Feb. 2 | From t r u t h o u t: Statement from U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey
Editor’s Note: Much has been made of the arrest of
Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan before last night’s State of the Union
address. Mainstream media coverage has made it seem as if Sheehan was
in the balcony of the House of Representatives under false pretenses.
In fact, she was invited. Representative Lynn Woolsey, Democrat of
California, personally purchased a ticket to the speech for Sheehan.
Below, please find Rep. Woolsey’s statement regarding the arrest of
Cindy Sheehan. –William Rivers Pitt/TO
Woolsey Statement regarding Cindy Sheehan
By Representative Lynn Woolsey
t r u t h o u t | Statement
Wednesday 01 February 2006
Washington, DC – US Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today
issued the following statement regarding Cindy Sheehan’s arrest in the
gallery of the House of Representatives before the State of the Union
address. Mrs. Sheehan was Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s guest to the President’s
State of the Union address.
“Since when is free speech conditional on whether you agree with
the President? Cindy Sheehan, who gave her own flesh and blood for this
disastrous war, did not violate any rules of the House of
Representatives. She merely wore a shirt that highlighted the human
cost of the Iraq war and expressed a view different than that of the
President. Free speech and the First Amendment exist to protect
dissenting statements like Ms. Sheehan’s last night.”
“Stifling the truth will not blind Americans to the immorality of
sending young Americans to die in an unnecessary war, against a nation
that posed no threat to our security. The President’s speech last night
was yet another attempt to distort history, as he suggested – once
again – that the 9/11 terrorists came from Iraq. Everyone knows this is
not true. We must not be afraid to say that the emperor has no clothes.
It’s time to bring our troops home.”