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Impeachment Tour: The Beginning Of The End?

excerpts from a report by Jim Downing. August 7, 2005

A woman whose son was killed in an ambush in Iraq began Saturday what could become a month-long anti-war protest outside President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas.

"People are dying every day for lies," Cindy Sheehan, 48, said in a telephone interview. "The only way we can support our troops at this point is to bring them home."

Sheehan, who was supported Saturday by more than 50 marchers, said she plans to stay in Crawford until the president comes out to speak with her so she can deliver that message -- or until he returns to Washington at the end of the month.

The president's comments that her son and other soldiers had died for a good cause angered rather than consoled her, Sheehan said Saturday.

He "was supposed to express his condolences. He said a lot of hurtful things to my family and we felt worse after talking to him," she said. "He can't use my son's name to condone the killing anymore."

She said she developed the plan for the Crawford protest at a Veterans for Peace convention Thursday in Dallas. She drove to Crawford on Saturday with members of several different activist groups in a caravan of a dozen vehicles led by a red, white and blue bus labeled "Impeachment Tour."

Later, Sheehan planned to return to a roadside campsite two miles outside Crawford where she and 10 other activists had set up tents. She said Secret Service agents had stopped by more than once to warn the protesters that they were camped in a dangerous location.

"They keep on coming and saying if you stay out there by the side of the road, you're probably going to get killed," she said.

You have been reading excerpts from "A mother's vigil" by Jim Downing of the Sacramento Bee. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/9mks3. Thanks to sacbee.com.

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