Hitlers Germany more free than US
By Sinclere Lee
WASHINGTON (BNW) More in line with Hitlers Germany than the US Constitution, we are giving up our civil liberties for a false sense of security because most America are nothing but cold blooded cowards. They wont burst grape!
For example, anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan wore a shirt with the message "2,245 Dead. How many more?" -- a reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, and was arrested during the State of the Union message but she was released after four hours.
Even, Beverly Young, the wife of 18-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young of Florida, wore a shirt that read, "Support the Troops."
Both shirts resulted in their owners being ejected from the House chamber before President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Sheehan, an invited guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-California, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. ET on charges of unlawful conduct. Young was asked to leave but not arrested. All this was done with the will of the American cowards.
On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said neither woman should have been removed from the chamber. "We made a mistake," he told reporters.
He said an apology was made to Bill and Beverly Young, and the congressman has been told that Capitol officers will receive better training. He said they are operating under outdated guidance on House rules regarding demonstrations.
"Just wearing a T-shirt is not unlawful," Gainer said. Wearing a T-shirt and engaging in actions meant to draw attention to the shirt is against the law, he said, but neither woman was doing so.
Gainer said he has attempted to reach Sheehan to tell her he is recommending that charges be dropped and to express his willingness to talk to her at her convenience, but has only been able to leave her a message.
Woolsey has called for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq and supports legislation for the creation of a Department of Peace.
"Since when is free speech conditional on whether you agree with the president?" Woolsey said in a statement issued Wednesday.
"I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight," the message read. "I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back."
Before Gainer's admission, Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said of Sheehan's shirt, "She was asked to cover it up. She did not."
Outrage also came from the pro-war Young as well, since she is a supporter of the war.
On Wednesday, he held up his wife's shirt on the House floor and denounced her treatment.
"She has a real passion for our troops, and she shows it in many, many ways," Young said.
"And most members in this House know that. But because she had on a shirt that someone didn't like, that said 'Support Our Troops,' she was kicked out of this gallery while the president was speaking and encouraging Americans to support our troops. Shame. Shame."
Young and his wife are known as passionate supporters of U.S. service members. He has spoken in the past about their many visits to military hospitals during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their efforts to ensure the needs of the wounded and their families are met.
Sheehan, on the other hand, was thrust into the spotlight after her 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq in April 2004.
"Cindy Sheehan, who gave her own flesh and blood for this disastrous war, did not violate any rules of the House of Representatives," Woolsey's statement said. "She merely wore a shirt that highlighted the human cost of the Iraq war and expressed a view different than that of the president."
The Vacaville, California, resident gained national attention in August, when she and hundreds of fellow protesters camped outside the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch, demanding an audience. She also recently penned a book, "Not One More Mother's Child."
In April 2004 Sheehan and other relatives of troops killed in Iraq met with Bush during a visit to Fort Lewis, Washington, shortly after the death of her son.
Sheehan later said that the president wouldn't look at pictures of her son and "didn't even know Casey's name." She has said she'd like to meet with Bush again to discuss her opposition to the war.
The president has declined another meeting and has taken issue with Sheehan's calls for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
"She expressed her opinion; I disagree with it," Bush said in August. "I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake."
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