From Cindy Sheehan's comments on her arrest
, it looks like I got it wrong, last night
. She says she didn't realize that wearing her “2,245 Dead — How Many More??” t-shirt to Bush's SOTU speech would be interpreted by house security agents as a gesture of protest.
"I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there, and I thought every once in awhile they would show me, and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable, that I would be arrested ... maybe I would have, but I didn't."
So my assumption that she knew she was risking arrest and wore the shirt, anyway, turns out to have been premature. All charges against her have apparently been dropped, and the local police chief who ordered the arrest has apologized
Without wishing personal inconvenience on someone who doesn't deserve it, that leaves me wishing someone else *would*
wear an anti-War t-shirt to a public Bush event -- to test the legality of being removed or arrested for wearing it. I can't help seeing enforcement of the type that Cindy Sheehan just encountered as a precursor -- to the harrassment promised in Arlen Spector's proposed addition
to the new Patriot Act bill.