Police removed Sheehan and Beverly Young, wife of Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., from the visitors gallery Tuesday night. Sheehan was taken away in handcuffs before Bush's arrival at the Capitol and charged with a misdemeanor, while Young was not arrested.
Capitol Police did not explain why Sheehan was arrested and Young was not. However, Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer was asking the U.S. attorney's office to drop the charge against Sheehan, according to Deputy House Sergeant of Arms Kerri Hanley.
Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, had been invited to the speech and given a ticket by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif.
Sheehan's T-shirt alluded to the number of soldiers killed in Iraq: "2245 Dead. How many more?" Capitol Police charged her with a misdemeanor for violating the District of Columbia's code against unlawful or disruptive conduct on any part of the Capitol grounds, a law enforcement official said. She was released from custody and flew home Wednesday to Los Angeles.
Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said police warned Sheehan that displays such as her T-shirt were not allowed.
Sheehan said she had one arm out of her coat when an officer yelled, "Protester." She said she intended to file a First Amendment lawsuit over the episode.
These guys wouldn't have reacted that fast if she had a gun. Instead, they're the fucking fashion police, and it's entirely possible that there were fines for anyone who didn't put agree to cover up their peace symbols.
As it stands, I have found a secret White House blacklist of people who were not allowed to attend the State of the Union:
- Milosevic, Slobodan
- Manson, Charles
- Manson, Marilyn
- Cindy Sheehan
One of the primary messages of the State of the Union was for Americans to have confidence in their President... and apparently fuck the First Amendment, in addition to the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, which the White House is currently trying to have suspended. "However," stated one White House staffer, "we're still fully behind the Second Amendment, along with Amendments 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, and 27."
A representative from the Democratic Party stated that they haven't laughed this hard at anything since the Harriet Miers clusterfuck.