Near Bush's Ranch
By ANGELA K. BROWN
(Direct descendent of Karl
Marx! - tha malcontent)
Associated Press Writer Nov 23, 5:04 PM MST
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP)
� A dozen war protesters including Daniel Ellsberg,
who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested Wednesday for setting up camp near
President Bush's ranch in defiance of new local bans on roadside camping and
(ap) - "Ellsberg,
the former Defense Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the
Vietnam war, estimated it was his 70th arrest for various protests since the
1970s. "Those of us who finally saw through the Vietnam war saw through this
war, and all the actions that were necessary to end the Vietnam war will be
necessary here," Ellsberg said Wednesday before his arrest. "I think the
American people will get us out of this (war)." - If any of you Doubt my
Warnings about the coming Spitting on our Soldiers, and the labeling them as
"Baby Killers", then I Hope those Doubts are now Settled!... I Pray for our
Troops that it does not come to this, but I am Afraid, thanks to America Haters
such as Ellsberg, that will, sooner rather than later. - tha malcontent)
About four hours after the group pitched six tents and huddled in sleeping bags
and blankets, McLennan County sheriff's deputies arrested them for criminal
trespassing. Many in the group held up signs, including one that said "Give me
liberty or give me a ditch."
A dozen or so other demonstrators left the public right of way after deputies
warned them they would be arrested.
The protest was set to coincide with Bush's Thanksgiving ranch visit.
The arrests were made by more than two dozen deputies who calmly approached the
demonstrators in their tents and asked if they wanted to walk out on their own
or be carried. Two chose to be carried. They were to be taken to jail for
Ellsberg, the former Defense Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers
during the Vietnam war, estimated it was his 70th arrest for various protests
since the 1970s.
"Those of us who finally saw through the Vietnam war saw through this war, and
all the actions that were necessary to end the Vietnam war will be necessary
here," Ellsberg said Wednesday before his arrest. "I think the American people
will get us out of this (war)."
Ellsberg became famous for his release of the secret documents, which indicated
the government had deceived the public about whether the Vietnam war could be
won and the extent of casualties.
Also arrested Wednesday was Ann Wright, who resigned her post as a senior
diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia in 2003 in protest of the war with
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan wasn't among the protesters Wednesday because of
a family emergency in California, but she planned to be at the camp later in the
"We are proud to be here," Dede Miller, Sheehan's sister, said hours before her
arrest as she huddled in a blanket at the campsite. "This is just so important.
What we did in August really moved us forward, and this is just a continuation
In August, hundreds of demonstrators camped off the road during a 26-day protest
led by Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq last
year. But a month later, county commissioners banned camping in any county ditch
and parking within 7 miles of the ranch, citing safety and traffic congestion
Earlier this week, three demonstrators filed a federal lawsuit against McLennan
County over the two local bans.
During the last several weeks of their summer protest, the activists had camped
on a private 1-acre lot that a sympathetic landowner let them use. That land is
about a mile from Bush's ranch.
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