September 27, 2005

Code Pink Issued A Press Release To Publicize Cindy Sheehan's Arrest - Before the Arrest

Code Pink, a radical anti-war group and avid supporter/exploiter of Cindy Sheehan, actually issued a press release to advise the media of Cindy Sheehan's intent to be arrested:

9/26 Mass Civil Disobedience Action Against the Iraq War. Cindy Sheehan will participate.

Cindy Sheehan to Join Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House on Monday, Sept. 26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
Sept. 25, 2005 Andrea Buffa [deleted]
Alicia Sexton [deleted]

MEDIA ADVISORY

Cindy Sheehan to Join Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House on Monday, Sept. 26

Hundreds will be arrested as they express their opposition to the Iraq War

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 26, 12:30 PM

WHERE: Lafayette Park entrance to the White House

WHAT: In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of people from throughout the United States will participate in a nonviolent civil disobedience action on Monday, Sept. 26 at the White House. Cindy Sheehan will participate in the action and risk arrest as will members of the clergy and other military families.

Anyone who did not believe or understand that the whole arrest was carefully orchestrated to garner media attention cannot deny it now.

I do find it disgusting that they equate Cindy Sheehan's ticket for loitering as being in the same league as the actions of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
In a statement posted on the Huffington Post following her arrest: Cindy Sheehan demonstrates that either she has lost all grip on reality or at least has developed amnesia:

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.

The problem is that President Bush does meet with the families of those killed in Iraq - even those that do not agree with his policies (including the Sheehan family). Ms. Sheehan continues to be intellectually dishonest by pretending that President Bush did not already meet with her and her family.
Oddly enough, Cindy Sheehan, who clearly planned and wanted to be arrested, is now complaining that she was arrested:

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 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 and 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 16th. Any lawyers out there want to help me challenge an unconstitutional law??

What hypocrisy. You plan to get arrested. You have your friends issue a press release stating that you plan to break the law and be arrested. You then proceed to break the law. You are then arrested. Now, you are complaining about it?

Cindy claims she was arrested because she "exercised her first amendment rights". No, Cindy you were arrested for protesting without a permit - not for exercising your first amendment rights. It is well-established law that the government has the ability to require protesters to obtain permits to hold protests in certain public areas (including public streets and sidewalks). You easily could have held your "protest" elsewhere and exercised your first amendment rights, however, your goal was to be arrested.

Once again, however, I really do not understand how such "civil disobedience" will further the stated goals of the anti-war crowd - i.e., an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Is the American public going to demand an immediate withdrawal from Iraq just because she received a $50 ticket? It makes no sense. At best, it focuses attention on her (not her issues).

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