America where the government is above the law and the people are their subjects, this is now the norm.


Anyone who dares to speak out against or protest the actions of our Governments is considered to be a criminal and is arrested and silenced.


Earlier this year Cindy Sheehan was also arrested in the House gallery after refusing to cover up a T-shirt bearing an anti-war slogan before President Bush's State of the Union address.


In flagrant violation of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights, Sheehan was handcuffed and held in the Capitol building until she was driven to the Capitol Police headquarters for booking. According to her blog, she was released about four hours after her arrest.


Just as disturbing was the fact that , U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Florida, spoke on the House floor saying his wife, Beverly, had been "ordered to leave" the gallery during the speech for wearing a shirt that said, "Support Our Troops."


So now you have no right to say anything or even have an opinion either way. You are the subject, the President is the ruler, how dare you pre-empt or protest anything he says or does.


Cindy Sheehan was also arrested last September at a protest outside the White House for refusing to OBEY police orders to leave.


Sheehan is clearly the figurehead of the anti-war movement in America now and therefore is arrested every time she attends a protest in a pathetic attempt to show others that it will get them nowhere.


This despite the fact that Sheehan's views are now shared by the vast majority of Americans as multiple opinion polls have shown.


This is what you get for daring to have the audacity to speak out against the killing of thousands of American soldiers in a war based on proven lies and deception.


America is now a country where Homeland Security Officers target toy store owners, t-shirt sellers and kindergartners while hiring former East German Stasi heads to spy on Americans and recruiting tattle-tale squads under ‘Highway Watch’ – a program that encourages truckers, toll takers, road crews and bus drivers to watch their fellow citizens and report suspicious activity.


Even people who pay bills and choose not to live in debt to the banks are considered suspicious.


Secret service agents routinely question students who wear anti-Bush t-shirts or who voice protest by heckling Bill Clinton.


Those in charge of Homeland Security feel it may be time to give the military powers of arrest over such dangerous members of the American public.


We live in a time where in order to protest you must be within a designated "Free speech zone", how dare people like Cindy Sheehan be allowed to voice their opinions in the Non-Free speech zone that is the rest of the United States.


When was the Bill of Rights replaced by the Bill of No Rights?


Last modified March 7, 2006





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